Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
As with many other upper East Coast states, living in New Jersey is considered more expensive than the national average. However, this is due in part to the state's proximity to the New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. This results in New Jersey being home to some of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country.
These scores are based on a sliding scale where 100 is equivalent to the national average.
New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the country. The population tends to be divided into three distinct sections – Northern New Jersey shares close ties to NYC and is often associated with the classic East Coast attitude made famous in TV shows like The Sopranos. Central Jersey tends to be associated with suburbs and highways, as many people use the turnpike to travel to Philadelphia or NYC. South Jersey is considered to be more rural than the more metropolitan parts of the state to the North.
New Jersey has a very moderate climate that is tempered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Delaware River to the west. The northern part of the state has a continental climate, which means that the city experiences four distinct seasons. The southern part of the state is considered to be humid subtropical. This means that the summers tend to be hotter and muggier than in the north, while the winters tend to be milder.
Moderate air quality conditions means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor activities.