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Going places

There are no obstacles when it comes to Lantern Hill’s services and amenities

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November 3rd, 2016
Though she has macular degeneration, Ruth Milgram can be as active and as social as she wants now that she lives among friends, services, and on-campus amenities at Lantern Hill in New Providence, N.J.

Though she has macular degeneration, Ruth Milgram can be as active and as social as she wants now that she lives among friends, services, and on-campus amenities at Lantern Hill in New Providence, N.J.

“Alexa, stop,” Ruth Milgram says as she answers the phone. Her voice-service, Bluetooth-enabled speaker silences, and Ruth returns to our interview. 

The Amazon smart product is a lifesaver for Ruth, who has macular degeneration. With the command of her voice, she can listen to news, music, weather, and even order pizza. 

But “Alexa” can’t do everything for Ruth. Necessities like transportation can be cumbersome for someone with macular degeneration. Otherwise mentally sharp and physically and socially active, Ruth has had assistance from her daughter and son-in-law, who moved in with her four years ago in her two-floor townhouse in Edison, N.J.

“It was nice to have them there for transportation and to assist me with other aspects of getting around,” Ruth says. 

However, when they had to move back to their home in Florida, Ruth and her daughter began considering Lantern Hill, the Erickson Living community that would open in New Providence. “I could not do the stairs very well. I wanted more companionship and things to do,” Ruth says. 

Plan comes to fruition

They first visited the sales center two years ago. On August 5, Ruth settled into her one-bedroom Chaucer-model apartment home. The open floor plan features a den, great room, and well-appointed kitchen.

Ruth downsized by selling some of her furniture and housewares to the people who bought her house—which sold in one day with real estate agent Lois Bamber of Weichert—and donating and giving away the rest. 

Lantern Hill Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan recommended Bamber as well as Liberty Moving. “Using our trusted and vetted vendors takes one less decision, one less thing to stress about off our residents’ shoulders,” says Kohan.

By using a preferred real estate agent, Ruth qualified for Lantern Hill’s Move On Us Program, which offers a moving services credit up to $2,000 in their resident account for costs related to downsizing and packing at people’s homes, moving them to their Erickson Living community, then unpacking them in their new apartment home. Residents can take advantage of as many of these services as they need. 

Going places

With many of life’s necessities on campus, Lantern Hill offers a carefree lifestyle that makes staying physically, mentally, and socially active much easier than living alone in a house. 

There just a month, Ruth had already sampled strength training and chair yoga in the fitness center. She’s also participated in the current events club and weekly movie screenings. 

“I’m participating in everything that I can. I like my apartment, the people who work here. It’s a very comfortable place. I think I’m going to really enjoy it once the activities get moving,” Ruth said in early September.

She doesn’t need to travel far to access many other amenities. A group of residents has opened a campus library from donated books. The medical center provides full-service health care from Summit Medical Group. And dining out has never been more convenient. Residents can eat any or all meals at the campus restaurant without having to shop, cook, or clean up. 

When she does need to run errands, Ruth can take the provided shuttle to scheduled destinations, such as New Providence Mall, Short Hills Mall, Valley Mall, and Summit Medical Group’s offices to visit a specialist. 

“People are very gracious and have befriended everybody, including me,” Ruth says. “It’s a very comfortable place to be.”

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