By Henri Migala and Miriam Raftery
October 31, 2021 (Santee) — With the latest grand opening of “The Plaza,” Lantern Crest Senior Residing in Santee may need created a nationwide mannequin for a way we offer take care of our growing old inhabitants. The senior dwelling facility is full with a theater, a ’50s-style diner with soda fountain, bowling lanes custom-designed for seniors, on-site medical heart and physician, pharmacy, gymnasium, indoor and out of doors swimming swimming pools, canine park, group backyard, an award-winning chef serving three eating places and two bars, an elaborately appointed tea room, reside music and leisure venues and rather more.
Impressed by all of the enjoyable and interesting facilities obtainable at Lantern Crest, lots of the friends attending the grand opening commented that on the resort-style group reminds them of a cruise ship.
Conveniently positioned on 40 acres on the crossroads of highways 52 and 67, with sweeping views of Santee foothills, Lantern Crest’s self-contained group is the primary in California with a pharmacy and a Sharp Well being Care clinic and doctor. The ability presents unbiased and assisted dwelling, reminiscence care (in a separate unit), with a wide range of floorplans and dwelling choices, from single room residences to stand-alone villas.
Miriam Raftery, editor of East County Journal, had the chance to take a seat down and interview Michael Grant, Managing Companion of Santee Senior Retirement Communities and proprietor of Lantern Crest (picture, beneath proper), on the latest grand opening on October 6.
“My father went into assisted dwelling and I wasn’t happy with the lodging. I simply thought we must always deal with our mother and father a lot better. We should always give them a spot that’s luxurious, that’s good, that has facilities,” stated Grant. “And there was such a stereotype about being put out to pasture. Going to the `relaxation residence.’ I wished to do away with that. I wished to supply our mother and father an exquisite place to reside.”
Following a latest presentation at Harvard Enterprise Faculty, Lantern Crest’s marketing strategy was “rated within the high two on the planet,” Grant stated proudly.
Grant continues, “We’re a really lively group. We’ve got an unlimited quantity of facilities and providers right here. We actually attempt to adapt every little thing to our aged inhabitants, however we don’t restrict their skills to do something and every little thing they’ve completed their complete lives.”
He describes the director as “an absolute genius,” including, “He presents a full restaurant type menu, and you’ll have something you need to eat right here. We’ve got three eating places, a fifties type diner, two bars, we now have an outside woodfire pizza oven, and a full out of doors kitchen. And wine down Wednesday is large right here! Extremely popular,” continued Grant.
Not completed sharing the praises of Lantern Crest, Grant shared that “we now have an outside swimming pool, we now have an indoor swimming pool. We simply completed constructing our canine park. Canine are actually large with a variety of our residents. And twice a month on Thursdays, we now have a ‘yappy hour.’ Our canine homeowners get collectively and have drinks on the canine park. We additionally began our gardening membership. We’ve got our personal greenhouse now.”
Medical take care of seniors is an everyday and ongoing problem. Recognizing this, Grant shared, “For seniors, going to the physician, which is frequent, can be a half day tour. You’re loading into the bus, you’re going to the physician’s appointment, you’re ready within the ready room, you’re ready to see the physician, you’re coming again, attempting to get your prescription stuffed at Costco or Walmart, or one thing. It’s an ordeal. Now, right here, we now have our personal doctor on campus. The residents could be known as 5 minutes earlier than their appointment, come down and see the physician, stroll out of the physician’s workplace and have their prescription handed to them.”
Commenting on the class of Lantern Crest, Grant talked about that “we wished you to really feel such as you had been shopping for into a house in La Jolla, with granite counter tops, and washers and dryers within the items, walk-in closets, and full kitchens.”
Requested the price to reside at Lantern Crest, Grant stated, “Costs vary from the excessive three thousands to over 5 thousand, and that relies upon in case you’re in a one or two-bedroom studio, and in case you’re in assisted-living or reminiscence care, then it’s a matter of how a lot care you’re receiving. That’s dealt with a-la-cart, so individuals pay for under the care providers they need or want.”
I’m certain by now, most readers are considering there’s a catch. However Grant famous, “All of the facilities are included. All of your meals are included, all of your utilities are included, all of the actions are included. They’ve reside music each week. We’ve got an enormous out of doors movie show. We’ve got two ebook golf equipment which have shaped.”
“Our motto hear is “it’s all about household,”” continued Grant. “We wish households right here, we wish our mother and father to reside right here, we wish them to be completely happy right here. We wish you to know that that is family-oriented.”
And whenever you suppose you’ve heard all of it, you be taught that there are additionally two magnificence salons, completely happy hours full with cocktails, and two custom-made bowling alleys with shorter lanes and lighter balls. The bowling alley, which is positioned adjoining to the 50’s diner, is so well-liked among the many residents that two bowling leagues have developed.
What’s on the horizon for the long run?
“We’re growing personal laptop system that means that you can know precisely the place mother is, what’s happening, what they’re doing,” shared Grant. “It’ll be an app the place you possibly can truly see every little thing that they’re doing and what actions they’ve been concerned in.”
Lantern Crest can be planning an analogous facility in Temecula, in addition to contemplating choices for residents to purchase their dwelling items – and go them on to the following technology.
Lantern Crest is exactly the form of facility that we’d all like for our growing old mother and father and for ourselves.
Recognizing the distinctive accomplishment of Lantern Crest, Santee Mayor John Minto introduced Michael Grant with a commendation recognizing October 6 as Michael Grant Day in Santee.
State Senator Brian Jones additionally introduced a proclamation on behalf of the state of California.
Lantern Crest Senior Residing in Santee has created a nationwide mannequin for the best way aged care must be offered, and must be skilled.