On a recent fall morning, a Gatesworth resident sat in the atrium watching her granddaughter eat breakfast, enjoy some play time and even take a nap—in New Jersey. “She was able to see some of the baby’s daily experiences on Skype,” says executive director Martha Kessel.
The computer service is one of a multitude of perks that allow Gatesworth residents to lead more fulfilling lives. Janet Belt looks forward to enjoying all The Gatesworth has to offer when she moves in this month. According to her daughter, Janet Quinn, “We’ve fallen in love with everything they do at The Gatesworth. The activity schedule is very impressive, and the grounds speak for themselves. But the best part about The Gatesworth is the people—they are friendly and warm. I know that Mom will feel welcomed by everyone and will enjoy having all the comforts of home, along with every option she could ever want, right at her fingertips.”
The senior living community, which is celebrating 25 years of affordability, value and choice, continues to expand its services to fit each resident’s wants and needs. “We want to give the residents the full life that they have been accustomed to, and we do that through our many services,” says Kessel, who also is marking her 25th year working at The Gatesworth.
Amid the 12-acre campus, services surpass the comforts of home—from doormen and concierges to limousine transportation. In addition, residents can choose from a full slate of activities, such as intellectually stimulating computer classes, lectures, and garden and book clubs, as well as live entertainment. “There are opportunities to stretch their minds. They really enjoy the entertainment, but they want to be challenged, as well,” Kessel notes. Other on-site amenities include a library, salon, dining and billiard rooms, business and fitness centers, and a pool and hot tub. Residents, as well as their families, have access to the services. “We have guest apartments for residents’ families, and limos will pick them up at the airport,” Kessel says.
Twenty-five years ago, The Gatesworth opened with 221 apartments, which filled quickly. Its continued popularity recently spurred a West Wing expansion. Now, the community has 300 apartments and 350 residents. Affordable one- and two-bedroom floor plans, as well as many additional apartment sizes and layouts, are available with no large down payments required. The staff then customizes each apartment to fit individual needs. Eleanor Jablonow, who moved into The Gatesworth with her husband in August, says the staff has covered every detail. “I asked for a ceiling fan in my bedroom and they took care of it—there wasn’t anything I asked for that I didn’t get. I couldn’t be more delighted with my new home.” Other residents also are happy to trade the struggles of home ownership for The Gatesworth’s accommodating staff. Since moving in Sept. 1, 'Tippy' Tipton says he felt right at home. “Everybody’s friendly and I feel very comfortable here—it’s been an easy transition.”