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Moving forward sooner

Expanding life beyond your living space is easy at Cedar Crest

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July 20th, 2016
Dorothy McMahon says she’s even more socially active now that she lives at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J.

Dorothy McMahon says she’s even more socially active now that she lives at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J.

About three years ago, Dorothy McMahon made a proactive decision about aging. Though she lived comfortably in a condo in Pequannock Township, N.J., she realized that the day may come when she could no longer drive. She didn’t want her active lifestyle to be hindered and life confined to her living space.

In November 2013, Dorothy moved to Cedar Crest, a continuing care retirement community in Pompton Plains. “It was a good move,” she says. “It’s good to come here before you need help so you can take advantage of all this community offers.”

In fact, though she lived a socially active lifestyle in Pequannock Township, Dorothy says she’s even more active now that she lives at Cedar Crest. 

Making new friends

She represented the Resident Life Committee on the community’s Resident Advisory Council (RAC) for three years. As as a RAC representative, she started a welcoming group for new residents. “It’s been very successful,” she says.

So successful, in fact, that when her term was over, her committee continued the group and renamed it the Making New Friends Committee.

On a regular basis, two committee members invite ten new neighbors to dinner in one of Cedar Crest’s private dining rooms. During that time, the new neighbors have opportunities to meet the other new neighbors, ask questions, and get more acquainted with their new community. 

“It’s a very interesting time,” Dorothy says. “They have questions and they are interested in learning about the community.”

She says the group has had positive outcomes for administration as well. The committee listens to questions, concerns, or suggestions from new residents and passes them along to management. Examples include a map of how to navigate the community and an updated and streamlined welcome packet.

“The committee has created input from new people; it reminds us of what it’s like to be a newcomer,” she says.

Additionally, she says, “Administration has responded to it. It’s worth it in that sense.”

Smart move

Dorothy says moving to Cedar Crest has been a great decision. In fact, she refers others looking for a similar lifestyle whenever she gets the chance. She cites the following benefits of living at Cedar Crest as reasons to make the move sooner rather than later:

1. Support—“If you’re a couple, it’s good to move here ahead of time for support if one spouse eventually needs additional care or passes away.” The modern continuing care neighborhood is on campus, so the absolute best care is available should you or your spouse ever need it.

2. Safety—“There’s always help.” A gated entrance manned by a security guard 24/7, round-the-clock on-campus security, pull cords in every apartment home and other areas on campus, and emergency medical technicians who are on the scene within minutes are just a few safety features at Cedar Crest.

3. Convenience—“So much is available on campus if you can’t drive.” A medical center with full-time physicians, a bank, a pharmacy, activities, restaurants and a pub, and a fitness and aquatics center are just a few of Cedar Crest’s on-site amenities.

“Coming here sooner rather than later gives you the opportunity to get involved,” adds Dorothy.