Linda Rizzo, Director of Healthcare Services

Applewood is a full-service continuing care retirement community (CCRC) comprised of seniors who live independently in apartment or cottage-style residences. The unique aspect of CCRC living is the on-site availability of temporary or permanent assisted living or skilled nursing (healthcare), should the resident ever need an added level of care.

Linda Rizzo, LNHA, LSW, oversees the residential assisted living and health care programs at Applewood.

“Our collective motto is ‘residents first,’ and every member of our team—from geriatric physician specialists to the nursing team to our maintenance staff–are truly warm and caring professionals ready to go above-and-beyond for our seniors,” Linda says.

In-House Health Care Support—Just in Case

“We all prefer to think we won’t need care as we get older, but that’s often not the case,” she explains. “At Applewood, if you ever have a health issue that requires an added level of care, temporarily or permanently, you don’t have to be transferred somewhere unfamiliar or move out of the community.”

The assisted living and skilled nursing areas can accommodate up to 100 residents. More than 200 residents live in independent living at Applewood. Linda is responsible for ensuring the community follows hundreds of state and federal healthcare regulations that guarantee the highest quality of senior living care.

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“In certain situations, we can also provide short-term rehabilitative care to non-residents,” Linda explains. “Every Applewood resident has access to all the wonderful amenities the community offers, from the heated indoor pool and spa to holiday parties, in-house entertainment and hobby clubs.”

Meet Your CCRC Health Team Before You Move In

Linda says that seniors today are well informed about senior living and usually perform their due diligence carefully before moving to a retirement community. She encourages future residents to tour the assisted living and healthcare departments at Applewood and meet with the staff to ask questions and see firsthand why Applewood’s senior health care team is truly unmatched.

Linda Rizzo with JoAnna Minetti RN_9 17

Applewood registered nurse JoAnna Minetti (left) is shown here with Linda Rizzo.


“This afternoon, I’m meeting with a couple who are interested in moving to Applewood,” Linda says. “They want to be fully aware of the higher levels of residential care we offer–just in case.”

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Applewood is a full-service, top-tier retirement community offering country club-style amenities and a range of residential living options. We invite you to learn more about this Monmouth County New Jersey-based community, conveniently located just five minutes from CentraState Medical Center, the Jersey Shore, New York City and Philadelphia.

Call (732) 303-7416 to learn more or attend our next special event for future residents.