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Morris County, New Jersey, is a central location with easy access to Philadelphia, New York, Westchester, and more. It’s also a bustling location in its own right, featuring a wide range of senior-friendly activities. The senior population is rising, and was just above 16 percent according to the 2018 census. Housing values are increasing, and crime is low. So whether you’re contemplating a move or assessing whether Morris County is the place for you for the long term, this exceptional region could offer the retirement of your dreams.

If you or someone you love needs help with daily activities such as bathing, cooking, or cleaning, assisted living is a great option. The right assisted living community preserves your loved one’s independence and health by giving them the help they need. This can reduce injuries, help your loved one feel less alone, and give you peace of mind. Here’s what to consider as you begin your search.

Is Assisted Living Right for You?

Assisted living is ideal for seniors who can no longer easily live alone but who want to remain as independent as possible. Independent living may be right for someone who:

  • Feels isolated or lonely at home but who no longer drives or has the energy to frequently leave the house.

  • Needs help with activities of daily living.

  • Recently suffered a serious injury, such as a fall.

  • Has symptoms of cognitive decline or early dementia.

  • Is no longer able to care for their home.

  • Needs daily help but also values their independence.

Hallmarks of an Exceptional Assisted Living Community

Assisted living is about more than just meeting a person’s healthcare needs. Exceptional communities offer services that tend to the social, cognitive, cultural, and other needs of their residents. Look for a community that:

  • Works to keep seniors physically active.

  • Offers nutritious and delicious meals.

  • Preserves seniors’ independence and encourages them to live life on their own terms.

  • Provides transportation to local attractions or regular community outings.

  • Offers community socials and events.

  • Treats every community member as an individual.

  • Involves family members with support groups and other programs.

  • Welcomes visitors.

  • Maintains beautiful, welcoming grounds.

Location Matters

The right assisted living community makes it easy for loved ones to visit and enjoy outings together. Consider what’s near the community, as well as whether the community offers outings or shuttle services to local events and attractions.

Morris County is home to numerous nature trails and parks, including Hacklebarney State Park. Performing arts lovers will welcome a trip to The Growing Stage. If you’re hanging out with the grandkids, check out Imagine That! Children’s Museum. History and art buffs love the Morris Museum, which features a number of art and historical exhibits, classes, and community events.

Questions to Ask on Your Tour

The search for an assisted living community should begin with a tour. This allows you to see what life is like in the community, talk to community members, and learn as much as possible. Some questions to ask on your tour include:

  • Does your community offer a continuum of care? What if I later need memory or dementia care?

  • Is help available 24/7?

  • What specific programs and services does your community offer?

  • Can I see an apartment?

  • What meals does the community offer, and can you accommodate special dietary needs?

  • What transportation options are available, and how do they work?

Arbor Terrace Morris Plains offers family-friendly, individualized assisted living that’s as unique as you are. Seniors enjoy a broad range of activities, plenty of chances to socialize, and gourmet-quality meals. To learn more about what sets us apart, stop by for one of our community events or call us to schedule a visit. 

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Mary Beth Kane

About the Author: Mary Beth Kane

Mary Beth began her career as a therapeutic recreation specialist developing award winning activity-based programs for people living with dementia and their care partners. Since 2004, she has worked in assisted living communities where she strengthened ties within the professional community and helped families find the right senior living communities for their loved one. Mary Beth has been a care partner for both her parents and brings the joys and challenges of these years to her work on a daily basis.

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