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Sarah Harding Senior Living

Sarah Harding Senior Living

308 South Bluff Boulevard

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About Sarah Harding Senior Living

Do you believe your life could be as good or even better than you remember? At Sarah Harding Senior Living, we recognize that a life well-lived is one to be treasured. Retirement living should be a time to relax, rededicate, and enjoy. There’s a good life ahead. When it is time to move out of your home, we are the affordable and active, 65+ community choice in Clinton. You might be a fan of live musical programs, bingo, movies, pet therapy, exercise classes, birthday parties, card tournaments, Bible studies, or community events. Visit our library (new books every month) or have one delivered to your room! The Clinton Ministerial Association conducts ecumenical services every Sunday with chapel services every Thursday. Catholic communion is every Friday.

Searching senior living communities for your parents? Concerned about falling or safety hazards at home? Nutrition? Health or Exercise? Driving? Socialization? Ice and Snow? Everyday Chores and Upkeep? There are 65+ retirement apartments and even assisted living facilities a plenty, but Sarah Harding is different. It’s an active adult community—without a buy-in. If your parents choose not to live at home any longer, this is the place!

Enjoy life without the burdens of lawn care, house cleaning, food shopping and prep, clean-up, and safety concerns. We offer living choices that fit your needs and budget in senior apartments. Right size your living to better fit your current lifestyle, health needs, and space requirements. You’ll love the view and all the natural light that floods the room. Imagine a third-, fourth-, or fifth-floor apartment looking out over the trees, traffic, and 4th of July fireworks.

We are not an assisted living facility, but we have 24 security people to assist you 24-hours a day. Should an emergency occur, each room is equipped with a call cord. If daily or more regular care is required beyond what your family can provide, we can recommend several qualified home healthcare and visiting nurse organizations to consider.

Our Sarah Harding Story—Henry and Sarah Harding came from Cleveland, Ohio, following their marriage in 1854. After several stops along their route, they settled in the small community of Lyons, Iowa. A stonemason by trade, Henry soon was in the general contracting business building some of the largest buildings in Lyons.

Years later, they moved to the newly established City of Clinton. In Clinton, Henry and Sarah raised a family of four boys and one girl. Henry built a fine brick home for his family on the corner of 10th Avenue North and Second Street. It was at that time that Sarah began to express the dream that she would like to have their stately house become a home for retired people.

Two of the sons, Albert and Edward, left Clinton and settled in Washington D.C., where they opened a paper box firm in 1908. Through careful and frugal management, along with encouraging business firms to use their boxes as gift containers, the business became a financial success.

When it came time for Albert and Edward’s retirement, the two brothers provided a living trust for their close relatives. Then remembering their deceased mother’s often expressed wishes, they decided to establish and endow a home for the retired and name it after their mother.

They visited Clinton looking for an appropriate site for the new facility and ultimately purchased an estate known as the Frank J. Iten home. They also purchased a 78-acre farm on the outskirts of Clinton. A board of trustees comprised of local citizens was designated to conduct the affairs of the retirement home. They arranged and supervised the extensive remodeling of the Iten home to convert it into retirement living quarters.

They stipulated that a trust fund be established for Sarah Harding. Income from the trust was to be used to maintain the home, keep costs to the residents at a minimum, and provide a base for future building programs. After much planning and discussion following Edward’s death, it was decided to construct a new five-story building in 1967. That is the current structure on Bluff Boulevard.

In the meantime, the farm property the brothers had purchased earlier was sold to the Clinton Park Board and the Clinton Community School district. Today this is the site of the Ericksen Center and the former Harding School. Sarah Harding Senior Living continues to provide for its residents and the community of Clinton through the private funds and generosity of the Harding brothers.

Sarah Harding is a 504c—Choose a nonprofit senior care community like Sarah Harding because we are service driven and do not consider return to our investors or a profit motive behind our pricing, are led by a staff who measure success by the residents’ satisfaction level, we re-invest proceeds into more and better services, and we have a volunteer Board of Directors to ensure we continue being an employer and senior community of choice.


Utilities, cable, and building wide Wi-Fi included.

Dining Options

Dining at Sarah Harding is a social, nutritious, delicious time! Enjoy our ‘Heart Smart’ menu three times a day, 365 days a year. Join your friends at 8 am, Noon, and 5 pm. But if you aren’t feeling well, call for a tray and we’ll bring it right up. We serve your favorites so there are always plenty of choices no matter what your diet requires. We encourage our family to invite their family and friends! Please let the dining staff know you’ll be having guests and we’ll set a place for them too. Residents can consider adding a monthly all-meals package that is less expensive and healthier than dining out.

Cleaning Services

Laundry and housekeeping available.


Planned activities daily.

Common Areas and Special Features

Check out our newly remodeled dining room, community room, lounges, billiards room, and common areas! In 2016, a nearly $1 million project was completed to make Sarah Harding even more welcoming and useful for our residents. Our services and amenities include no buy-in or long-term lease required, library, chapel, gardens, billiards, planned daily activities, laundry and housekeeping available, transportation available for in-town appointments, carports and storage available, beauty/barber shop onsite, utilities and cable included, building wide Wi-Fi, exercise equipment and classes, and contracted care available with several agencies.


Transportation available for in-town appointments. Carports (extra fee) and storage available.

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