This Year's Project: New ADA Wheelchair Accessible Van
About Our Organization
Sunrise Retirement Community is Siouxland’s only locally based 501(c)(3) non-profit senior care community. Governed by a local Board of Directors, Sunrise has been serving seniors from Sioux City and the surrounding area since 1959.
We promote our mission daily: Caring Deeply. Connecting Daily. Leading Boldly. Serving Faithfully. Our vision is to be 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. The Sunrise mission is exemplified through the benevolent care we provide our residents. Through the years we have provided millions of dollars in charity care, and in 2017 alone we provided over $1.2 million.
We offer the following living options:
- Medicare Skilled/Rehab Services
- Nursing Memory Care
- Assisted Living
- Assisted Living-Memory Care
- Independent Living apartment homes & condos
- Affordable Housing for Seniors
Leading the way in senior care, Sunrise pioneered both independent senior living and memory care in Siouxland. We are committed to providing exceptional living spaces for our residents along with high quality care. Recently Sunrise was recognized as a five star facility by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sunrise was also first in Siouxland to implement technology solutions such as implementing electronic medical records, piloting tele-medicine, and utilizing virtual reality in therapy services.
Current Project: New ADA Wheelchair Accessible Van
We have an immediate need to replace our oldest van: a 2005 Dodge Caravan. This van is rusted and is continually needing expensive repairs and it is no longer economically feasible to further invest in maintenance and repairs. We have raised $15,000 from a MRHD grant toward the purchase but need your help to raise additonal funds.
We provide necessary medical transportation services to all 260 residents who reside on our campus. Approximately 1/3 of our resident population is on Medicaid (Title 19) and do not have the resources to contribute to the cost of transportation.
Our greatest transportation need is the ability to transport residents to and from their medical appointments. To meet our medical transportation needs alone, we need 2 wheelchair accessible vans.
Before the pandemic, on an average week, Sunrise transported 50 residents to and from physician appointments and we fully expect to return to that number of appointments soon. It is not usual for both vans to be transporting residents to physician appointments at locations on opposite sides of the city at the same time of day.
The effects of pandemic-related social isolation have been felt by nearly all our seniors. Social isolation and loneliness are well-known risk factors in the mortality rate for seniors with advanced age, or who may already be at risk due to health conditions. As we prepare for the day our residents can return to normal social activities outside of our community, we must have working and reliable transportation. We expect the end of the pandemic will come with an increased demand for social transportation services, including shopping, concerts/events, transportation to church services and social outings. Entire campus social outings for skilled, assisted and independent residents require the use of both vans, as well as our 12-passenger bus.
Follow our Facebook on Oct. 5th for our Siouxland Big Give Staff Challenge Day! Our staff will be live streaming fun challenges as we meet fundraising goals. More information coming soon!
Benevolent (Charity)Care Fund
In 2017 Sunrise Retirement Community provided more than $1.2 million in charity care. While residents do have to pay what they can to help cover the cost of care, there is often a period of time where their resources are depleted but they have not qualified for assistance from Medicaid. The cost of care during this time, as well as the difference between the State reimbursement (Medicaid/Title 19) and the actual cost of providing care (more than $50 per day), are unreimbursed by any source yet care is provided as charity care.