Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

When it comes to leading clinical programs, Kim is our go-to authority on resident care, while maintaining the highest standards for quality and compliance. As Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, her care philosophy is based on the importance of individualized care, personal choice and resident independence. Kim is dedicated to finding more options to help our residents live and age well. That’s why she has taken a population health approach to surrounding our residents with the healthcare services they need to help manage their chronic conditions.

Kim’s passion for senior healthcare developed in nursing school during a routine rotation. When she saw a shortage of quality nurses working in senior living, Kim knew she had found her calling and a place where she could make a difference.

Kim joined Brookdale in 2014. She serves on the Argentum Clinical Quality Executive Roundtable, is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Central Florida University School of Nursing and is a member of the Nightingale Society. She was recently inducted into McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. Kim has a master’s degree in Nursing, with a specialty of executive leadership from Chamberlain College of Nursing. 



18 October 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Three reasons why you should get your flu shot

Flu season is just around the corner, which means it is time to roll up your sleeve and get a flu shot. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, has three reasons why you should get your flu shot today, especially if you are an older adult.


08 October 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Partnering With Our Residents’ Physicians: Collaborations to Improve Our Residents’ Health Outcomes

Clinical services in a senior living setting are evolving. The industry began as a hospitality business but, today, we are caring for higher acuity residents living with more chronic conditions than ever before. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, explains the importance of embracing a “population health” approach and why it includes collaborating with primary care physicians.


05 August 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Take Your Best Shot: Four Vaccines Every Senior Should Consider

If you’re 65 or older, the flu shot is probably not the only vaccine you should be thinking about. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s healthy aging expert, weighs in on the shots you should ask your doctor about.


22 April 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Managing Your Meds: What’s the Beers List and How Do Healthcare Professionals Use it?

Managing medications can be hard, especially when there are always new studies telling us to take this pill and not that one, or reminding us of the dangerous side effects of certain drugs. So where do you find reliable information about safe and effective medications for seniors? Kim Estes Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, explains the AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medications for Older Adults and how medical professionals use it.


05 February 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Treating Pain: Seniors and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic’s grip on America is well documented. But the impact of pain on quality of life and the effects of the addiction epidemic on seniors are stories that aren’t often told. Kim Estes Elliott, Brookdale's senior vice president of clinical services, lays out three steps for improving pain management in seniors. Click the link to read more. 


17 December 2018
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Worried About Mom’s Health? How to Talk to Your Family About It

If you're visiting your senior parents for the holidays, you may be surprised to notice changes in their health. Kim Estes Elliott offers tips on talking to your parents and siblings about long-term goals and care plans. 


09 September 2018
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Understanding the Difference between a Brookdale Assisted Living and a Brookdale Skilled Nursing Community

In honor of National Assisted Living Week (September 9-15), Kim Elliott, senior vice president of Clinical Services at Brookdale, explains the difference between assisted living and skilled nursing options at Brookdale. 


06 July 2018
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Last week the bipartisan Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) passed out of subcommittee, which is an encouraging step for end of life care. However, both hospice and palliative care are often misunderstood. Kim Estes Elliott, Brookdale's senior vice president of clinical services, breaks down the difference between the two.


14 May 2018
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Not All Nurses Wear Scrubs: Why More Nurses Should Consider Senior Living

Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12, but Brookdale is celebrating a Culture of Wellness in a Clinical World all month. Kim Estes Elliott shares her passion for senior living nursing and why more nurses should consider the same career path.


01 May 2018
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Why Brookdale Believes in a Culture of Wellness in a Clinical World

Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12, but Brookdale is celebrating a Culture of Wellness in a Clinical World all month. Kim Estes Elliott explains how Brookdale puts this philosophy into action with a three-step approach.