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Rittenhouse Village At Portage, part of the Rittenhouse Senior Living family, has been a proud and well-respected part of our local community for many years. Now, however, the community is earning accolades on the national level, with the recent announcement that the SHINE® Memory Care curriculum has received a prestigious Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association®, the nation’s leading, voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care and research. 

This unique distinction comes following a comprehensive review of the SHINE® Memory Care curriculum, which determined that the program closely follows the latest best practices and expert opinions for delivering outstanding, person-centered memory care. 

It is a meaningful achievement considering this distinction is shared by only 7 other memory care provider organizations in the US. And for families locally, it signifies that some of the finest-quality memory care available anywhere is found right here in our area. 

We asked the memory care experts at Rittenhouse Village what guidance and practical advice they’d offer families searching for a best-fit memory care solution for their loved ones. Here are the qualities they say to look  for:  

Compassion & Understanding  

A loved one exhibiting symptoms of dementia is hard on families, too. It can feel challenging and prove difficult to decide what to do. And while it may seem practical to take actions intended to help a loved one stay in their current home or residence, often times this is not the best solution. And here’s why: Caregiving is a full-time job,  one for which family members aren’t typically well-suited. Care provider burn out tends to follow, and both seniors and families ultimately suffer.  

Having helped many families navigate these challenges, Rittenhouse Village says to consider the needs and best interests of both seniors and families and choose a memory care provider that offers proper care and support for both.  

This is achieved through the combination of person-centered SHINE® Memory Care, and providing active,  ongoing support for families as well.  


Because each senior is unique, with distinct needs and preferences, personalization is key. Built upon a  foundational principle of deeper personalization, SHINE® emphasizes six, individual points of focus to create a  holistic approach to memory care that is unique to Rittenhouse Senior Living Family.  

SHINE® emphasizes:  

  • Communication 
  • Team member training 
  • My Story, a personalized, biographical journey 
  • Immersive dining experiences 
  • Life enhancement 
  • Safety-centric neighborhood design 

SHINE®’s person-centered approach is at the leading edge of the dementia care industry, and so too are the  expertly trained and SHINE®-certified team members at Rittenhouse Village. And through the power of SHINE®,  supremely qualified team members work to build a program tailored to each resident’s needs and abilities, for a  comprehensive approach to memory care that will have the most impact in supporting and enriching health,  happiness and day-to-day life.  

If you have a loved one with dementia, are looking to receive family support, or simply want to learn more about our SHINE® Memory Care Program and Alzheimer’s Association® recognition, please call Rittenhouse Village At Portage at 219-764-2900 and speak with a Senior Lifestyle Counselor.