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How to Prepare for Hospice Care

Hospice care, appropriate in the event of advanced, life-limiting illness, requires patients and loved ones to make profound changes in their expectations for care and treatment. Our associates from our hospice in South Jersey shares some insights on how to prepare yourself or a loved one for this stage of care, and how to make this difficult transition easier;

Personal beliefs about hospice care. 

As hospice care is synonymous with the end of life, people understandably avoid talking or even thinking about this service. However, this leads to preconceived ideas about what hospice entails, as well as a fear of the unknown.

In reality, hospice care focuses on making sure everything possible is done to keep patients comfortable — from meeting physical, medical and hygiene needs to ensuring pleasant surroundings and support for patients and families. These services will vary according to what the provider can offer. The best course of action is to meet with a hospice representative who can share all the information you need to make the right decision, answer any questions and walk you through all their services and care options.

In addition, the hospice representative should be able to answer questions about health insurance and Medicare options, do a full assessment of you or your loved one’s condition and, if needed, assist with completing necessary forms for admission.

Developing a customized care plan. 

Every patient’s needs are different, so it’s important that your hospice representative meet with you to discuss patient expectations of the hospice program, their services, special requirements and other details. Frequency of visits by medical staff and support staff (including chaplains), services unique to the patient’s needs, medication management and access to specific medical equipment and supplies can also be worked into the care plan.

This information will go into the development of a unique care plan that outlines the hospice experience. Remember, the hospice team is the best source of alleviating anxiety about this process, and can organize meetings, answer questions or conduct an onsite tour of the facilities to help you or your loved one prepare.

The Shores, a part of the well-known United Methodist Communities non-profit organization in New Jersey, offers compassionate, professional Hospice care in Cape May County 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 our hospice dedicated neighborhood in South Jersey, please contact us today at https://theshores.umcommunities.org/ and plan your visit.

Originally posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/prepare-hospice-care/

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Rehabilitation at The Shores in Cape May County

As one of the leading assisted living communities in Cape May 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 toA doctor and physical therapist is working with a woman on her shoulder and arm injuries.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 a 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.

Contact The Shores today for professional short-term rehabilitation services with fast and effective recovery!

United Methodist Communities at The Shores is an assisted living community in Cape May 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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/rehabilitation-at-the-shores/

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Financial Planning For Retired Seniors

It’s no secret that retiring costs money. Not only do you have to be prepared for rising expenses and the eventual costs of assisted living services, but also you need to ensure that your money is protected from scams and spent within a realistic budget. Here are some helpful tips on financial planning for seniors from a leading assisted living facility in south New Jersey.

  1. Cover all of your bases: When making a financial plan, be sure to consider your current and future living expenses, current and future sources of income (including benefits), the current and future value of assets, tax planning, insurance, and investments.
  2. Get professional help: Financial planning can be complex, especially if you don’t have a background in finance or have managed your finances without professionals. However, it is essential that you get help from a qualified, reliable professional to ensure that your money remains safe and secure. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s website helps explain what each qualification means and how to select a financial advisor.
  3. Prepare for the worst case scenario: No one likes to think there will be a time when they will be unable to manage their finances, but it’s always best to prepare just in case. Have a list of the financial institutions you use along with account numbers and keep it in a safe place that is accessible by a trusted family member in emergencies. Consider hiring an estate planning attorney to draw a financial Power of Attorney document that puts your finances in the hands of someone you trust in case you are unable to manage them yourself. You can also work with your bank to add a co-owner to one or more of your accounts – but again, extend the privilege to someone reliable and trustworthy, as they will be able to withdraw from your account.
  4. Be on the lookout for fraud: Seniors are a target for con artists, scams and fraud – whether from family members and caregivers or from professional fraudsters. Some indicators of fraudulent activity include unsolicited requests to pay a sum of money for an emergency situation or before receiving goods or services; any unsolicited requests for your bank account number, social security number or PIN; and investments that promise an excessively high return. Even financially savvy people can fall victim to fraud, so keep a close eye on your accounts, credit card bills and bank statements, and report anything suspicious as soon as possible.

High value assisted living in South New Jersey

United Methodist Communities at The Shores, a well-appointed residential assisted living community in southern New Jersey, offers customized services ranging from independent living to short-term rehabilitation, respite, and hospice and palliative care. Our dedicated team is happy to work with you to discuss assisted living costs and the services we offer.

To find out more about our individualized assisted living services and our senior living community, please contact us today and organize a visit.

This content was originally published at https://umcommunities.org/blog/financial-planning-tips-retired-seniors/.

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