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Winter is coming

Are you ready?

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December 16th, 2014

With winter knocking at the door, many people are preparing for all the chores and safety precautions cold weather requires. To-do lists include purchasing salt for sidewalks, putting the snow shovel within reach, and making sure the furnace is in working order. 

But when people move to Lantern Hill next fall, they’ll be leaving their snow shovels—and their worries—behind. The Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J., will remove a major pitfall to owning a house: year-round maintenance. 

Community members will no longer have to mow lawns, rake leaves, shovel snow, hassle with heating repairs, or even replace light bulbs—24/7 home maintenance is included in the monthly service package. And Lantern Hill’s trusted service and maintenance team is always available to help.

This maintenance-free continuing care retirement community will have nearly everything one could need within its campus: restaurants, a market, a bank, a fitness and aquatics center, and community space for activities. And with glass-enclosed walkways connecting every building, residents need not venture outside during icy, snowy conditions and risk a slip or fall. 

“Lantern Hill is designed for convenience and safety,” says Sales Counselor Kathy Banks, “not to mention social activity. When others are isolated in their houses, our residents will be playing cards, practicing choral concerts, taking a painting class, and enjoying dinner together.”

Life keeps rolling along

Christa Tromblay knew she was ready to downsize for a simpler lifestyle when she started looking at retirement communities.

A resident of Long Island for 49 years, Christa searched for a similar community—somewhere with friendly neighbors and all amenities and services within reach. “I’ve never driven, but I could get anywhere,” she says of her home on Long Island. 

She was also looking for an active community with a variety of activities. She found what she was looking for in an Erickson Living community in Northern New Jersey, where activities continue even on the snowiest of days. So Christa doesn’t have to miss out due to slick roads or a snowed-in driveway. She just walks down the hall.

Wellness Manager Nicole Cox says the weatherproof lifestyle of Erickson Living communities is a big plus when it comes to staying healthy. “Even in cold weather, residents can swim laps in our pool, take an aqua aerobics class, lift weights, use the elliptical trainer or NuStep machine, or take a group fitness class,” she says. “We’re always open and easy to get to.”

Many people take advantage of the climate-controlled walkways that connect every building to get their exercise in the form of walking during the heat of summer and the cold of winter. 

‘Life is good’

Other people appreciate the maintenance-free lifestyle most. 

Originally a Florida snowbird, Joseph Monroe moved back this summer to New Jersey to be near family. Like Christa, he chose an Erickson Living community. Thanks to the maintenance and grounds crew, he can still appreciate some of Florida’s benefits—mainly, no snow shovel needed! 

Instead of maintaining a house, Joseph plans to sharpen his billiards game and join the woodshop. 

Karnig Thomasian also chose an Erickson Living community for its maintenance-free lifestyle. “I like not having the concerns of a house,” he says. 

Instead of filling his schedule with house chores, he plays ping-pong, shoots pool, and teaches a drawing class. In spring and summer, he gardens.

“Life is good,” he says. “I would say it’s more than I thought it would be.”



The cost of winter

The financial aspect of winter heating bills weighs heavily on many people’s decisions to move to Lantern Hill, says Sales Counselor Kathy Banks. “In a 20- or 30-year-old house, you have inefficient windows, heating, and unused rooms, making your heating bill much higher than it needs to be. 

“Here, all utilities, including heating and air conditioning, are included in a fixed monthly service package that corresponds to your apartment home, so not only are you cutting costs, you have a predictable monthly budget for almost all your expenses,” Banks explains.

The monthly service package includes a flexible meal plan for the community’s three restaurants, all utilities except telephone, transportation around campus and to popular local destinations, weekly housekeeping, and hospitality services.