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UMC MVP: Lisa Wilmer

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood is proud to introduce UMC MVP, a new way to recognize our amazing associates! Each month, we will pick associates who go above and beyond in the community.

This month, in honor of National Nurses Week, we have chosen Lisa Wilmer. She brings much joy to the community. Lisa always knew that she wanted to help and make a difference in the lives of others. She began in the medical field as a CNA and realized how rewarding it was to be able to assist someone and make them feel better if they were sick or uncomfortable. She then decided to go back to school and become an LPN and after 16 years she is continuing her education to be an RN. Congratulations Lisa!

Click here to learn more about Lisa.

5 Essential Nutrition Facts for Seniors to Know

5 Essential Nutrition Facts for Seniors to Know

Good, healthy nutrition is essential at any age, but it’s often overlooked in senior health. Eating well not only improves physical energy and resistance to illness, but also supports a more positive attitude and mental capabilities. So, how can seniors support good eating habits and reap those benefits?

Our nutrition experts at UMC at Collingswood have put together five essential facts for seniors to be aware of regarding the state of their nutrition.

Vitamins & Mineral Supplements for Seniors: The most important thing for senior nutrition is to get your vitamins and minerals. You may not know that adults over 70 often need higher levels of calcium and vitamin D to maintain healthy bones. You can naturally increase your intake by having three servings of calcium and vitamin D rich foods a day. Some food sources for calcium are low-fat dairy products and leafy vegetables, while vitamin D can be found in foods such as salmon and eggs. Fortified cereals or juices like orange juice can have both calcium and vitamin D.

For some adults over 50, it becomes harder for the body to absorb vitamin B12, which helps the formation of new red blood cells, and also plays a role in bone health and neurological functions. Vitamin B12 can be found in animal products like chicken, milk, eggs, yogurt, salmon, and tuna. It might be necessary to have regular blood tests to make sure your B12 levels are normal, and in some cases, it’s also recommended to take a B12 supplement even if you’re eating foods naturally high in B12. Remember, however, that it’s always best to speak with your doctor before making any changes to daily supplements.

Dietary Fiber: Most people know that fiber aids in digestion and can help to keep you naturally regular. What you might not know is that dietary fiber can also help lower your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes by lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The Institute of Medicine recommends that total fiber intake for adults older than 50 should be at least 30 grams per day for men and 21 grams for women. Fiber-rich foods consist of whole-grain breads or pastas, lentils, and oats. Whole fruits and vegetables like broccoli, avocados, pears, and raisins are also great sources of fiber.

Potassium is often thought of to help stop “growing pains” but it helps with so much more! This mineral helps keep bones strong, and is essential for cell function and reducing the risk of high blood pressure and kidney stones. Symptoms of potassium deficiency can lead to general fatigue, muscle weakness, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and higher blood sugar. Foods high in potassium are leafy greens, bananas, beans, nuts, and winter squash like acorn and butternut.

Eating healthy fats is another important staple in any senior’s diet. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, found in foods like nuts, fish, and avocados, are considered “healthy fats” and are necessary for a balanced diet. Polyunsaturated fats, also known as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, are considered essential for muscle movement and inflammation. Consuming these healthy fats can prevent and, in some cases, help treat heart disease and stroke, as well as reduce blood pressure. Saturated fats, on the other hand, should be avoided or limited to 10% of your daily calories a day because they are known to drive up high cholesterol. Saturated fats can be found in meats, whole milk, cheeses, butter, sugary desserts, and many commercially prepared foods.

Your Life at Collingswood Comes with a Built-in Nutritionist!

Our chefs at UMC at Collingswood actually work with licensed nutritionists to create a healthy delicious and nutritious diet for our residents. At Collingswood, you may feel better than you have in a while once the effects of healthy eating kick in. And of course, all personal diet restrictions are accommodated as needed.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our experts at UMC at Collingswood, we are happy to hear from you. Visit our website at – https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ 

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Assisted Living


Mother’s Day is almost here! It’s the perfect time to celebrate the women who raised us and encouraged us through both the good and bad times. This Mother’s Day, however, may be different if you’re facing a “new normal.” It can be a particularly challenging time for you if your mother has new medical concerns and lives in an assisted living community. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom in assisted living! Here are just a few ways you can make the day special for your mom, from our Camden County assisted living team at UMC at Collingswood.

Avoid the Zoom Meeting if Possible

Mother’s Day isn’t about what you do or the gifts you give, as much as it’s about spending time with your mom.  Quality time is what she really wants! Even if it’s not on Mother’s Day, make a plan to spend the day with her in person if possible. If her medical conditions don’t allow her to leave the assisted living community, why not plan to tag along with her to any activities they offer on-site. If attending her activities isn’t a possibility, you can plan a movie day and watch all mom’s favorites together. Just don’t forget to plan the snacks! Or if movies aren’t her thing, plan to pamper mom a little with a fresh manicure, pedicure, a gentle face mask, and a foot and hand massage! Everyone loves a little pampering from time to time.

You Know What They Like – Bring It!

Bring mom her favorites, whether it’s a meal from her favorite restaurant or her favorite baked goods, her favorite flowers, or all three! If there is a family recipe she isn’t able to make anymore, make it yourself and bring it over. Remember, mom will appreciate the thought whether you made it yourself or bought it. If it is impossible for you to be with mom on Mother’s Day, send her a care package and plan for another day that you will be able to come to see her. The package can include all her favorites discussed above and maybe a new book she’s been wanting, her favorite movie on DVD, or a cozy robe! No one knows your mom better than you so personalize it to her.

Get Outside – Plan a Picnic

Sometimes elderly residents fall into a habit of staying indoors, and Mother’s Day is a perfect excuse to nudge them to get some sun. If the weather is right, plan a picnic for you and your mom in her community. This is a great option because you can prepare the meal before you go and have everything ready for mom. Make sure you bring a blanket, or a foldable chair to sit on if getting up and down is a challenge for her. Enjoying the weather with a nice meal is a great way to spend time together while getting some Vitamin D.  You can put together a playlist of her favorite songs to listen to while you enjoy your lunch together!

Mother’s Day at UMC at Collingswood

Remember that although this Mother’s Day might be different from your holidays past, together you can still make this day special for mom. If you’re looking for assisted living in Camden County, our experts at UMC at Collingswood can answer all of your questions. Visit https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

5 Inspiring Books for Seniors

best books for seniors

Reading is not only beneficial for a senior’s mind but it is also a way to travel the world, to live many different lives, chase dreams, and broaden horizons. You can read about any subject you like whether it’s about cars, sports, gardening, or fiction topics like romance, adventure, or suspense…the options are truly endless! If someone says they don’t like to read, it often means they just hasn’t found the right book yet. If you’re an avid reader, you know that feeling you have when you get a book so riveting that you literally do not want to put it down! We at UMC at Collingswood put together a list of five inspiring books we feel will help anyone fall in love with reading.

  1. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. This novel is a page-turner about two strong minded sisters in world war two, and their very different reactions to the war. It is a story about love, freedom, and survival, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and strength of these two sisters. It is a must-read for anyone who loves US History.
  2. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley. Sorry, this one isn’t actually about pie, but you won’t be disappointed. This is an old-fashioned murder mystery set in the 1950s English countryside. The main character is a child who is an aspiring chemist and is determined to clear her father’s name of a murder charge. This novel is written with an impressive tone and in-depth character development. Even better, it’s a ten-book series so you’ll have a story to follow for a long time!
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. A heartbreaking and hilarious story of African American women, the white woman they work for, and the children they raise. The author says this is a fiction story although it depicts many truths of the cultural differences in America in 1962. You will really feel for the characters in this book and come to love them. This book has also been made into a movie, so once you finish the book you can enjoy the movie as well.
  4. The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This is a true story about an enslaved southern tobacco farmer who unknowingly had some of her cells taken from her. Although she passed away over 60 years ago, her cells become one of the most important tools in modern medicine. Her stolen cells were responsible for the polio vaccine, uncovering secrets of cancer and other viruses, as well as fertilization, gene mapping, and cloning. This story spans her life, when the cells were stolen, her death, all the amazing things that were developed with her cells, and controversial information regarding scientists. Author Rebecca Skloot covers all the details in this must-read book!
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This novel is set in a future dystopia where women lose all the rights they have today and, because of declining birthrates, are only truly valuable if they are able to bear children. This story speaks to women’s rights, women’s role in society, the role of childbearing, and the complex role religion and government has in society.

If none of these books get you excited to read, we hope that you don’t give up on reading and encourage you to find a topic that sparks your interest. UMC at Collingswood believes there is a book for everyone.

Reading is riveting at Collingswood

UMC at Collingswood actually has a well-established and active resident book club! Here residents get together monthly to decide what books to read and to discuss their opinions afterward. In February the group read “The Giver of Stars” by JoJo Moyes, and in March they read “The Gods of Heavenly Punishment” by Jennifer Cody Epstein. Committing to a book club is a great way to keep yourself dedicated to reading, as well as an opportunity to enjoy a great discussion with friends.

If you are a resident of the assisted living community and would like to join the book club or have any questions, please contact us at UMC at Collingswood. Visit our website at – https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Respite for Seniors: It’s Almost Spring Break!

Respite for Seniors

It’s that time of year, the winter chill is fading and spring is creeping up fast! More importantly, if you have kids in school – spring break is just around the corner. If you’re wanting to get away for the week with your kids, but are worried about who will look after mom and dad – look no further. Our caregivers at UMC at Collingswood have a few thoughts about choosing a senior respite care experience during your next vacation.

Professional care you can count on

When you’re planning a vacation but you’re worried about who will care for mom or dad while you’re away, it is common to go with a professional caregiver. It will ease your mind knowing that someone who is experienced and well trained is looking after your loved one. Sometimes you can have a trained CHHA come to their home, but if their needs are more complex, a temporary stay in a senior community like UMC at Collingswood offers much more care, socialization, and security.

Family’s have peace of mind

Knowing your loved ones are safe and cared for allows you to really relax and enjoy your time away. It is crucial for your health that you take time to rest and recharge. If you’re going away with your children, it is equally important that they get that one-on-one time with you, away from your everyday life and responsibilities. This time away from home will allow you to come back energized and ready to resume your role as a caregiver.

Try out a senior community!

Let’s face it, mom or dad need their own vacation as much as you do. If they have mobility or medical issues, a stay at a senior community could actually be a great vacation experience for them!  In addition to being cared for, they can enjoy all the amenities Collingswood offers, including exercise, activities, movie nights, shared meals and dining experiences, trips to town, live entertainment, and more. We promise you that a few weeks with us will feel like a vacation!  A temporary stay at a senior community is also a great way to lay the groundwork for a conversation about a future permanent move. Your loved one will come to realize that an active senior community may be preferable to their current living situation, and your conversation with them will be much easier.

Respite care at UMC at Collingswood

If you are planning that spring break vacation and need care for mom or dad, please contact the respite care program at UMC at Collingswood. The respite care staff at Collingswood will make an individualized plan based on your loved one’s needs. Some of these needs can include housekeeping, washing and bathing, medication management, and of course, delicious meals are always provided

All of your questions and concerns will be answered and you can feel confident knowing that they are not only safe but that they are also having fun while you’re gone.

Visit our website at – https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Tips on How to Explain Dementia to Grandkids

Tips on How to Explain Dementia to GrandkidsIf you’ve been caring for your senior parent with dementia, you have probably come to realize that your relationship will be different from now on. One of the major, most noticeable changes is how you communicate. Altering and adapting the ways in which you communicate with your loved one is essential to maintaining a strong bond and minimizing stress. Although you may understand this is the reality of the situation now, your children may have a hard time even understanding dementia as a whole and how it affects their grandparents.

If this sounds like your current predicament, our team of memory care specialists in Camden County have compiled different communication tips to help better explain dementia to grandchildren.

Tip #1: Start the conversation with full transparency. Be open and honest by offering an age-appropriate explanation to their grandparent’s diagnosis. Try to explain what dementia is and how it will affect grandma or grandpa. For example, grandma may forget some things that may seem easy for everyone else to remember such as the day of the week or your birthday. Reiterate that she is not doing this on purpose and that she may exhibit more changes as time goes on without going into too much detail. There’s no need to alarm them by stating there’s no cure at this time, especially if their grandparent is in the very early stages of dementia and showing very mild symptoms.

Tip #2: Encourage them to ask questions. As scientists and memory care specialists are still researching and questioning many aspects of dementia, it’s only natural for grandkids to have questions too. Allow and encourage them to work through their feelings and curiosity surrounding this memory condition. We’d also like to point out that it’s OK not to have all the answers yourself. If your child asks a question you’re unsure about, gently remind them that it’s a good question to ask and that you’ll get back to them with an answer as soon as you have it.

Tip #3: Comfort them and let them know it’s not their fault. It’s normal for kids to be upset, confused, or even scared of this type of news. They may be afraid of getting dementia themselves or worry that they are doing something to trigger their grandparent’s memory loss. That’s why it’s important to reassure them that what they’re feeling is completely normal and that you also share those same thoughts. It’s also important to remind them that if grandma or grandpa lashes out towards them, it is absolutely not their fault. They did not “cause” this negative reaction – it’s a part of the disease.

Tip #4: Show by example. Undoubtedly, the best way for your child to learn is to have a good role model to follow. Whenever you have the opportunity, show them how to interact with and understand their grandparent with dementia. More importantly, teach them how to react if grandma or grandpa has a bad day and lashes out.

Memory care for seniors and support for caregivers in Camden County NJ

One of the best ways your loved ones can maximize their cognitive abilities and retain their independence is through accessing professional memory care at a reputable senior community. At UMC at Collingswood, Tapestries memory care residents have the opportunity to live in a caring, home-like environment where they are safe to enjoy their hobbies and have meaningful experiences every day.

We also have Life Enrichment Team Specialists on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide specialized care for memory care residents, which includes exercises to improve and strengthen cognitive function. Our specialists are also available to answer any questions you or your family may have and to ease any stress about your loved one’s transition into our memory care neighborhood.

If your loved one is showing early signs of dementia, please call 856-369-3092 to find out how we can successfully meet the needs of your senior parent. To learn more about Tapestries memory care in Camden County, please contact United Methodist Communities at Collingswood or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Senior Health Tips: How to Keep Kidneys Healthy

How to Keep Kidneys Healthy

In honor of World Kidney Day on the 10th, we find it very important to share different ways for seniors to keep their kidneys healthy. Here’s what you need to know about kidney health from our senior care specialists in Collingswood, NJ.

Why are healthy kidneys so important for seniors?

Kidney health is often overlooked in the grand scheme of senior health issues, but the kidneys are a vital organ. Each about the size of your fist, the kidneys are located near the bottom of your ribcage and perform many functions within the body. Most people have two kidneys, but there are a select few that are only born with one. The most notable jobs of the kidneys are to filter waste from the blood and to produce hormones that regulate blood pressure and control red blood cell production.

This is so crucial because waste buildup in your body can cause serious problems and eventually lead to death if left untreated. To remedy kidney damage, your blood would have to be filtered artificially through dialysis, or you would need a kidney transplant waiting list, which are typically years long. Fortunately, the body will continue to expel waste properly and produce necessary hormones, as long as good kidney health is maintained. Here are some tips on how seniors can prioritize this now.

Tip #1: Keep blood pressure and blood sugar under control. People with high blood pressure and/or high blood sugar levels are more likely to develop kidney damage. High blood pressure is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease, since it directly impacts the kidneys’ abilities to filter through impurities in the blood properly. Those with high blood sugar in the form of diabetes are more susceptible to kidney damage if their sugar isn’t properly regulated. This is because the kidneys would have to work extra hard to regulate and filter the sugar in the blood – which can lead to life-threatening damage. If you or a loved one has high blood pressure or diabetes, it’s important to speak to a doctor about effective treatments immediately.  

Tip #2: Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Regular daily water intake helps clear toxins from your kidneys. The amount of water you’d need daily would depend on a number of factors, but the baseline to aim for is eight glasses of water. Not to mention, staying hydrated has many other health benefits besides promoting good kidney function.

Tip #3: Be aware of side effects from over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Consistently taking OTC pain relief medications like Advil and naproxen can cause damage to the kidneys over time. If you or a loved one needs relief from chronic pain, please talk to a doctor about other remedies that don’t put the kidneys at risk.

Tip #4: Quit smoking. We all know smoking is bad, but exactly how bad is it for your kidneys? Smoking causes direct damage to the body’s blood vessels, which leads to slower blood flow and even kidney cancer. Kicking this bad habit to the curb will both lower your risk of contracting this type of cancer and stop damaging blood vessels.

Tip #5: Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keeping active, eating well, and monitoring your weight are all sure-fire ways to keep kidneys healthy. Seniors who are overweight are at higher risk of developing health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, which all cause significant kidney damage. If you or a loved one are teetering between a healthy and unhealthy weight, it’s essential to keep moving everyday and maintain a diet that is low in sodium and processed foods. Healthy, nutrient-rich foods to incorporate into the daily diet include blueberries, cauliflower, wholegrains, and fish for protein.

Healthy senior living residents in Camden County

At our health-conscious senior living community in Collingswood, we’re more than happy to keep our residents accountable to their health and fitness goals. We offer a variety of fitness classes to satisfy every resident’s mobility, such as group yoga, meditation, and dancing – just to name a few. Aside from exercise programs, we also provide meal plans packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that help combat health conditions, like kidney disease, that are all too common in seniors.   

To find out more about how we’re keeping seniors healthy in Collingswood, NJ, please call us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

It’s OK for Seniors to Eat More Chocolate

Eat More Chocolate

We’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day even more now that we’ve discovered the benefits of eating chocolate. Not just any chocolate, but dark chocolate, in particular, is considered a “superfood” and should be added to a senior diet on a regular basis (so upsetting… we know). If you’d like to find out more about the advantages of dark chocolate for older adults, keep reading! Our nutritionists in Camden County have put together a list of the top 3 benefits here.

Benefit #1: Eating dark chocolate strengthens the heart. A major part of what makes dark chocolate so great for you is the flavonoids it contains. For those who may not know, flavonoids are rich in antioxidants, help ward off everyday toxins, and could decrease the risk of developing chronic health conditions that are all too common for seniors. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate, in particular, are known to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow and circulation to the heart. They also reduce the risk of stroke and developing blood clots because the improved blood flow makes it more difficult for blood platelets to clot.

Benefit #2: Eating dark chocolate increases good cholesterol levels. As we age, it’s important to keep an eye on our cholesterol intake, i.e. consuming more “good” cholesterol and limiting “bad” cholesterol. Fortunately, dark chocolate falls into the good category and can actually raise those healthy cholesterol levels. This is thanks to one very important ingredient: cocoa butter. Cocoa butter contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that is good for the heart. 

Benefit #3: Eating dark chocolate can boost memory. Another common concern for seniors and their families is dementia. Losing precious memories can be scary and devastating for everyone involved. Fortunately, there are many things we can do as we age to decrease our risks of developing dementia, such as cognitive exercises, getting sound, uninterrupted sleep, and you guessed it – eating dark chocolate. As we mentioned above, flavonoids found in dark chocolate are linked to increased blood flow to not only the heart but the brain too. This is crucial because dementia researchers have proven that having low blood flow to certain parts of the brain is directly linked to dementia.

Health-conscious assisted living in Camden County NJ

Don’t hesitate to add dark chocolate to your meal plan, but remember that moderation is key. It is recommended that the piece of dark chocolate you reach for contains at least 70% cocoa. If you or a loved one need help with moderate nutrition, our associates at Collingswood are available 24/7 to support each resident’s health needs. UMC at Collingswood is proud to promote healthy senior living through nutrition-packed meals, fitness programs, and top-of-the-line health and sanitization protocols in accordance with state guidelines.

To find out more about our healthy lifestyle choices for senior residents in Camden County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Senior Eye Care: What You Need to Know

Senior Eye Care

As we grow older and change, it’s normal for our vision to change too. Unfortunately, there are certain habits that you may be taking part in now that could be negatively affecting your vision. The good news is, if you take proper precautions now, vision changes can be properly managed and treated down the road. Here’s what you need to know about senior eye care from our assisted living specialists in Collingswood, NJ.

​​Maintain good nutrition: Eating healthy is key to preserving your eyesight. Prioritizing foods that are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A and C are key to this preservation. Foods like leafy green vegetables, eggs, nuts, and oily fish (mackerel, tuna, and salmon) are great options to incorporate into your daily diet.

Cut down on alcohol: Overconsumption of alcohol negatively affects health in a number of ways and may trigger chemical reactions that are damaging to the eyes. This directly affects the macula in particular, which is the eye tissue that allows you to see detail and color.

Reduce your sugar and fat intake: While sugar may create the same chemical reactions as alcohol, too much fat in your diet can directly affect blood flow in your arteries. This restricts the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your organs, including your eyes. Too much sugar also increases your risk of developing diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

Quit smoking: Smoking has been linked to high risks of developing cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration, so it’s best to try and kick the habit as soon as possible.

Invest in some good quality sunglasses: Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays increases your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. Be sure to invest in a pair of sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of both UVA and UVB rays, as poor quality sunglasses can actually increase your UV ray exposure.

Healthy senior lifestyles at Collingswood

At UMC, we’re more than happy to keep our residents accountable for all aspects of their health. If you or a loved one is interested in making a positive health change this year, our dedicated team in Collingswood is here to help. We have different fitness classes to satisfy every resident’s mobility, such as group yoga, meditation, and dancing – just to name a few. Our trained associates are also available around the clock to assist or modify each exercise to ensure safety is the top priority at all times. Aside from fitness, we also provide meal plans packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that help combat common senior conditions, like vision changes.   

To find out more about how we’re keeping seniors healthy in Camden County, please call us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

5 Cold & Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

Tips for Seniors

With so much focus on COVID-19, it’s easy to forget that there is a normal cold and flu season going on too. And just like in every cold & flu season, it’s time for seniors and their caregivers to take extra precautions. These illnesses can be doubly miserable for seniors because generally speaking seniors tend to have weaker immune systems. To avoid passing germs back and forth to one another, here are 5 essential cold and flu prevention tips from our senior care team in South Jersey.

  1. Wash hands more often. This should go without saying, but sometimes we all need a friendly reminder! Frequent hand washing with regular soap for at least 20 seconds is a very effective way to get rid of germs that cause the cold and flu. Consider carrying around hand sanitizer if you’re out and about during the harsh winter months.
  2. Wear a mask. It’s not just a good idea for COVID! When visiting with Mom and Dad, require people to wear a mask, and get Mom and Dad to wear one too if possible. Masks work for all airborne viruses, so if you want to keep them healthy, this extra precaution is really important for minimizing the spread of germs, especially for strangers, workers, or delivery people who may come in and out of the home.
  3. Build up the immune system. Sleeping well, staying hydrated, and packing your diet with extra vitamin C, fruits, and vegetables are all great first steps to build up immunity against colds and other viruses. Other ways to strengthen our immune systems include regular exercise and effective stress management. If you or a loved one would like to “kill two birds with one stone,” look into trying low-impact yoga. It’s a great workout that incorporates meditation and breathing exercises to help reduce stress.
  4. Keep your distance. As we’ve learned with COVID-19, it’s important to keep your distance if you’re feeling under the weather. You and your senior loved one should also avoid big crowds during this season if possible because you never know what germs others could be carrying. Avoid putting your hands near your eyes, nose, and mouth until you are able to properly sanitize.
  5. Sanitize your environment and devices. Speaking of sanitizing, it’s equally as important to clean you and your loved one’s living spaces and common-touch areas like phones, kitchen counters, doorknobs, and other electronic devices. Use disinfectant products like Clorox while cleaning areas in the house to ensure the environment is as “germ-free” as possible. As for mobile and electronic devices, it’s best to avoid water and clean the devices with sanitizing wipes or a little rubbing alcohol.
  6. Consider getting a flu shot. Another preventative measure is to consider getting vaccinated for the flu. Flu shots reduce the risk of contracting the virus and reduce harmful side effects for seniors especially. Not to mention, they are easily accessible through a doctor, at the local drug store, or even the supermarket. If you’re worried about you or a loved one getting the flu shot, we recommend seeing a doctor first that can address all health concerns.

Health-conscious assisted living in Camden County NJ

At UMC at Collingswood, our associates, caregivers, and medical professionals are on-site 24/7 to ensure each residents’ health needs and safety concerns are met at all times. Our assisted living community promotes healthy and abundant senior living through nutrition-packed meals, fitness programs, and top-of-the-line health and safety protocols in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO).

To find out more about our health and safety procedures for our senior residents in Camden County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/