How to Choose the Right Senior Living Community for Your Loved Ones

Moving to a senior living community is a decision that affects the whole family. Coming to terms with your parents moving out of your childhood home and into a community setting may be tough at first. However, it’s important to remind yourself that this move will be in everyone’s best interest. Mom and Dad will be in a space that’s much easier to manage, and you will have peace of mind knowing that they are in good hands. But how will you know that it’s the right community for them? It is essential to pick one that matches their needs and offers the care and assistance they truly deserve. In this article, our senior caregivers at United Methodist Communities will review the most crucial factors to consider when selecting the right senior living community for mom and dad.  

Choose the Ideal Senior Living Location

Finding the ideal location is the first step in narrowing down the search for your loved ones. Consider elements like being close to friends, family, and medical facilities. You want your loved ones to stay near their network of friends and family and to have quick access to healthcare facilities when necessary. Setting realistic expectations is important, as it can be extremely rare to find a community that has all your loved ones’ requirements in their hometown. However, finding a community that’s no more than 30 minutes away from everyone who matters in their life is completely feasible. United Methodist Communities has four full-service senior communities throughout New Jersey that are great places to start: Bristol Glen in Sussex County, The Shores in Cape May County, Pitman in Gloucester County and Collingswood in Camden County.  

Learn About the Advantages of Each Senior Community in Question 

Every senior living community provides different amenities and benefits that will vary from one spot to the next. Spend some time learning about the each community’s advantages by doing your own research for your senior parents or better yet – scheduling an in-person tour. By touring each community, you and your loved ones will get a real feel for what life is like there, plus you can ask your tour guide about any unanswered questions or concerns you may have. As a faith-based, nonprofit organization, United Methodist Communities has an unwavering mission to provide an abundant life for all seniors. We  place a high value on compassion, respect, stewardship, and service to provide our residents with the best possible care and assistance. UMC prioritizes every aspect of senior wellbeing – mind, body, and soul – therefore, we continually update and add more amenities, activities, and care services to ensure each older adult in our care is living their best life! 

Think About Your Budget for Senior Care

When choosing a new place for your loved ones to live, you can’t ignore the financial factors. It’s crucial to locate a community that is within your loved ones’ means. United Methodist Communities knows how important affordability is and provides fair-quality services. We will engage with families to help them understand their payment options and have flexible options to cover a 24/7 schedule. United Methodist Communities can offer advice and support whether you’re considering private finances, long-term care insurance, or assistance like the VetAssist Program.

Do Your Loved Ones Require Any Specialized Care Services?

Every person has different wants and preferences. More importantly, every senior has different needs when it comes to mobility and overall health. Therefore, it’s essential to take into account any specific services that your loved ones could need now or in the future. On top of our assisted living services, UMC also offers specialized care such as skilled nursing (long-term care), Tapestries memory care, and Brdiges hospice and palliative care. Having different levels of care under one roof ensures that if your loved one’s health needs change, they won’t have to move again.

UMC Seniors Lead Happy Lives in NJ

Above all else, you want your loved ones to be happy in their new home. With personable and licensed caregivers available 24/7 and a range of social activities provided each week, we truly believe your loved ones will be happiest at a UMC senior living community.

If you or a loved one are in search of a senior community in NJ that prioritizes abundant living at every turn, please give us a call or visit our website at:

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