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Respite Care Services for Post-Operative Seniors

If your mother, father or loved one has recently been discharged after surgery or hospital treatment or is ready to be released from short-term rehabilitation but is not yet ready to return home, then respite care services may be just what you need. Hospitals are designed to treat patients until they are able to care for themselves or …

A devotion for the Sunday of Holy Week

Easter Changes Everything by Rev. Richard LeaverDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care, United Methodist Communities at Collingswood In (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace…In Him also we have received an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works …

A devotion for the Saturday of Holy Week

The Day of Preparation by Rev. Richard Leaver Director of Mission and Pastoral Care, United Methodist Communities at Collingswood It was the day of Preparation of the Passover (Sabbath); it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” (John 19:14-15) …

A devotion for the Friday of Holy Week

by Rev. Todd R. Lattig Director of Mission and Pastoral Care, United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18:28 – 19:42 I cannot believe that this has happened! Where is my friend, O Lord, that I may once again laugh with him? Where is my teacher, O Lord, that may …

A devotion for the Thursday of Holy Week

by Rev. Kimberly WechtDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care, United Methodist Communities at PitmanRead John 13:14-17 NCV   We meet Jesus around the Passover meal on this final night before He is betrayed, arrested, mocked, and crucified and we have the opportunity to “listen in” on the final words that Christ has to say to …

A devotion for the Wednesday of Holy Week

by Rev. Todd R. Lattig Director of Mission and Pastoral Care, United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Matthew 26:6-16 Today I did something that I am not sure I should have done. I have been following Jesus for three long years, waiting for the time when he would step up and become the Messiah we are …

Doggone Awesome!

By Mary Kate Somers Whether they live, visit and or volunteer at The Shores, pets play a big role. Such is the case with  Data, a 2-year-old Golden Doodle, who volunteers two days a week. This handsome guy brings joy to everyone he visits in Assisted Living, Healthcare, Memory Support and the Bridges. Data came …

A devotion for the Tuesday of Holy Week

by Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco Staff Chaplain, United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Read Psalm 46:1,10a Sunday was Palm Sunday! We should be filled with joy, for our king has come. We should, and we have, shout Hosanna. Our king has come, not to fill our expectations, but to call us to live to his. We should …

A Guide to Senior and Assisted Living Apartment Layouts

One of the greatest benefits of assisted living communities is the residential lifestyle offered. Find out why from United Methodist Communities: Downsize in comfort: Many seniors choose to move into assisted living because their current home is simply too big for them to maintain and live in comfortably. Rather than downsizing to a small apartment in a condo or …

A devotion for the Monday of Holy Week

Being Prepared for Death by Rev. Richard Leaver Director of Mission and Pastoral Care, United Methodist Communities at Collingswood Read John 12: 1-7 It was six days before the Passover, the day after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem where he had gone to become the “Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the …

A devotion for the Sunday of Holy Week

by Rev. John CallananCorporate Director of Mission and Pastoral Care Holy Week, the most important week in the Church year, commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time when we remember his actions, reflect on his messages, and recommit to living as his disciples in the world today. Over the next …

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 …