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The Challenge and the Opportunity of Downsizing

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Downsizing is a commonly cited concern of those contemplating assisted living. While shedding clutter can be a liberating experience for many, it also opens an exciting chapter of life. Here are some of the challenges as well as the great opportunities downsizing brings from our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ.

The Challenge – Realizing the Necessity to Downsize 

Downsizing may seem like common sense to family and friends, but it’s just not that easy to contemplate when you’re the one who has to do it. Your belongings and home equal your comfort zone — they are familiar, comfortable, and filled with memories. That makes it difficult to give them up until it’s absolutely necessary. However, that time has probably already arrived!

As difficult as it may be, look objectively at downsizing and the space to which you are downsizing. If you don’t know your options and what benefits a retirement community offers, then it’s difficult to envision a happy future in a new home.

Start by taking the pressure off and considering your options. For instance, visit friends who moved into assisted living communities and spend time asking them all about their new lives. Visit local assisted living communities to look at living arrangements and chat with the staff. There truly is so much variety out there.

Phone loved ones who made the decision to downsize and hear what they say now that they’ve settled in. You’ll be surprised by how many people say it’s the best thing they ever did!

The Benefits of Downsizing 

Consider the benefits of moving to assisted living and see how many would apply to you or your senior loved one:

1. Mortgage and Maintenance No More – Homes become increasingly costly to manage on a set income, especially as the home becomes older. Even without a mortgage, there’s maintenance to consider — the roof may need replacing, the heating bill increases due to an aging heating system, the lawn and garden need to be maintained, the carpets need replacing, and so much more. When you rent, you eliminate all those problems. The assisted living community takes care of it all, from cleaning and maintenance to upgrades and all the rest of it. This often means significant budgetary relief for seniors.

2. Release Retirement Income – Retirement is not as affordable as it used to be and expenses are on the rise. For many older adults, a lot of their net worth resides in the home they own. Accessing that capital can mean expensive mortgage refinancing. By transitioning into an assisted living community, this capital can pay for medical bills, visiting family, vacations, and other purposes.

3. Becoming Part of a Community – Older adults can become isolated and depressed when they are no longer able to participate in their community as they once did. Friends move away, transport becomes a challenge, and family is not always close by. Great assisted living communities focus on the social side of things, with full event calendars, social clubs and activities, as well as regular transport for residents.

4. Safety and Wellness – Homes often become hazardous as they simply aren’t designed with seniors’ needs in mind. Stairs, poor lighting, ill-equipped bathrooms, and clutter leads to thousands of dangerous and life-threatening falls each year. Upgrading a house for seniors can be a very expensive process. Many families, justifiably, worry that their loved one will fall or become ill and be unable to get help. Assisted living arrangements are spacious, modern, and equipped with the additional extras anyone will need. Onsite associates assist with daily tasks. If needed, residents can access rehabilitation, nursing, and other services.

Find Out How Wonderful Assisted Living Can Be! 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high-quality scalable 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, and respite care services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds, have a vibrant events calendar, and offer delicious on-site dining services.

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 Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care

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Assisted living and memory care are both types of senior care services. While people assume these terms mean the same thing, there are some important differences between them. Here is some insight from our assisted living community in Gloucester County.

What is Assisted Living? 

As we get older, we will all slowly start to require some extra help to manage our daily lives. These are known as assisted living services. Assisted living communities are designed to provide all of these under one roof. The following are included in these services:

  • Rooms or apartment homes are wheelchair and walker-friendly and have safety measures in place to help prevent falls;
  • Manageable-sized housing, which is maintained by building services;
  • Transport to shops, events, and scheduled appointments;
  • Trained staff to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs), like eating, bathing, dressing, medication management, and mobility; and
  • Additional services that support senior health, like a calendar of social events, clubs, senior classes, outings, fitness centers, communal dining, libraries, computer centers, and wellness therapies.

There are different levels of care within assisted living that scale according to a resident’s needs. For example, independent seniors may only need housekeeping, transportation, and companionship, while older less robust seniors may need help with physical therapy, pain management, or grooming.

What is Memory Care? 

This senior care service is available at many assisted living communities. It is specifically tailored to the everyday needs of residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia conditions. These residents need specific care only available from trained and experienced staff who understand the needs of residents with cognitive decline. This assistance is designed to ensure comfort, dignity, and the highest possible quality of life. These services can include the following:

  • Cognitive therapies and wellness programs;
  • Assistance with ADLs;
  • Management of doctor’s appointments, medication, and transport;
  • Social events suitable for dementia patients;
  • Additional safety measures and trained associates to ensure residents don’t become disoriented or wander off;
  • Life Enrichment Team Specialist (LETS) experts lend companionship, hands-on assistance, strategic intervention, and more; and
  • Highly trained LETS associates understand not only the challenges of working with dementia patients, but also their needs.

Your loved one’s cognitive health primarily determines the choice between memory care and assisted living. If he or she has not been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, then assisted living should be a good fit. If your loved one has a diagnosis, however, you can rest assured that memory care will ensure all their needs are expertly met.

Compassionate Memory Care and Independent Assisted Living at Pitman, NJ 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high-quality scalable 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, and Tapestries® 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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5 Tips for Making the Move to Assisted Living Easier for Couples

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At first, it might sound easier, but it can actually be far more challenging to find an assisted living facility for both your parents than for just one of them! With life spans increasing for both men and women, and more couples than ever before over the age of 60, families are increasingly having to deal with the challenge of finding a community that works to meet the needs and expectations of both spouses. Here are five tips from the team at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

1. Do Plenty of Research Before Bringing Up the Subject – It’s no good bringing up the idea of moving into assisted living when you’re unprepared and could potentially have two people raising objections about it! It’s much better to know your subject matter inside out so that you can talk about it properly. This means researching facilities in your area, visiting them, and chatting with the staff. You’ll have a much better idea of what would suit your parents and what assisted living is really like.

2. Do Some Financial Planning – Two people going into assisted living is more costly than one, but it’s achievable if you find the right community and develop your budget. Although the living space couples need might be bigger, it’s a good idea to find communities that offer scalable services and have an ‘aging in place’ philosophy. This means that couples can decide what services they need and only pay for those, which makes assisted living costs more affordable. It also means that they won’t be split up when individual care needs change, which is a common concern. Instead, they’ll have a permanent home together.

3. Talk, Don’t Instruct – Your parents have been making decisions for themselves – and for you – their whole lives. So, it’s important to leave as much control as possible in their hands. Bring up the idea of assisted living casually and listen to any fears they may bring up as well as talking about your own concerns. Take some pamphlets and give them time to look over them. Offer to take them on a tour of the communities you think may suit them. If they have a concern, try to address it based on your research and not simply dismiss it.

4. Create a New Space – Once your parents make the decision to move into senior housing at an assisted living community, offer your assistance in turning their new apartment into a home. Make it an enjoyable project in which you help combine the old and the new — from painting and buying new furniture to making sure that sentimental items have their proper place.

5. Get Involved – As you can already see, there’s a lot of work involved for families as well as your parents! Even under the ideal circumstances, moving can be stressful and emotional, so make sure there’s a plan in place in which everyone can get involved. This includes everything from the administration of downsizing and moving (hosting yard sales, measuring furniture to see if it will fit, selling property, and so on) to ensure that your parents feel settled, visiting and phoning regularly, getting to know the community, sharing meals, and making plans together.

Find an Assisted Living Community in NJ with Something for Everyone! 

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 care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we focus our community to provide essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.

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

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5 Must-Try Activities for Visiting Assisted Living this Festive Season

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If you’re visiting a loved one in assisted living this festive season, it’s a good idea to bring along a few ideas and activities to add to the Christmas cheer! Here are five inspirations from the team at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

Make Festive Decorations – If you and your loved one enjoy crafts, then this is the perfect activity! Visit your local craft shop and stock up on material, then check out some interesting craft projects like these cute Christmas hats or make your own Christmas wreaths. Then you can decorate their room or apartment with a festive tree, twinkling lights, and all your newly made decorations!

Get Baking – There are few things as festive as the smell of baked Christmas treats. If your loved one is in an assisted living apartment with a kitchen, it’s a great idea to bring along a few bags of ingredients and bake together. If they don’t have their own kitchen, you can bake Christmas cookies beforehand and spend the day decorating them together.

Relive the Fun of the 40s and 50s – Download classic Christmas movies as well as Christmas radio shows and tunes from your loved one’s youth and settle down with some popcorn and treats to enjoy an evening together around the Christmas tree. There are plenty of options from different streaming services, both paid and free, like YouTube, Apple music store, Spotify, and many others. Good seasonal movies include Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Gift Wrapping Party – Put on some carols, bring along your loved one’s favorite festive season treats, along with gifts and paper, and spend the day drinking hot chocolate, chatting, and wrapping gifts. Remember that giftwrapping doesn’t have to be perfect – it just has to be fun! You can also spend time together sorting out Christmas stockings for loved ones.

Events at the Assisted Living Community – Get in touch with your loved one’s assisted living community and find out what they have planned for the holidays. Usually, there’s a full roster of events that range from creating crafts and carols to music evenings, movie nights, and more, so chat with your loved one about what they’d like to attend and join in! It’s a great opportunity to show an interest in their friends and companions, getting to know the associates, and having a good time.

Celebrate the Festive Season with Collingswood Assisted Living 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 care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar (especially in the festive season!), we provide the essential resources that promote independence and quality of life. We offer spiritual services for interested seniors and welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

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 Reasons Moving to Assisted Living Can Boost Health and Happiness

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Many aging parents resist the move into assisted living, fearing a loss of independence and quality of life. However, the reality is quite different! Assisted living communities are much more advanced, attractive, and beneficial than many people imagine. Unfortunately, these fears can hold seniors back from living their best lives in their Golden Years.

Here are four reasons why a move into an assisted living community makes seniors happier and healthier, from our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ:

  1. Tasty Meals Prepared by Executive Chefs – The in-house dining options offered by assisted living communities eliminate all the hassle of grocery shopping, meal preparation and cleaning up. Throughout the day you can get fresh, tasty meals and snacks served in the dining room or bistro– and invite friends and family for the feast!
  2. Transportation and Housekeeping Services – Keeping track of appointments, taking care of chores, dealing with maintenance contractors, and driving can quickly become stressful for older adults. Seniors are also especially vulnerable to home maintenance scams. No longer having a driver’s license can mean losing a considerable amount of independence.
    Assisted living means all that is taken care of for you – there’s no need to worry or stick to schedules. Transportation is available to and from appointments, malls, museums, restaurants, and other venues. Onsite trained professionals take care of all maintenance and housekeeping.
  3. Physical Safety – Many seniors living at home (and their families) worry about them becoming victims of crime, taking a nasty fall at home or falling sick with an illness. This is a very real and very stressful concern, with seniors recovering more slowly and being more vulnerable to complications as a result of hospitalization.
    These concerns are taken care of in assisted living. The apartment homes are designed with fall prevention in mind. The associates are able to identify any health concerns and book appointments with doctors for early treatment. The community itself offers a secure environment.
  4. A Lively Social Life – Living at home can easily become isolating for seniors, which severely impacts health and happiness. Assisted living communities understand the importance of a healthy social life, and ensure that programs and activities cater to diverse interests and abilities. From planned outings, wellness and physical activities to monthly clubs on everything from books and gardening to dancing and movies, there are plenty of ways to meet people and have fun.

A Warm and Welcoming Assisted Living Community in Gloucester County 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high-quality, scalable 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 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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4 Ways to Celebrate the Festive Season with Your Loved One in a CCRC

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Celebrating the holidays is one of the highlights on anyone’s calendar! And, that doesn’t change simply because your parents are in a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)! Here are four tips on how to bring the festivities home to your loved one, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey:

  • Chat with Your Loved One  – First, set some time aside to talk with your loved one about what their plans are for the festive season and what they’d like to do. This is a great way to get them involved rather than making them feel like they don’t have any control. Remember, they’ve been used to planning their holiday season for many years. So, they also might have some great ideas you haven’t thought of!
  • Try to Spend the Season Nearby  – Not all of us are fortunate enough to live close to our loved one’s CCRC or assisted living community, but the festive season is the perfect time to book a holiday nearby. You can bring the family together at the home of a nearby relative or book an Airbnb. This will make your family gathering feel truly festive and filled with the holiday spirit. It also makes it easier to visit your loved one at the CCRC or collect them for different family events.
  • Spend Time at the CCRC or Assisted Living Community  – This is your loved one’s new home and where they’ve put down new roots, so it’s a good idea to spend some time with them at their residence. You can meet the associates and their new friends, as well as explore the grounds and attractions. You’ll be impressed at how most communities go all-out for the holiday season and fill the community with decor, festive cheer, and family-friendly events you’ll all enjoy!

It’s also a great idea to have a little event of your own decorating your loved one’s apartment just like you used to. Put up a Christmas tree and festive lights, turn on the carols, bake holiday cookies together, and watch a movie – just like old times!

  • Look on the Local Calendar  – The holiday season is filled with great events for all ages, so take a look at local newspapers, community boards, and Facebook groups to find out what’s on. Look out for festive season classics like productions of The Nutcracker and carols by candlelight, and take a trip into the city to see the lights. Invite some of your loved one’s friends along to make it even more fun, especially if they don’t have family nearby.

Senior Care that Sets the Standard – Visit Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community based in Sussex County. We aim to provide our seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up their time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of aging in place, our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model where they do not have to move from their residential apartment to access additional services as their needs change.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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4 Reasons Why Assisted Living Is so Much Better Than Living Alone

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When it comes to senior care, there are many different options on the market. Therefore, it can be pretty challenging to find the one that best suits your loved one. In contrast to some past perspectives about assisted living, the recent senior care industry boom offers desirable lifestyles, fantastic customized spaces, and ample resources for seniors.

Here are four reasons why assisted living can be better for seniors than living alone, from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

Four Reasons Why an Assisted Living Community Is Better for Seniors Than Living Alone: 

  • Affordability – The cost of assisted living isn’t low, but it can be much lower than the cost of a home – especially if that home isn’t paid off or requires a lot of maintenance and repairs. Maintaining a yard and home is a considerable cost when you add it all up, from utilities and maintenance services to major repairs and replacing appliances. If a major repair issue occurs, it can make living alone considerably more expensive than assisted living.
  • Socialization – Having an active social life is an important part of mental and physical health, and it can be much easier to achieve this in a community setting rather than living alone. In assisted living, the staff works hard to deliver a wide range of social events and activities to residents at all levels of independence, from guest talks and events to regular clubs, outings, and more.

    This is especially important as seniors who live alone can easily become isolated or suffer from depression, especially when they don’t have the confidence or physical ability to go out by themselves. It’s easy to make new friendships and maintain them in a community setting where like-minded people are just a few steps away.

  • Safety – One of the main concerns of any family member with a senior loved one who lives alone is their safety. Whether it’s a fall or an illness, the last thing you want is an emergency situation with no one nearby to help. In an assisted living community, it’s not only easier to respond in the event of an emergency, but the building and staff strategy are also designed to actively prevent these emergencies.
    A cough can be noticed and quickly checked so it doesn’t become pneumonia. Apartments are designed to support mobility and prevent falls, and having a community available means there’s always someone there to help.
  • Independence – Although the main fear many older adults have about moving into assisted living is that they’ll lose their independence, the reality is that high-quality assisted living communities are designed to support senior independence for as long as possible.

    Services are scalable, so residents only get the services they need, and chores are taken care of so that residents can spend as much time as possible doing what they love and enjoy life. Transport services are available so that seniors can be active in their community, and there are plenty of senior services and activities available onsite. This offers seniors many more opportunities to live life to the fullest than living alone will.

Assisted Living in Camden County NJ – A Community that Promotes Senior Independence 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities’ network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities promoting independence for seniors. With an experienced care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, our community offers essential resources that support independence and quality of life.

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

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