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How Moving into Assisted Living Helps Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

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Hospitalizations are common for seniors, especially trips to the emergency room as a result of falls, upper respiratory tract infections, medication mismanagement and complications with health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. But, according to specialists, researchers, and our assisted living team in Gloucester County, it shouldn’t be this way.

According to a congressional report on this issue, up to 60% of Medicare beneficiary visits to emergency rooms and 25% of hospital admissions in the study were preventable. These unnecessary trips to the hospital take a toll not only on hospital resources, but on the seniors themselves. Although Medicare Part A and B provide some coverage, seniors are still often subject to a copay and 20% of the bill.

Seniors often take longer to recover from falls and illness, and are at high-risk of developing secondary infections in a hospital setting because immune systems become far less effective as we age. This means that these hospitalizations can rapidly become very expensive and result in the need for additional care.

Assisted Living Reduces Unnecessary Hospitalization 

A key finding of the above report is that better care in non-hospital settings are a critical component in reducing hospitalizations — and assisted living communities are perfectly positioned to do so.

  • Communities are designed around fall prevention —  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four seniors fall each year. It is the leading cause of injury in seniors, with 3 million visiting the ER each year as a result of a fall. Fall risks can be drastically reduced by changing a senior’s environment — installing handrails, entrance ramps, grab bars in bathrooms, and good lighting. Unlike homes, assisted living apartments are designed with fall prevention in mind.
  • Early detection of illness – Often, hospitalization can be avoided if a health complication is detected early and treated effectively. Assisted living communities have nurses and trained caregivers onsite who seniors interact with daily, so a respiratory illness can be recognized in the very early stages and can usually be treated by a doctor before it gets to a level requiring hospitalization. This means minimal severe symptoms, no emergency treatment costs, and no risk of a hospital-acquired infection.

Visit Pitman, An Assisted Living Community in New Jersey That Cares 

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 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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/how-moving-into-assisted-living-helps-prevent-emergency-hospitalizations/

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4 Great Reasons to Start a Senior’s Book Club

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Our assisted living team in Gloucester County is often asked to recommend safe, interesting and sociable activities for seniors. A book club is a great example that so many seniors can enjoy! Here are some of the benefits and four tips on how to start one:

  • It’s great for cognitive health. Cognitive decline and the development of dementia conditions is one of the greatest concerns for seniors and their families, and studies show, it’s vital to keep the mind active. Reading is fantastic exercise for the brain, activating areas concerned with memory, language, reasoning, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • It’s sociable. Sadly, loneliness and depression are common among seniors, especially those who find themselves isolated after the death of a spouse or due to mobility issues. A book club connects people with similar interests, promoting conversation and creating a much-anticipated event to look forward to each week. Social connections enhance overall well being and health, boosting the immune system and creating a sense of purpose and belonging.
  • It promotes quality sleep. Good quality sleep is important for restoring energy levels, boosting cognitive and physical healing, encouraging a good appetite, and increasing mental alertness. Seniors often struggle with sleep, often due to a decrease in melatonin – and television and other electronic stimulation doesn’t help. Reading is a good alternative, as it helps the reader unwind, relax, and go to sleep peacefully.
  • It encourages learning. Seniors benefit as much as anyone else from gaining new knowledge, getting out of their comfort zone and gaining new perspectives. Books are a wonderful source of learning about the world, different cultures, different generations, and events. It’s all about learning in an informal, low-pressure environment where ideas and concepts can be freely discussed, and seniors can learn about the world through the eyes of other people.

Making the Most of the Golden Years at Assisted living 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 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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/4-great-reasons-to-start-a-seniors-book-club/

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What is PTSD?

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June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day and the team at our assisted living community in Gloucester County is raising awareness about this condition to help people better identify, treat, and cope with it.

What is PTSD? 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that can be triggered by a highly stressful or traumatic event that either happens to a person or is witnessed by them. People with this condition often suffer from nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, racing heart, and sweating. These can be triggered by the environment (noise, sight or smell), by something someone says, or even the person’s own thoughts.

The post-traumatic stress reaction often differs from person to person, but people with PTSD are often vulnerable to things like negative thoughts and reactions, fear, guilt, anger, outbursts of verbal or physical violence, reckless behavior, difficulty concentrating, avoidance (physical and verbal), and a lack of interest in activities they previously enjoyed.

To be diagnosed with PTSD, you need to be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist with the necessary experience and specialization. Generally, a person must have documentation noting specific recurring symptoms for at least a month.

What Causes PTSD? 

There is no known specific cause or risk factor for developing this condition, as it affects people of all backgrounds, nationalities, races, culture, and age. However, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from PTSD. While one person may walk away from a traumatic event without experiencing PTSD, another may not. It’s unpredictable and affects around 3.5% of adults in the USA.

While we often associate PTSD with soldiers fighting in a war, any type of traumatic event can trigger this disorder, even if the trauma is not firsthand. For example, people have developed PTSD after receiving a phone call to tell them that a loved one has died. It can also result as exposure over time to trauma, like that experienced by police officers who deal with particularly violent, stressful, or upsetting cases.

The important thing to remember is that PTSD is treatable, and psychiatrists can work with patients to develop control over these symptoms and prevent them from getting worse, through a combination of therapy and medication.

Join Our Community and Let Your Loved One Thrive in Assisted Living, 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 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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/what-is-ptsd/

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How to Finance Senior Care – We Answer Common Questions

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One of the considerations of moving a loved one into an assisted living community is how to pay for these services or create a budget for them. Here are some insights from our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost? 

This depends entirely on the institution, their location and the type of care your loved one needs, but the national average is between $2,000 and $5,000 per month. It’s best to look for an assisted living community that offers scalable services, so you aren’t paying for services your loved one doesn’t need.

Can You Rely on Medicare? 

Unfortunately, Medicare does not provide for any of the costs associated with assisted living, as this service is considered a medical service rather than a medical expense (like medication, for example).

Are There Other Financing Options? 

Banks and financing companies do offer short-term bridging loans to help families play for assisted living. It is important to speak to several qualified lenders to ensure you get the best possible rates and conditions on the loan.

Usually, this option is used if a family decides to sell property (for example, their loved one’s home) to fund the assisted living move, and needs financing to cover expenses while the property is on the market.

Another option is to sell your loved one’s life insurance policy. Unfortunately, this will be a lower reimbursement than if the policy was left in place and it is recommended that you speak to an elder law attorney to ensure that this is the best path to take.

For veterans, it’s possible to apply for the Veterans Aid & Attendance benefit. Many veterans and their families are unaware of this benefit and it can be incredibly helpful in making assisted living expenses more affordable. In fact, married veteran who qualify can currently receive $2,127 per month, a spouse who needs care can receive $1,408 per month, a single unmarried veteran can receive $1,794 per month, and a surviving spouse with no dependents can receive $1153 per month.

Get to Know the Team at Our Assisted Living Community in Gloucester County, 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 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 or contact us today or book a personal tour.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/how-to-finance-senior-care-we-answer-common-questions/

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Assisted Living Versus Home Health Care

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When living at home alone becomes difficult for your elderly parents or loved ones, it’s time to make a decision —– choosing a care option that suits them best. These days, the most popular options are assisted living and home healthcare, both of which have great benefits. Here, our assisted living team in Gloucester County offers some of the most important factors to review when making this decision:

  • Making the move. While moving is stressful for everyone, the process of leaving a decades-long family home can be even more stressful for older adults —– this is something that home healthcare can overcome.
    However, moving into an assisted living community is a good choice if it means moving closer to family and into a senior-friendly space with assess to a wide range of 24/7 professional care. The right assisted living community will have a thriving social calendar, and help from friendly staff and neighbors make it easier for seniors to make the move than you may first think!
  • Quality of care services. In-home care means that the professionals come to you, which can be more difficult to evaluate. Fully trained senior caregivers with experience in managing any specific health conditions your loved one may have, is an important consideration.
    While seeking assisted living communities, you should be able to visit each one, speak to the various teams, and get an understanding of daily life. In assisted living communities, all team members are close by and ready to help whenever your loved one needs it, whether it’s meal prep, nursing, memory care or companionship.
  • Flexibility of care. This is vital in both assisted living and homecare. Optimally, the services should scale according to your loved one’s needs. Address this with each service provider, as options can differ between organizations.
    In our assisted living community, your loved one has access to things they need to ensure they stay as independent as possible while benefitting from access to a wide range of professional care, from nursing and access to wellbeing therapies to meals and companionship.
    These services are scalable, so your loved one doesn’t pay for something they don’t need —– and if their needs change, the services will adjust to fit their new requirements
  • Companionship. In assisted living, residents benefit from the companionship of other seniors as well as the staff, while senior homecare services provide a more one-on-one form of companionship with their particular caregiver.
    When looking at assisted living communities, find out more about how they support the social needs of seniors living there. Are there talks, outings, socials, dancing, technology instruction, gardening, clubs, and other activities? Are there skilled professionals who can help seniors cope with their new surroundings, spot stress and anxiety, and help facilitate friendships?

Assisted Living in Gloucester County – The Heart of the Community 

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 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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/assisted-living-versus-home-health-care/

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Family History of Colorectal Cancer? Don’t Skip Your Screening!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ is raising awareness about this dangerous health condition. Spotting this condition early is critical to early treatment, especially if you have a family history of the disease, ensuring the best chance for a full recovery, which makes regular screenings so important.

Who Should Be Screened for Colorectal Cancer?

  • Everyone over the age of 50 (both men and women) or if you are African American and over the age of 45
  • People with a family history of colorectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s Disease or polyps
  • People experiencing any high-risk symptoms, including persistent stomach pains/cramps, blood in their stool or unexplained weight loss

What is the Screening Process? 

Screening allows doctors to pick up on early signs of colorectal cancer, allowing an effective treatment plan to be developed and implemented as soon as possible. This is critical to preventing polyps from becoming cancer and ensuring that treatment is as effective as possible, saving lives.

Your doctor can recommend several types of screening processes, including:

  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT or iFBOT). An inexpensive annual test that can be done at home. If blood is detected in the stool, a colonoscopy will be required for further evaluation.
  • Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT).This is similar to the above and will also require a colonoscopy if the test comes back positive for blood.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. This test is done in a doctor’s office every five years to check for polyps. It is often combined with a stool test. It doesn’t require sedation, but a colonoscopy is required if any warning symptoms are detected.
  • Virtual colonoscopy. Using x-rays and computer technology, doctors can create 2D and 3D colon scans to look for polyps. Although non-invasive and done every three years, it can be more expensive than a colonoscopy and is not covered by all healthcare insurers. A colonoscopy is required if any warning symptoms are detected.
  • Double Contrast Barium Enema. In this procedure, air and barium are pumped into the rectum, causing polyps to show up on x-rays. It is recommended every 5 to 10 years and a colonoscopy is required if any polyps are detected.

Quality Care in an Independent Community with Assisted living 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, Bridges hospice care, respite care 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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/family-history-of-colorectal-cancer-dont-skip-your-screening/

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Start the New Year by Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community

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The senior living industry is growing in the USA, with over 40,000 assisted living communities in the country catering to their residents. That’s a lot of choice and it’s easy to see why selecting the right assisted living community can seem like an overwhelming task. Here are some tips from the team at our assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ.

Our Best Tip? Always Take a Tour of the Assisted Living Community 

A tour is the best way to get to know a community, meet the staff and find out if it’s a good fit for you or your loved one. Here’s a checklist for your visit:

  • Cleanliness, hygiene and maintenance. The facility should feel clean and fresh and be in good repair. Ask about how often the apartments are cleaned and what kind of maintenance is provided — and don’t forget to ask about laundry services, too.
  • Staff friendliness. The quality of the staff can make or break the assisted living experience. Watch how staff members interact with residents, find out how many staff members are routinely available to assist and how the team works. Chat with the management team about their vision for the community and how they are achieving their strategic goals.
  • Meals and dining. The dining experience is another key element to assess quality of resident life. Be sure to discuss meal choices, the availability of meals and snacks throughout the day. Find out if they are nutritionally balanced and the policies on family and friends dining with their loved ones. Also, ask what the procedure is if a resident wants to eat in their apartment or is unable to join in the communal space.
  • Personal care and assisted living services. The extent and organization of the services offered is unique to each, so it’s vital that you talk about exactly what they can and cannot provide. Scalable services, both medical and activities of daily living, are good options, as it means your loved one can stay long-term, even if their needs escalate as they age.
  • Move out criteria. Some assisted living communities are not equipped to manage certain health conditions or other issues, which may mean that you or your loved one would have to move out under certain circumstances. This can be very challenging and confusing for any resident, so be sure that you know their specific move out criteria before you sign up.
  • Follow your instincts. Take the time to envision yourself or your loved one living day-to-day in the community. Consider some important questions. Would you feel comfortable and at home there? Would you feel happy to visit loved ones there? Or as a resident;  welcome visitors? Would it give you peace of mind? You know yourself and your loved one better than anyone, after all!

A Warm and Welcoming Community – Assisted Living 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 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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/start-the-new-year-by-choosing-the-right-assisted-living-community/

 

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