Exceeding Your Expectations

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Sunnyside offers residents the opportunity to take charge of their own lifestyle with an ever-expanding variety of fun and stimulating daily activities.

We recognize that, as time passes, care needs may change. To meet those potential needs, Sunnyside offers assisted living and health care. Sunnyside wants you to be secure in knowing that you can continue to live in the place you have come to call home.

Our well-trained and caring staff is available around the clock to assist you with personal needs. Private suites offer you the time alone you need while having the Sunnyside staff nearby.

And our commitment to Continuing Care means changing health care needs will be met in one place for life.

Eiland Assisted Living

Assisted living services include:

  • Three meals each day
  • Medication administration
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Transportation or assistance to destinations
    within the community
  • Routine housekeeping
  • Bed and linen service
  • Wellness and recreational programs
  • On-campus doctor, dentist, and pharmacy
  • Full service bank and convenience store
  • Worship services and devotional programs

Cognitive Enhancement

The Terrace was designed to provide a Cognitive Enhancement Program to those with mild cognitive impairment. The private suites give residents all the comforts of home in a safe and secure environment. Special programs and services allow residents to live life to the fullest.

Pannill Health Care Center

The highly trained staff in the Pannill Health Care Center provides skilled and customized nursing care. Spacious suites and a lively program of events and activities add to the quality of life for residents. For over fifty years, Sunnyside has been providing quality care for all its residents in health care settings.

Multi-Sensory Room

Through the thoughtful efforts of the late Aubrey Johns, the Multi-Sensory “Starlight” Room became a reality during 2010 in loving memory of Sunnyside residents, Aubrey and Helen Johns. The multi-sensory environment grew out of a concept called Snoezelen (which combines two Dutch verbs that mean “sniffing” or to seek out/explore, and “dozing” or to relax) that began in Holland. In the late 1970s, two Dutch therapists set up an experimental sensory tent containing objects that appealed to every sense. It was a huge success and since then has become a worldwide movement, present in more than thirty countries.

The Snoezelen approach reduces anxiety and promotes feelings of well-being by adapting light, atmosphere, color, sounds, and textures to the specific needs of the participant. It also provides stimulation and non-directive therapy for those who may otherwise be almost impossible to reach.

Collaboration helped realize a dream…The Johns family together with Sunnyside recognized the therapeutic nature of this concept for those suffering from stroke, dementia, Alzheimers or other intellectual challenges. In turn, Sunnyside joined forces with Linda Messbauer, the leading international expert and founding member of the American Association of Multi-Sensory Environments. Linda designed the room and trained the Sunnyside Staff.

How we compare in Quality of Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have developed a 5-Star Quality Rating System that measures three categories: Health Inspections, Staffing Levels and Quality for certified health care facilities/nursing homes across the country. All three Sunnyside Communities have achieved 5-Star Ratings in Overall Quality, which is quite an accomplishment!

~Within a 50-mile radius of Harrisonburg, Virginia, there are 27 health care facilities/nursing homes. Our Sunnyside campus is one of only five that received 5 Stars, ranking them superior to 82% of those assessed. ~

Frequently asked questions in regards to quality of care.

“Are all health care facilities and nursing homes certified?”
No. In order to be certified, it requires adherence to more than 150 quality-of-care regulations set by Congress. Currently, there are over 17,000 Medicare and Medicaid-certified “nursing homes” nation-wide.
“Where do you find information about quality of care?”

At www.medicare.gov , the most recent information and results from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are available in the newly updated “Nursing Home Compare”. Ratings on every certified nursing home in the country are included. The 5-Star Quality Rating system, based on State and Federal agency inspections, shows meaningful differences between high- and low-performing nursing homes. More than 150 regulations are defined by Congress and evaluated, covering a wide range of topics, from protecting residents from physical or mental abuse and inadequate care to the safe storage and preparation of food.

“What details are evaluated for quality of care ratings?”
Health Inspections – Detailed information showing what health and safety regulations a nursing home failed to meet during recent health surveys, including fire safety inspections
Staffing levels – Federal law requires at least one licensed Registered Nurse (RN) for at least 8 hours per day, 7 days a week, and other nursing staff, such as an RN or Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN), on duty 24 hours per day
Quality measures – measured by a screening tool called the “Minimum Data Set” or “MDS” that is required for each resident on admission and whenever the resident’s condition changes