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Sunrise Retirement Community

About Sunrise Retirement Community

The year 2012 was an exciting one at Sunrise Retirement Community. We opened our new $14 million, state-of-the-art Health Center for skilled nursing care, assisted living and assisted living memory care. Based on a neighborhood delivery system, each neighborhood has its own residential kitchen and dining area, great room, fireplace and adjacent gardens. Residents enjoy their private room, each with a full bath and shower and a wireless call system for assistance. The health center features a beautiful indoor park - complete with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a courtyard with a beautiful fountain and wheelchair swing.

Adjacent to the indoor park is the chapel/community life center. Our new health center is an investment in the community, and it renews our mission to serve seniors for generations to come.

Sunrise is Siouxland’s only community based, not-for-profit retirement governed by a local volunteer board of directors. Sunrise has been leading the way in senior care for over 50 years.

The Pointe at Sunrise, our new independent living community for seniors, is a recent addition to our 35-acre campus. We are pleased to welcome new residents to this special new home. We encourage you to learn more about our many communities that make Sunrise special.

Our Mission
Caring deeply. Connecting daily. Leading boldly. Serving faithfully.

Our Vision
Forward-thinking and person-centered, Sunrise Retirement Community will be recognized as Siouxland’s highest quality, most active and comprehensive senior living community of choice.

Philosophy of Care
At Sunrise Retirement, we’re proud of our resident-centered care philosophy. It’s an approach that zeroes in on individual needs and ensures "freedom of choice" for our residents. Essentially, it means strive to be more inviting (and less institutional) in today’s world of senior care. We urge residents to enjoy more independence, privacy, and flexibility in their daily lives — and we provide each resident with what works best for him or her.

Sunrise has also embraced the Eden approach, which connects residents with children, pets, and green space to enhance their quality of life.

Not-For-Profit Organization
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we continually invest our resources and any annual revenue back into care and services for our residents. Sunrise Retirement is funded through Medicare and Medicaid, third party sources, and private payment. We also welcome monetary and volunteer contributions from those interested in supporting Sunrise.

Nondiscrimination Statement
With regard to admission, participation, or employment practices, Sunrise Retirement Community does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age.

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Ask The Nurse; What are my rights as an elderly person?

The elderly have certain rights and protections under the law. The nursing home must list and give all new residents a copy of these rights.

These resident rights include, but are not limited to:

  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • The right to be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.
  • The right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.
  • The right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others.
  • The right to be informed about your medical condition, medications and to see your own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.
  • The right to have a choice over your schedule (for example, when you get up and go to sleep), your activities and other preferences that are important to you.
  • The right to an environment more like a home that maximizes your comfort and provides you with assistance to be as independent as possible.

5501 Gordon Drive East

Sioux City, IA 51106

Tel: (712) 276-3821

Wellness With You In Mind

Wellness is a lifestyle in our community. We have found a clear link between healthy aging and the proactive pursuit of wellness. We believe that our residents should be engaged not only physically, but intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually as well. Every resident deserves the opportunity to improve their overall well-being. That’s why we offer EnerG by Aegis wellness programs.

EnerG by Aegis is an innovative series of wellness programs developed by Aegis Therapies to educate and inspire individuals to move through life. Based on a multi-dimensional model of wellness, EnerG programs support the factors that impact patient health on a daily basis.

The EnerG Wellness Programs take a purposeful approach to enhancing the health and happiness of our residents, helping them reach their highest potential. Each class is modified to match the level of care of the participants, ensuring that our residents are participating in a safe and effective manner. With 21 weekly wellness opportunities, we continually strive to provide residents with the tools and resources they need to improve or maintain their overall well-being.


5501 Gordon Drive East

Sioux City, IA 51106

Tel: (712) 276-3821

Nursing Care

Sunrise offers Medicare skilled and rehab care along with long-term comprehensive nursing, memory care and respite care. We provide medical supervision and socially engaging activities based on the individual needs and choices of residents. Our staff strives to meet the physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of our residents.

Medicare Skilled Rehabilitation

If you or your family member needs help returning home after an injury or illness, Sunrise can provide the care you need. We offer inpatient and outpatient services with comprehensive rehabilitation programs. Our Nautilus equipment is specifically designed for senior therapy, and our professional, experienced therapists provide outstanding care.

Skilled Rehabilitation Services:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Modalities
  • Education for a successful return home

State-of-the-Art Therapy Equipment:

  • Omni VR® (Virtual Rehabilitation System)
    • The OmniVR® is the world’s first 3D Virtual Reality Augmented Therapy system designed specifically around functional rehabilitation for aging adults and others with physical limitations.
  • Shortwave Diathermy
    • Shortwave Diathermy uses safe eletromagnetic waves to create a gentle heating effect in muscles, joints and tissues.
  • PENS Electrical Stimulation
    • “PENS” or “Patterned Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation” is a patented form of electrical stimulation that helps nerves and muscles work together to achieve normal movement after an injury or disease state.
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
    • Ultrasound uses sound waves to create a gentle heating effect in muscles, joints and tissues.
  • Omnicycle® Elite Motorized Rehabilitation System
    • The Omnicycle® Elite is a motorized rehabilitation system that uses a “smart motor” to help patients exercise when they have limited strength, endurance or muscle control.

712.276.3821 ext. 3100

Medical and memory care needs of Sunrise residents have changed since we introduced the Bernstein and Sunlight Centers 25 years ago. To serve faithfully into the future, we must change, too.

We owe residents more.

Bernstein and Sunlight have aging and inefficient ventilation systems, small resident rooms, and inadequate restrooms that lack privacy. While other components of the Sunrise continuum set the standard for senior care, these facilities are no longer “best in class” in the field.

We can’t delay.

Connecting memory care residents with the beautiful chapel, indoor park, and other amenitites in the now-new Sunrise Health Cetner will enrich their experiences and ensure an edge in a competitive senior market. There is no better way to round out our services to seniors, but the longer we wait, the older our other facilities become.

We have to do better.

Especially when there are wheelchairs involved, small bathrooms provide tight quarters for caregivers to assist residents—and that’s far from ideal. By creating more spacious restrooms, we’ll provide for the safety of our staff and the dignity of our elders. We’ll also secure the very latest in ADA compliance.

We must dream bigger.

Since 1959, we’ve welcomed more than 6,000 residents to the Sunrise campus. This new and exciting trajectory allows us to serve seniors with chronic confusion alongside those with different medical conditions. This means couples could stay together when one of them is memory impaired and the other is not.

Will you help us?

Your gift will support far more than construction costs. It will secure our future…and your future, too… as we embrace life’s changes and invest in what really matters.

Call 712.276.3821 ext. 3100 for Hallie Salmen, Executive Director, or
Lorrie Stedman, Director of Fund Development

Sunrise is Siouxland’s only community based, not-for-profit retirement governed by a local volunteer board of directors. Surnise has been leading the way in senior care for over 50 years.

712.276.3821 ext. 3100

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Assisted Living

Sunrise Assisted Living options provide a balance between independent living with access to supportive services and available 24 hour nursing care. Offering assistance as needed in comfortable home-like neighborhoods. The memory support assisted living neighborhood provides a safe and secure environment for those with memory care needs.

Assisted Living

Fountain View

Our thirty-four apartment home assisted living community places residents into one of two neighborhoods with caring and supportive staff.

Assisted living opportunities feature basic services, including 24-hour access to a licensed RN, supervised diet, and planned programs and activities.

Basic Amenities & Services:

  • Medication administration
  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Three meals per day
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Wellness program with EnerG
  • 24-hour emergency call response
  • Hair salon

Comprehensive Amenities & Services

  • Includes all of basic amenities and services
  • Bathing assistance
  • Access to physician ordered physical, occupational & speech therapies

Want to try out assisted living or need a place to stay for a short time, ask us about a Respite Stay!

For information on pricing and a complete list of services or to schedule a visit, contact:
LeAnn Fleming, Director of Social Services, 712-276-3821 ext. 3142 or email:
Sue Schultz, Social Services Assistant, 712-276-3821 ext. 3145 or email:
Pam Glanzer, Marketing Associate, 712-276-3821 ext. 3156 or email:

712.276.3821 ext. 3100

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