When retired school teacher Nancy Feyrer and her husband decided to move to Claremont Manor for its friendliness, beauty and charm, she wasn't sure what opportunities lay ahead. Was she ever pleasantly surprised.
"I am a retired school teacher so I was never shy, but once I moved here an entirely new world opened up for me socially," Nancy said. "I decided to volunteer at the skilled nursing Care Center here. That volunteer opportunity changed my life. I know all of the residents and staff and they are like my family."
Nancy soon expanded her volunteerism by working shifts in the resident store, The Arbor, and at the resident-run library - two experiences she thoroughly enjoys.
"I soon realized The Arbor is more than just a store, it's also a gathering place to meet new friends and catch up with old ones," she said. "I am also a volunteer hostess for newcomers at Claremont Manor. I show them around, introduce them to neighbors and activities and make them feel at home during their first few weeks here. But I think my most ambitious volunteer opportunity is in our resident library. I had no experience working in a library but that's okay, because around here, there is always a friendly face to lend me a hand."
Nancy has lived at Claremont Manor since 2020, but her first introduction to the community was years earlier.
"My husband and I were invited for lunch by our friends who lived here," Nancy recalled. "At that time, we were not considering moving to a retirement community, but something special happened during that and other visits. We were so impressed with the beautiful landscape, classic brick buildings, cottages and most of all the friendly people. In the back of our minds we knew this would someday be our home."
Soon after the couple toured a beautiful apartment. "As soon as we walked in we knew it was just for us," Nancy said. "We were home!"
"I remind my friends who are both considering and not considering moving into a retirement community that here there is no cooking, cleaning, maintenance or housework," Nancy said. "We have multiple levels of care including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and a wide variety of accommodations ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments and cottages. And then there's the food. Wow! There's so much variety all prepared by a chef that we can enjoy together in our dining room. In a lot of ways, I would say, I have blossomed here."
About Claremont Manor
Claremont Manor is an eclectic Claremont senior living community surrounded by lush gardens where both intellect and spirt thrive. Offering four levels of care including Claremont senior assisted living, independent living, memory care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation, it is senior living at its best.
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