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Mobility-boosting tips and benefits for seniors

Health experts are always saying that seniors need to stay mobile – but what are the real benefits? How do you stay motivated to regain or maintain your mobility when it gets more difficult each year?

Why senior mobility matters

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), among other sources, the physical fitness that comes with maintaining your mobility isn’t just about making it easier to keep up with the demands of daily living – it also:

  • Improves cardiovascular health (reduces blood pressure, increases muscle strength).
  • Improves muscle tone and fitness.
  • Improves bone health.
  • Reduces the risk of non-communicable diseases (for example, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and pulmonary disease, including asthma).
  • Reduces the risk of depression.
  • Reduces the risk of cognitive (brain function) decline.
  • Increases longevity.
  • Reduces the risk of falls.

How to stay physically active as a senior

The key to maintaining your mobility is physical activity – but it’s important to follow a program designed to your specific health and physical boundaries. Visiting a specialist, like a certified trainer or exercise psychologist, is a great way to get a program that allows your body to get as fit as possible without suffering from over-exertion or jeopardizing your health. Some general guidelines from the WHO include:

  • 150 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity a week. This includes activities like brisk walking, water aerobics, yoga, doubles tennis, ballroom dancing, and general gardening.
  • These activities should be in 10-minute sessions at first. They can slowly be increased as your fitness grows.
  • Muscle-strengthening activities are also important and should be done two or more times a week. An experienced trainer will recommend the right weights for you, and this training should include exercises for arms as well as legs.

Choose our community-based independent living residences for seniors

At United Methodist Homes of New Jersey, we offer a wide range of tailored support services for seniors in an environment that delivers the highest quality of life. Designed to enhance independence, our senior living communities are designed to assist you or your loved one only when required, and to scale these services at any point in response to changing needs. In addition to catering for independent seniors, we are also able to provide care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

For more information, please contact UMH Bristol Glen today and ask about our continuing care retirement community or visit http://www.bristol-glen.umh-nj.org/


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What customized care means at United Methodist Homes of NJ

At UMH, we often talk to our residents and their families as well as the community-at-large about providing customized long-term care. What does this really involve and how does it benefit our residents? All of our residents have varying levels of need, which explains why they selected the individualized care and support found at all UMH full-service communities. We offer residents a broad set of living solutions, including:

  • Independent senior living in our continuing care retirement community Bristol Glen: This is ideal for retirees and seniors who would like to continue living an independent lifestyle but still have access to assisted living services and skilled nursing (if needed). This level of care is about keeping an upscale, high quality of life without having to manage arduous tasks such as home maintenance, housekeeping and daily transportation.
  • Assisted living: This level of care is aimed at seniors who require more assistance in their daily lives regarding day-to-day tasks and medical support in addition to standard residential living services. This can include assistance with meals, mobility, personal care, health monitoring and daily reminders, as well as handyman and housekeeping services. An active social life and independence are still encouraged, as caregivers are able to support and assist in all tasks.
  • Nursing home care and long-term care: This highest level of care is managed through skilled nursing, certified aides and therapists 24 hours a day. These services are designed to assist residents with complex and serious medical conditions that cannot be managed in a residential setting, including wound dressing, breathing rehabilitation, tube feeding and more. Nursing home care and long-term care is available as a permanent or temporary service as the resident requires.
  • Short-term rehab: These services include speech, occupational and physical therapy programs designed to improve quality of life and wellness for seniors with a wide range of conditions. Through our rehab program, we are able to treat and improve wound healing, pain management, joint replacement, CVA stroke recovery, urinary incontinence, arthritis and much more.
  • Respite: We offer nursing and rehabilitation assistance both during an illness and after a hospital visit. Respite care also provides peace of mind for caregivers looking for a safe, secure environment for their loved ones while taking a vacation, requiring time off for a specific purpose, or just desiring a much-needed break.
  • Hospice:  Our hospice services are designed to give residents and their families the highest level of comfort, compassion and support through an experienced multidisciplinary team of specialists. Our aim to take care all medical, social, emotional, spiritual and other unique needs that often accompany this time, promoting dignity and serenity for residents as well as their loved ones.

Scalable senior care for every stage of life

Whatever care level best suits you or your loved one, we are able to further tailor our services to meet your exact needs – now and in the future. All our services are scalable, enabling residents to stay in their communities as long as they are able and receive the right level of care and support as and when they require it. For us, customizable services means getting the exact support our residents need to live full and dignified lives.

To find out more about our senior retirement communities and assisted living services, please contact us today or visit www.umh-nj.org.


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Independent Living Or Assisted Living – How To Determine Which Senior Living Option Is Right For You Or Your Elderly Loved One

Finding the right senior living option is all about understanding your needs and determining the types of services that best fit those needs. Two of the most popular options are independent living and assisted living. Here’s a quick guide to each of these options to help you make an informed choice.

Is Independent Living Right for You?

Independent living is all about keeping seniors healthy, active and safe. Ask yourself these questions and find out if this is the senior living option that suits you:

  • Are you finding maintaining your home is becoming too much work?
  • Is your home too big for you and are you looking to downsize?
  • Are you looking for a community in which you can be active and make friends?
  • Are you worried your current home has become unsuitable for  you (e.g. It has a lot of stairs or tripping hazards)?
  • Do you want more time to pursue your interests and hobbies?
  • Do you want access to trained home health services  if needed, but do not require medical attention?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you are likely to be a good match for an independent living community. These communities are designed for healthy seniors who are looking to maintain their independence, remove the stress of owning and maintaining a house and have the freedom to enjoy their hobbies and social lives. Residents at Bristol Glen’s Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) enjoy spacious apartment homes, a host of onsite amenities and independent living with the fulfilling companionship of friends and neighbors. While independence and dignity are maximized, safety and security are also of utmost importance at all of our communities. At Bristol Glen an independent living lifestyle is combined with access to assisted living services and skilled nursing all under one roof. Residents feel safe and their loved ones can rest assured that all needs are being met.

Is Assisted Living Right for You?

Assisted living is also focused on maintaining your independence and quality of life, but is generally more suited to seniors who require more support. Ask yourself these questions and find out if this is the senior living option that suits you:

  • Is maintaining your home becoming stressful and expensive?
  • Has your home become unsuitable to your needs (e.g. It has a lot of stairs) or is it too big?
  • Do you have a medical condition that requires support?
  • Do you require assistance with transport, bathing, dressing, meal preparation or medication administration?
  • Do you want more time to pursue your interests and social activities?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then you are likely to be a good match for an assisted living community. With a higher level of support and care, both medically and with daily tasks and errands, this is an ideal community for seniors who need additional support to maintain a high quality of life and independence. Assisted Living Services are offered to residents in all United Methodist Homes of New Jersey full service communities. Assisted living residents benefit from both medical and non-medical assistance as needed. Senior care services include housekeeping, medication assistance, health monitoring, reminders and/or assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, concierge services, and more.

At United Methodist Homes of New Jersey, our aim is to ensure that each of our residents maintain their dignity, quality of life and independence. Our independent living and assisted living communities ensure residents are encouraged to get involved with the community at a level they are comfortable with. We tailor our services to make sure each resident gets the help and support they require to live a full and happy life as they age. For more information please visit www.umh-nj.org.

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What are the living arrangement options for independent living at UMH Bristol Glen?

One of the most frequently asked questions at United Methodist Homes Bristol Glen is about the home features and options our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers. We offer independent living communities in Metcalf Woods and assisted living in the Tice Pavilion, which are designed to suit different needs. Both of these communities consist of apartments and offer a high-quality, condo-like style of living.

Features of the Metcalf Woods Apartments

Designed for more independent residents, these apartments include fully equipped kitchens with full-size appliances (including a washer and dryer), wall-to-wall carpeting and high-quality window treatments. For the safety and peace of mind of our residents, these apartments also have 24-hour home emergency alert systems, fire safety sprinkler systems and smoke alarms.

In addition to community events and amenities, we also offer residents of these apartments weekly housekeeping and linen services, interior maintenance services, full grounds maintenance services and 24-hour security and access to nursing care.

Features of the Tice Pavilion Apartments

These apartments offer more advanced features for seniors requiring assisted living to maintain their independence, including bathrooms and walk-in showers equipped with seating and grab bars and an emergency call system. These apartments also feature wall-to-wall carpeting, a tea kitchen (refrigerator, sink and cabinets), high-quality window treatments and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Fire safety and smoke alarm systems are also included.

Additional services for residents in these apartments include up to three meals a day in our dining room, weekly housekeeping and linen services, maintenance services for the apartment and grounds as well as onsite physical, occupational and speech therapies if required. These apartments also have 24-hour security and access to nursing careif needed (for an additional charge).

At UMH Bristol Glen CCRC, our aim is to preserve and support the independence and quality of life for our residents through customized, compassionate services and care. For more information, please contact UMH Bristol Glen today.

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