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Fun Activities for Grandkids Visiting Your CCRC

The holidays are a wonderful time for families to get together for some quality time, but it can be a challenge to keep younger children occupied while they’re visiting their grandparents.

Here are a few ideas for fun activities everyone can enjoy together, from our team at our CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) in Sussex County, New Jersey:

  • There are so many wonderful books out there for younger children that adults also enjoy, from the “Harry Potter” series to the classics like “Nancy Drew” or “The Gruffalo.” Sitting down together and reading a book is a quiet, but fun way to spend a few hours together.
  • Pajama parties. Snuggle up together on a chilly winter night, eat snacks and watch Christmas movies! Pick a few special treats for the night, like popcorn, homemade cupcakes or pizza, and get ready for a night in.
  • Deck the halls. Decorating your apartment and Christmas tree creates special memories with your grandkids and initiates magical results. There are many little handmade decorations for children who love arts and crafts, and they’ll transform your home with tinsel, lights and more!
  • Many adults have wonderful memories of baking with their grandparents, even if they spent most of their time sneaking cookie dough and dropping flour all over the floor. While it’s a messy event, your grandkids will love the tasty results! For younger grandchildren, you can even pre-bake cookies and set up a decorating station for an easier and more child-friendly day.
  • Lend a helping hand. The festive season is about community and sharing, so introducing your grandkids to how they can help those around them brings the spirit of the holidays to life. There are lots of age-appropriate activities available, from helping make cookie deliveries to older members of your CCRC who don’t have family around, to helping at a local soup kitchen.

Festive season fun at our CCRC and assisted living community in Sussex County 

Bristol Glen, an independent senior living community based in Sussex County, is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit senior living communities specializing in independent and assisted living for seniors. We provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up time to enjoy life. At our continuing care retirement community we provide essential resources that promote independence and abundant 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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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.

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Fun Mental Exercises to Keep Our Brains Healthy and Sharp

An active and healthy brain plays an important role in our happiness and wellness as we age, helping to fight dementia and other degenerative conditions which affect cognition and memory. Here are some useful mental exercises from our assisted living community in Gloucester County that help keep brains sharp:

  • Long-term learning. Fascinated by history or literature? Always wanted to play a musical instrument? Studies have shown that learning new things has a lasting long-term effect on mental abilities, and free time in retirement allows us to indulge a passion or interest.
  • Crosswords and Sudoku.: Affordable, easily available and catering to different strengths, crossword puzzles and other word games and Sudoku provide quick, and enjoyable mental challenges. While newspapers always offer a few options, there are many dedicated books available as well as online resources, so you can make the most of this challenge.
  • Take up gardening. Gardening isn’t just about physical labor, which increases oxygen flow to the brain, it’s also about learning new skills and information and putting them into practice. Discovering and understanding new information about different plants, soils, pest control, cultivation, tools, and climates, then putting it all into practice, stimulates the brain. Being outdoors in the sunshine also helps seniors get their dose of Vitamin D, which helps balance hormones in the brain and strengthen bones— just don’t forget to stay hydrated and wear sun protection.
  • Getting creative. Drawing, painting and other crafting activities help to stimulate fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and focus/concentration skills. As social activities, they help stimulate parts of the brain responsible for memory, language and more.
  • Learning a new sport. Sports aren’t just for the young they benefit seniors, too. Great sports like hiking, walking, yoga, swimming, dancing, golf, and tennis utilize mind and body to help strengthen memory and cognitive ability, as well as muscles, bones and other vital systems.

Independent living at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ 

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; physical, occupational and speech therapists; hospice and palliative care; respite care; and memory support services for seniors of all faith backgrounds.

To find out more about our assisted living community, please contact us today at https://pitman.umcommunities.org to book a personal tour.

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Great outings and events for seniors this summer

  • The Tri-County Fair: Held in Rockaway, NJ from June 16-19, this family-friendly fair is a great event for all ages. With ample local food, live music and fireworks, it’s a terrific day out to share with your loved ones.
  • Canal Day Festival: A country fair that celebrates the rich history of the Morris Canal and the surrounding communities, this festival is held in Hugh Force Canal Park in Wharton, NJ on 20 August. Featuring a craft show, great food and musical performances ranging from classical productions to Irish folk music, this is an entertaining and family-friendly cultural event.
  • NJ State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival: If the only thing you love more than the blues is a great barbeque, then you can’t miss this festival! Featuring live cooking demonstrations alongside top regional and national blues acts, this festival is held on June 8-10 in North Wildwood, NJ.
  • Grounds for Sculpture: Located at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton, this park is open from Tuesday to Sunday as well as Memorial Day weekend. Filled with incredible sculptures that change on a rotating basis and host to wellness walks, guided tours and HortiSculpture  talks, this park is a must-see for locals and tourists alike.
  • Free summer movies: Counties all over New Jersey offer free viewings of movies at various locations, from community centers and parks to beaches and libraries. Catch all your favorite classics under the starry skies at Sparta’s Dyktra Park and Summit’s Village Green – or any of the other many locations featured across the state.
  • High Point State Park: If you’d like to get away from it all, this beautiful state park offers a serene day trip into nature. Ideal for the family as well, this park offers fishing, boating, picnicking, swimming and plenty of nature walking opportunities.

Live life to the full with independent living communities in Sussex County, NJ 

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen offers the highest level of independent senior living at our continuing care retirement community in New Jersey. Our priority is that you live life to the fullest while we take care of all your day-to-day tasks.

While we offer assisted living, nursing and  skilled nursing services, we customize the level of assistance you require in order to perfectly meet your individual needs. Our welcoming and social atmosphere allows you to mix with the community at a level at which you are comfortable. Our wide range of activities, outings, events and social clubs allow you to pursue your interests and hobbies.

For more information on Bristol Glen and our CCRC facilities, please contact us today and visit us for a personal tour.


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How to choose a continuing care retirement community location

After you have decided that a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is the right option for you or a senior family member, the next step is to consider the right location. Here are some tips from a leading senior living community in Sussex County.

  • Services and facilities: The community you choose should offer you the best quality of life above everything else – these are your golden years, after all. It’s important to consider if and how they can scale up their services as your needs change. You don’t want meal services to be compulsory if you’re enjoying cooking for yourself and, at the same time, you want to be sure that they can handle your advanced long-term care if it becomes necessary.
  • Homey living arrangements: When looking at these communities, consider how you would like your home to be. One of the factors in making this transition may have been that your family home was too large, so a self-contained, spacious apartment might be just what you’re looking for. Also, make sure that the living area is spacious, well-lit and well maintained. This shows the ability to easily accommodate walkers or wheelchairs if needed and that the community takes pride in keeping the buildings fully functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Town or country living: The setting of different CCRCs have their own pros and cons. Country locations may have beautiful scenery, but could leave you feeling isolated and make transport and day trips difficult. Town settings offer additional vibrancy, giving you easy access to shops, restaurants, theatres and parks, allowing you to live an independent and full life.
  • Distance from family: For many people, being close to their family is a must – and it’s certainly something to consider when choosing a CCRC. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to choose a community just down the street. Be sure to consider communities that are slightly further afield, as these may meet your needs better while still making it easy for family and friends to visit.

Choose United Methodist Communities Bristol Glen for independent senior living 

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, offers an independent, high quality lifestyle that allows seniors to fully enjoy their golden years. As a full service community, we are able to scale our services to the right level of support as you age. In addition to our services for independent seniors, we also offer assisted living and memory care services.

For more information on our continuing care retirement community or our services, please contact us today or visit www.bristolglen.umcommunities.org.


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How to choose the right nursing home

For many families, choosing a nursing home is a challenging and emotional task – and with the rising costs of long-term care it is critical to find a facility that is affordable and puts your loved one’s wellbeing first. Here is some advice for finding the right nursing home.

  • Make a budget: The services offered and cost of assisted living and nursing home care varies widely between facilities. Drafting a budget will help determine what facilities should be considered. Don’t forget to research different types of government assistance that may help you afford the facility you prefer.
  • Services required: Nursing homes offer a wide range of services that your loved one may or may not need. Deciding on a general list of essential services will help you narrow down your choice of facility. For example, if your loved one has dementia or the beginnings of dementia, then facilities that offer Alzheimer’s and memory care and support services will be able to care for your loved one properly.
  • Health and safety: The nursing home must comply with strict health and safety regulations but it shouldn’t stop there. Standards should apply to the general wellbeing of their residents. For example, removing or repairing frayed carpets that present a tripping hazard, having sufficient lighting to prevent falls and utilizing a layout that is easy to navigate with walkers and wheelchairs.
  • Quality staff: There should be sufficient staff to manage the number of residents in the nursing home; housekeepers, food service, activities to run events, 24-hour nursing, and security staff. The property should be in good repair and supported to high standards by maintenance and grounds staff.

Our Continuing Care Retirement Communities are designed with safety in mind 

At United Methodist Homes (UMH) of New Jersey, we offer all our residents comfortable accommodations that are designed to meet the highest senior safety standards. Complete with 24-hour emergency alert and fire safety systems, accommodations are well lit and easily navigable with a walker or in a wheelchair. We offer housekeeping, interior maintenance meal services, and 24-hour access to a licensed nurse for additional care and peace-of-mind.

For more information on our long-term and nursing home communities in Camden County, Sussex County, Gloucester County and Cape May County in New Jersey, please contact us today or visit www.umh-nj.org.


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