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Continuing care opens this month at Lantern Hill

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March 14th, 2017
Assisted living and skilled nursing open this month at Lantern Hill. The neighborhood features design details such as light-filled inviting living areas offering the comforts of home, plus a movie theater, salon/spa, and creative arts studio.

Assisted living and skilled nursing open this month at Lantern Hill. The neighborhood features design details such as light-filled inviting living areas offering the comforts of home, plus a movie theater, salon/spa, and creative arts studio.

With a proven track record, including a hospital readmission rate that’s half the national average, the continuing care neighborhoods at Erickson Living communities across the country set the Baltimore-based company apart as an industry leader. Opening this month, the new continuing care neighborhood at Lantern Hill in New Providence, N.J., continues to build on this tradition of excellence. 

Continuing care opens with 17 private, one-bedroom assisted living apartment homes, 28 private studio apartments within memory care, and outpatient rehabilitation available for independent living residents. 

Later this summer, 40 private suites will open, adding Medicare-approved skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to the community. 

Holistic, person-centered approach

Erickson Living designs its continuing care neighborhoods with a holistic, person-centered approach. 

Lantern Hill’s neighborhood features thoughtful and research-backed details like sunrooms to create intimacy and fill living areas and wide hallways with light; open work areas for staff to be visible and accessible to residents; a movie theater, salon/spa, and creative arts studio; and life-skills stations for memory-challenged residents to find comfort in familiar daily activities. 

Additional details include distinctive wall and carpet coloring in each wing to aid with orientation and open-air patios with inviting views of the mountains and trees surrounding Lantern Hill.

The assisted living and memory care apartment homes feature large bathrooms; a spacious walk-in closet; breathtaking views of trees or mountains; and a warm, modern design. 

The unfurnished apartment homes allow residents to bring their favorite pieces of furniture, wall art, and décor “so that when they move in they feel at home with their things to comfort them,” says Director of Continuing Care Jerry McDonald.

“It’s very similar to continuing care at Highland Springs, Eagle’s Trace, Wind Crest, Ashby Ponds, and Tallgrass Creek. The specialness of Lantern Hill is that continuing care is a building within independent living, so it’s not separate,” McDonald says.

As such, people who live in Lantern Hill’s independent living apartment homes can conveniently visit and volunteer, and continuing care residents feel more connected to the community as a whole.

Personalized care plan

Continuing care at Lantern Hill makes it possible for people who value their independence to get some extra support with things like light housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, or medication management. The neighborhood’s intimate setting enables staff to cater services around each person’s needs and requests. 

All assisted living residents at Lantern Hill have a personalized care plan tailored to their specific needs, and 24/7 on-campus nursing care gives them and their families incredible peace of mind. Plus, they enjoy a rich daily lineup of activities, clubs, classes, and trips.

“Our programming and how we deliver our services are really dictated and driven by the residents themselves. The environment provides for independence and a gracious lifestyle, but our programming really brings the building to life,” McDonald says.

Residents can choose from a variety of activities that suit their interests, such as chair yoga and tai chi, mind-word games to stimulate the brain and memory, social clubs, happy hours, movie nights, musical programs, educational speaker series, pet therapy, and outings into the greater local community for shopping and dining.

Both independent living and continuing care also offer a host of religious programs and services for all faiths. 

“We really are trying to build a community that is fun and enjoyable with high-quality standards for our residents and their families,” says McDonald. “As we hire team members, we are being really selective to ensure the highest quality care and quality of life.”

“That’s the fun part,” McDonald continues, “building a community from the start and laying the foundation to do all these great things.” 

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