The Clare is committed to bringing you independent living, assisted living and memory care services in a comfortable and engaging environment. That’s why we’ve collected the most common questions about our community and the numerous amenities and services we provide. Click on each question to view their answers, below.
+ Where is The Clare Located?
The Clare is located in downtown Chicago at 55 East Pearson Street, in the heart of the famed Gold Coast. Minutes away from the ‘Magnificent Mile’, The Clare is steps away from Chicago’s best shops, restaurants, entertainment, theaters, cultural attractions and other points of interest.
+ Who owns and manages The Clare?
Chicago Senior Care, LLC, an affiliate of Senior Care Development, LLC, acquired The Clare in 2012. Chicago Senior Care takes great pride in providing quality amenities, superior service, and delivering the highest levels of satisfaction to every resident.
Senior Care Development has retained Life Care Services to manage the community on their behalf. Both Senior Care Development and Life Care Services are committed to providing and maintaining an exceptional retirement community environment in which every resident thrives.
+ Who lives at The Clare?
Those who choose to make The Clare their home are reinventing the way retirement communities should be enjoyed. At The Clare, a CCRC in the popular Gold Coast neighborhood, that means engaging with the unparalleled atmosphere, experiences, energy and comfort a luxury retirement community provides. Residents of The Clare include former professors, writers, directors, chefs, attorneys and CEOs to name a few. Many continue to work in their field of expertise, with still more contributing their time and efforts to valuable volunteer endeavors at The Clare and the surrounding Chicago community. Learn more about the residents of The Clare.
+ What levels of care are offered at The Clare?
The Clare has earned a reputation for innovation and excellence by offering the highest level of compassionate, professional care, gourmet-style meals, beautiful surroundings, extraordinary comfort, and the flexibility to design your schedule, your way.
Our 5-star rated supportive living community, The Terraces at The Clare, offers a wide range of services, from rehabilitation, to assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services, all within the same magnificent building as The Clare itself. And like the lifestyle of residential living at The Clare, the medical care we provide is as unmatched as our luxury.
+ What living options are available at The Clare?
The Clare offers a range of spacious floorplan options, from one-bedroom layouts with private balcony, to two- and three-bedroom options with over 1,700 square feet of living space. Visit our floorplans page to find the apartment option that best suits your lifestyle.
+ Are pets allowed?
Yes. Dogs, cats, birds, and fish are welcomed guests at The Clare. Reptiles and rodents are not acceptable pets in our community environment. No more than 3 pets per residence (no maximum on fish).
Residents must notify administration to replace or add a pet. When moving in, residents must identify a local veterinarian and visit it annually to ensure pets are up-to-date on shots and inoculations. Pets must be caged or on a leash at all times when outside the residence. Pet owners must pick up and dispose of all pet waste in a tied bag.
+ What is a CCRC?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, offers continuity of care throughout a resident’s lifetime, including a combination of independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services available to residents all on one campus. Typically, CCRCs require an entrance fee as well as a monthly service fee.
Designed to provide a seamless transition from one level of care to another, CCRCs allow residents to “age in place.” Should a person’s needs change, he or she can access the care and services required from one organization at one geographic location. This is especially helpful for couples – both can access the appropriate level of care while living in the same community.
+ What does a CCRC cost?
Most CCRCs require a one-time entrance fee plus monthly fees to cover on-going services such as maintenance, dining, and transportation. It’s important to ask if the entrance fee is refundable upon termination of the contract through a voluntary move or death, as not all communities offer entrance fee refunds.
At The Clare, the amount of the entrance fee depends on the apartment size and location. Monthly fees also vary depending on the apartment size and number of occupants.
+ What resident services are included in the monthly fee?
Resident services included in the monthly fee include:
On-site ATM, controlled access, daytime doorman and 24-hour security
Life enrichment programming
Planned social events and activities
Access to all community amenities
Full-time Exercise Physiologist and activity programming
All utilities included (except telephone, internet, and cable)
Real estate taxes included
For additional fees, the following services are provided:
Special events and classes
Guest meals and catering service
+ What is the approval process?
To qualify for a CCRC, applicants must meet health and financial criteria, as determined by the community. Generally applicants are asked for a report from a family physician indicating that the person can live independently. For financial approval, you must have the financial resources to cover the entrance fee plus monthly fees for the remainder of your life. Because of this, it’s important that you provide accurate information to the CCRC of all your accounts to ensure financial well-being throughout your life.
+ What are the benefits of a CCRC over at-home care?
While at-home care can offer complete supportive services without having to move to a retirement community, many find that it is a more expensive option. In addition to the financial costs, many choose a CCRC because of the service-rich and socially-beneficial environment that is typically difficult to replicate outside of a retirement community.
Annual surveys conducted of CCRC residents as compared to non-residents show that residents’ satisfaction is higher and they are happier and healthier than seniors who live at home. Studies also show that physical, cognitive and social health of seniors beneﬁts from programs offered in the CCRC setting.
A recent survey of 3,700 family members of CCRC residents in 49 states revealed profound and widespread satisfaction with Continuing Care Retirement Communities.
93% of family members said their parents are receiving good services
93% would recommend the CCRC as a good place for others to live
76% said their CCRC was a good value
88% felt their community had a high-quality reputation
77% would strongly consider a CCRC for themselves
+ What is LifeCare at The Clare?
The Clare is a LifeCare community. Lifecare is our comprehensive promise that provides you with long-term care, if the need arises, without increasing your monthly fee because of the need for the enhanced level of care. Your one-time entrance fee and ongoing monthly service fee entitle you to assisted living, skilled nursing care, or memory support, protecting you from the ever-escalating costs of long-term care.
In contrast to other communities’ fee-for-service model, which often charge you a daily rate which can quickly deplete your assets, our LifeCare promise offers financial security. You’ll get exceptional, compassionate care that fits your needs, giving you seamless access to a range of supportive living services.
Primary benefits of LifeCare include:
Predictable monthly fees
Priority access to on-site healthcare at a preferred rate
Control over skyrocketing healthcare costs
Guarantee of continued residency for a lifetime of care
+ What is an entrance fee?
The entrance fee is the fee required up-front once your application is approved. Across the United States, entrance fees vary widely – ranging from $20,000 up to one million dollars. Not all CCRCs have refundable entrance fees and some vary based on your time in the community. This is an important question to ask when visiting a community.
At The Clare, the amount of the entrance fee depends on the apartment size and location. The Clare offers two options for entrance fees:
70% & 80% Refundable Options
Provides flexibility for residents
Preserves a majority of the entrance fee investment
+ Why is The Clare right for me as a single person?
The Clare has many advantages for single individuals, including a sense of community and belonging, broader social network, and a place to continue to live a purpose-filled life. Services and maintenance-free living are also important. The security and peace of mind that come from knowing others are close at hand if needed is beneficial for someone who lives alone, as well.
+ Why is The Clare right for us as a couple?
Couples can make their decision to move, plan for their new home, make friends, and enjoy the new lifestyle together. And should one member of the couple need rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing, it’s comforting to know that your spouse will be in the same building, making it easy to see and be together as much as possible. The reduction of stress and freedom from home upkeep is a big advantage for couples who want to really enjoy a luxurious retirement lifestyle they have planned together.