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About Us

Sunny Acres was founded in 1948 by William and Merle Eaton, who purchased a farmhouse with land on Billerica Road in Chelmsford. This began a family journey of taking care of elderly residents that would continue through today. During the 1950's the farmhouse had multiple additions that increased the farmhouse capacity to 40 residents.


When William and Merle retired, their daughter Shirley Eaton, would begin her administration. She would oversee multiple extensive construction projects during a 30 year period, the farmhouse nursing home then disappeared into a new and modern 93 bed nursing facility which was renamed in 2007, Sunny Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

In 2014, after 45 years of Service as Administrator, Shirley Eaton is now the President and CEO along with her daughter Maryanne Walsh Business Manger and CFO. 


Today, the family journey continues with the fourth generation now assisting operations of this independently owned nursing center with a philosophy of providing the highest level of excellence in nursing care and hospitality service.

Sunny Acres has been part of the Chelmsford and Merrimack Valley for over 65 years.  We will continue to provide health care services to the elder residents in our community and employment opportunities for over 170 individuals who have a commitment and dedication to caring.


Caring for your loved ones the Sunny Acres Way


Our Mission:
Sunny Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center strives to be a leader in providing the highest level of nursing care, rehabilitation treatment, and overall customer service. We offer resident-centered care that is specific to each residents' needs and choice.


Our Philosophy:

Sunny Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides short-term, long-term, and rehabilitation services in a clean, comfortable, and homelike atmosphere. Our goal is to provide individualized care with respect to each residents' needs. The entire Sunny Acres Team will work with you and your family to meet those varied needs. We aim to ensure that your stay at Sunny Acres has maximized your goals and satisfaction.


Our Motto:

Taking care of the people you care about - since 1948.


The Sunny Acres Experience

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