Memory Care Team
Our memory care team of serving hearts makes all the difference.
Rita Altman R.N., M.S.N., C.V.M.
Rita Altman, Senior Vice President of Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise Senior Living, uses the latest evidence-based research to design and oversee the implementation of Sunrise’s memory loss care and assisted living programs.
Rita has more than 30 years of nursing experience including nursing education, staff development training and intergenerational programming, as well as management in childcare, adult day care, assisted living and skilled nursing settings. She is also one of seven Validation Masters worldwide and studied under Naomi Feil, who developed the Validation Method.
Life Enrichment Managers and Designated Care Managers
Life Enrichment Manager (LEM):
All of our Sunrise communities have Life Enrichment Managers (LEMs) who work within our specially designed Reminiscence Neighborhoods. They are dedicated to involving residents with memory loss in daily activities that help them feel valued and provide them with a sense of purpose. LEMs undergo training that helps them assess individual interests and abilities, which can be matched with life skills and activities that tap into implicit and procedural memories.
Designated Care Manager (DCM):
Sunrise understands that no two people are alike. This is why it is so important Sunrise caregivers build lasting bonds with each resident and their family. The stronger the relationship, the better the caregiver can personalize service. As a result of this belief, at Sunrise, each resident is cared for by a Designated Care Manager (DCM). Sunrise DCMs are responsible for assisting residents with memory care and Alzheimer's care needs. But, that is only the start. DCMs offer a helping hand, listening ear and a serving heart. They encourage independence, preserve dignity and assist residents in their suites and throughout the community.