Monthly Archives: May 2020

Even in cloudy, uncertain times, there are so many rays of sunshine brightening our communities! The UMC Foundation is SO excited to bring you United Together, a bite-sized, homemade show dedicated to sharing joyful resident stories, good news, and inspiration from across the whole UMC system. Our residents and associates are experiencing an incredible outpouring …

With registered nurses bravely on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to talk about the role of a registered nurse in a senior living community. The assisted living industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the USA. With the number of Americans over age 65 expected to more than double …

UMC has begun planning for The Road Forward, which is our path to reopening our communities. Each stage, assigned a color code, is based on specific milestones, from red (most restrictive), to orange, to yellow, and finally to green (least restrictive). A task force is currently focusing on various aspects of community life; resident movement …

Michele E. Matthews Promoted to Executive Director and Sharon Schwarzkopf Appointed Healthcare Administrator United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Michele E. Matthews to executive director and the appointment of Sharon Schwarzkopf to healthcare administrator at their Pitman campus, effective May 15, 2020. Ms. Matthews, assisted living administrator at UMC at …

It’s normal to feel pangs of anxiety from time to time, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, this may understandably happen more frequently. However, when this anxiety starts to affect well-being and quality of life, it’s serious health issue —– and one that affects many seniors. The assisted living team in Camden County, NJ shares some insight. Why Does Anxiety Affect More Seniors?  …

By Dr. Paul Dabney In the midst of COVID-19, we hear frequently about the importance of sheltering at home, practicing social distancing when in public, washing our hands, and other protective health measures. But how can we be even more proactive in defending ourselves against this pandemic virus? A powerful way is to pay special …

When it comes to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), it is essential to take steps to protect seniors, who are one of the most vulnerable groups. Home health aide services are more essential than ever, providing critical medical care and assistance to older adults while actively taking measures to reduce risks of exposure to this deadly virus. Because …

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, so the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey would like to share some facts about this health condition that can help save lives, especially in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  High blood pressure is a primary or contributing cause to almost 1,000 deaths …

While there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19,  researchers all over the world are racing to create one. Keeping this in mind, United Methodist Communities wants to raise awareness of why immunizations for seniors really matter. Immunizations and Seniors  Each year, thousands of adults are hospitalized with diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations, leading …

By Danielle Kunkle Roberts If you’re like most of us, the global coronavirus pandemic has you feeling a little unsettled and concerned. Our daily routines are disrupted, we’re avoiding family, friends, and community social circles, and feel a frisson of fear every time we sneeze or cough. Even a simple thing like grocery shopping has …

Pamela Joyce, the social service coordinator at The Wesleyan has coordinated an all-day, free Live Virtual Zoom Renewal Retreat for all of our UMC residents, HomeWork’s clients, and the surrounding communities (55+). It’s a virtual/zoom event which runs from 9:00am through 3:30pm. It includes Chair Yoga, Cooking Class, Break for Lunch, All Natural Textile Dye …