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Residents' Stories

Learn how some of our residents decided to choose Clare Oaks for their future and how they feel about that decision today.

Reneta Webb

“I worked for Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis as their Public Relations Director. As a result, I was in a position to both observe and participate in the evolution of Clare Oaks from Ground Breaking to Grand Opening. The timing was perfect. At the time we moved into Clare Oaks, I retired from my position with the sisters, but have the pleasure of continuing the relationship with them as fellow residents.

I felt particularly fortunate to be a member of the Clare Oaks community following a short hospital stay. When I returned to Clare Oaks, I was overwhelmed with the expressions of concern and the friendly offers of assistance. The people really DO make the community!

I’m particularly happy that I’m here. It always seemed like as soon as one thing was fixed/updated/repaired, another popped up. The freedom from sump pumps, roofing, painting, tuck-pointing, and a hundred other things, is the gift of Clare Oaks.

I love the size of Clare Oaks and the warm and friendly community of people. It’s big enough to be interesting, and small enough to know the other residents by name. And it is a unique experience living with the sisters. As founders of this retirement community, the sisters truly generate a joyful Franciscan spirit.

Moving in to a retirement community is a life changing experience. I guarantee that it will be a delightful “Ah!” experience. Selling the house, sorting out years of “stuff,” downsizing, meeting new people… it all seems so overwhelming. But little by little, each step brings you closer to a relaxed and caring community.

When do you make such a decision? When you can. Don’t wait until the decision is made for you. It’s no fun lying on a gurney, phoning places that will be able to accept you, or having your children scurrying to find a place for you. A continuing care retirement community takes the burden off both you and your children, and assures your care as you age in one place.”


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