NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Lantern Hill Executive Director Patricia Swan-Jacobs brought Borough Council members up to date on what is happening at the continuing care retirement facility.

The original campus of the facility at the corner of Mountain Avenue and South Street is complete and all the buildings are open, with 263 of 275 apartments sold, she told the council at its June 25 meeting.

About two families a week are moving in. There are 310 independent living residents there now, with 68 in the various levels of continuing care. In addition, six dogs live at the facility and “lots of cats,” Swan said. The average age of residents is “over 80,” she said.

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The Bell Pavilion is under construction and is expected to open in late 2019, she said. It will have 169 independent apartments, a 120-seat dining room, satellite fitness center, a computer room a meeting space and one-to-one underground parking, she said. There have been few, if any, complaints about the construction, she said.

Valet parking is in place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for guests of residents and other visitors to the campus. In the daytime, employees are parking off site, on Linde property, and there is an employee shuttle in place.

A full-time recruiter is on site, she said. “The employee count is at 235,” said Swan, and we “still have 40 available jobs”

Management has already negotiated an end its contract with Summit Medical Group and will bring “Erickson Medical” up to the community. There is a full medical suite in Building One, she told the council and they are in the process of hiring a doctor for the facility, which will be open five days a week.

Lantern Hill uses Atlantic Ambulance, Swan said, and they are “onsite about five times a week.” As for 911 calls, only about five a month are being made to the Dispatch Center. When they move in “our residents are well-trained to call 911,” but we are training them “to pull the emergency cord and they will have a first responder” within a few moments, she said.

Only three residents have an external emergency pendant. “The people who have retrained them are driving and active,” she said.

“Winter was hard on the landscaping,” she said, and repairs are underway. “The trees out front do have Emerald Ash Borer,” and the landscapers are trying to remove as few trees as possible from the site.  Find out more about Emerald Ash Borer here