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Tops Trends in Senior Living in Hackettstown, NJ

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The senior living industry is ever-evolving. Retirement communities are making changes to cater to a younger, more active group of seniors looking for a variety of enjoyable amenities and in great locations.

Here’s a list of trends in the senior community that are becoming more commonplace in 2022

Offering Multiple Levels of Care

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are one of the biggest trends in senior living right now. CCRCs offer multiple levels of care to make the transition from one level of care to another easier. Residents can move into  independent living, yet know that – if they ever need it – higher levels of care  will be available on-site.

Choosing Independent Living for Maintenance-Free Amenities 

Independent senior living communities offer maintenance-free living that is highly desired in retirement. Regular housekeeping is offered, appliance maintenance is taken care of, and meals are cooked for you if you don’t feel like doing the dishes. This opens the door to getting to enjoy more free time to pursue your favorite pastimes. If you choose to simply downsize and move to a senior apartment community, you’ll have the same daily responsibilities of your old home, just in a smaller living space. The House of the Good Shepherd offers our residents personalized laundry service housekeeping, giving you more time to do the things you enjoy most.

Specialization of Staff

Staff at senior living communities are becoming more specialized to offer the best care and amenities to residents. Gourmet chefs are in the kitchen creating restaurant-quality dining experiences. Personal trainers are brought in to lead fitness classes.  Skilled therapists are on-site to help residents with any health challenges they may have. All these specialized staff members provide a high quality level of care.

Emphasis on Wellness and Active Living 

Gone are the days where the most exciting activity of the day at a senior living community is bingo. Amenities at senior living communities are being curated with active seniors in mind. This means offering things like a large fitness center, live musical events, and dog runs so seniors can have somewhere to play with their pets.

Engaging wellness programs empower each resident’s physical, social, spiritual and intellectual well-being and put an emphasis on holistic living.

The House of the Good Shepherd offers walking paths along the Musconetcong River, and offers tai chi, yoga and meditation classes that keep our residents active. We also tailor wellness programs to each individual, so each resident can achieve their health goals and fulfill individual needs.

Focusing on Location

Independent senior living communities are also focusing on their location, and what can be experienced off campus.  Emphasis is being placed on dining, entertainment and recreation near the community.

The House of the Good Shepherd is located in the quaint town of Hackettstown, NJ. You’ll always find something to do or see with plenty of restaurants to dine at, natural parks to explore, and performances to watch at the Hackettstown Center for the Arts.

Volunteer Opportunities

Senior living communities are starting to offer more and more opportunities to volunteer. These volunteer opportunities let seniors use their time, energy and passions to make an impact in their local community.

We encourage our residents at The House to continue their relationships with the organizations they’ve worked with before, and to seek out new ways to be of service within the community at large.

Emergence of Senior-Friendly Tech

New technology is making it easier for older adults to live more independently. Voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home are helping seniors remember to do daily tasks or remind them of appointments. Telehealth makes it easier to communicate with a doctor without having to leave home.

The House of the Good Shepherd has computer experts who visit once a week to help residents learn about technology and set up their own computers.

Emphasis on Unique Dining Options

Dining options are becoming more and more sophisticated and more specialized. Independent living communities continually offering  more restaurant-style menus, as well restaurant-style dining spaces. Executive chefs and dieticians work together to make fresh and nutritious meals for residents and visitors alike.

At The House of the Good Shepherd, our residents can have a nice sit-down dinner with river views at the Lodge, grab a coffee and a snack at Riverside Café, or dine al fresco at the Courtyard.

Independent Living in Hackettstown at The House of the Good Shepherd

If you’re looking for a modern independent living experience, The House of the Good Shepherd is for you. Our campus is located on 15 acres of riverside woodlands with all the amenities and services you could desire. You’ll never run out of ways to feel fulfilled with all the opportunities you’ll have to make new friends, explore new interests, and connect with the nature around you.

Listen to our podcasts about senior living trends to learn more, or contact us today to schedule a tour.