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ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING Clare Oaks community feels like a supportive family Resident Lou Skibicki discovers benefits of the senior living lifestyle Two years ago, Lou Skibicki was facing a challenging time. His wife of 67 years, Corrinne. had passed away. Six months later, he was hospitalized with a serious illness. When it was time to be released, he needed to spend some time in rehabilitation before he could return home. Skibicki spent 47 days in Clare Oaks' skilled nursing care wing receiving IV antibiotics and recovering. When he was strong enough to leave. he and his family began to question the wisdom of heading home to an empty house. They explored different options, but ultimately decided he should move to the independent living section at Clare Oaks. "From the very beginning people here were just so friendly," Skibicki explains. His daughter Karen Mack agrees. "You just got this feeling of kindness at Clare Oaks," she says. "When we walked down the halls during our tour, we could just tell everyone was happy living in this community." Still, Skibicki was nervous about the move. "I didn't know what to expect." he says. He was grieving the loss of his wife, recovering from a serious illness and facing a big change. Fortunately, it did not take long for Clare Oaks to feel like home and for the staff and residents to become a new sort of family. "Right away I tied in with a group of guys that share a dinner table each night." he says. Plus, he quickly found he could continue to enjoy because it was the first party he attended without the activities he koves. Church is a very important part of Skibicki's life. When he lived in St. Charles, he would walk to Mass at St. John Neumann every day. The exercise and the Mass are part of his day that he treasures. At Clare Oaks, he attended Mass every day right in the building until the onset of COVID-19 and looks forward to when it is the right of lite. It was clear this was not an end, but the time for the Chapel to open again. He continues to walk. He enjoys trekking on a path around the outside of the community and he even mapped a second route inside so weather doesn't stop him. Lou SktNeKi sociardistancing with daughter Karen Mack was time to ring in 2019, Clare Oaks hosted a New Year's Eve party. For Skibicki it was significant his wife. His daughter wondered how he would manage. She was relieved and amused when he called to wish her a Happy New Year. He had enjoyed a couple glasses of wine, danced with the staff, celebrated with his friends and was full beginning of a joyful new phase of life. About Clare Oaks Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages as well as a continuum of care for nearly 300 residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and healthcare programs include independent living, assisted living, memory His daughters remain an important part of his life. "When he needs something. he'll often call us," Mack says. "But he knows he always can ask Cheryl Maples, the concierge, as well. It gives all of support, short-term rehab and long-term care. us peace of mind knowing he has support." On Sundays, Mack often joins her dad for Mass and brunch at Clare Oaks. "It touches my heart to see how the dining staff knows him and makes him feel so comfortable." she says. "I can't describe what a wonderful feeling it is to know he is for short-term stay rehab, enjoying such a positive atmosphere." There have been many turning point moments as Skibicki adjusted to his new community. When it Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating, the highest for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and 2019/20, U.S. News & World Report awarded Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 Carillon Drive, Bartlett, Ill., call 630-372-1983 or visit ClareOaks.org. ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING Clare Oaks community feels like a supportive family Resident Lou Skibicki discovers benefits of the senior living lifestyle Two years ago, Lou Skibicki was facing a challenging time. His wife of 67 years, Corrinne. had passed away. Six months later, he was hospitalized with a serious illness. When it was time to be released, he needed to spend some time in rehabilitation before he could return home. Skibicki spent 47 days in Clare Oaks' skilled nursing care wing receiving IV antibiotics and recovering. When he was strong enough to leave. he and his family began to question the wisdom of heading home to an empty house. They explored different options, but ultimately decided he should move to the independent living section at Clare Oaks. "From the very beginning people here were just so friendly," Skibicki explains. His daughter Karen Mack agrees. "You just got this feeling of kindness at Clare Oaks," she says. "When we walked down the halls during our tour, we could just tell everyone was happy living in this community." Still, Skibicki was nervous about the move. "I didn't know what to expect." he says. He was grieving the loss of his wife, recovering from a serious illness and facing a big change. Fortunately, it did not take long for Clare Oaks to feel like home and for the staff and residents to become a new sort of family. "Right away I tied in with a group of guys that share a dinner table each night." he says. Plus, he quickly found he could continue to enjoy because it was the first party he attended without the activities he koves. Church is a very important part of Skibicki's life. When he lived in St. Charles, he would walk to Mass at St. John Neumann every day. The exercise and the Mass are part of his day that he treasures. At Clare Oaks, he attended Mass every day right in the building until the onset of COVID-19 and looks forward to when it is the right of lite. It was clear this was not an end, but the time for the Chapel to open again. He continues to walk. He enjoys trekking on a path around the outside of the community and he even mapped a second route inside so weather doesn't stop him. Lou SktNeKi sociardistancing with daughter Karen Mack was time to ring in 2019, Clare Oaks hosted a New Year's Eve party. For Skibicki it was significant his wife. His daughter wondered how he would manage. She was relieved and amused when he called to wish her a Happy New Year. He had enjoyed a couple glasses of wine, danced with the staff, celebrated with his friends and was full beginning of a joyful new phase of life. About Clare Oaks Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages as well as a continuum of care for nearly 300 residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and healthcare programs include independent living, assisted living, memory His daughters remain an important part of his life. "When he needs something. he'll often call us," Mack says. "But he knows he always can ask Cheryl Maples, the concierge, as well. It gives all of support, short-term rehab and long-term care. us peace of mind knowing he has support." On Sundays, Mack often joins her dad for Mass and brunch at Clare Oaks. "It touches my heart to see how the dining staff knows him and makes him feel so comfortable." she says. "I can't describe what a wonderful feeling it is to know he is for short-term stay rehab, enjoying such a positive atmosphere." There have been many turning point moments as Skibicki adjusted to his new community. When it Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating, the highest for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and 2019/20, U.S. News & World Report awarded Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 Carillon Drive, Bartlett, Ill., call 630-372-1983 or visit ClareOaks.org.