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A serene house of Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove Street, Cooperstown New York
Our Home

Independent Living with Personalized Care

Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home offers a unique blend of independent living and personalized care in our adult care home. With bright, spacious rooms featuring private baths and lovely views, residents enjoy comfort and privacy. Our comprehensive services include personal care, medication assistance, transportation, delicious meals, and vibrant activities.

OUR STORY

The Thanksgiving Hospital Legacy

The Home traces its roots to the Civil War era with the opening of the Thanksgiving Hospital, founded in 1868 post-Civil War, symbolizing gratitude. In 1928, significant changes unfolded: patient care moved to what is now Bassett Healthcare, while the establishment transitioned into a retirement home. To honor Judge Ulysses Welch and his wife's patronage, it was renamed The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home. This pivotal year marked a new chapter, blending gratitude with dedication to serving the elderly in our community. 

The Thanksgiving Hospital Legacy of Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove Street, Cooperstown New York
Our Mission

Our Mission

The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home is dedicated to the principle that as we age, we are entitled to personal attention, specialized care, and, above all, the opportunity to continue our lives with dignity and meaning.
A Tale of Dedication at Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove Street, Cooperstown New York

A Tale of Dedication

Founders' family members continue to serve on the Board of Directors, upholding Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home's legacy. Their commitment ensures longevity and excellence. Historical ties and future vision unite, strengthening resources and enriching our beloved community.
Embracing Freedom and Flexibility at Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove Street, Cooperstown New York

Embracing Freedom and Flexibility

Our residents enjoy the freedom to come and go as they please, whether it's driving their own car or going on vacation. Be a part of a vibrant community and feel at home with our exceptional services and environment. Our beautifully appointed and inviting home fosters a sense of community where residents can connect, socialize, and feel truly at home.
History of Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove Street, Cooperstown New York

Our History

From its humble beginnings as the Thanksgiving Hospital in the post-Civil War era to its transformation into The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, our history is woven with compassion and dedication. Through trials and triumphs, we've remained steadfast in our commitment to serving the elderly with respect and dignity. Today, we continue to honor our legacy by providing a nurturing environment where residents can thrive and create new memories.
  • 1928
    Thanksgiving Hospital transitions to Bassett Healthcare, becoming The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.
  • 2002
    Residents relocate to The Otesaga Resort for renovations; 2003: Fire destroys, leading to generous rebuild.
  • 2004

    Gala Re-dedication marks return of residents to new Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.

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Officers
President:          Jane Forbes Clark
Vice President:  Edward Gozigian
Treasurer:          Anthony Fasano
Secretary           Andrew R. Marietta
Directors
James Bordley, IV, M.D.
Jane Forbes Clark
Stephen M. Duff              
Edward Gozigian
Bertine C. McKenna, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E 
Karen T. Streck
Ellen Leary Coccoma
Rebecca Weil
Chris L. Kjolhede, M.D., MPH