Clara’s Garden is the newest addition to The Gary Residence, serving those living with dementia and various forms of memory loss.
This full-service living community offers beautiful and peaceful private and semi-private accommodations for your loved one.
Our neighborhood is thoughtfully and purposefully designed and built to provide utmost comfort, safety, and enjoyment for our residents. With our high staff-to-resident ratio, 24/7 care program, and structured activities, you can rest assured that your loved one will be nurtured, cared for, and socially connected.
We offer the very best in
memory care living.
Included in your loved one’s care are:
- Full dining services: 3 meals a day, 24/7 snacks
- Housekeeping and personal laundry
- 24-hour support for personal care
- Nursing oversight, including medication management
- 24-hour emergency response
- Individualized programs and therapeutic activities
- In-room TV hookups with cable option
- Cable TV in shared living areas
- Private bathrooms
- Access to on-site hair and nail salon
- Secure outdoor patio and garden area
- Dedicated dining and living rooms
- All utilities included
Best Friends™ Approach
Our philosophy of care follows the Best Friends approach, a world-renowned best practice when caring for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Best Friends uses the essential elements of friendship (respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor) to care for people and adapt to their remaining strengths and abilities.
The living accommodations at Clara’s Garden are purpose-built, designed for comfort and calm with soothing lighting and colors, and a single-floor layout with apartments and common areas situated in a circular pathway to avoid dead-end spaces. The soothing décor and ample privacy of the units, combined with close-by amenities, ensures your loved one’s needs are always met.
Units & Floor Plans
The private suite offers your loved one all the comforts of home with a large closet, cable TV hook-up, picture windows, and a private bathroom.
1 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath
In the shared suite, residents enjoy their own private bedrooms, closets, and picture windows while sharing a large en suite bathroom.
2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bath
Memory Care Floor Plan
Our single-floor layout offers 12 private rooms, 3 semi-private rooms, a garden, and a central common area for walking, dining, activities, and quiet reading by the fireplace.
We’re here to help ease your loved one’s transition to Memory Care by offering an easy, straightforward application process.
To join the Priority Waiting List, we require a refundable $1,000 deposit. There is no buy-in or entrance fee. Upon move-in, this deposit is applied towards the one-time Community Fee of $2,500.
The monthly fee includes 24/hour staffing, medication management, 3 meals a day, transportation to medical and other appointments, cleaning and laundry service, personal care assistance, emergency response system, professional nursing assessments and care planning, health and wellness programs, and social, recreational, and cultural activity programs.
The options for accommodations at Clara’s Garden are semi-private or private rooms. Each room has a full bathroom and individually controlled heating and air conditioning.
2023 Pre-Opening Rates
(subject to change)
- Private Room (13’ x 21’)
Monthly Rate: $9,795
- Semi-Private Room (21’ x 21’)
Monthly Rate: $7,495
Cost Comparison Worksheet
What is the economic value at Clara’s Garden?
We’ve created a helpful worksheet to compare the expenses (current and future) of living in your own home and the cost to become a resident at Clara’s Garden. Download the worksheet now to see if the economic value of Memory Care at The Gary Residence makes sense for your loved one.
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Become a Resident at Clara’s Garden
Steps to becoming a resident:
1. Contact us.
Call 1-802-223-3881 to arrange an appointment.
2. Get on the list.
Download and complete the Priority Waiting List Agreement and submit a fully refundable deposit of $1,000. At this time your unit choice may be reserved.
3. Fill out an application.
Complete the Application for Residency packet and the Financial and Medical Information forms. Please contact our office to obtain these forms (Note: Forms will be available beginning late spring of 2023).
Complete and submit the Release for Medical Information form and schedule an appointment for a medical assessment with our Resident Care Director.
4. Review materials.
Read our Residency Agreement and Resident Handbook and write down your questions (Note: Forms will be available beginning late spring of 2023).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who owns The Gary Residence?
The Gary Residence is owned/operated under O.M. Fisher Home, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation governed by a local board of trustees. O.M. Fisher Home, Inc was established in 1919 and owns/operates Westview Meadows at Montpelier, as well. OM Fisher Home was established in 1919 and The Gary Residence was built in 1941.
Who is eligible to live at Clara’s Garden at The Gary Residence?
Individuals age 62 and older who are experiencing some form of memory loss.
Is there a waiting list for The Gary Residence?
There is Priority List program if you want to be considered for a particular unit or if you want to plan several years in advance for your future.
How long must I commit to living at The Gary Residence?
Most residents stay on a long-term basis. However, a 30-day residency agreement is signed by all residents or their Power of Attorney.
May I bring my own furniture?
Yes, your unit is yours to furnish and decorate as you wish.
What if my health changes?
We understand that health changes are part of aging. Should we not be able to meet your needs, we have worked with other high quality health care providers in the area and will help you coordinate those services.
Can my family have dinner with me?
Absolutely! Family and friends are always welcome at The Gary Residence. Our Residential Care and Memory Care Programs each have their own dining rooms, with extra room. Just speak with our staff to make arrangements.
Can I bring my dog or cat?
Unfortunately, Clara’s Garden residents are not able to have pets.
Does my physician need to be involved in the application process?
We do ask that your personal physician complete a health assessment form for our staff. Our Resident Care Director will also meet with you to help determine the appropriate level of care for you, and upon admission will complete your individual care plan.
What levels of care are offered at The Gary Residence?
We offer licensed Residential Care and Specialized Unit Memory Care.
Can my spouse live with me if they don’t need Residential Care? Is this appropriate for Memory Care?
Our memory care program offer a holistic approach for specific needs, and therefore would not be an appropriate setting for something who does not experience memory loss.
Are you ready to take the next step in Memory Care living?
Give us a call today at 1-802-223-3881 to learn more.