Area’s premier CCRC reaches new heights

Lantern Hill receives five-star rating, opens new building

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August 22nd, 2019
Bell Pavilion, Lantern Hill’s sixth residence building, will open this fall with new amenities like a courtyard featuring fire pits and a bocce court.

Bell Pavilion, Lantern Hill’s sixth residence building, will open this fall with new amenities like a courtyard featuring fire pits and a bocce court.

Lantern Hill, the Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J., continues to grow strong. 

In April, the continuing care neighborhood at Lantern Hill received the highest score in the Five-Star Quality Rating System administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Erickson Living-developed and -managed community, located off Mountain Avenue in New Providence, N.J., earned a five-star rating in the overall quality category in April 2019.

CMS revised its inspection process this year and began providing improved staffing details and new quality metrics. The changes were aimed at providing more transparent and meaningful information about the quality of care residents receive. CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare continuing care facilities more easily and to help identify areas they may want to ask questions about.

Lantern Hill offers maintenance-free, independent living apartment homes in addition to its on-site continuing care neighborhood, which provides assisted living, sub-acute rehabilitation, nursing care, and memory care. 

Growing strong

With 390 current community members, this fall Lantern Hill will open 167 brand new apartment homes in its sixth and newest residence building, Bell Pavilion. New residents will have the choice of 17 stunning one- and two-bedroom floor plans, 9 of which have never been offered before at Lantern Hill—the Campbell, Colchester, Dogwood, Duncan, Evergreen, Hampton, Sherbrook, Washington, and Whitman. 

Many homes feature peaceful views of Bell Labs, the beautiful courtyard, or woodlands, with all apartments boasting high ceilings of 9 to 10 1/2 feet, depending on the floor. The first floor features 10 1/2-foot ceilings; the second, third, and fourth feature 9 1/2-foot ceilings, and the fifth floor features 9-foot ceilings. 

Each apartment home comes adorned with modern finishes like wood floors in the kitchen, living room, and dining area, and granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. 

Those who reserve a home in Bell Pavilion or in any of Lantern Hill’s other five buildings have the opportunity to customize their apartment home by adding custom closets, window treatments, and additional wood flooring in the bedroom. 

Lantern Hill recommends a trusted contractor who completes these types of projects frequently for Lantern Hill community members. Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan also makes recommendations for the front end of one’s move—real estate agents, moving companies, and senior move managers. It’s part of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a program that has revolutionized the senior moving industry over the past ten years. 

Right on schedule

Kohan says the most popular locations and floor plans in Bell Pavilion are selling quickly.

“Bell Pavilion’s amenities make it a standout location within the community,” says Sales Counselor Kathy Banks. It will have a restaurant, wine bar, second fitness center, courtyard with fire pits and bocce courts, community gardens, and underground parking.

“We’ve had such a demand for the Lantern Hill lifestyle that even though we just opened two new buildings in the spring, Bell Pavilion is right on schedule to be fully reserved this year,” Kohan adds. In July, it was already 50% reserved.

Lantern Hill has two special events in preparation for Bell Pavilion’s grand opening in early October. On September 5, current reservists will be able to see their apartments. Then, on September 12, priority list members and visitors will have an opportunity to tour the building, view every floor plan, and meet with Banks or Kohan to discuss options and reserve a home. 

“The event on September 12 is a great opportunity to see Bell Pavilion and its floor plans and community spaces. But I will warn you that if you want to beat the rush you should come as soon as possible,” says Kohan.

“Resident ambassadors and staff will be there to guide them, answer questions, and help them get to know the community on a personal level,” Banks says. “It’ll be a really fun, exciting day.”