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How Seniors at UMC are fighting Back Against COVID

how seniors are fighting back against covid

The coronavirus pandemic is still very much part of our everyday lives, and since it affects older people with health conditions more severely, the safe thing to do is to self-isolate and take care of yourself at home. Keep your distance from others including your own family. This can be very difficult as many people are very attached to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

However, the good news is that seniors are taking proactive measures against COVID 19. The recovery and positive attitude of older adults across the world have inspired a glimmer of hope in these otherwise dark times.

What are our elders doing to fight back against this pandemic?

Learning new technologies

There are many ways to see and catch up with family and friends without leaving your apartment with free communication tools like Skype to smartphone apps like Facetime. However, many older Americans lack the necessary skills to stay connected through technology. This did not stop our seniors — UMC residents are learning how to use these technologies and make them part of their everyday lives.

Playing socially safe bingo

There is nothing like an old fashioned bingo game to bring people together; in fact, bingo is more than just a fun activity. Researchers have found that playing bingo has multiple health benefits for older adults. It takes concentration – which improves listening and short term memory skills and promotes socialization – which is essential for seniors to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle. Although we can not play games in groups at this time, our seniors, together with our associates, made a plan, and bingo is still being played in a socially safe manner.

Making masks

In the wake of COVID-19, seniors have been using their skills to benefit the community. Many friends of UMC have been working on the creation and distribution of face masks to protect all associates, residents, clients, volunteers, and others from the potential spread of the coronavirus.

In times like these, it is normal to be apprehensive, but we must remember that this too will pass. Thank you UMC seniors for staying positive and thank you for making an effort to stay in touch — your family needs you just as much as you need them.

At United Methodist Communities in Pitman NJ, we stay positive while staying safe, our staff experts have seniors’ best interest at heart. We encourage our seniors to stay healthy and social during these times aiding them in every way we can.

For more information on Assisted Living at our Pitman please visit our website at https://pitman.umcommunities.org

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The Importance of DNRs and Advance Directives

While planning for medical emergencies and health problems is important at any age, this becomes essential as we get older. It isn’t pleasant to think about Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate orders, but the important thing to remember it that it is about ensuring that your wishes are respected in the event that you cannot speak for yourself. Here’s some more information about these legal documents, from our hospice in South Jersey.

What is an Advance Directive?

This is a legally binding document that contains instructions according to an individual’s wishes and state law on how healthcare decisions must be made on their behalf in the event that they are too ill to do so themselves. They can contain a wide range of instructions that cover situations in which you are unconscious, terminal or suffering from a disease that will affect your mental abilities, like Alzheimer’s. In this document, you can appoint an individual to act legally on your behalf for medical decisions (a healthcare proxy), specify if you want to refuse certain treatments like blood transfusions, if you would like to have a DNR order, and even if you would like to be an organ donor or not.

This document is important not only because it helps ensure that your care needs are properly met when you can’t speak for yourself, but that there is also a clear, legal guideline for family and loved ones to follow in this situation.

What is a DNR?

This is a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, a legally binding document that forms part of your Advance Directive, in which a person can declare that they don’t want cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if their heart stops beating or they stop breathing. This is because without this order, medical staff are obligated to try reviving you. This may not sound like a bad thing, but for many patients who are terminal, being revived and put on life support at the very end of their lives presents a traumatic, uncomfortable and expensive treatment that offers a low quality of life and no true recovery. For these patients, a DNR offers a peaceful and compassionate transition instead.

Expert hospice care in Cape May County, founded on principles of compassion and comfort

At The Shores, a part of the well-known United Methodist Communities non-profit organization in New Jersey, we offer compassionate, professional hospice care in Cape May County called Bridges. In this program, we focus 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 our hospice South Jersey, please visit our website athttps://theshores.umcommunities.org/ or contact us today and organize your visit.

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Healthy, Happy Relationships are Helping Seniors Live Longer

Study after study has shown that good relationships do wonders for our health, quality of life and happiness – and the same goes for seniors! Strong social connections are just as important as eating well, getting exercise and accessing quality medical care. Here are some insights from our independent living community in Sussex County, NJ.

  • A feeling of purpose: Often times, people  in senior living could be vulnerable to losing their sense of purpose in life, making them vulnerable to depression. Social connections through friendships, hobby clubs and other groups, give residents reasons to get up in the morning, care for themselves and look forward to what life has to offer.
  • Motivation to get healthy and active: Social groups and relationships work to encourage individuals to try new things, take on new challenges and keep improving themselves. Whether it’s a book group keeping up with current literature, a dance group teaching ballroom dancing or a walking club that helps people to keep exploring the outdoors, social groups help support intellectual and physical health.
  • Change for the better together: Changes, as we age, can become more and more difficult to cope with, whether we’re facing mobility problems, chronic health conditions or recovering from a sickness or fall. A support group that not only includes therapists and professionals, but also peers going through the same struggles, means finding a helpful community to provide that essential support and encouragement.
  • A positive knock-on effect: One of the most important results of healthy social connections is the positive effects they have down the line. A phone call from a loved one may lead to a better food choice at lunch, or a decision to try harder at physical therapy. An afternoon with the gardening club may lead to a choice to go out to enjoy the beauty of nature in a park, or uplift your mental state.

Essentially, good social relationships encourage us all to try a bit harder to make more of our lives, and that applies to seniors as well as the rest of us!

Experience senior living and relationship beautiful CCRC in New Jersey

Bristol Glen, a CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey, offers seniors independence, comfort and a vibrant social life along with high quality care when needed. Part of United Methodist Communities, we offer a personalized and customized set of services, seniors are able to fully access the level of care they require, when they require it. We are also fully equipped and able to assist Alzheimer’s and dementia residents through our memory care and support services.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and book your visit today.

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How To Care For An Elderly Loved One With Cancer

February 4 is World Cancer Day, when we remember those coping with this disease as well as those that have passed away or gone into remission. Here is some insight for hospice care in South Jersey for caregivers compassionately caring for a senior loved one with cancer.

What is the role of a caregiver?

Caregivers take on a wide range of tasks to assist the patient or loved one, from providing emotional support and assisting with medical care to managing financial or insurance issues and communicating with the healthcare team.

This extensive and challenging role can easily become overwhelming, especially if you have your own career and family. Both professional and personal support is essential, not only to help you cope, but also to ensure a high quality of care.

As a caregiver, it’s important to be positive and proactive as well as compassionate in your role – especially if you are caring for an elderly loved one – in order to make sure that they get the best possible treatment and quality of life care from their medical team. This is a big responsibility for many people who need to know the limits of what they can handle  to get support and assistance.

Although doing it out of love, caring for an elderly loved one with cancer can quickly become a demanding full-time job that puts caregivers under a lot of pressure. Self-care becomes essential and professional services can step in and deliver high-quality respite care whenever required.

What care options are available when cancer is terminal?

There may come a point at which doctors agree that medical treatment will not cure the cancer or improve the patient’s quality of life — this is the time to consider hospice care. The Shores, a leading assisted living community, offers Bridges, a uniquely compassionate and professional hospice dedicated program in Cape May County.

With an emphasis on creating a nurturing and comforting environment, Bridges offers customized services that not only support your loved one, but you and your family as well.

To find out more about Bridges, our hospice dedicated neighborhood or our senior retirement living in South Jersey, please contact us today and organize your visit.

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A closer look into the comforts of palliative care

As the life of a loved one draws to a close, treatment changes from trying to find a cure to ensuring comfort and support. As part of our hospice care program, Bridges, our hospice in South Jersey, we offer a nurturing atmosphere and hospice care services both to patients, and their friends and families.

Every hospice care program is different, but Bridges was developed specifically for United Methodist Communities at The Shores to provide a personalized, private and supportive environment for anyone with a life-limiting illness to experience high quality care and comfort. Some of the services and amenities we offer include:

  • Private, furnished one-bedroom apartments with a dedicated kitchenettes and bathroom facilities.
  • High quality beds with soft, luxurious linens to match.
  • WiFi-enabled apartments and common spaces for the convenience of patients, family members and friends.
  • Medication management, personalized care and meal service carried out by compassionate, experienced caregivers,
  • Food  available any time of day or night throughout the week and weekends in the family room, so visitors and family members can remain at mealtimes.
  • Spiritual support and pastoral care for patients as well as their loved ones.
  • Our family support program helps loved ones and family members during this difficult time.

In addition, The Shores provides Bridges’ residents access to several useful and enriching amenities and programs, including outdoor garden space, music room, religious services, gym, salon, and a life enrichment program.

Comfort and quality of life is key at our Cape May County hospice 

The Shores, a United Methodist Communities senior and assisted living facility, offers superior end-of-life care through Bridges. With an emphasis on creating a nurturing and comforting environment, we offer customized services that not only support your loved one, but you and your family, as well.

To find out more about Bridges, our hospice neighborhood or our assisted living community in South Jersey, please contact us today to arrange your visit.

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Physical therapy benefits for the elderly

Seniors often suffer from physical issues that make it difficult to move comfortably and easily, either as a result of age-related conditions or illness. Fortunately, physical therapists can assist with this – here are some insights from our assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ.

  • Gain better balance and a greater range of motion: Falls, a serious risk for seniors, can result in trips to the emergency room, surgeries and long recoveries. One of the best ways of preventing falls is to help strengthen and support your body, so that you can balance more easily, move more confidently and react more quickly.
  • Recover from illness or surgery more rapidly: After a hospital stay or an injury, it often seems like the best way to recover is to relax and take it easy in bed – but this only works if it is balanced with a proper physical therapy program. In fact, with the help of  experienced therapists, patients heal significantly faster and with better results than with simple bed rest.
  • Manage the symptoms of health conditions: Arthritis is a health condition that affects many seniors, resulting in painful joints and difficulty managing daily tasks. With physical therapy, however, patients can help preserve the strength and use of their joints, as well as useful methods for relieving pain. Physical therapy can assist other health conditions , including osteoporosis, diabetes, strokes and multiple sclerosis.
  • Improve fitness and general health: Exercise is one of the best ways to stay mobile, strong and healthy, but this needs to be carefully managed to prevent injuries or overstraining. A physical therapist can work with you, address health conditions or concerns, help develop an exercise plan that works for you, as well as  ensure your health needs are properly managed.

It’s important to remember that when you are looking for a physical therapist, always speak to a certified, experienced professional who has worked with seniors before. Speak to your doctor to recommend a specialist if you are uncertain, and always ensure that specialists are notified of your health conditions and medical needs at all times.

Health, wellness and happiness at our beautiful assisted living community in NJ

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality services to seniors. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we offer these services in addition to short term rehabilitation, hospice care, respite care and memory support services.

In addition to our professional services, we pride ourselves on creating a compassionate and social community through caring professionals, a year-round social events calendar, outings and social clubs. We also offer spiritual companionship and support to residents upon request.

For more information on our assisted living community, please contact us today and plan your visit.

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Why choose an assisted living community in 2017?

It’s a brand new year and, for many seniors, now is the right time to start making plans for the future. The idea of moving from their family home into assisted living is a daunting one, but there are solutions designed to not only reduce the strain of moving, but actually deliver real quality-of-life benefits at the same time. Collingswood assisted living community in Camden County, NJ is one of them! A move like this can bring positive changes to your life in 2017:

  • Independence: Many seniors worry that leaving their home for a senior or assisted living community means giving up their independence – but the truth is quite the opposite. Our communities actually encourage independence as much as possible by removing the inconveniences of everyday life like home and yard maintenance, thereby freeing your time to socialize, explore your interests and enjoy life.
  • One move is all it takes: Our communities have a philosophy of “aging in place,” which focuses on keeping your residential apartment as your home for as long as you can be safe, even as your health and medical needs change. With onsite skilled nursing as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and hospice care programs, you will have the comfort and familiar surroundings of your own home for as long as possible.
  • Great amenities and community spirit: For many seniors, aging can become very lonely as family members move away, friends move away, and getting out becomes more difficult. Assisted living communities actively work to ensure that residents’ social and spiritual needs are met, in addition to lifestyle and health requirements. With a busy social calendar, classes, clubs and onsite transport, you can enjoy an enriching and stimulating life that incorporates your hobbies and interests.
  • Onsite access to health specialists: Health and wellness are a priority in our assisted living community, so residents are assured access to  wellness and health specialists. This includes trained physiologists, who run fitness classes  as well as 24-hour skilled nursing.

Assisted living for seniors at our Camden County, NJ community (H2)

Collingswood is part of United Methodist Communities, a network of senior living and assisted living facilities specializing in high quality care and support. Our senior living community in Camden County, NJ, is known for its beautiful setting, spacious residential apartments and wide range of resident services. With qualified and experienced nursing, therapy and management staff on hand to provide expert assistance, residents enjoy all the benefits of assisted living for seniors..

In addition to our assisted living facilities, we also offer a range of long term care services, including hospice and palliative care, short term rehabilitation and respite care.

To find out more about United Methodist Communities and our assisted living services, please contact us and schedule your visit today.

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All the benefits of choosing expert post-hospitalization rehabilitation

As one of the leading assisted living communities in Camden County, New Jersey, we’re proud to offer expert short-term rehabilitation services to assist seniors in their recovery from falls, surgical procedures and illnesses. Here are all the benefits of choosing this professional service:

  • Faster recovery and healing: As we age, it becomes more difficult to bounce back quickly from illnesses and injury. However, professional short-term rehabilitation can help speed up your recovery. In addition to qualified nurses and caregivers to assist you with medical care and daily tasks, we also have teams of specialists to assist your recovery through a wide range of proven therapies, from physical therapy to occupational, speech therapy and more.
  • One location: By moving into our comfortable assisted living community for your rehabilitation, you have access to all our services without having to travel, book appointments and coordinate schedules. This means that you get the rest you need as well as easy access to the rehabilitation you need.
  • Professional caregiving in an independent environment: If you are used to living on your own or having a family member lend assistance, then short-term rehabilitation allows you to access more intensive assistance without having to commit to hiring a dedicated caregiver, putting strain on family caregivers or moving into an assisted living facility. Our focus is on getting you healed and quality of life, so you get the level of care you require to recover quickly as well as the independence you love.
  • Get the best: As these services are provided by a leader in senior care communities, we’re sure to employ only the best staff with the proper certifications and training needed to ensure you make a strong recovery. All of our treatments are state-of-the-art and results-driven, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best support possible from a highly reputable organization.

Professional short-term rehabilitation services for fast and effective recovery 

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood is an assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, offering high quality short-term rehabilitation services for seniors. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we offer these services in addition to assisted living services, hospice care, and respite care.

Ideal for seniors wanting professional assistance in recovering from illness or surgery, as well as those wanting to try out our assisted living facility and get to know our community, we’re happy to welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

For more information on our short term rehabilitation services, please contact us today and plan your visit.

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Celebrating the holidays with seniors in assisted living

The festive season is a time for sharing joy and love with family and friends, but it can be more difficult for those with loved ones in assisted living. Here are some tips for including your loved one during this busy holiday period, from assisted living specialists in Gloucester County, NJ.

  • Spending time at the assisted living community: Many assisted living communities really get into the spirit of the season with festive decorations and events, so why not join in? Get in touch, find out what’s happening and pick an event that suits you and your loved one. It will be fun and family friendly, and the best part is no hassle having to clean up after or travelling too far with a senior!
  • Deck the halls: If your loved one has his or her own apartment or room then a day of decorating is great fun for the whole family! Play some carols, put up a tree, decorate it and spend quality time together – what could be more festive?
  • Local events: Travelling far with an elderly loved one can be a challenge, especially if they are very frail or have certain health conditions, so why not look locally? This makes the trip far easier and less stressful for everyone involved. Check out the town’s website and event calendar to find something that your loved one and family will enjoy, and plan a special day out together.
  • Mini-Christmas: Big celebrations can be chaotic as well as fun, and your elderly loved one can easily get lost in the crowd. An intimate mini-Christmas dinner together with all their favorite foods and just close family means quality time together and less time working hard in the kitchen.

Visit our assisted living  community and experience compassionate, expert care 

United Methodist Communities at Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality services to seniors. We offer these services in addition to short term rehabilitation, hospice care, respite care and memory support services.

In addition to our professional services, we pride ourselves on creating a compassionate and social community through caring professionals, a year-round social events calendar, outings and social clubs. In addition, we also offer spiritual companionship and support to residents who request it.

For more information on our assisted living community, please contact us today and plan your visit.

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Travelling with your elderly loved ones this Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family, but this may mean travelling with an elderly loved one, which can make your trip more challenging. Here are some tips from caregivers at one of our senior and assisted living communities in New Jersey on making this an easy and enjoyable time for everyone.

  • Plan ahead: Having a set itinerary for your trip will allow you and your loved one peace-of-mind. Know exactly what time you have to leave to the airport or get on the road to get to your destination – and be sure to plan to arrive early, as this gives you some extra time to deal with any unforeseen delays.
  • Flying: Airlines are happy to accommodate elderly passengers but be sure to take time to find out how best to travel with your loved one. Speak to the airline in advance to organize assistance through TSA checkpoints, secure a wheelchair (a good option even if your loved one is fairly mobile), oxygen (if needed), and a seat that is suited to elderly or disabled passengers. Some airlines even offer discounted tickets for seniors.
  • Medication: Keep all medications separately in a single freezer bag along with a list of their names and instructions for use. This is helpful for families who are unused to managing medications as well as doctors, in the event that medical assistance is needed. If you are flying, you will have to keep these stored in transparent 3-ounce. containers for security purposes. Be sure to check out the medical facilities closest to your destination.
  • Light schedule: Busy days filled with events are often stressful and tiring for the elderly, so make sure to either keep a very light schedule of events or ensure that your loved one can have plenty of supervised recovery time while you and other family members are out.
  • Relax and enjoy: Travelling can be stressful for anyone, regardless of your age, so take time to relax and enjoy your trip. It’s important to make the most of these events together, but that doesn’t mean taking on everything yourself. Spread the load between family members and friends, and remember to spend quality time simply enjoying each other’s company.

Aging in place at our beautiful assisted living community in New Jersey 

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, an assisted living community in Sussex County, New Jersey, offers seniors independence, comfort and a vibrant social life along with high quality careFounded on a philosophy of aging in place, our residents benefit from a less restrictive care model where they can remain in their residential apartments to access additional services if their needs change.

With a personalized and customized set of services, seniors are able to fully access the level of care they require, when they require it. We are also fully equipped and able to assist Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through our memory care and support services.

Contact us to find out more about our assisted living facilities, and book your visit today.

 

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