Friends Elmo and Richard Take ‘Cues’ From Each Other During Billiards Games

Billiards: It's a sport of agility and strategy that involves keeping the mind active and focused - and it's fun! Just ask Claremont Manor resident Richard Montes, a retired judge, who has been dabbling in this sport of men, women, kings, commoners and presidents, since high school and his frequent pool partner, buddy and one-time billiards novice, Claremont Manor dining room host Elmo Fernando. The two play at least twice a week in the resident lounge, mostly during Elmo's lunch hour…

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Resident Peggy Rachford is Anxious to Find New Adventures at Claremont Manor

"Margaret, come take dictation," the military commander said. "My name is Peggy," replied Peggy Rachford, responding to her boss while working during World War II as a secretary at a military base in New Jersey. He continued to call her Margaret; she ignored him. "Come take dictation ... Peggy," he finally said. "I rushed up and took that letter, and he never called me Margaret again," Peggy recalled with a laugh. Now living at Claremont Manor, the spirited and adventurous re…

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Retired School Teacher ‘Blossoms’ at Claremont Manor

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 sta…

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Demystifying Resident Contracts

For people who are considering moving to a community, many of the benefits are obvious: a beautiful location, friendly neighbors, great amenities, and supportive staff. But moving to a senior community is a big decision, and one that can raise many questions - especially when it comes to signing a contract or resident agreement. The resident agreement may seem imposing at first, but it also holds the answers to many questions prospective residents may have, such as: What's included and n…

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Jo Fulton Inspires with Volunteerism at Claremont Manor and Beyond

Jo began volunteering at the age of 12, during World War II when she manned an airplane lookout tower, alongside her mother. Later, as an adult, she worked with the Future Homemakers of America and also as a Girl Scout leader. More recently she's been involved with Hope Partners food distribution center, the Lions Club, the Claremont Manor Care Center and the Front Porch Communities Foundation at Claremont Manor. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic for in-person volunteerism, Jo…

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Chef David Keeps Meal Times Bold and Fresh During Pandemic

Tantalizing Tuscan pasta. Spicy Jamaican entrees. Creamy Irish coffee. These aren't just the dishes you can find on the menu at a fine dining establishment -- Claremont Manor residents enjoy decadent meals like this every day in an atmosphere that brings the ambiance of a fine establishment to their homes and soon to the community's dining room. Claremont Manor's Executive Chef David Diaz knows how important a unique, well-prepared meal is for residents. From nights dedicated to differe…

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Claremont Manor Life Enrichment Specialist Says Boredom is not Allowed

30-year employee Albert Mambou uses multiple skills to keep social opportunities fresh for residents during pandemic If there is one thing Albert Mambou does not like to be is bored. Nor does he want any Claremont Manor resident to be either. That's why serving as part of the community's life enrichment team for the past 30 years, has been Albert's dream job. "Every day I get to use the skills I have to create meaningful and fun opportunities for residents," said Albert, who is traine…

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Summer House at Claremont Manor: A Unique Memory Care Neighborhood

At Front Porch, seven of our retirement communities offer Summer House, memory care neighborhoods in intimate settings designed specifically for residents with Alzheimer's and memory loss. Providing specialized care in a home-like setting, innovative technologies to support engagement, and enhanced monitoring to ensure peace of mind for families, Summer House has been especially beneficial during the pandemic in meeting the needs of residents and providing meaningful experiences. If a loved …

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Creativity Under Quarantine at Claremont Manor

The creative process brings enjoyment, discovery, and self-expression to people of all ages. During the pandemic, creative projects such as painting, sewing, and writing poems have been especially important to older adults who want to maintain engagement while staying safer at home. Benefits include the potential to increase motor skills and coordination, enhance cognitive abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and strengthen social connections (virtually or safely distanced). At Claremon…

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Summer House: Memory Care in a Home-Like Environment

When it comes to memory care, some experts agree that familiarity with staff in an intimate setting is a positive factor one should consider when considering quality care. At Summer House at Claremont Manor, that is exactly what staff strives for. With a setting as cheerful and bright as a cherished summer home, Summer House is an intimate "neighborhood" featuring 17 residences, each with modern comforts and classic styling. In this one-of-a-kind space specially tailored for those with …

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