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

Passing on her pottery skills to Mom

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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Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Loved Ones in Assisted Living

Finding the perfect gift for your friends and family can be a challenge, including buying for seniors in assisted living – after all, they have had a whole lifetime of gifts!

Here’s a list of some practical ideas from our team at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ to help you out with your holiday shopping:

  • Time together. Spending time with your loved one is one of the best gifts you can give, from having them over for a festive event or planning something special for the New Year. You can make it as simple as spending a few hours visiting or take your loved one out to a local restaurant, art gallery or park. One fun idea is a memory tour to visit all the places your loved one grew up.
  • Books. Books are always a wonderful present and great selections come out every year in time for the festive season. Many are offered in large print, but there are other options if your loved one struggles with their vision. Kindle eBooks can be downloaded and resized to very large text and there are audio books too.
  • A personalized calendar. If you want something really unique, this is a wonderful option that you can fill with family photos. You can choose images from your own collections or even plan a fun, professional photo shoot.
  • Homemade treats. If you love baking, then this is a lovely idea that is both personal and tasty! If you have kids, you can also get the whole family involved in decorating, baking or assembling your loved one’s favorite baked goodies.
  • Something snuggly. Seniors struggle with the cold and winter holidays are the perfect opportunity to get your loved one something warm. A high-quality sweater, warm slippers with a good grip on the bottom, a thick scarf or a lovely throw all make very useful and beautiful gifts.
  • Hobby items. For seniors who have a favorite hobby, look for items that are designed to help them stay involved. Ergonomic gardening tools and kneelers help make gardening more comfortable, and there are great outdoor walking sticks that look good and help keep seniors more stable while hiking or on walking tours.

 

Residential and assisted living for seniors at our beautiful Camden County community 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit senior living communities specializing in residential and assisted living for seniors. With an experienced senior 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 abundant 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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Grief Support Programs for Hospice Loved Ones

The death of a loved one has a profound effect on those left behind, and processing these changes and emotions is not something that anyone should go through alone. Realizing hospice care is just as much about supporting loved ones through this time as it is about caring for patients, these facilities offer grief support programs which provide the compassion, comfort and care needed after a loved one passes away.

Why mourning is important 

Bereavement and grief after a loved one passes is a natural part of the mourning process. Studies show that each person experiences this process in their own, unique way. It’s important to give yourself time to mourn the loss of a loved one, as this is part of acknowledging your loss and the change in your life, as well as remembering your loved one and developing a new identity for yourself.

How support groups help this process 

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, whether sudden or the result of a long illness. Grief support groups play an important role in the journey of healing from this trauma by creating a safe haven where people can express their emotions and comfort others who are going through a similar experience — it’s a space of understanding, emotional support and advice.

These programs are especially helpful for anyone who lacks support from friends or family, are geographically far away from their support structure, wants to learn more about the grief process, or wants relief from their emotional state. They are non-judgmental, informative and compassionate communities where anyone who has lost a loved one can get a better understanding of the process they are going through, and learn from others in similar situations.

Compassionate care for patients and their loved ones at our hospice in South Jersey 

The Shores, part of the well-known United Methodist Communities non-profit assisted living organization in New Jersey, offers a compassionate, professional hospice neighborhood in South Jersey called Bridges. This program focuses on creating a nurturing and comforting environment for patients and their loved ones through customized care programs and compassionate support. To find out more about hospice care in the Jersey Shore area, please visit our website at https://theshores.umcommunities.org and contact us today to arrange your visit.

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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for Assisted Living

When you’re looking for an assisted living solution for a loved one, you want to be sure that you’re getting the best option available for them. Stay on track with your search by avoiding these common mistakes, and use this advice from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ.

  1. Being unrealistic about your loved one’s needs. None of us like to think about our loved ones getting older, because it makes us realize that we might not have as much time left with them in our lives. But, not taking a serious look at what kind of care they need now — and in the future — can mean bigger problems down the line. Try to be as objective as possible about the kind of help they need, and choose a facility that can increase their care level as it may be required.
  2. Rushing into a decision. For many families, the realization that their loved one needs to move into assisted living is sudden— and often results in a rushed decision on choosing a facility. To put your loved one’s best interests first, it’s better to slow down and properly evaluate options. Be sure to visit at least three recommended assisted living communities, tour them on-site and be prepared to ask plenty of questions to make sure you have peace of mind about your decision.
  3. Choosing your own tastes over theirs. This is a big temptation to overcome, especially if you’re paying the bill, but it’s important to remember that your loved one will be the resident — not you. Rather, speak to your loved one about what they like about the different facilities, from aesthetics and living arrangements to the programs.
  4. Making close location a priority. It is important that you and other loved ones are close enough to visit, however, it shouldn’t override other communities that may be slightly further away, but far more suitable to your loved one. Finding the best fit for your loved one always trumps distance!
  5. Forgetting to do your research. This is an important and long-term decision, so proper research is needed to get the right fit for your loved one. Start on the internet and have a look at options in your area, speak to friends and family about their loved ones in assisted living, and take notes about things that your loved one might need or enjoy. Then take the time to visit each facility in person, meet with the staff and talk over your points, then invite your loved one to view the best options with you.

Assisted living for seniors that preserves independence, health and well-being 

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

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

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Diabetes in Seniors – Signs to Look for and Care Advice

November is Diabetes Month, so our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ, is sharing some important information to raise awareness about this serious disease and how it affects seniors to help us all live longer, healthier lives.

What is diabetes?

There are two types of diabetes:

Type One – The body produces no insulin. This type often affects children and young adults.

Type Two – This condition occurs when the body produces insulin but doesn’t use it correctly. It is more likely to affect older adults and is the most common type of diabetes.

Insulin is critical to delivering glucose to the cells of the body, which they need in order to produce the energy required to function properly. If left untreated, or not treated properly, diabetes can lead to serious health problems like strokes, kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, circulation problems that can lead to amputation, and nerve damage.

Risk factors that can lead to diabetes

Although this very dangerous disease has no cure, fortunately we can do a lot to prevent and even control it.

The first step is awareness of different factors that can put you at risk of the disease. These include:

  • A family history of diabetes.
  • Being overweight, as fatty tissue is more insulin-resistant.
  • The less active you are, the higher your risks of diabetes. Being active helps control weight and helps your cells stay insulin-sensitive.
  • People from African-American, Hispanic, Asian-America and Native American backgrounds are genetically at higher risk.
  • A diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in women.
  • High blood pressure; over 140/90 mm Hg.
  • High levels of triglycerides and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in blood tests.

How to manage diabetes

  • Tracking your glucose levels. Your doctor can give advice on in-home monitoring.
  • Increasing physical activity. Your doctor or recommended wellness practitioner can suggest activities that you can manage and enjoy, no matter your age or fitness.
  • Having a healthy meal plan. This may include foods low in sugar and fat to assist with weight loss, as well as healthy food options that keep weight off and promote stable blood glucose levels.
  • Sticking to a physician-recommended medication plan.

Residential living for seniors at our assisted living community in Gloucester County, 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 United Methodist Communities, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, 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/ to contact us today or book a personal tour.

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