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ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING Spiritual life inspires and supports residents at Clare Oaks Spirituality is a treasured part of life at Clare Oaks, a continuing care retirement community in Bartlett, Ill, where religious services and programs touch residents hearts. Spiritual Life Coordinator and Chaplain Sue Skender considers herself a chaplain for people of all faiths as well as those who claim no faith. "We are all people with body, mind and spirit and those parts of us all work together," Skender explained. "The religious programs at Clare Oaks address residents' needs as complete and well-rounded people." spirit of the community was stronger than Religious programs include Catholic Mass, ever. "One thing I do as we are socially non-denominational services, Lutheran services and discussion groups about a variety of topics related to faith and organized strength from "The Heart of Gratitude," a religion. Skender also leads support groups for book with 100 days of devotions. "It changed caregivers and those experiencing grief and loss. Clare Ouks residents Linda Both, Joan Gould and Jack Lynch During the COVID-19 pandemic, gatherings for religious services had to change, but the distancing is start my day with a devotional of gratitude," says Gould, who found tremendous my attitude and helped me get through the difficult times." "Christianity saturates the atmosphere here," says resident Jack Lynch. "Clare Oaks caters to both the body and the soul which makes such a difference." Skender sees a similar spirit throughout the community. "We held group discussions on the phone during the early part of the pandemic. Many residents spoke about how the crisis really focused their attention on what is most Other residents agree. For Linda Both, attending Mass without battling Chicago area important: family, faith and community. Some weather was one of the reasons she chose to move to Clare Oaks. "I'm a lay minister in the more in their life!" Catholic faith. I was very active at St. Cecilia Parish in Mt. Prospect. When I came here, I started to get involved again. It gave me the opportunity to participate in ministries and to as well as a continuum of care for nearly 300 meet new people and share our faith." Although the majority of residents at Clare healthcare programs include independent Oaks are Catholic, the warm and welcoming community supports residents of several faiths. people told me that they had never prayed About Clare Oaks Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and living, assisted living, memory support, short- term rehabilitation and long-term care. Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating, the highest for skilled nursing and short-term Joan Gould is a Baptist who currently attends Calvary Christian Church in Elgin. She rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & also benefits from the spiritual life at Clare Oaks and particularly enjoys the "Finding God 2019/20, U.S. News & World Report awarded in the Ordinary" programs. Led by Chaplain Skender, each meeting includes stories about seeing God in everyday life and focuses on raising awareness of God's presence. Residents Carillon Drive, Bartlett, Ill, call 630-372-1983 then share thoughts about how the stories relate to their own lives. Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking for short-term stay rehab. For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 or visit ClareOaks.org. ClareOaks SENIOR LIVING Spiritual life inspires and supports residents at Clare Oaks Spirituality is a treasured part of life at Clare Oaks, a continuing care retirement community in Bartlett, Ill, where religious services and programs touch residents hearts. Spiritual Life Coordinator and Chaplain Sue Skender considers herself a chaplain for people of all faiths as well as those who claim no faith. "We are all people with body, mind and spirit and those parts of us all work together," Skender explained. "The religious programs at Clare Oaks address residents' needs as complete and well-rounded people." spirit of the community was stronger than Religious programs include Catholic Mass, ever. "One thing I do as we are socially non-denominational services, Lutheran services and discussion groups about a variety of topics related to faith and organized strength from "The Heart of Gratitude," a religion. Skender also leads support groups for book with 100 days of devotions. "It changed caregivers and those experiencing grief and loss. Clare Ouks residents Linda Both, Joan Gould and Jack Lynch During the COVID-19 pandemic, gatherings for religious services had to change, but the distancing is start my day with a devotional of gratitude," says Gould, who found tremendous my attitude and helped me get through the difficult times." "Christianity saturates the atmosphere here," says resident Jack Lynch. "Clare Oaks caters to both the body and the soul which makes such a difference." Skender sees a similar spirit throughout the community. "We held group discussions on the phone during the early part of the pandemic. Many residents spoke about how the crisis really focused their attention on what is most Other residents agree. For Linda Both, attending Mass without battling Chicago area important: family, faith and community. Some weather was one of the reasons she chose to move to Clare Oaks. "I'm a lay minister in the more in their life!" Catholic faith. I was very active at St. Cecilia Parish in Mt. Prospect. When I came here, I started to get involved again. It gave me the opportunity to participate in ministries and to as well as a continuum of care for nearly 300 meet new people and share our faith." Although the majority of residents at Clare healthcare programs include independent Oaks are Catholic, the warm and welcoming community supports residents of several faiths. people told me that they had never prayed About Clare Oaks Since 2008, Clare Oaks provides independent living apartments and cottages residents on its 41-acre campus. Lifestyle and living, assisted living, memory support, short- term rehabilitation and long-term care. Clare Oaks boasts a five-star rating, the highest for skilled nursing and short-term Joan Gould is a Baptist who currently attends Calvary Christian Church in Elgin. She rehab, from the Centers for Medicare & also benefits from the spiritual life at Clare Oaks and particularly enjoys the "Finding God 2019/20, U.S. News & World Report awarded in the Ordinary" programs. Led by Chaplain Skender, each meeting includes stories about seeing God in everyday life and focuses on raising awareness of God's presence. Residents Carillon Drive, Bartlett, Ill, call 630-372-1983 then share thoughts about how the stories relate to their own lives. Medicaid Services. In both 2018/19 and Clare Oaks a high-performance ranking for short-term stay rehab. For more information about Clare Oaks, 825 or visit ClareOaks.org.