Sarah Elliott brings over 10 years of experience in the health and human services field to the OPEN MINDS team, with expertise in gerontology, long-term and transitional care, marketing and referral development, employee engagement and workforce development. Ms. Elliott is currently serving as Clinical Liaison Specialist for Vivage Senior Living.
Prior to joining OPEN MINDS advisory board, she served as the Director of Transitions of Care for Vivage Senior Living. In this role, Ms. Elliott facilitated the implementation of care coordination and transitions of care strategies with over 30 nursing facilities. She also created and implemented discharge policies and best practices in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, senior living communities and hospice settings. Ms. Elliott worked closely with multi disciplinary teams on program development and management of those living with behavioral health challenges, and complex care needs.
Ms. Elliott was also responsible for marketing and communications in this role. She served as both writer and editors for proposals and helped manage the organization’s social media campaigns; and was a vital member of the innovations team.
At Vivage Senior Living, Ms. Elliott also served as the Social Services Director & Memory Care Program Director. In these roles, Ms. Elliott served on the leadership team and was responsible for multiple departments. She developed end-of-life programs, memory care programs, and aromatherapy and wellness programs.
Prior to her role as Social Services Director and Memory Care Program Director, Ms. Elliott served as an Activities Director for Vivage Senior Living. Ms. Elliott created, documented, and implemented personalized plans of care. She also planned and lead individual and group activities and worked closely with several departments to ensure residential care needs were met.
Over the past four years, Ms. Elliott has been a member of the Strategic Action Planning Group of Aging in the state of Colorado, serving on the executive committee. This governor appointed group focuses on creating a comprehensive strategic action plan on aging.
Ms. Elliott received a Master of Arts in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Ms. Elliott additionally earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from James Madison University.