On June 19, 2010 a Sunrise aide's negligence resulted in my 85-year-old mother falling, breaking her leg, and spending 4 painful months in a rehab home. The break required the insertion of a metal plate and ten screws into her femur.
Sunrise corporate refused to consider a fair reimbursement. Not only did they never apologize, they treated the entire affair with as cold a heart as they could muster. We asked for what was fair--forgiveness of all fees during Mom's absence and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the negligence-related fall.
Sunrise's attorneys dragged out the process for all four months...never offering anything close to fair compensation, never mind anything extra for the pain and suffering they put my mother through. The fall also resulted in her hip replacement surgery, scheduled for August, to be postponed until the following year.
Yet, despite all this, Mom opted to go back and accept a severely reduced settlement. Two days before she was to return, three Sunrise staffers evaluated her and told her how much they looked forward to her coming back. The next day-- the day before she was to return-- Sunrise refused to readmit her until an agreement was signed, and the only agreement they offered specified that my mother could not return. This is the company professing only the best for your loved ones in their sunset years. They call it The Sunrise Difference. The Sunrise Difference is the cruelty, malice, and disdain with which they treat a resident when that resident has been wronged.
Please feel free to send this to everyone you know with an elderly loved one. Let them know how cold and malicious Sunrise Assisted Living is. Spread the word that no one else should put himself or herself in a position to be treated this way.