Each year, we look forward to the launch of our Photo & Testimonial Contest. We receive hundreds of photos capturing the true essence of what Supportive Living (SL) is all about. We hear stories of what SL means to residents and family members. We see the success of Supportive Living in the photos of friends laughing, sharing special moments, playing games and living a healthy, active life. Each entry we receive should demonstrate the important role Supportive Living plays in the lives of Illinois’ seniors and individuals with disabilities, and reinforce what we’ve always known: Supportive Living = Healthy & Happy Living.
This year, help AALC capture the essence of SL by participating in our “A Colorful Life” photo and testimonial contest. We’re looking for entries that showcase how seniors and individuals with disabilities are living the Supportive Living lifestyle - a lifestyle filled with happy moments. Whether participating in physical fitness activities or cooking with friends, volunteering, creating art or singing, we want to see what your residents are doing that brings them joy.
So get your camera out and your pencil ready! It’s time to start capturing life in your residence and then share your moments with the rest of the SL family during the 2018 “A Colorful Life” photo and testimonial contest!
Photo Contest Overview
Your photo entries should capture the spirit of Supportive Living and demonstrate the many things you do to bring your residents happiness and help them live “A Colorful Life.”
Residents taking a field trip to a local park to hike.
Residents participating in activities that bring them joy.
Residents taking part in arts and crafts, music, dancing and more!
Testimonial Contest Overview
Each testimonial entry should describe how Supportive Living has helped residents lead a full, happy life. For instance, a testimonial could mention:
How community activities have encouraged the resident to try new things and experience new adventures.
How a resident found a network of friends who have greatly improved their sense of wellbeing.
How a resident has become more outgoing and self assured through Supportive Living.
How friendly competitions such as Wii bowling or trivia give the resident something to look forward to.
How family is at ease knowing the resident is surrounded by friends and a necessary support system.
Each entry will be limited to 50 words or less. All entries should be accompanied by a photo of individual in testimonial.
Winning entries from both the photo and testimonial contests will be awarded cash donations to sponsor resident or employee activities at the Supportive Living communities they represent!
First Place: $200 cash donation
Second Place: $100 cash donation
Third Place: $50 cash donation
All communities submitting entries acknowledge they have a signed waiver on file at their facility stating that the resident agrees to have their photo and/or testimonial entered into the contest and understands it may be used for promotional purposes by AALC on the website, Facebook and in promotional/collateral materials.
2018 Photo Contest Winners
1st Place: “Loving with Granny”
St Francis Woods
2nd Place: “Nice Catch!”
Magnolia Terrace Senior Living
3rd Place: “Feel the Rhythm!”
Alexian Village Elk Grove
2018 Testimonial Contest Winners
1st Place -
Nancy Hall - Heritage Woods of Watseka
I love living on my own at Heritage Woods, there is so many things to do, plus I have my own apartment. Since moving to Heritage Woods I have been able to use the transportation and go many places on my own or with the activity department, I love the freedom that I have here!
2nd Place - $100 Prize
Art Lingenfelter – Gateway at River City
I really enjoy living here at Gateway at River City. I am free from isolation and loneliness. When I lived at the nursing home, it felt like no one cared or had time to just talk but here at Gateway I feel like I am family. The Staff and residents are never too busy to talk and now I know how it feels to be loved. I no longer have the fear of being alone and isolated. I have a family I can go on outings with, play cards with or just sit around talking and laughing. Gateway has given me freedom to be me, to love and to be treated as a human being instead of a castaway. I am overwhelmingly happy with my life at Gateway at River City.
Eva Buis– Heritage Woods of Manteno
Having planned activities has given me the opportunity to share new experiences with people who have the same interests. It is fun to go places that I might not have had a chance to see and gives me something I look forward to doing.
My family is very happy with my new home and the care I am receiving. They feel at ease knowing I am safe, taking my medications on time, eating healthy meals, and making new friends. They enjoy visiting.
This contest would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you Sponsors!