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United Methodist Communities announced today that all associates will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15, 2021.   President & CEO Larry Carlson shared, “United Methodist Communities has a high ethical and moral obligation to provide the safest living and working environment possible and believes that the best path forward is a fully …

As I write this letter, I have now received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I can confidently share that the biggest, most noticeable side effect I have experienced is HOPE. Hope for a future where COVID-19 isn’t running our lives. To date, 1,025 UMC residents and associates have been vaccinated! This number continues …

Two vaccine candidates are being reviewed by the FDA for emergency authorization. If all goes smoothly, priority populations could start being inoculated before the end of the year. Health experts say there is one thing that’s critical for people to understand before they roll up their sleeves for the shots: While no major safety concerns …

halloween

It’s a spooky season! Even with a pandemic in effect, it is still possible to carry on fun traditions central to this exciting time of year. With Halloween just around the corner, you can definitely still take out the decorations, plan costumes, and stock up on candy. People of all ages can enjoy this holiday, …

telehealth

As we continue dealing with COVID-19 and advising older adults to stay home whenever possible, New Jersey telehealth services have become an important part of many peoples’ everyday lives.Telehealth is defined as the administration of healthcare and health-related services via telecommunication technologies. Examples of telehealth services include  routine medical check-ups from home via video conference …

As you may know by now, earlier this week the New Jersey Department of Health issued new guidance related to the re-opening of licensed facilities. We have anxiously awaited such guidance and are grateful to receive this information. There are no fewer than 28 pages of rather granular and prescriptive directives on a multitude of …

United Methodist Communities has a strong sense of community and an incredible bond with our residents, families and wider community. Watch how the United Methodist Communities’ family dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.      

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of long-term care communities have patiently awaited the time when they could visit face-to-face with their loved ones. That desire was granted when the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) issued a directive permitting outdoor visitation beginning on June 21. As a faith-based ministry, United Methodist Communities (UMC) continues to …

Plan outlines transition to ‘new normal” amid COVID-19 pandemic Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of long-term care communities have patiently awaited the time when they could visit face-to-face with their loved ones. That desire was granted when the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) issued a directive permitting outdoor visitation beginning on June 21.  As a faith-based ministry, United Methodist Communities (UMC) continues to focus on protecting its residents, clients, and associates in the wake of COVID-19. In March, …

It’s a great day for another episode of United Together! Cindy and Deb share some exciting HomeWorks news and explain how technology has been helping our home care clients during the pandemic. Next, we bounce to UMC at Collingswood to hear how Mary and Linda have been making some residents’ wishes come true, and then …

It’s time for another episode of United Together! Today we learn how UMC at Pitman uses their Allbridge tv channel to keep residents active and connected. Then we go north to Newton, NJ and introduce you to Wally, a 103 year old WW2 veteran loving life at UMC at Bristol Glen. Don’t forget to leave …

Right now, the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is the main topic of conversation across New Jersey and across America. During this time, it is reasonable to feel overwhelmed and negative, focusing on worst-case scenarios. Even though in this moment the pandemic is far from over, there are still positive outcomes around the world and progress being …