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Vice President of Alzheimer's and...

Sunrise Senior Living LLC
Phone: (703) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.com
Sunrise Senior Living Inc
7902 Westpark Dr
McLean , Virginia 22102
United States

Company Description: Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (Sunrise) is a provider of senior living services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. The Company offers a...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • M.S.N.
  • MSN , Nursing Leadership and Management
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • BSN
    University of Pennsylvania
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Videos | Sunrise Senior Living
www.sunriseseniorliving.com, 30 July 2015 [cached]
Senior Vice President of Memory Care and Programming, Rita Altman, provides insight into why Sunrise makes the Walk to End Alzheimer's® a fundraising priority each year.
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Sunrise Senior Living's Senior Vice President of Memory Care Services, Rita Altman, discusses how Sunrise's Reminiscence Program is unique and special for each individual.
Tips on Using Touch
Tips on Using Touch
Rita Altman, Senior Vice President of Memory Care Services at Sunrise, provides useful tips of how touch can help communicate with loved ones coping with Alzheimer's disease or memory loss.
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Rita Altman, Senior Vice President of Sunrise Senior Living's Alzheimer's & Memory Care Program, shares how patience and empathy helps those with memory loss feel important and worthwhile.
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Rita Altman, Sunrise Senior Living's Senior Vice President of Alzheimer's & Memory Care Program, gives 10 early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease from the Alzheimer's Association®.
Center Yourself: Caring for Those with Alzheimer's & Memory Loss
Center Yourself: Caring for Those with Alzheimer's & Memory Loss
Rita Altman, Sunrise Senior Living's Senior Vice President of the Alzheimer's & Memory Care Program, explains how careivers can use a simple validation technique called "centering" to help give them a calm feeling during difficult and stressful moments.
Rita Altman and The Sunrise ...
www.sunriseseniorliving.com, 30 July 2015 [cached]
Rita Altman and The Sunrise Care Team Host Second #MemoryChat: Caregiving During The Holidays Sunrise Senior Living | November 25, 2014
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Join Rita Altman, vice president of Memory Care Services and the rest of the Sunrise care team for a live, interactive Twitter chat online Thursday, December 18, 1-2 p.m. as we host a special holiday-focused discussion on caregiving.
Tune in to hear Rita and the Sunrise care team's advice for simple ways caregivers can make the most out of spending time with their loved ones experiencing memory loss this holiday season. The #MemoryChat will be hosted via the @SunriseSrLiving Twitter handle, so be sure to tweet your questions and comments at us using the hashtag #MemoryChat.
You can also follow Rita and the rest of the Sunrise care team via their Twitter handles to follow their participation in our upcoming #MemoryChat.
Rita Altman, Vice President of Memory Care Services
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Rita Altman is the vice president of Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise Senior Living where she uses the latest evidence-based research to design and oversee the implementation of Sunrise's memory care and assisted living programs.
Expert Rita Altman, R.N. | Sunrise Senior Living
www.sunriseseniorliving.com, 27 Mar 2015 [cached]
Rita Altman, Senior Vice President of Memory Care Services and the rest of the Sunrise Care Team joined the chat to share tips for caregivers and families caring for a loved one with memory loss this busy holiday season.
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Rita Altman and The Sunrise Care Team Host Second #MemoryChat: Caregiving During The Holidays
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Join Rita Altman, vice president of Memory Care Services and the rest of the Sunrise care team for a live, interactive Twitter chat online Thursday, December 18, 1-2 p.m. as we host a special holiday-focused discussion on caregiving.
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Rita plays an integral role in our company's unique, industry-leading Memory Care Program. As one of seven Validation Masters worldwide and with more than 30 years of nursing and senior care experience, Rita brings not only her passion for Alzheimer's awareness, but also research-based guidance for a holistic approach to memory care.
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By Rita Altman, Sunrise VP of Memory Care Services | October 1, 2014
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Rita Altman, vice president of Memory Care and Programming, shares her expertise on memory loss health and wellness, once again, in her latest "Ask Rita" Q&A, below! Rita has over 30 years of nursing experience and is one of seven Validation Masters worldwide. Learn more about Rita, here.
For Rita Altman, ...
www.providermagazine.com, 1 May 2015 [cached]
For Rita Altman, Sunrise Senior Living's senior vice president of memory care and program services, the word "institution" just cannot be applied to the memory care neighborhoods she oversees, secure or not. It's a non sequitur that defies reason. It flies in the face of everything Sunrise has been about from its inception, she says.
"We're not institutional," she says. "The very premise of Sunrise from the time of its founding was to provide holistic care in a very homelike setting.
"A Reminiscence Neighborhood is a real homelike setting," she adds, "and the additional level of security is there to provide safety to residents with moderate to severe memory loss who may no longer be able to recall their address, who are disoriented as to person or time.
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Few people could be more qualified to lead that effort than Altman. Along with her more than 30 years' experience in health care facility management, Altman is one of only eight Validation Masters in the world, and she was taught the technique by its creator, Naomi Feil, a geriatric social worker whose method is practiced internationally.
The Validation Method starts with the staff member taking a deep, cleansing breath.
The purpose of this is to "turn down the caregiver's own internal dialog," says Altman. It gives the caregiver a moment to center herself, open, and focus completely on that resident in that moment.
"Establish good, genuine eye contact at the level of the resident's eyes," says Altman.
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"The most important part is we're hearing it's helping the team members to have those 'aha' moments, and they are better able to figure out and meet the resident's need," says Altman.
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"Really, what we do is train all of our team members to understand that every resident has basic human needs," says Altman. Alzheimer's disease and other dementia can make it hard for residents to express what they need, or even know that they need it. That's why training staff to identify it for them is so important.
"The challenge is to meet residents in their own world, to step inside their shoes," says Altman. "It requires us always being very open and observant and trying to figure out what that need is."
And then it requires knowing the resident well enough to find a way of meeting that need, rather than relying on redirecting their attention onto something else.
Altman uses grief as an example. Redirecting a grieving resident by offering a bowl of ice cream may help briefly, she says, but the underlying human need of intimacy, belonging, friendship, can only be resolved with a real human connection.
Rather than just offering the resident a distraction such as a bowl of ice cream, the caregiver encourages the resident to express his or her feelings. Ultimately, the care manager gets them both a bowl, and as they share the ice cream they can spend time just talking, helping the resident reminisce about a loved one he or she is missing, and talking about all the feelings the loss has engendered.
?Charting Individual Memories
Because dementia is a degenerative condition and a day may come when residents can't remember what they used to like, what made them feel good, safe, or loved, Sunrise staff keep a record of each resident's individual favorite things, "so we have all that knowledge available and can pull on that on any given day," Altman says. "It's making care so person-centered that we know what gives that resident a sense of meaning and purpose even when they can't say those words. When we validate them in those ways, you can see it on their faces."
Altman remembers a particular Sunrise resident whom she saw at different points of her dementia's progression.
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The recent training specifically focused on behavioral expression is having good results, Altman says, and although the program is still too new for anything other than anecdotal evidence, she does expect to see data to prove it eventually.
"I think it's really helping people understand how important Sunrise's approach is, how important it is to help that resident feel secure, feel heard, feel they have purpose-to meet their basic human needs," Altman says.
OurTimeForCare™ – Caregiver Self-Care & Stress Management | HelpingYouCare®
www.helpingyoucare.com [cached]
by Rita Altman, R.N. National Director of Memory Care Services for Sunrise Senior Living for The Huffington Post At this time of year, family caregivers for seniors, especially those with Alzheimer's disease, may not get the break that they . . . → Read More: Caregivers Need the Gift of Respites
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