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4 Warning Signs that a Senior Needs Help

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When an elderly loved one needs help coping at home, the signs aren’t always easy to see. Often, family members and friends don’t notice a physical or mental health decline because it is gradual or perhaps they live further away and can’t check in often enough to evaluate the situation properly.

The key here is to remember to watch for small signs that can indicate a bigger problem, which will help you know when to step up and assist, and plan for the future. Here are some warning signs to look out for, from the team at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

  1. Physical injuries. These may indicate they are having difficulty caring for themselves, becoming frail, and are struggling to manage daily tasks. Signs include cuts, bruising, limping, and burns. It is also important that these heal properly, as many elderly people need more intensive wound care.
  2. Changes in physical appearance. Changes of this nature, especially if your loved one always takes care of their personal appearance, can be a warning sign of health conditions, mobility problems or difficulty maintaining personal hygiene. They can include significant weight loss, neglecting hygiene, mismatched clothing, and difficulty getting around the house.
  3. Behavioral changes. Consistent out-of-character behavior should be taken very seriously as it may indicate more serious health issues. Keep an eye out for paranoia, speaking difficulty, mood and personality changes, depression, anxiety, confusion, unfounded accusations against others, decrease in social activity, and memory loss.
  4. Decline in home maintenance. Although clutter and maintenance issues pile up on us all, observe your loved one’s home as this may indicate that they are having trouble keeping up with its demands. Watch for piles of unopened mail and unpaid bills, piles of dirty laundry and dishes, old food in the refrigerator, lack of yard and home maintenance, and excessive clutter in the home.

Independent Living for Seniors from Our Welcoming Assisted Living Community in NJ 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit, assisted living communities specializing in senior living. With an experienced care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we focus on essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.

To find out more about United Methodist Communities or our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, please visit our website at http://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ or contact us and book your visit today.

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4 Ways to Transform Your Assisted Living Apartment into a Home

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Moving from a house you or your loved one has known for many years into an assisted living community is a big change. Many people worry that they aren’t going to be comfortable or fit in. One of the best ways to ease this transition is to take the blank canvas of the new apartment and make it feel cozy, familiar and lived-in. Here are some tips from our assisted living team in Gloucester County:

  1. Downsize with care. Most people feel sentimental about certain furniture and household items, so record these and ensure that none get left behind. Try to keep the list focused on smaller items, however, as you won’t have the space of a big house in the new accommodation. This also helps with housekeeping and safety, as a clutter-free home is easier to move around in.
  2. Measure, and measure again. This is a great opportunity to get some new furniture that fits perfectly into your loved one’s new home, and measuring the space, planning it out properly and measuring furniture is the only way to get it right. Two important things to consider include ensuring that there is enough space between items to move freely with a walker or wheelchair (even if your loved one is currently mobile, their friends may not be), and that they are at a good height that makes sitting, getting up and using the furniture easy.V
  3. Safety features. These aren’t all about alarms and alert systems! Instead, make sure that the new accommodation is accessible and put in fall prevention measures. For example, rugs should be on anti-slip matting and secured to the ground with no edges curling up. Make sure everyday items are easily in reach in all rooms, especially the bathroom and kitchen.
  4. Add some new touches. There’s something refreshing and exciting about adding new features to your home, so it’s a great idea to explore some options with your loved one to see what takes their fancy. Maybe they’d like to incorporate something as simple as new colors or they’ve always wanted luxury bedding or beautiful new small appliances for the kitchen. Looking forward to new things can make the move more exciting and less stressful.

Make a Home at Our Vibrant Assisted Living Community in Pitman, NJ 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality assisted living services in a comfortable, well-supported and beautiful environment. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice care, respite care and memory care and support services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

To find out more about our assisted living community, please visit our website at https://pitman.umcommunities.org/ contact us today or book a personal tour.

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The 3 Most Common Fears Around Assisted Living

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Assisted living can conjures up some of our most deep-seated fears, and yet most people aren’t familiar with the reality of this service! Just bringing the subject up can provoke a knee-jerk reaction or even start a family argument — but just how valid are these concerns really? Our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ, takes a look.

  • Fear Number One: I’ll lose my independence. Independence is a vital part of living life to the fullest and understandably, seniors don’t want to lose that. In reality, assisted living communities know how important this is and have evolved to do everything they can to keep seniors living on their own terms as much as possible. This actually has the effect of giving them more independence in our communities than they would have outside of it!
    The apartments are maintained by the organization, so there’s no need for extra home do-it-yourself and maintenance. Likewise, housekeeping is managed by a staff team, and lots of other everyday administrative tasks are also taken care of, so you have more free time.
  • Fear Number Two: I can’t afford it. Senior care services cost money — there’s no getting away from that. But the truth is that home assistance and caregiving may become necessary for all of us as we become more frail. By spending some time doing research and visiting assisted living communities, you’ll be able to find one that fits your budget. The best communities offer custom care plans, so you only pay for the services you want and you won’t waste a cent. You’ll also be saving on maintaining your home, on transportation, and even on having home caregiving services.
  • Fear Number Three: I’ll be lonely. Loneliness, isolation and depression are real concerns in the senior care community, but assisted living communities are actually one of the best prevention methods. Rather than remaining isolated in your own home and having to travel to see friends, these communities bring people together and allow friends and family to visit whenever they want. Different communities offer different lifestyle choices, and they’re a great option for seniors wanting to increase their social circle and share their interests.

Get to Know What Your Local Assisted Living Community is Really All About

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities specializing in senior living. With an experienced care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we focus on essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.

To find out more about United Methodist Communities or our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, please visit our website at http://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ or contact us and book your visit today.

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Assisted Living vs. Memory Care – What’s the Difference?

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When looking at care options for your senior loved one, you’ll come across many different services and options, including assisted living and memory care. Here’s some insight into what these are all about, from our team in Gloucester County, NJ.

What is assisted living? 

This type of residential community often consists of apartments and communal buildings/spaces that provide daily assistance to residents who need some help to continue living by themselves. The best assisted living communities actively promote independence, giving seniors the right level of support for them to actively engage in community life.

This type of support includes assistance with chores and meal preparation, as well as transport, dressing, bathing, and medication management. There are also skilled medical staff attached to the facility who provide medical or nursing support as and when it is required.

What is memory care? 

Memory care, a service that some assisted living communities offer, focuses on residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological conditions that affect memory and thinking function. As these diseases progress, residents require additional, specific support to ensure a good quality of life. Memory care professionals not only work with residents to provide support and monitor your loved one, but also offer therapies and programs to help fight the progress of the condition.

This highly skilled assistance level is not provided by all assisted living facilities — only those with the resources and training required to do so. If your loved one has a condition affecting his or her memory, it’s important to speak to assisted living providers about the kind of support they can provide your loved one.

An assisted living community with professional memory care services 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality assisted living services in a comfortable, well-supported and beautiful environment. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice, respite and memory care and support services. We welcome seniors of all faith backgrounds.

To find out more about our assisted living community, please visit our website at https://pitman.umcommunities.org/. Contact us today or book a personal tour.

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4 Tips for a Great Day Out With Your Senior Loved One

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Although it can be a challenge to find something different that you and your loved one can enjoy together, spending time with a loved one living in a CCRC or assisted living community is important, and many people love to do it. Here are 4 tips from the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey:

  1. Get outside. While the weather at the moment may not be great, spending time outdoors when it warms up presents a perfect outing. Parks, open gardens, national heritage parks, beaches and more, offer favorite spots for every age, including seniors. This change in scenery will really be appreciated, especially if your loved one is no longer as mobile as they used to be. Just be sure not to pick an adventure more physically challenging than they can manage.
  2. Fairs and festivals. Check your local calendar for community events your loved one may enjoy attending. Concerts in the park, jazz evenings, craft and food fairs, markets and parades are all opportunities for a wonderful day or night out.
  3. Historical tours. Historical walks and heritage sites are great for seniors and families. It’s amazing to delve deep into the history of a town or area and learn about its past. While many tours are physically undemanding, some offer coaches, so people with mobility needs can be easily accommodated.
  4. Take a class. There are so many activities that welcome people of any age! So, if you’re feeling ready for something new, why not try a local class that caters to all ages? It can even be a fun family event. Some great examples include cooking classes, yoga classes and painting workshops.

Plan ahead for your day out together 

Many seniors need additional time and planning to ensure a successful outing, so it’s best if it’s not a surprise. Talk to them about what you’d like to do a few weeks in advance and keep them up-to-date about the event. On the day, make sure they have enough time to get ready, as you don’t want to make them feel rushed or confused. Check your loved one’s outfit so that they are properly prepared – this includes comfortable shoes with good traction, a walking stick if needed, medication if required, and warm item of clothing that can be added if it gets cold.

A warm and welcoming spirit at our CCRC in Sussex County, NJ 

Bristol Glen is an independent senior living community based in Sussex County that provides seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living facilities, amenities and services. Please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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5 Surprising Facts About Assisted Living

Breakfast is their favourite meal of the day

If you’re starting to search for an assisted living community, it can be a surprise to find out that they are very different from what you originally thought! Here are 5 facts about today’s assisted living:

  1. They’re all unique. A huge range of assisted living communities cater to different tastes, locations and budgets, all with different services, living arrangements and activities. Each community possesses a very different feel from the others, and while some are actively part of a bustling local town, others may be more secluded. This great news means that you can find somewhere that’s a great fit for your loved one, rather than settling for a cookie-cutter facility.
  2. They don’t all provide the same services. Some communities focus on special care for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or on independent living for seniors who are active and can generally care for themselves. Others meet the needs of seniors on every level of care, from independent younger seniors to hospice care. While it’s important to find a community which offers the care your loved one needs, it’s also a good idea to ensure they can scale their services up or down as your loved one’s needs change, so you don’t have to start searching all over again.
  3. Costs vary. It’s no secret that senior care is expensive, but do your research because costs can vary based on care needs.
  4. They are culturally diverse. Many assisted living communities offer their own unique ethos and ability to accommodate the needs of seniors and often offer multiple cultural, religious and dining options. There are even activity-based niche options, like golf-orientated assisted living communities!
  5. They are not nursing homes. Nursing homes are very different from assisted living communities, as they are designed for people who need a little help to live on their own, not 24-hour care. Some communities do offer skilled nursing too, but generally, assisted living residents are very independent and mobile, simply requiring a more manageable living space, help with meals and medication assistance.

Independent living for seniors at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities specializing in independent living for seniors. With an experienced respite care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we deliver essential resources to promote independence and quality of life.

To find out more about United Methodist Communities or our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, please visit our website at http://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ or contact us and book your visit today.

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Can Assisted Living Balance the Needs of Couples?

Senior Couple Sitting On Sofa Drinking Tea At Home

Starting the process of finding a good assisted living community is all about evaluating your loved one’s needs, but what about couples with different requirements?

Here are some tips for finding the right fit from our assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ:

  • Find a flexible facility. Assisted living comes with a cost often based on the amount of services provided for residents. It’s going to be wasteful to make payments when one of your parents doesn’t even require them. Therefore, it’s important to find a community that provides customized support to each individual. That way, you pay only for services that are needed.
  • Note additional individual and couple requirements. There’s more to a great assisted living community than the support services for daily living, and these factors are just as important to your decision. Many communities offer social and other events, like gardening, dancing and walking clubs, fitness classes and interesting speakers. Others, by virtue of their locations, yield the ability to walk independently to shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, and parks. Since these options significantly impact independence and quality of life, couples will benefit from evaluating these factors.
  • Living arrangements. It’s important for senior couples to stay together in their apartment within the community if they choose to, rather than separate according to their different medical or support requirements. At the same time, the residence needs to be suitable and properly equipped to meet each person’s needs. This might mean some compromise on each side — for example, having grab handles installed in the bathroom when only one needs them — but shouldn’t compromise any care requirements.
  • Flexible future needs. While there may be a care disparity now, this can change over the years. The community you choose needs to be able to anticipate and meet new care requirements as they happen. Unless it is absolutely necessary, they also need to be able to do this without causing major disruption to either person’s lifestyle.

 

Flexible, comfortable assisted living for couples in Gloucester County 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality assisted living services in a comfortable, well-supported and beautiful environment. As part of the United Methodist Communities’ network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice care,respite care and memory care and support services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

To find out more about our assisted living community, please visit our website at https://pitman.umcommunities.org/. Contact us today or book a personal tour.

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