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Signs That Your Parent Is Ready for Assisted Living

For many people, the realization that their parent needs assisted living services comes as a shock — a sudden event making the transition a hurried and traumatic process that can be emotionally challenging for you and your loved one. However, by keeping an eye out for these signs, you can make this process a much smoother and more positive life event, and get your loved one the help they need to enjoy their later years.

Assisted living will benefit your parent if: 

  • They’ve had any recent accidents — or ‘almost’ accidents. Falls, health scares, car accidents and other events can leave your parent feeling shaken or unsure of themselves — and unfortunately, they occur more and more often as we age, often with worse consequences. Homes can become hazardous and driving can become dangerous. An assisted living community can help greatly reduce these risks.
  • They’re struggling to recover from an injury or illness. Aging impacts our ability to bounce back from a hospital stay or health issue, and may further impact our loved one’s independence. Assisted living communities have the therapists and help on hand at all times to ensure optimal recovery support, and take the everyday load off at the same time.
  • They’re neglecting activities of daily living (ADLs). Getting dressed, doing the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning are just some of the activities needed to maintain independence. If you’re noticing these slipping in your loved one’s life, they may be struggling to keep up on their own.
  • They are losing weight. Significant weight loss can be the result of anything from a health condition like cancer or depression, or the result of simply not being able to keep up with ADLs.
  • They’re not engaging in social activities. An active social life brings a lot of happiness and purpose into life, and letting it fall away can signal that your parent needs help. They may be feeling depressed because their friends may have moved away, or they may be feeling isolated from their community.
  • They are alone often. As we age, we become frailer, more isolated, and more vulnerable to health conditions and depression. Regular check-ins from friends, family and neighbors are essential to ensure a healthy level of companionship, and to detect a sudden health issue or fall, as well as to make sure they are really coping with daily life.

Assisted living in Gloucester County is a helping hand for parents and families 

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, 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/ and contact us today for a personal tour.

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How to Prepare to Care for Aging Parents

As we get older, so many of us make the transition from being cared for by our parents to becoming the caregivers. As our parents age, we take on more and more responsibility for their medical care and general wellbeing. If you’re reaching that point now, here are some tips from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, on how to get ready for this new life stage:

  • Communicate early on. Talking about elder care doesn’t need to be a serious and lengthy conversation from the start, and you don’t need to take on everything yourself. Instead, chat with parents early on about what they envision for themselves and what you can do to help them achieve their plan. This gives you an idea of what they expect without placing all the pressure on your shoulders in an instant.
  • Gather information. When care decisions aren’t urgent, it’s the perfect time to make sure that all the necessary information you’d need to make care decisions is organized and at hand. This means gathering insurance and finance information, making copies of parents’ insurance policies, benefits, Medicare coverage, and retirement accounts, as well as contact information for their doctors.
  • Legal preparation. It’s important for your parents to have legal documentation in place to determine their care and wishes, and that you are aware of what these documents contain. Some important documents include an up-to-date Last Will and Testament, Living Wills (these determine end-of-life and healthcare wishes), and durable power of attorney documents that determine medical and financial decisions in the event of incapacity.
  • Financial planning. Elder care costs can be significant, so it’s important to know where your parents stand financially and what you can do to help minimize the impact of these costs. This includes developing a financial plan to pay for healthcare, housing or caregiving, as well as Medicare planning.
  • Research your options. Thinking about caring for your elderly parents can be overwhelming — after all, most people have little personal experience in this area. Research is key in not only understanding the costs and planning involved in caregiving, but also in understanding and discovering the care options available.

Affordable independent style 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 style 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 and contact us at https://collingswood.umcommunities.org to book your visit today.

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Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Gives Seniors Their Lives Back

Physical therapy is one of the most beneficial options for seniors who have been ill, had a hospital stay or surgery. Rather than recuperating in bed with a good book or your favorite show, medical professionals recommend that you get up and get moving — under the supervision of our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ.

What’s the benefit of physical therapy? 

Physical therapy is designed to help:

  • Restore and improve functionality;
  • Restore and improve balance;
  • Restore and improve strength;
  • Reduce pain (for example, for arthritis patients);
  • Speed up the healing process; and
  • Increase mobility.

Why is it important for seniors? 

Everyone should undergo rehabilitation and physical therapy after a physical setback or surgery. But, it’s even more important for seniors. As we age, our bodies find it more and more of a challenge to bounce back after an illness or injury. It can be a challenge to achieve the same levels of physical wellness, even years after. Unfortunately, this can lead to risks of further complications down the line, including:

  • Increased fragility;
  • Infections;
  • Balance issues; and
  • Increased fall risks that can result in serious injury.

Physical therapy is incredibly important to give your body the support and assistance it needs to ensure that you can get back that level of confidence and independence you need to live a quality life.

What happens in physical therapy?

Everyone’s physical therapy plan is unique and tailored to what their body needs and can manage, so that it brings the greatest benefit without causing injury. Therefore, it is very important to follow your medical professional’s advice and visit recommended therapists who understand how to work with seniors.

You will work one-on-one with your therapist to ensure that you are doing exercises correctly. They will likely recommend some exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. Getting the best results from physical therapy means committing to following any regime properly — the success stories speak for themselves!

Professional, Compassionate Assisted Living and Respite Care in Gloucester County, NJ 

Pitman, an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offers high-quality assisted living services in a well-supported, comfortable 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/rehabilitation-physical-therapy-gives-seniors-lives-back/ 

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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.

Original content posted on https://umcommunities.org/blog/national-assisted-living-week/

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Your Guide to ADLs and Assisted Living

Learning about the services assisted living communities provide and how they improve your or a loved one’s life before making the move is a prudent investment of time. You will encounter the term ADLs or activities of daily living.

What are the activities of daily living?

• Eating. Preparing and feeding meals.
• Transferring. Assistance with movement and mobility, like walking around the home, community or grounds.
• Bathing. Assistance with personal hygiene tasks like bathing, showering, oral hygiene, and grooming.
• Toileting. Assistance with using the toilet.
• Dressing. Putting out outfits to wear and helping residents get dressed.

In addition to this assistance, aides can also provide IADLs, which is assistance with instrumental activities of daily living. These are more complex activities like helping with cooking, cleaning, finances, shopping, medication management and so on.

Qualifying for assisted living

Assisted living residents usually require assistance with one or more ADL. Assistance is provided only as and when a resident requires it, so only residents needing help with bathing will get that support as well as encouragement to maintain their other ADLs as independently as possible until they need more assistance.

In the qualification process of applying for assisted living, the team will evaluate you or your loved one’s need for assistance with ADLs and IADLs, so it’s important to be as honest and forthcoming as possible in order to clearly present your needs and how they can help meet them.

Pitman – A compassionate, warm assisted living community in NJ

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality services in a comfortable, well-supported and beautiful environment. As part of United Methodist Communities, we also offer senior 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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Fascinating Facts About Aging

Consistent with a rapidly aging population, research about what happens and what we can do about it continues to increase each year. In contrast to  negative perceptions, recent findings have unearthed some very interesting facts about aging that may change the way we think about this process:

  • We get happier as we age. Several recent studies by research bodies and universities have shown that humans tend to get happier as they age, and our happiest times of life are during our youth and then again through our 70s and 80s.
  • Your brain keeps developing. Contrary to popular belief, your brain continues to make neurons as you get older, making it possible to keep learning new things. In fact, studies demonstrate that the brain simply changes the way it takes in information as we age, and learning new skills and even studying new subjects keep your brain young and active, helping it fight off degenerative conditions like dementia.
  • Negative thoughts become more powerful. A study by the University of New South Wales found that being anxious about falling, even when  physically sound and healthy, can make you more likely to experience a fall than someone who is physically more likely to fall, but unconcerned. As  a serious issue for the elderly, falls are the single biggest reason for injury and hospitalization. So, a positive, anxiety-free mindset is important!
  • Life expectancy is still increasing. From 1900 to 1960, life expectancy increased by just 2.4 years, however, since 1960 it has increased by 3.5 years and is likely to keep doing so. Many factors account for the change, including better nutrition, lifestyle choices and medical advances.
  • Your votes count the most. Did you know that 70% of citizens 65 and older voted in the election, making them the largest voting demographic in the country?
  • Stress decreases as we age. While many seniors report anxiety over medical conditions, work, money and family, these numbers are far lower than people aged 35-49, who are the most stressed, and people aged 25-34.
  • Marriages get stronger. Studies have shown that marriage gets better as we age— a result of learning to properly express affection. Also, the more difficult years of middle age and stress over children, work and so forth, actually bring couples closer together as they age. This is great news because other studies have shown that happy marriages positively impact our health, quality of life and happiness as we age.

Put the happiness back into aging at our CCRC in Sussex County, NJ 

Bristol Glen, a senior community in Sussex County, aims to provide seniors with comfortable,serviced living arrangements that free up time to enjoy life.

Contact us at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living campus in Sussex County, amenities and services, and book your visit today.

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How to Start the Talk About Assisted Living

Assisted living falls among the  conversations dreaded by parents and their children alike. Starting the conversation about these types of long-term plans, even when they come from good intentions, can be stressful and overwhelming for everyone involved. Here are some tips from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, for making it a positive and constructive conversation:

  • Don’t wait until for a crisis. For many of us, it’s easier to ignore this issue while our parents are healthy and independent, but this can mean trouble when serious issues do arise. Instead, keep it a casual but meaningful ongoing conversation in which everyone is involved — especially your parents — and there are no urgent and serious decisions to be made.
    Sit down with your parents at home on a quiet day.While acknowledging that this isn’t an easy topic to talk about, it’s important to you that they are cared for properly. Ask them what they envision for themselves and start planning so that you and your family can work together to achieve it.
  • Be honest. Many families have trouble communicating their fears and concerns, and parents often feel uncomfortable talking about their loss of independence making them a burden on their families. By bringing up the subject in a non-confrontational way, you may be surprised at their response.
    Talking honestly will also help you get a better idea of how they are really coping — if managing the house is becoming too difficult, looking after a spouse too demanding, or if they are becoming lonely or isolated as friends move into away, for example. This will better help you find an option that offers the right level of support.
  • Don’t gang up and let the issue escalate. As a potentially very emotional and stressful conversation, it’s important it doesn’t escalate into an argument. Use a calm, relaxed tone of voice. Listen to what your parent or parents want, rather than giving ultimatums or talking over them. Highlight the positives of each option, whether the communities you’re suggesting  have a lively social spirit; have lovely, maintenance–free living options; or are close to friends, family and loved ones, for example.
  • Don’t put on the pressure. One of the biggest barriers to entering assisted living is that many people don’t really know what modern senior communities   offer. This fear of the unknown mixes with fear of losing independence, making many people actively dismiss an potentially beneficial option. Take your time to look at recommended assisted living communities and places where family friends may reside, and do your research online. Then, visit these communities and see for yourself what would suit your parents. This will give the peace-of-mind you need to properly communicate the choices to your parents, and help convince them to come along for their own tour.

Assisted living community in NJ for independent seniors 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities’ network of high-quality, non-profit, faith-based, assisted living communities specializing in assisted 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 delivering essential resources to promote independence and quality of life.

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

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