MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Contractors and employees spent the past week polishing, training and putting the finishing touches on the interior of Arbor Terrace Mountainside. On Monday, July 16, the first residents will be moving in.

On Thursday, July 12, Senior Care Counselor Maria Owens gave TAPinto a guided tour of the three-story senior living facility which provides both assisted living and memory care for up to 100 residents. Owens said the Bridges program is for people with early memory lost, who would “get lost in assisted living and won’t feel the support they need,” but aren’t ready for the Evergreen neighborhood, which is secure.  

“It’s like a stationary cruise ship – right outside your door is a day full of programming and you come to the things you are interested in,” said Owens. All meals are included, as is the social hour daily in the Collins Tavern, live entertainment, themed movie nights for residents and other activities for residents to choose from. The programs are being tailored to meet the needs of the residents. “There’s a lot of thought put behind it,” said Owens.

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The goal is to simplify everything for the residents and/or their families, “so the children can go back to being children and mom and dad can go back to being mom and dad,” she said.

The Arbor Terrace philosophy is to “keep the residents connected to the community,” said Owens.  That means attending programs in the community, working with local elementary schools on special projects, and inviting community members to visit and share their talents and interests. Arbor Terrace has “an excellent partnership with the JCC in Scotch Plains. There will be a standing date where residents will be able to go to the JCC” and, in turn, the JCC will bring their senior citizen groups to Arbor Terrace.

The “vibe” of the community is that there are like-minded individuals who are coming in they are all in the same chapter of life coming in – a lot have made the decision on their own, said Owens. They bring their own furniture, television and artwork. Some are still driving, but everyone is welcome to use the transportation provided by Arbor Terrace.

It’s not a buy-in community – it’s a month-to-month rental community, where a resident’s exposure is limited to 30 days, she said.  There is 24/7 nursing, with two registered nurses (RNs) during the day and a licensed practical nurse (LPN) overnight, plus a lot of aides and visiting physicians.  Arbor Terrace has its own pharmacy and there’s a fitness center on site where rehab services will be offered. Each person who becomes a resident has been evaluated and has an individualized care plan, Owens said.

Arbor Terrace offers a full array of options, from studios, one bedroom, two bedroom, and companion apartments, all with kitchenettes, Owens said. The companion apartments are two-bedroom apartments in which each resident has their own bedroom, share the kitchenette and restroom, and each has their own vanity, Owens said.

Of those who have signed up and are ready to move in, many are from Mountainside, Springfield, Westfield, Fanwood and Scotch Plains. There are even a few residents who are moving back to New Jersey from Florida to be near their families, Owens said.  Beginning on Monday, there will be two move-ins a day Monday – Thursday.

Arbor Terrace Mountainside offers quality, state-of-the-art senior living and memory care. Arbor Terrace Mountainside gives residents the freedom to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. Independent, assisted living - we don't believe in labels. Instead, we believe in giving seniors the best service, no matter what you need.

Services Offered: Assisted LivingDementia & Memory Care - The Bridges Neighborhood

Arbor Terrace is located at 1050 Springfield Avenue in Mountainside. For more information, call 908-386-4179.