At Victoria Emerald Crest by Augustana Care, seniors will find thoughtful memory care in an assisted living setting where each individual’s personal preferences are valued. Our assisted living services help residents with tasks like dressing or showering and are tailored to their needs. Through specialized training and individual senior care plans, we partner with residents to maximize their abilities and encourage independence, enjoyment and opportunities for success.
A structured daily program includes exercise, music, crafts and more. In addition, on-site visits by professionals who provide medical and therapy services offer convenient support for physical concerns. As with all Augustana Care programs, memory care also includes spiritual support for residents and families.
I have worked in healthcare since 2000, starting as a nursing assistant (CNA) and going to school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). I continued working as an LPN while I continued my education and graduated from Excelsior College as a registered nurse. I then became the director of nursing at an assisted living and memory care community for five years before accepting the residence director position at Emerald Crest of Minnetonka. I am excited to work at Emerald Crest because of its home-like setting and programs tailored to residents at different cognitive levels. My favorite part of working with older adults is learning about their lives and listening to their stories.
As an occupational therapist at Emerald Crest, I assess the cognitive and physical abilities of residents. This information is shared with the team to assist with care planning and educating staff about techniques to best support each individual. I received my education from Saint Catherine’s University and have enjoyed working as an occupational therapist for the past 23 years. Personally, I know how difficult it is to see a loved one affected by dementia. I lost my mother to Frontotemporal Dementia and my father was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I’m truly honored to work with residents and families at Emerald Crest.
I have been practicing as a nurse for 20 years and have a passion for sharing and developing relationships with patients and residents. I am especially drawn to older adults and interested in addressing their unique needs. Working at Emerald Crest by Augustana Care of Victoria allows me the opportunity to enjoy what I love to do—learn from and about people in our community.
Each and every one of the Emerald Crest Shakopee staff have all performed above and beyond to welcome, listen and learn, focus on my husband’s abilities versus disabilities… with an unending abundance of patience, love, compassion and outstanding care, which made Emerald Crest Shakopee a place to truly call home for our loved one, family and friends.