Community Corner

5 Characteristics of the Best Assisted Living Staff

Bricks and mortar may be the building blocks of a great assisted living facility but it’s the dedication, passion and quality of the staff who are the real foundation of the community’s success. They are responsible for the safety, happiness and health of the residents, and add the vibrancy and connection essential to a high …

7 Senior Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Spending time outdoors in the summer is a favorite activity for many people in New Jersey! While it’s important to get enough Vitamin D to keep bones, teeth and the immune system healthy, it’s still important to avoid damage from UV (ultra-violet) rays that can lead to skin cancer. Although much of this damage is …

The Role of a Registered Nurse in an Assisted Living Facility

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 from 40.2 million in 2010 to 88.5 million by 2050, and seniors over 85 expected to account for 4.5% of the total population in the same time period, …

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4 Testimonials to Excellence

United Methodist Communities (UMC) announced the receipt of four early deadline Videographer Awards. Winners chosen from thousands of production and communication professionals, enter their most creative work in 166 categories under three unique production headings. Image Revolver, a video production company in Philadelphia, partnered with UMC to produce all four videos. The Videographer Awards is …

Hepatitis and Seniors – A Healthcare Guide

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day and, at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ , we’d like to highlight this healthcare condition among seniors. Here’s some information from our team that we hope you find helpful! What is Hepatitis?  This disease is characterized by swelling and inflammation of the liver. The inflammation can lead to scarring …

Medicare and Hospice Care – 6 Questions Answered

As a leading hospice in South Jersey , we often find a lot of confusion among the public about hospice care and what hospice services are really about. This lack of information can lead not only to misconceptions, but also patients missing out on the best possible care during the end of their lives. Our team would like to …

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Director, Soldier, Athlete and Friend

By Janet M. Carrato When the drain clogs or something needs repair, every resident of United Methodist Communities at Collingswood knows Ian Barnett, building services director, and his department will come to the rescue. Many residents consider him more altruistic superhero than everyday associate. Perhaps a paradoxical quid pro quo, Ian views the residents as …

5 Ways to Use Digital Marketing to Attract New Hires in the Senior Living Industry

The internet is a powerful hub for building a brand, promoting products and services, and even recruiting new staff. This makes it an invaluable space for the senior living field, which has undergone a transformation in terms of the lifestyle and services offered. No longer are senior and assisted living facilities the clinical places they …

7 Essentials to Pack for Hospice Care

Moving into hospice care in jersey shore can be a challenging time for patients and their families, but knowing what to bring can help make this transition easier. Here’s a basic guide from the team at our hospice in South Jersey. All current medication. This includes medicines, treatment creams, medical inhalers, eye drops, and any medical equipment, including a walker, …

Donating Blood – How Your Generosity Saves Lives

Ever wanted to be a hero and save a life? Well, you can! June 14th is World Blood Donor Day and almost anyone can participate in this essential and life-giving service. Here’s some motivational information on how you can participate, from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ. Why Donate Blood?  Blood is needed in many medical …

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Tapestries Memory Support Residence Opened at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. — A global aging population is one of the most far-reaching developments in the 21st century, bringing both challenges and opportunities. While someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds, approximately 5.7 million Americans of all ages currently have the disease. With a senior-focused mission, United Methodist Communities opened Tapestries, its fourth Memory Support Residence …

5 Options for Summertime Fun with Seniors

Here are some ideas from the team at our CCRC in Sussex County New Jersey for spending quality time with your loved ones this summer: Pack a picnic lunch and dine at the local park. When the weather is great, there’s nothing like gathering the family together for a picnic in one of the beautiful local and state parks! Memory Park …

Parkinson’s Disease – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition of the nervous system affecting 10 million people around the world. With 60,000 Americans — most of whom are seniors — diagnosed with this disease each year, it’s important to know how to recognize the symptoms to ensure quality treatment as soon as possible. Here is a quick guide …

Leave the Old Age Home Stereotype Behind

If you grew up in the 70s, your perception of senior living is probably tainted with ideas of very old, fragile men and women with serious end-of-life issues. A tour through many of that period’s facilities may have done little to dispel your image of these “homes” as places to be avoided at all costs. But like …

A Guide to Terminal Restlessness Among Hospice Patients

As much as dying is a fact of life most people prefer to avoid thinking about this topic. While understandable, it does mean that many of us are unprepared when facing the dying process, which makes the passing of a loved one even more difficult. One common part of this process is known as terminal …

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Private Duty Homecare Through the Veterans Administration

By Deborah Walsh Have you considered private-duty home care for your elderly family member? Maybe you’ve been looking after your father or grandfather for some time. He has been living alone and experiencing difficulty with his mobility, strength and balance, or some health issue. As a family caregiver, you feel overwhelmed and keep wondering if …

Don’t Wait Too Long for Hospice Care

Hospice services are a valuable resource for people of all ages, but especially the elderly and their loved ones, providing comfort, care and support through the final stages of life. Despite the value of this service, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that very few elderly people who …