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The Moosehaven Family


“Listen to my story about a man named Jed, the poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed.”  If you watched TV in the 60’s and 70’s, you know how catchy this song can be. However, within the first few bars, you soon realized the premise of the story and had a true feel for the Clampett family dynamics.

Just like the Beverly Hillbillies, our residents have created their own song about life at Moosehaven, and the invaluable services provided.  Within the first few notes, their song of salvation and gratitude quickly paint the picture of their own personal “why” Moosehaven is now their home.  No matter the story line to follow, the underlying message within each song conveys the family dynamics of our community.

Sit back and listen to the gentle melody written by Moosehaven residents from both admissions programs.  Hear the common theme among the stories told by first-hand accounts from our family members.

Jack joined the Moose in 1954.  Without a thought for the future, Jack enjoyed his time with the Fraternity raising money for buildings here at Moosehaven and traveling the world.  Little did Jack know at the time, his service in the Moose would one day gain him the best experience of his life.  Years later, he now enjoys his retirement in one of the best communities in all his travels. With friendly faces to welcome him home, Jack sings the praises of a helpful staff and beautiful campus.

A fairly new resident, Shirley, joined the Moose in 1985. Learning about the features of Moosehaven, Shirley knew instantly when touring, Moosehaven would become her home. Eager to surround herself with friends of likeminded interest, Shirley feels blessed to be part of the Moosehaven family.

After losing his wife, and part of himself, Jim lived near Moosehaven, but was sinking away in his home.  Overwhelmed with the thought of downsizing and the loneliness he felt, Jim learned about the New Life Program at Moosehaven and had a ray of hope.  The staff readily assisted him in the transition and with a song of gratitude; Jim quickly notes how Moosehaven saved his life. Changing his tune shunning the world, to thriving once again, Jim now has pep in his step and a new song in his heart.

Not wanting to burden their children with the future task of downsizing, many of our Brandon Place residents have moved home to Moosehaven as soon as eligible.  Eliminating the fear of the unknown with preparation, life is now a dance of a whole new beat.  With the amenities and social activities offered on campus, life becomes carefree, without want or worry.

Become part of the Moosehaven story, and write your next verse in life.  Learn more about one of the greatest benefits of your Moose membership.  Visit our admission page at, for information regarding our Moose Life Program for Moose members of 15 years, and our New Life Program.

Don’t miss an episode of life at Moosehaven, like us today on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest events and news.  You’ll soon hum a tune that resonates with your own lifestyle. Allow the uplifting melody to summon you home; where family and friends await you, to celebrate a harmonious life together and surround you in love.

Who Do You Think You Are?


Have you ever watched that show Who Do You Think You Are? If you aren’t familiar with this, it is a show where a celebrity gets help in tracking down their ancestry through records like old censuses, marriage, birth and death records.

This past weekend, despite everything else I had on my to-do list, I decided to get on Since I am not a celebrity and this is real life, I had to do my own research. Within an hour of doing this, I was absolutely riveted and maybe more than a little obsessed. It felt like being inside a compelling mystery novel, except it was real and these were MY people and I could see their actual handwriting and feel their presence. I spent almost an entire day and night glued to the computer. I found where other relatives I have never even met posted pictures of great and great-great grandparents.

I even found copies of draft cards from worldwar I and II. I especially wanted to get as much detailed information as I possibly could about where my families came from in Ireland in hopes to visit those places where my ancestors lived and died and maybe even meet some distant relatives that still live there. Still, I learned a couple important things about myself. One: finding credible leads from the mid 1800’s in another country can be very confusing and time consuming. Two: after all the discoveries I made, I came to remember the most important thing of all, while it can feel beautiful and healing to walk the same land where many of my ancestors come from, at the end of the day, we have to be careful about over identifying with any particular group that separates us, making us take on an us vs. them mentality. After all, do we honestly believe one race, class, or gender or creed is better than another? Do we really think God sees us differently?

It can be fun to find belonging in a particular group, but I think it’s important that we place more of an emphasis on how much we are all the same and that we are all equal. I think the most important thing we can strive to be above all else is LOVE. So when I am in Ireland for 10 days this month, I MIGHT try to find time away from my tour group to visit a gravesite or two, but generally I plan to bask in some much need vacation time in a beautiful country and just practice being as close to divine love as I can. It’s a good goal to have no matter who we think we are.

Jennifer Bothast, COTA Moosehaven/Rehab Director