It was back in 1981 that the very first Sunrise opened its doors. Founded by Paul and Terry Klaassen, it was their vision to create a place that championed the quality of life for older adults in a homelike, person-centred setting.
At the age of just 15, Terry Klaassen and her father found it a struggle to provide her terminally ill mother with home care. At the time, the only alternative was an impersonal institution with cold corridors, hard floors and harsh lighting. Even at this early age, Terry understood how families play a vital role in long-term care decisions. She also understood how important it was - and still is - to incorporate dignity, trust and independence as key components of caregiving.