Zelina is the Life Enrichment Director here at our community but will tell you, “I feel like I am the one that is enriched. I have the best job in the world. I get to be silly, celebrate birthdays, throw parties, and host events!” Zelina began working in healthcare since she was 15 in a retirement home for nuns and has also worked with hospice, private duty, nursing homes and hospitals. Zelina has now been in healthcare for over 30 years and is a Certified Dementia Practicioner and a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Practitioner . She has loved caring for the elderly and feels a great sense of pride taking care of the generation that paved the way before her. Dementia has always been where her heart is. She loves stepping into their world and engaging them on their level.
“Reflections is a small community and that makes it possible to get to know each person on a level that larger facilities cannot provide. Having a smaller facility makes it easier to give one on one care, which those with Dementia require to slow the decline. I work with some of the best in the business, and am proud of where I work, and the job that we do.” During her free time, Zelina enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and bonus son, Blake who have a hobby farm on the outskirts of Waterloo. They enjoy their many animals as well as gardening and canning their harvests. They also enjoy hosting BBQs and going on spontaneous adventures.