The Meridian at Westwood is Honored to be Among the Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation


 2017 Caring Star Community Award received by The Meridian at Westwood

The Meridian at Westwood

(850) 344-9924

1001 Mar Walt Dr Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547


The Meridian at Westwood Honored Among Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation  "Caring Star of 2017" for Service Excellence in Independent Living.

The Meridian at Westwood Honored Among Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation — Named "Caring Star of 2017" for Service Excellence in Independent Living.

Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from

The Meridian at Westwood is pleased to announce it has been selected as a "Caring Star of 2017” for service excellence in Independent Living. In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and cognitively healthy older adults, The Meridian at Westwood earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score) within the last year, while also having a high volume of positive reviews and meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor.

There is only 1 Caring Star 2017 communities in Okaloosa County, and The Meridian at Westwood is among 390 Caring Stars across the country.

"Many of our residents have lived long and rewarding lives. Every single one has a unique and interesting life story. The years of experience give our residents a wonderful perspective as they stand upon the pinnacle of the mountain that they have climbed in their own lives. Our goal is to provide a caring and dignified environment that will allow for maximum fulfillment by our residents at this stage in their life's journey." said Beau Ayers, Executive Director, The Meridian at Westwood.  "On behalf of our community staff and leadership, thank you to those who shared positive feedback about the services we offer, and to Caring for recognizing us as a Caring Star of 2017."

Americans are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide important senior care decisions for aging or ailing loved ones. In multiple research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they turn to the Internet and consumer reviews when researching senior living communities, and have relied on these perspectives more so than in-person recommendations from geriatric professionals or medical personnel. Now entering its sixth year, the Caring Stars annual list helps consumers reliably narrow senior living options for their loved ones to the most-acclaimed communities – particularly as they gather for the holidays and discover increased or urgent senior care needs.

"Congratulations to The Meridian at Westwood for achieving this award after earning accolades from residents and their loved ones on," said Karen Cassel,, CEO. "This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference The Meridian at Westwood is making in serving older adults, and we join with the local community in celebrating their accomplishment."

Some of the positive feedback that led to The Meridian at Westwood being a Caring Star of 2017 includes:

“This is a great place to call home and i look forward to the future with all the great changes taking place!”

“The Meridian at Westwood was excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to live there. I’m very impressed with it and the people that worked there. The room was a bedroom, a sitting area, and a small kitchen. It was nice and very clean. The facility had a library. They have regularly scheduled activities for the people that live there and shuttle service. It was a very nice place, and the people seemed very happy.”

“Great facility! Walking distance to the medical center most of the doctor's offices in Ft Walton. Very nice and professional staff. Great food and service. especially the Banana pudding!”

Read the full text of these reviews and others on To learn more about the Caring Stars program and view the complete winner list, please visit:

2017 Senior Adviser Best of Senior Living Award received by The Meridian at Westwood


Meridian at Westwood - Fort Walton Beach, FL is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country.

The annual Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 families created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on, just over 1,400 were recognized with this prestigious award. Meridian at Westwood - Fort Walton Beach, FL is one of the only winners in Fort Walton Beach, FL, and regularly receives highly positive reviews from their families.

"Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care," said Eric Seifert, President of "Our Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We're honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones."

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on To see the full list of award winners in Fort Walton Beach, please visit us here.

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