The Priority List: A Fun and Risk-Free Way to Explore Retirement Living at Lantern Hill

Michele Harris
November 10, 2021
Lantern Hill residents

People tend to equate retirement planning with financial planning. While having the financial resources to maintain a good lifestyle is critically important, there is much more to successful retirement planning than just having money in the bank.

A good retirement plan should also include an assessment of your goals and interests. How do you envision your retirement lifestyle? Where will you live?

Studies show that a retirement lifestyle that includes community engagement, strong social ties, and physical activity contributes to greater happiness and better overall health and resilience.

The right community can enhance your lifestyle, so it’s important to explore your options.

Erickson Senior Living, a nationally recognized leader in continuing care retirement communities, gives prospective residents a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the active, worry-free lifestyle through a priority list program.

Join the list

Priority list members at Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, New Jersey, experience the community’s lifestyle at their own pace and on their own schedule. “Joining the priority list is an opportunity to enjoy and engage with the community, which regular visitors don’t get to do,” notes Sharon Baksa, a director at Erickson Senior Living.

“This is not just a waiting list. This is like a club that entitles you to privileges. Members enjoy dining in our restaurants, attending special events, and getting to know the staff and residents. We celebrate the fact that you are a priority list member, and you are eligible for the privileges afforded to members of the club.”

Priority list members can reserve a specific apartment home design before members of the public. For anyone who has a strong preference for a particular model, an early spot on the list can make all the difference.

“Many of our current residents took advantage of joining our priority list before making the decision to move to Lantern Hill,” says Sales Director Brian Cassidy. “Members have access to exclusive events such as cocktail parties and informational sessions as well as community events like fitness programs, social events, and lecture series. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and make friends before even moving in, ensuring that you already have an established network from day one.”

Perks of the priority list

Priority list members are also the first to receive community news and updates.

“After joining the priority list, my wife and I visited the community several times, which allowed us to get a real feel for what life here is like,” says resident Dave Mollen. “The decision to move to Lantern Hill is a big one, and many people have reservations or questions. The priority list allows you to get those questions answered with firsthand experience and truly understand the investment you’re making. You get an accurate picture of the Lantern Hill lifestyle, which gives you confidence in your decision.”

Another exclusive benefit of joining the priority list is access to the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program.

From recommending a trusted real estate agent to sell your current home to advice on decorating your new apartment, Erickson Realty and Moving Services staff help priority list members have a stress-free move.  

“People sometimes think the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program is only for people who are about to move, but priority list members are not necessarily ready to move immediately. They may be waiting for a specific apartment home design that we don’t have available yet or they may be just waiting for when the time is right for them to move,” says Baksa.

“People who join the priority list should know that we can help them with whatever challenges they’re faced with as they start to think about transitioning from a house to an apartment home. Whether they are moving now or next year, we can help.”

Live the Life

Priority list members also have a unique opportunity to “test-drive” retirement living through Lantern Hill’s Live the Life program.

“Live the Life is a complimentary overnight experience customized for each priority list member,” says Brian Hance, a senior director at Erickson Senior Living. “We tailor each itinerary to the interests of the priority list member. Some members are mostly interested in the cuisine, so they will want to experience a few of the restaurants, others want to try a fitness center class. It’s a chance to get to know the layout, talk with residents, and spend time in an apartment home.”

Joining the priority list is a commitment-free and financially sound way for you to see for yourself the benefits and amenities that come with living at Lantern Hill.

Your journey begins with a $1,000 priority list deposit, which is applied to the apartment home you choose or fully refundable should you decide to change your priority status, and a nonrefundable $150 application fee per person.

Take the first step on the journey to maintenance-free living by requesting a brochure today!