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Nature Improving Human Health

Horticulture has been used as therapy for centuries. In 1798, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote that gardening improved the conditions of mentally ill patients. Gardening as a means of physical and occupational rehabilitation was employed in U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals for returning World War II veterans. The idea of …

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in New Jersey?

For many families, the cost of assisted living could be a barrier. Knowing the finances behind assisted living services and researching what different communities offer is key to finding affordable care that delivers a full and independent lifestyle. The average cost of assisted living in the USA  In the 2015 cost of care survey conducted by Genworth Financial, the average …

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 …

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What to Do When Being a Caregiver Becomes Too Much

When your parents first start showing signs that they need support managing their day-to-day lives, family members sometimes choose to help out – becoming knowledgeable and competent caregivers. However, there often comes a point at which you can no longer keep up with the duties of a full-time caregiver, especially when managing your own family …

Three Important Differences Between Assisted Living and Home Care

For most families, a time will come when parents and grandparents will need considerable assistance to manage their daily lives and health concerns. Often, family members can step in and help – but this can quickly become overwhelming for caregivers. Fortunately, there are several care options for seniors, including assisted living or at home health care. Here …

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Wellsprings of Living Water

United Methodist Communities and its predecessors were founded on the beliefs that faith heals and spiritual care is therapeutic. Our call to healing ministry is inspired by John Wesley’s passionate stance that healing the world is the responsibility of every authentic person of faith. We live out this call, not only by the medical care …

Queen of Hospitality Distributes Cookies for Cops: 60 Pounds of Heartfelt Thanks

In May of this year, Cathy Foley, move-in coordinator at Bristol Glen, received the United Methodist Homes Hospitality Award for demonstrating the spirit of unconditional love, care; taking responsibility, following up diligently to enact solutions, and going above and beyond to make everyone feel welcomed. So, it’s no surprise that Foley got an idea, sparked …

A Look into the Assisted Living Lifestyle at Collingswood

Did you know that Haddon Avenue, the street on which United Methodist Communities at Collingswood is located, was a past designee of the 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association? That the senior community is also located in Collingswood’s Historic District? Or that the Collingswood NJ Farmers’ Market was crowned one of America’s three …

Why Friends Are Important

The need for friends is instinctual. Our survival once depended on having close friends to comfort and help us. They helped us hunt and find food, build shelter, and keep our families safe. They also offered companionship. Good friends add a special meaning to life. They help you share the good times and overcome the …

Six Simple and Effective Health Tips for Seniors

Staying healthy isn’t just about living longer, it’s about living better too. Keeping active as we age is directly linked to maintaining our quality of life as well as fighting mental and physical conditions. Unfortunately, it can become more and more of a challenge as we get older. Here are some great tips from United …

Prayer Pals Prosper from Intern’s Initiative

Making sure residents are engaged in activities of their choice is always the main objective of the Memory Support Residence (MSR) at Bristol Glen. With 15 residents who have one of three levels of dementia – high, medium and low – Marie Manzi, the director of memory support and residential social worker declares, “The Life …

How Assisted Living Enhances Your Quality of Life

Quality of life is one of the leading concerns for seniors and their families when looking into assisted living facilities . When your health needs are changing and your day-to-day tasks are becoming more challenging, you’ll likely start to look at these communities – but what can they really offer you? Independence: The ability to live your life …

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Caregiving Tips from the Pros: 8 Words of Advice

1. Take a break without feeling guilty. Maggie, a Home Instead caregiver, says, “The one thing I would advise a family caregiver is to allow themselves respite time, at least a couple times each month, without feeling guilty. A refreshed caregiver is a much better provider of care when they themselves have taken a much …

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A Sacred Trust

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did it for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) We honor memory impaired residents’ dignity by offering options that free them to feel cared for, happy and secure, when they can no longer manage the activities of daily living. We hold this ministry as a sacred trust, …