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Life at The Clare

From Dine-In to Delivery: A Change in Dining Operations at The Clare

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Clare has incorporated countless operational changes throughout the community to promote safety and reduce the spread of the virus. However, no change has been as drastic as that which took place within dining operations at The Clare. Bars and restaurants in Illinois have now been closed to … Continue reading “From Dine-In to Delivery: A Change in Dining Operations at The Clare”

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A Shift to Virtual Programming at The Clare

Social distancing recommendations have eliminated the possibility of in-person events and activities at senior living communities amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Since social and learning opportunities are a major component of The Clare lifestyle, the community had to get creative with its enrichment offerings for residents, turning to virtual programming as a solution. That’s where Zoom … Continue reading “A Shift to Virtual Programming at The Clare”

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First Impressions at The Clare: A Day in the Life of the Front Desk

First impressions at The Clare are important, and the Front Desk is responsible for ensuring residents, guests, employees, and others feel welcome and taken care of as soon as they enter the Lobby. On a Tuesday afternoon, Front Desk Supervisor Shanette Wells, Receptionist Tiffany Thomas, and Doorperson Bob Jackson command the Front Desk. This trio … Continue reading “First Impressions at The Clare: A Day in the Life of the Front Desk”

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Over a Decade of Clare Artists

The benefits of art therapy are countless. Creativity, in whatever form it takes, does not stop at a particular age but continues for a lifetime. Residents at The Clare prove this to be true, and they also demonstrate that it is never too late to begin or revive creativity, no matter how it is expressed. … Continue reading “Over a Decade of Clare Artists”

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10 Top Luxury Retirement Communities

This article was originally posted on ThinkAdvisor. If clients have been riding the highs of the stock market and are still in good shape after its recent downward gyrations, and if they’re at all close to retirement age, they’re probably thinking about where they might like to retire to and what the bottom line will … Continue reading “10 Top Luxury Retirement Communities”

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Different Types of Therapy at The Clare: What They Are and How They Work

Maintaining independence and strength becomes increasingly important as we age. That’s why different types of therapy are important for seniors to improve quality of life. At The Clare, therapy services are offered within the community and are accessible for all residents. Ginetta Anastasia, a licensed physical therapy assistant (PTA) and Rehab Director at The Clare, … Continue reading “Different Types of Therapy at The Clare: What They Are and How They Work”

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Dr. Sunil Shabde: Physics and Electrical Engineering Researcher Shares his Journey to the United States

Growing up in India, Clare resident Dr. Sunil Shabde was surrounded by science. His father was a renowned mathematician, known for conducting research on Einstein’s Unified Field Theory in the 1930s. He inspired Sunil to pursue his own scientific passions. After earning a degree in physics from Nagpur University and a degree in electrical engineering … Continue reading “Dr. Sunil Shabde: Physics and Electrical Engineering Researcher Shares his Journey to the United States”

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Clare Resident Ed Wentz: Breaking the Rules in Art

Clare resident Ed Wentz doesn’t abide by the rules when it comes to art. Upon retiring, Ed took up watercolor, honing his unique style, his individual technique. He woke up one day, he says, and he decided to break the rules. That’s where the fun and creativity came in. “Everything has been painted today,” he … Continue reading “Clare Resident Ed Wentz: Breaking the Rules in Art”

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Clare Management Company Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction in J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study

Residents of The Clare and Life Care Services’ 130-plus communities across the United States are the most satisfied among eight of the largest senior living operators. The Clare’s management company Life Care Services, an LCS Company, ranked highest in customer satisfaction among industry competitors, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study. In … Continue reading “Clare Management Company Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction in J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study”

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Featured Floor Plan: The Whitehall

When someone mentions a luxury high rise in the middle of everything Chicago has to offer, “cozy” may not be the first thing to pop into your mind. But that’s exactly what we hear when people tour the one-bedroom Whitehall floor plan here at The Clare, and we’re proud we were able to inspire those … Continue reading “Featured Floor Plan: The Whitehall”

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A Day in the Life of The Clare Security

Security is common in many high-rise Chicago residences. At The Clare, however, security services look quite different, and they’re crucial to the building’s operations. From conducting wellness checks and handling EMS calls to monitoring security cameras and assisting the residents with various needs, the community’s security personnel juggle many important tasks to ensure resident safety. … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of The Clare Security”

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Andy Poznanski: One Step Ahead

Clare resident Andy Poznanski has often been one step ahead. He and his family were one step ahead of significant danger on several occasions during World War II. He was a step ahead in certain aspects of pediatric radiology, including the development of approaches to reduce patient radiation exposure and the identification of genetic malformations. … Continue reading “Andy Poznanski: One Step Ahead”

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Clare Executive Chef Named LCS Chef of the Year

Clare Executive Chef Hagop Hagopian bested a field of 27 contestants to earn the first-ever LCS Chef of the Year award in August, a title he says simply represents what he does on a daily basis at The Clare. As one of the five finalists in a Chopped-style competition vying for the coveted title he … Continue reading “Clare Executive Chef Named LCS Chef of the Year”

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Nancy Lee Spilove: The Meditation and Precision of Sumi-e Painting

Over the years, Clare resident Nancy Lee Spilove made her way through a number of careers before retiring at The Clare in Chicago. She spent 10 years managing her ex-husband’s medical practice. At age 51, she went to school to become a chef, and later became a culinary arts instructor. For eight years, she worked … Continue reading “Nancy Lee Spilove: The Meditation and Precision of Sumi-e Painting”

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Clare Chef Receives National Recognition for Culinary Competitions

In less than a month, Clare Executive Chef Hagop Hagopian will travel to Houston to compete for the coveted title of LCS Chef of the Year. Chef Hagop is one of five finalists in the first-ever Chef of the Year competition sponsored by Life Care Services, The Clare’s management company. All contestants serve as chefs … Continue reading “Clare Chef Receives National Recognition for Culinary Competitions”

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Susie Kealy: When a Dream Becomes Art

One night a few years back, as Clare resident Susie Kealy slept, she dreamt about her cat. It was an unusual dream. Susie’s cat has a line along the length of her belly, and she enjoys rolling over, exposing this feature. In the dream, the cat instead had a zipper down her stomach, with the … Continue reading “Susie Kealy: When a Dream Becomes Art”

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A Day in the Life of a Clare Cook

Brian Beech, a Lead Cook at The Clare, has worked in multiple delis and restaurants over the years. His time in Chicago dining services at the community, however, has been the most rewarding. He shares his passion for cooking and the knowledge and creativity garnered from his experience at The Clare. A Passion for Cooking … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Clare Cook”

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Cognitive Testing is More Important Than Ever

Cognitive testing is more important than ever, especially among older adults. Yet only 16% of seniors receive regular cognitive testing during routine health checkups, according to Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association. “We need to increase the confidence and the skills of front-line providers so they can provide … Continue reading “Cognitive Testing is More Important Than Ever”

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What Is Your Plan? Decluttering and Downsizing for a Move to Senior Living

Decluttering can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially when downsizing for a move to senior living like The Clare. Chances are, you’ve collected countless pieces of furniture, knick-knacks, documents and more over the years, and it can be difficult to know where to even begin. Anna Gielmi, a professional organizer, shares four common reasons … Continue reading “What Is Your Plan? Decluttering and Downsizing for a Move to Senior Living”

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A Day in the Life of Maintenance at The Clare

What do building maintenance services look like at The Clare? From keeping the facility running smoothly, handling operative emergencies, assisting residents with in-home requests, and setting up for various events, building maintenance services at The Clare vary significantly. Harvey McCray, a maintenance technician at The Clare, has experienced it all. He shares how he came … Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Maintenance at The Clare”

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