Chrissy Elton - Copperleaf
April 8, 2015
Chrissy Elton joined Vista Prairie at Copperleaf in September, 2009 as the Memory Care Coordinator.
Her history in Senior Living and Health care is extensive. Following high school graduation, Chrissy began working as a CAN at REM assisted living homes working with individuals who had experienced TBIs. After attending Ridgewater College and studying nursing and Psychology, Chrissy went to work for Kandiyohi County as a counselor working with adolescents who had been placed out of their homes. These experiences led to a desire to work with seniors in providing home care services. She joined Spectrum in Willmar, MN and was employed as a CAN/HHA for five years. In 2007, Chrissy returned to REM as a Program Coordinator and worked in dementia assisted living until she joined Copperleaf.
Having over 19 years of experience working in the health care field, Chrissy loves looking for intervention tools to assist or eliminate some of the unpleasant symptoms of Dementia. She finds it extremely rewarding to help people through these difficult moments and then to teach the rest of the team these techniques. To be able to have both the care team and the individuals achieve success with these interventions, Chrissy describes as “a great feeling.” In addition, Chrissy is very pleased that she can be a support person for families coping Dementia.
When Chrissy is not at work, she enjoys spending her downtime outside. From gardening to fishing to working and riding on sports utility vehicles, Chrissy loves to spend her time outdoors with her friends and family. A hunter since she was a girl, Chrissy has recently begun bow hunting and loves to share this experience with her daughter. However, Chrissy also greatly enjoys the arts and music and can be found at many outdoor concerts. She loves to write and paint and has developed a passion for upcycling furniture.
Looking to the future, Chrissy wants to continue the corporate sponsorship for the Alzheimer’s Association and to remain a committee member for the Walk to end Alzheimer’s. Chrissy has a passion for helping individuals with Dementia and their families to live full and happy lives.