Regency Retirement Village in Morristown is thinking outside the box.
Regency Owner Rick Stern’s sister heard of a concept of a daycare inside an assisted living facility. It would be the best of both worlds for families with children and a way for seniors to spend time with children.
Thursday, that idea became reality when the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the new Regency Day Care.
“We were talking two years ago about something that could be innovative and so something fun,” Stern said. “We’ve talked about this for years. How cool it is to have seniors interacting with each other. The ideas that we can have seniors come down to read to the kids or have the kids come up to sing to the residents. This is kind of a dream come true. We are glad that Morristown got to do this. I thought it would be such a great idea to have the kids and the seniors interacting.”
Stern said that there is so much life on both sides and so many things to be shared and experienced.
“So many times, the kids don’t get the experience with the elderly and they miss out on the fun times with the little ones,” Stern said. “I’m so excited to see this. It’s (been) a long time coming.”
Stern’s sister suggested this concept due to this concept working in Scandinavia.
“It made my sister proud,” Stern said. “It’s been a long road in getting approvals, physicals, going through COVID-19 and all these things. The staff here has been working so hard to put so many things together. Things have really come together. It is beautiful. I love the outside where the seniors can be close to the kids and watch them play all day.
“I’m just in heaven seeing this and I can’t wait to see the little kids in here,” Stern said.
There have already been three kids register for the year-round program. Cost for a slot is $135 per week.
“That is a straight rate across the board,” Director Rita Wood said. “We didn’t raise it for infants or any specific age group.”
Wood said that the center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a possibility the day care may be open for second shift workers in the future.
“What a great concept and great idea,” Morristown Area Chamber President Steve Amos said. “This is going to be a great facility with the interaction with the other residents.”
After the ribbon was cut, refreshments were served in the Day Care.