At Cloverwood Senior Living, we believe the best people to tell our story are the people who live here! Each fall, Cloverwood invites guests to join us for a resident panel to learn about life at our Pittsford senior living community. Current residents talk about a range of topics, including when and why they decided to make a lifestyle change, the challenges and opportunities of downsizing, and what they love about life at Cloverwood.
“We wanted an active, friendly and supportive community, and Cloverwood goes beyond that,” Warren shared during the panel discussion. Warren and his wife Karen live in a Cloverwood patio home. Warren swims for 45 minutes three times a week in Cloverwood’s indoor pool; Karen enjoys water aerobics classes. They also appreciate the newly renovated fitness center and the company of friends who stay active through running and walking. Bob, who lives in an apartment home, noted that in addition to playing golf, he walks every morning on Cloverwood’s well-manicured and scenic trails. Many Cloverwood residents are inspired by John, who at age 92 still participates in several 5K events every year, and walks and runs on the canal path in Pittsford several times a week.
Being free from the responsibilities and chores of home ownership is also a big factor for many in making the decision to move to a senior living community. Says Bob, who worked at Kodak as an engineer, “I wanted to give up taking care of a house.” That means no worrying about snow removal, yard work, or internal and external maintenance. It’s all taken care of by an attentive, responsive staff. Ann, who recently moved to an apartment from a Cloverwood patio home, laughs, “You don’t have to worry about much of anything at Cloverwood!”
At Cloverwood, there really is something for everyone. There are so many opportunities to be meaningfully involved in community life. Residents truly have the wonderful opportunity to create homes and lives that reflect their interests and what is important to them. For Bob, that means playing pool in the billiards room and poker with his friends. He also enjoys the woodworking shop which has “all the tools you’d ever want!” Warren and Karen socialize with their neighbors at special events like Cloverwood’s Hawaiian luau and casino night, as well as block parties and Friday night cocktails before dinner. Warren recalls attending Cloverwood’s New Year’s Eve party shortly after he and Karen moved in: “Everyone was so welcoming to us as newcomers! We were invited by several people to join them at their tables to enjoy the festivities.”
What else is there to do at Cloverwood? You name it! There are bridge groups and book clubs, movies and music, culture and classes. A look at the calendar presents a wide variety of choices of things to do, people to see and places to go. Courtesy transportation is provided for off-campus trips to residents’ favorite cultural happenings, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Hochstein School of Music and GEVA. Seasonal outings such as trips to Letchworth State Park and the High Falls Film Festival are also among resident favorites. If you like to volunteer, there are plenty of opportunities. Residents comprise committees for the library, welcoming new people, grounds and gardens, dining, and the Cloverwood gift shop. You can take an art class, taste various beers at the monthly “What’s Brewing” session, learn tai chi, or go to a presentation on America’s national parks. “My son says he wants to have my life!” jokes Bob. “I call Cloverwood a resort!”
Recently added to the long list of Cloverwood’s amenities is the brand new movie theater. It boasts very comfortable stadium seating for 25, a state-of-the-art sound system, and technical advances including an 85” 4K screen.
Cloverwood residents rave about the dining experience. Resident panelist Sis states, “The food is fantastic!” Seasonal menus are inspired by fresh, locally grown products. Daily homemade soups and desserts are particular favorites. Residents’ guests are always welcome; a private dining room is available to residents as well for special celebrations with family and friends.
“The staff always go the extra mile,” adds Warren, who also takes comfort in Cloverwood’s access to the Friendly Senior Living continuum of caring communities. An ombudsman volunteer for years, Warren’s advice is this: “It’s better to move too soon than wait until it’s too late.” Ann, who has lived at Cloverwood for eight years, calls the community “my shining city on the hill!” She adds that, “Once you get here, you feel at home almost immediately. Every day I’m truly thankful that I live at Cloverwood.”
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