TRINITY, Fla. (August 17, 2017) — The Watermark at Trinity, an assisted living and memory care community in the Pasco County suburb of Trinity, has hired Shannon Morelli, RN, CDP, CADDCT, as memory care program director. Morelli has more than 16 years of experience in senior living, with an extensive knowledge of assisted living and memory care, hospital care, home health and hospice.
In this role, Morelli will be responsible for all aspects of the community’s memory care program, including care, services, dining, family communication and satisfaction, training, programming, and regulatory compliance.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Shannon to lead the team in our Memory Care Neighborhood,” said Aileen Carlson, executive director of The Watermark at Trinity. “It takes a uniquely qualified professional to direct a Watermark memory care program. Shannon is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and trainer and is a big-thinker who welcomes innovation. That’s important for our pioneering programs and unique way of doing memory care.”
Morelli is accustomed to Watermark’s visionary approach. Early in her career she served as Wellness Director and Independent Living Nurse at The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, The Watermark at Trinity’s sister community, located on the bay in St. Petersburg.
“Watermark is an incredible organization and I’m thrilled to be back,” said Morelli. “I’m looking forward to creating a vibrant program in the memory care neighborhood and becoming part of Watermark’s unique Naya caregiver program.”
Prior to joining The Watermark at Trinity, Morelli served as director of quality services at Watercrest Senior Living Group, where she guided her team in delivering high quality care and maintaining independence for residents.
Watermark Retirement Communities, which owns and operates The Watermark at Trinity, is the 16th largest senior housing operator in the U.S. with 50 communities from coast to coast. Unlike traditional senior living models where care is divided between multiple memory care associates, Watermark’s associates – called Nayas – spend the entire day with residents, noticing subtle changes.
Morelli earned her Associates of Science Degree in Professional Nursing from Rasmussen College and is Registered Nurse in the state of Florida. She is CORE certified by the Florida Assisted Living Association and a Certified Dementia Practitioner®.
About The Watermark at Trinity
Located in Trinity, Fla., The Watermark at Trinity is a 117-apartment assisted living and memory care community in the Pasco County suburb of Trinity. Watermark lifestyle incudes highly trained, certified associates, continuous care, innovative memory care, educational programming and Watermark University classes for residents and area seniors. Owned and managed by Watermark Retirement Communities, The Watermark at Trinity is committed to creating an extraordinary community where people thrive.
About Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc.
In 2016, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) ranked Tucson-based Watermark Retirement Communities as the 16th largest senior housing operator in the U.S. Watermark’s commitment to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive dates back nearly 30 years to when it opened its first retirement community in 1987. A privately held company with a reputation of service, success, growth, integrity and financial stability, Watermark Retirement Communities manages 50 retirement communities coast to coast, including three communities in Florida: The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods in Sarasota, The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg and The Watermark at Trinity in Trinity.