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Year in review

Looking back over the last 12 months at Lantern Hill

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July 31st, 2017
Residents attending a lecture on Albert Einstein

One of the activities Cal Carver has taken advantage of at Lantern Hill is free on-site lectures, such as this one by fellow resident Dr. Phil Eisner titled “Albert Einstein, An Extraordinary Life,” held March 13 in honor of Einstein’s birthday.

After almost one year of living at Lantern Hill, Cal and June Carver say they’d recommend it to anyone. 

“As far as a residence for retired people, it’s probably the most top-of-the-line place that you could recommend. There are people who like to have separate villas, but as far as I’m concerned, I’d rather be under one roof and not have to go outside to get everywhere I need to go. The quality of the people, the place itself, the staff—you really couldn’t ask for more,” says June.

Sayonara winter worries

After two and a half years on the priority list, June and Cal moved from Short Hills, N.J., to the Erickson Living community in New Providence last September. 

Joining the priority list is simple. Members pay a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person, nonrefundable application fee. Once this deposit is made, the date is noted as the member’s priority list date. Members are encouraged to select a preferred floor plan that, once available, will be offered to them with the right of first refusal based on their joining date. 

There is no penalty should the preferred apartment home become available before a prospective resident is ready to move. It is simply offered to the next member on the list, and the priority list status remains the same.

In Cal and June’s case, they were ready to move and glad they did—especially before winter moved in. They don’t have to shovel snow, rake leaves, or even turn off the pipes. Lantern Hill takes care of it all, and it’s all included in one convenient monthly service package. 

All utilities, a flexible meal plan, and weekly housekeeping are included in the affordable fixed monthly fee, which also includes secure Wi-Fi, and each apartment home has ready access to the Internet. 

“We certainly write many fewer checks since we’ve been here,” Cal says of the monthly service package and financial structure. “That’s a good thing.”

Cal and June say the administration takes special care in identifying issues and resolving them quickly and effectively. 

“I think they’ve put forth a great deal of effort in hiring people. Everybody is very pleasant. I think that, really, they have made a great effort to find out what’s on our minds and try to improve things where improvement is needed,” says Cal.

Amping up social activities 

Now, as they welcome their first summer in their new home, they can enjoy the view from their apartment and not have to worry about yard work. 

Instead, they’re upping their already active social life. June has continued to volunteer in the surrounding area and has added playing bridge with new friends at Lantern Hill whenever her schedule allows. 

Cal attends the weekly current events group, and they both have enjoyed performances and movies in the arts studio. 

Should they choose, they could also participate in any of several campus interest groups, such as art classes, yoga, book clubs, bowling, golf, and theater. Those were just a few of the clubs and activities that pioneer residents were interested in bringing to Lantern Hill at a meeting last March—prior to the community’s grand opening. 

Now that it’s been open a year, these clubs have had time to build a foundation and a following.

“I find I’m busier now than I was before,” June says. The difference is she’s filling her time with activities she wants to do rather than chores she doesn’t. 

Her active lifestyle makes her appreciate her home even more. “I find that when I’m away, I’m always excited to know I’m coming back here. It’s like I’m looking forward to coming back to my apartment and having dinner with friends,” she says.

“We have made some lovely friends on the hall and in the building, and we hope to make more as time goes on,” she says, adding that making friends is easy at Lantern Hill. “Everyone is always smiling and has a happy attitude.”

Looking ahead

Cal and June moved into a spacious apartment home in phase one of construction at Lantern Hill, which consists of 161 independent living apartment homes. 

On the continuing care side, in March, the community opened 17 private, one-bedroom assisted living apartment homes, 28 private studio apartments within memory care, and outpatient rehabilitation available to all independent living residents. 

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

Then in 2018, two residence buildings, Maple Glen and Oakwood Court, will add 114 independent living apartment homes.

All homes in Maple Glen and Oakwood Court will feature amenities already popular in Lantern Hill’s existing residence buildings, including spacious layouts; modern kitchens; granite countertops; wood cabinetry and flooring, tile kitchen backsplashes; brushed nickel fixtures; stainless steel appliances; full-size, side-by-side washers and dryers; and walk-in closets.

Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan says she expects Maple Glen and Oakwood Court to sell out by end of summer. 

While at press time only one apartment home was available in Lantern Hill’s original residence buildings, Kohan says opportunities to move sooner than 2018 do arise.

“People should always contact us for currently available apartments that will allow them to move in more quickly rather than having to wait until early 2018,” she says. “If you move by the end of this year, it’s one last winter you have to deal with.”

To learn more about planning a move to Lantern Hill, Kohan recommends joining the priority list. 

“Joining the priority list is the best way to ensure you get the apartment that’s right for you,” says Kohan. “It’s also the best way to get to know the community. You’ll attend events, meet current and future residents, and be able to decide if Lantern Hill is right for you.”