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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 …

Happy Friday, UMC Family! Let’s kick off a sunny weekend with our very own ray of sunshine – another episode of United Together. This time around, our VP of Human Resources, Dave Glenn, gives you the scoop on UMC’s “Great Place to Work status” and what this special designation means for our residents and associates. …

It’s time for another round of United Together! Corporate Director of IT, Travis Gleinig, makes an appearance to explain how technology is helping our residents during social distancing and share some exciting news. We also cover a heartwarming event at The Shores, and have a special Daisy of the Day from a member of our …

By Lawrence D. Carlson, President & CEO, United Methodist Communities I don’t think the average person realizes the dynamic of care that goes on in a senior living community. Our residents live with us, in most cases, for years. Staff and residents develop personal relationships. A familial bond grows. This time of pandemic is very …

Our Road Forward project, the phased approach to re-opening, is moving ahead, based on Department of Health Guidelines and the Opening Up America Again plan. A comprehensive discussion this week should further refine this plan.

Head into the weekend with the 4th episode of United Together! This installment highlights UMC’s Tapestries memory care program, and the joy and fellowship They Wesleyan’s Senior Space are experiencing as they go virtual. Today’s Daisy of the Day is also a fun one – a little bit different with quite a few guest stars …

Episode 3 of United Together is now available for your viewing pleasure! In this installment, we share some recent big news from UMC at Pitman, and give you a peek at a friendly competition at UMC at The Shores that’s become a big hit with their residents…you might say it’s a hole in one 😊. …

Wow! Over 600 people have already watched our first episode of United Together! If you’d like to see what the future holds for United Together, subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified every time a new episode gets posted. Today we’re bringing you Episode 2, featuring some feel-good resident and associate stories from UMC …

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 …

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 …