“There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a resident thrive! It brings me tremendous joy to see a resident improve and grow with support from our Sunrise team. The kindness, love, and laughter that I get to see on a daily basis as a Sunrise executive director is food for my soul. I personally experienced the compassion and care of Sunrise when my beloved grandfather was a resident at a Sunrise community several years ago. During that time I learned what it feels like to be a family member and grew to understand the vulnerability they experience. Sunrise team members wrapped their arms around my grandfather and my family, and we knew that he would have the best quality of care and life for his final days. As with all families, we wanted only the best for my grandfather, and Sunrise clearly stood and continues to stand above the rest.”
"Sunrise graciously open their doors for me to become a member of the staff at Sunrise of Alexandria in 2017 as an Activities Assistant. One of the reasons I have pride in working for Sunrise was because of the extensive orientation and training process they provided, I knew that Sunrise would go above and beyond to create the highest quality of life for their residents which I have a stupendous passion for. I found my interest in working with older adults when I was in middle school and I had the opportunity to work with my grandmother, a geriatric nurse at the time.
Prior to working at Sunrise, I worked at a continuing care retirement community in Baltimore, Maryland. This experience solidified that my calling is to create an enjoyable yet purposeful life for seniors in the best way that I could. I currently assist my grandmother on a day to day basis and strive to do all that I can to provide comfort, safety, meeting her needs that I can’t help but do the same for our residents at Sunrise. Now that I am the Activities & Volunteer Coordinator I am humbled to help provide the best service for our residents."
“Nursing has been my passion since childhood. My interest for nursing stemmed from living right behind a school for nursing, and I grew to love geriatric nursing while working for Sunrise. The best part of my job is helping to ensure that our residents’ healthcare needs are being met while making them feel at home. I also have the pleasure of interacting with residents’ family members and other healthcare providers to help my residents receive the best quality of care. I care for my residents as if they were my own mother.
Sunrise also provides continuing education and training opportunities to help me grow as a nurse to better serve our residents.”
“At Sunrise, I feel at home with my big family. Each day I come into the community and my goal is to make each resident happy and to put a smile on their face. I love that I can help our residents enjoy and live their life to the fullest. For me, Sunrise means love, smiles, warmth, and care.”
"I reside in the Reminiscence neighborhood and my favorite place to lounge about is the activity room. I am always paying extra attention during our daily programs to find the perfect opportunities to jump into the hands of my residents. I especially like to be stroked on my forehead and my belly (just a tip). I usually get about 30 belly rubs a day and I don’t mind them one bit! My friends take great care of me and are very happy to help me out when needed. In the mornings, I like to be let out to sunbathe under the warm sun. After my sunbath, I start to go room to room visiting my friends. Sometimes I catch a nap in between rooms, so this process can take me all day. My residents are always eager to see me and provide me with treats throughout the day. If you would like to know more about me, then come visit me at Sunrise of Hunter Mill. Make sure to ask for me at the concierge desk and I will gladly give you a tour of my beautiful and love-filled home."
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