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

Sharing best memories with her granddaughter

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

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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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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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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Signs Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Is Ready for Hospice Care

For family and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, facing the last stages of this disease is an incredible challenge — not just emotionally, but physically and mentally. This is a time in which making care decisions becomes more and more difficult. During these final life stages, hospice services can provide the care and support you and your loved one need. If you’re considering hospice care, be aware of signs that your loved one is ready for professional end-of-life care.

An Alzheimer’s patient is ready for hospice when:

  • A doctor has diagnosed a life expectancy of 6 months or less. This criterion is universal for all hospice patients, regardless of their health conditions, as this care is designed to manage pain and focus on comfort in the last stages of life — not provide treatment for a disease.
  • They become totally dependent. In the final stages of Alzheimer’s, patients become totally dependent on caregivers for assistance in daily life and activities. This includes physical dependency, as many people are unable to walk, sit or attend to their personal hygiene.
  • Weight loss increases. Late-stage Alzheimer’s patients struggle to take in enough food and liquid, have difficulty manipulating utensils, and even difficulty chewing and swallowing, which leads to weight loss.
  • They are unable to communicate effectively. The loss of intelligent speech, inability to express themselves, and inability to respond to others indicate the disease is reaching its final phase.
  • They are more vulnerable to other diseases and infections. Dealing with other health conditions along with Alzheimer’s can be exceptionally challenging, as many patients suffer from pneumonia and other infections.


Hospice in South Jersey is about spending quality time with your loved one

Alzheimer’s is a challenge for patients and their loved ones, and even more so for family caregivers. Hospice is not just about providing comfort and care for our residents, it’s about taking the weight off family caregivers and loved ones so they can make the most of this final time together in a supportive environment.

At The Shores, a part of the well-known United Methodist Communities non-profit organization in New Jersey, we offer a compassionate, professional hospice neighborhood 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 neighborhood in the Jersey Shore area, please visit our website and contact us today at https://theshores.umcommunities.org/ to arrange your visit.

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It’s National Assisted Living Week!

From the 10th to the 16th of September, we’re celebrating National Assisted Living Week, when we join hands with the rest of the assisted living community and share the experience of being part of this important network. Here’s more information on what it’s all about, from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ.

This Year’s Theme Is “Family Is Forever” 

For our assisted living team, our residents really do become part of the family, and many caregivers form strong bonds with the people they care for, as well as their families. Caring for the elderly, the disabled or those suffering from debilitating conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s is more than just a job — it’s a calling. Our caregivers are known to go above and beyond to ensure that their residents have what they need to live a joyful, abundant life.

This year’s theme focuses on these connections and their importance to caregivers and residents. It is inspired by the words of Maya Angelou, “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”


How You Can Celebrate National Assisted Living Week 

This week is organized and hosted by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). There’s plenty of information on their website and Facebook page about events that will be held during and how you can participate. Other ideas that might inspire you, include:

  • Visiting your loved one in assisted living.

You can make a special day of it, bring the grandchildren around and plan a special outing to one of the many events organized for this special week.

  • Treat your local assisted living center.

Do you live or work near an assisted living center? There are many all over the state and country looking for volunteers and assistance, and would appreciate the help! From spending time with residents or hosting a craft day, music event or talk on their events calendar to dropping off a bunch of flowers to brighten up their reception area, there are so many ways you can make a difference.

Become Part of The Community and Sign Up for Assisted Living in Camden County, NJ 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, nonprofit 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 on providing essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.

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

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The Best Tips for Healthy Aging

Although it sometimes feels like it, getting old isn’t all about dealing with different health issues – it’s about enjoying your life. Here are the best tips from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey on how to stay in the best shape:

  • It’s never too late to get healthy. Whether you’re a smoker, never participated in a sport or hate your vegetables, getting older doesn’t mean the time to make these changes is past. Even in your 60s and 70s, you can reduce the risks of chronic disease significantly, and that means more time with friends, family and loved ones.
  • Start slow with exercise. Exercise has a massive impact on your health, happiness, and well being, by controlling your body weight, reducing risk of dementia, lowering blood pressure, and strengthening muscles, thereby reducing your risk of falling. It’s advisable to speak first to your doctor about the best exercise for your body, so that you get fit in a healthy way. Exercise can also be a great excuse for socializing and working together with friends to keep you all motivated!
  • Stretch. Stretching is important for preventing stiffness, preventing injuries from exercise, and improving flexibility.  It also helps relieve discomfort resulting from health conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. Try a yoga class for seniors at your local wellness center or gym, and get in sync with your body.
  • Eat healthier. Changing your diet is a simple way to boost your health, but it does not mean you have to avoid the food you love – providing your doctor approves. Speak to your doctor about ways you can improve your diet, like adding more leafy greens and fresh fruit, and cutting out fatty foods in favor of healthy foods rich in essential fatty acids. This will help lower blood pressure, lower risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, and give your body a better immune response.
  • Prevention is better than a cure. Preventative measures  keep your body healthy and help stop issues from getting worse, much like servicing a vehicle every year instead of waiting for it to break down. Having your yearly flu shot, cancer screening, and eye examination as well as paying attention to warning signals from your body, are important ways to prevent bigger medical issues.

Live life to the full at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey

Bristol Glen, an independent senior living community based in Sussex County, provides seniors comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of aging in place, our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model aims to keep residents in their residential apartments for as long as possible, with access additional services as their needs change.

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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