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6 Ways to Prevent Burns at Home

Burns can be very serious regardless of who sustains them, but recovering from burns can be more difficult for older adults. We’ve all accidentally touched a hot pan on the stove top, or ran our hand under scalding water.

In addition to being extremely painful, recovering from a burn can be a frustrating, arduous process, especially for older adults who already have other medical conditions. In addition, seniors with vision impairments, balance issues, or memory problems can sometimes be more vulnerable to burns in their own homes. 

Prevention is key, so here are several tips on preventing burns at home, either for you or for an older loved one:

  1. Install an easily accessible fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? Do you know where it is? Can you quickly grab it if needed? We recommend keeping a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, and checking to ensure your older loved ones do the same. If a fire breaks out while cooking you need to be able to put it out quickly, rather than running to another room to search for the extinguisher. 
  2. If possible, eliminate common causes of fires like candles and lighters. It’s so easy to walk into another room and forget about lit candles. For older adults who have vision impairments, they may not even notice the candle is still burning. 
  3. Set your water heaters to a lower temperature. We do not need scalding water for bathing or washing our hands, so there’s rarely a need to have the temperature on your water heaters set to the highest temperature. This is especially important for older adults who have vision or mobility issues.
  4. Keep the kitchen properly lit. Most stovetops have lights that activate when the surface is hot, and you need to be able to see the lights clearly when they’re on.
  5. Remove any tripping hazards in the kitchen and in the bathroom. It’s so easy to catch your foot on the corner of a rug and trip. If this happens around a hot stove it could result in a serious burn. 
  6. Regularly test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Check your own today, then ask your loved ones to do the same. This is an important component of fire prevention in your home, so don’t put it off.

Keeping older adults safe in assisted living 

When your loved one is no longer able to live alone safely and comfortably, it may be time to consider an assisted living community. There are many wonderful assisted living communities for seniors that allow them to continue living full lives, while minimizing the risk of sustaining burns and serious injuries. Older adults can be more vulnerable to burns and take longer to recover from them, so the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is in a safe environment is irreplaceable. 

At United Methodist Communities (UMC) at Collingswood, our residents enjoy a safe and secure environment, while retaining their independence. Our associates take precautions to prevent burns and other serious injuries among our residents, and we have medical professionals onsite who can provide immediate assistance if needed.

For more information about our community in Collingswood, or if you have any other senior care questions, please contact the team at UMC today:

5 Ways to Embrace Senior Independence Month

Living an independent lifestyle is important, no matter your age. That’s why it’s a “no-brainer” for us to embrace Senior Independence Month in February. At United Methodist Communities, one of our goals is helping the seniors in our community maintain their independence through customized care, activities, and assistance with daily tasks of living. With that said, here are some of the ways to embrace your senior independence this month.  

Assistance through technology 

Part of being independent is knowing and admitting when you need some help. A smartphone or tablet is a great aid with daily tasks. There are so many apps available to seniors to help with managing medications, keeping up with fitness habits, and navigating new locations. Apps like Zoom and Skype are also efficient in connecting seniors with their family and friends when they need a little assistance or socialization.

Especially during the pandemic when face-to-face meetings with family and friends aren’t always possible or encouraged. Here at Collingswood, our associates are available 24/7 to help residents with their smart devices. We have the patience, knowledge and bandwidth to connect seniors with the newest apps in order to promote the most independent lifestyle.

Senior activities to promote independence 

An independent mind is also a healthy one. One of the best ways to keep the mind healthy is to engage in cognitive exercises. This may sound a little bit like a science lesson, but trust us, it doesn’t have to be! Simple cognitive exercises like puzzles and board games can keep seniors’ minds sharp and also delay memory loss in some cases. At our assisted living community, we encourage seniors to engage in fun cognitive exercises each day, and with other residents (as long as it complies with our latest COVID-19 safety protocols).  

Care customized to your needs 

Most assisted living communities have found a way to support the individual needs and requirements of each resident. Here at UMC in Collingswood, we take this a step further by screening our nurses, aides and professional caregivers for their past quality of their care and current certifications. We are proud of each care team and the custom services that they are able to provide each resident, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By tailoring the care to each senior resident, they promote their independence in their own apartments for as long as possible. 

Independent senior lifestyles in Collingswood, NJ

The overall experience at Collingswood is one that enhances a person’s security, dignity and independence. We believe in a living model in which residents can receive escalating services in their apartment as their needs change. Specialty neighborhoods are also available for those with memory disorders or those who need skilled nursing care. We take the time to match professional services with the needs of individuals, rather than a “one size fits all” approach that may unnecessarily relinquish some independence from the resident. 

If you’d like to see if we’re the right senior living option in Camden County, New Jersey, for your loved one, please contact us to schedule a personal tour today. 

Assisted Living Checklist: What to Pack

Moving can be an overwhelming experience for anyone, especially seniors who are downsizing. They may have to make some hard decisions about the belongings coming with them. Before moving day, it will be extremely helpful to obtain the floor plan with the correct dimensions of the apartment your loved one is moving into.

Having accurate dimensions on hand will make the packing process that much easier because it will allow you to help mom or dad make smarter decisions about what belongings can go along with them. If your loved one can bring their favorite belongings into the new living space (like their comfy recliner chair), then the assisted living community will start to feel more like home.

If you’re still not sure how to start, check out the packing checklist below the team at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood put together. 

Furniture and other home essentials

Their new living space will most likely be smaller than what they’re used to. Make sure to identify and narrow down which home furnishings are the most important to hang onto. 

  • Sofa, chairs, and end tables (include extra folding chairs for visitors)
  • Dishes, bowls, glasses, and utensils
  • Towels and bedding- comforter, throw pillows, mom’s homemade quilt…
  • Important Keepsakes and knick-knacks
  • Framed photos of family and pieces of artwork

Living necessities & toiletries

Check the assisted living community first to see what necessities may already be available to your loved one.

  • Appliances (if not provided) – mini-fridge, coffeemaker, microwave, TV, and radio
  • Clothes hangers and closet organizers 
  • Assistive devices – eyeglasses, hearing aids, canes/walkers
  • Cleaning wipes for quick clean-ups
  • Favorite books and games 
  • List of prescriptions 
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, razor or buzzer
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion
  • Make-up


Take the climate into consideration when helping your loved one pack clothing staples. 

  • Clothing – sweats, tracksuits, jeans, and sweaters
  • Pajamas and robe
  • Socks, slippers and comfortable shoes
  • Jackets and warm coats
  • Formal outfits for special occasions

More packing tips: 

  • Figure out a solid packing plan with your family as soon as possible. Moving always takes longer than expected.
  • Start sorting through the smallest room in your loved one’s house. The smallest room will be the easiest to tackle. 
  • When sorting through belongings, make “yes” or “no” piles only! 
  • Do not pack alone! All family members can take turns and alleviate stress by sharing this responsibility. 
  • Use this time as a bonding experience. Mom or dad will have the chance to reminisce over the memories associated with each special item and share these stories with the entire family. 

Assisted Living in Collingswood, New Jersey

Once mom or dad is settled in their new place, help them create a cozy home feeling by placing items where they’re used to seeing them. For example, set up the living room with the same sofa, chairs and framed photos that were in their previous home. It’s also important to remember that the staff is also there to help your loved one settle in.

Here at Collingswood, our highly-trained associates are available 24/7 to help residents transition to community living more positively. Whether they need daily reminders to join group activities or someone to just listen to their downsizing struggles, the associates at UMC are here to support and encourage your loved one to live life more abundantly. 

For more information about assisted living services at Collingswood, or any of our other senior communities across New Jersey, please contact United Methodist Communities and book your visit today at:

5 Essential Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Community

If your parent or loved one is reaching a point in which living independently is no longer the best option, it may be time to consider an assisted living community. A community setting that specializes in senior care can provide the necessary support mom or dad needs, while also keeping them safe and healthy. Not to mention, an assisted living community like UMC at Collingswood provides residents with many opportunities to socialize! 

It can be overwhelming to decide on the right community for your senior family member. You want to make sure they’re in the best hands possible, and feel confident with the final decision. Once you narrow down senior living communities to tour nearby, we recommend asking each community the critical questions below. 

  • Question 1: What is your background in senior care? How long have you been caring for seniors?
    Perhaps the most important question is what is the community’s background in senior care? How long have they been doing it and why do they do it? When entrusting your loved one’s care to someone else, you want to make sure that community has their best interest in mind. United Methodist Communities, for example, has continued to grow and innovate to meet the needs of older adults for 113 years.

    Each of the full-service UMC campuses has been designed as a continuum to allow residents to access multiple care levels under one roof.  And throughout the years, our philosophy has essentially stayed the same: to provide all seniors with the most abundant lifestyle. 

  • Question 2: Are staff members, including medical professionals, onsite 24/7?
    Assisted living residents should be relieved of day-to-day responsibilities like traveling to and from doctors’ appointments, remembering to take prescriptions, cooking meals, and cleaning. Staff members  assist residents with daily tasks of living at all times of the day. Wellness providers should also be on site 24/7 in case of a medical emergency. Here at UMC, our highly-qualified team of associates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide care that is tailored to the wants and needs of each resident. 

  • Question 3: Do staff members have experience and qualified training in caring for residents with dementia?
    Even if your loved one does not currently have dementia, this is still an important question to address. It would be very stressful to move into an assisted living building and then find out a couple years later you have to move again, as your current community does not offer memory care services. UMC’s memory care program called Tapestries® focuses on the cognitive strengths of each resident by adapting to their natural routines. This process ensures their comfort and enriches their quality of life. Our associates also stay  up to date with the latest research-based practices in memory care.

  • Question 4: Are there procedures in place to combat COVID-19 and preserve the health and safety of residents?
    Many people still feel uneasy about moving their parents into an assisted living community since the pandemic hit. In reality,  many senior living communities have extensive experience in infection control. Along with other strategies, they implemented efficient health and safety procedures early on to minimize COVID-19’s impact. The right community should be able to provide you with extensive information regarding their COVID-19 responses. For example, UMC has developed “UNITEDforSAFETY,” which is quickly becoming the industry standard for infection control and cleanliness.  

  • Question 5: What are the costs associated with assisted living?
    Monthly assisted living costs vary  by  the community and the types of service your loved one needs. The base cost for an assisted living community depends on the selected floor plan, apartment size, and the care services and amenities selected. For example, seniors with dementia that require 24/7 health monitoring will cost more than a senior who only needs help with a few daily tasks, such as dressing and bathing. For more information on assisted living costs at UMC, please visit our website. 

Assisted Living at United Methodist Communities in Collingswood, NJ

Choosing the right assisted living community for your parent is a huge decision for your family. Ask as many questions as you need to until you are satisfied with the level of care, policies, and costs. Use the questions above to compare communities as you tour to help you reach a final choice successfully. 

At UMC at Collingswood, we’re committed to providing your loved one with a senior living experience that enhances all aspects of their wellbeing – mind, body and soul. If you’d like to see if we’re the right assisted living option in Camden County, New Jersey, for your loved one, please contact us today to schedule a personal tour. We’d love to hear from you. 


Stay Optimistic, Stay Positive: Moving into Assisted Living

They say, “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Change is scary, but having the right mindset makes all the difference. This especially reigns true when it comes to moving your loved one into an assisted living community. 

It is a challenge for sure to get everyone on board, but most families who take the leap often find an assisted living community will further help their loved one maintain their independence, while also eliminating the daily stresses of homeownership. While it may take time for your loved to come to this realization as well, having the support of family before, during and after this transition will keep them more open to this new life journey. 

If you are thinking about moving your loved one into assisted living, it’s important to remain optimistic in order to successfully tackle the challenges ahead. Here are some strategies to help you and your senior family member remain positive throughout the transition.

3 key strategies to stay positive before, during, and after the move 

  • Keep a constant dialogue of honest communication. It’s strange to admit, but sometimes being too positive is a bad thing. Sure, you can highlight all of the benefits of an assisted living community, but make sure the conversation isn’t one-sided. It’s important to ensure your loved one knows they can come to you with their hard questions, concerns, and fears, and that you will acknowledge them all to the best of your ability.

    Truly listening to your loved one will in turn make them more receptive to listening to you. Keeping the communication open and honest throughout the transition will help you, your loved one, and your family feel more satisfied with the decision in the long run.   

  • Figure out a solid packing plan that includes the whole family. Get a head start on sorting through your loved one’s home because it will always take longer than expected. Begin with the smallest room, making “yes” or “no” piles only and continue working your way through each room. It’s important to note that you should not do this alone. It’s too much stress for just one person to take on.

    All family members can take turns packing and even driving the moving truck from point A to point B. Not to mention, this will make for a great bonding experience. Your loved one will have the chance to reminisce over the memories associated with each special heirloom and share these stories with the entire family. 
  • Know that there will be setbacks, and that’s okay. Just when you think you’ve crossed the finish line, that homesick feeling will kick in for your parent. They will tell you they are sad, lonely, and want to go home. These moments are heart-wrenching and you will definitely start to question if this was the right move. However, knowing ahead of time that this is normal and to be expected will help everyone move past these tough moments more easily.

    When this happens, sit with your loved one and talk to them about what they miss. You can’t promise to change their situation, but you can figure out new ways to make their new place feel like home. For example, try to incorporate an old tradition back into their new lifestyle. If your parent used to make pasta on Sundays, bring them a home-cooked meal every Sunday to eat together. 

Building a team at UMC at Collingswood

Perhaps, the most important strategy is making sure you have a team of staff members at the assisted living community to really help with all aspects of the transition. The right staff can and should be a part of your team. At UMC at Collingswood, our associates truly take the time to get to know each resident, as well as their families to build strong relationships. When you first meet our care team, talk to them about your concerns and your parent’s concerns. If your parent is shy or a little forgetful, ask one of our associates to knock on their door and invite them to the dining room or to take part in other social activities happening on the grounds.

If you are concerned about the safety of socialization in regards to COVID-19, assisted living communities like UMC, have responded to this virus with industry-leading health and safety procedures. These guidelines promote safe socialization for residents, associates and families visiting from outside the community. For more information on our COVID-19 guidelines, please read our UNITEDforSAFETY plan in full. 

Making the decision to move into assisted living may not be easy, but our highly-trained associates are available 24/7 to help your parent transition to community living more positively. For more information about assisted living services at Collingswood, or any of our other senior communities across New Jersey, please contact United Methodist Communities and book your visit today.

Step Aside COVID-19, We’re Still Going to Have A Holly, Jolly Christmas

COVID-19 may have complicated things this year, but who says it has to steal our holiday cheer? There are still so many options to choose from when it comes to celebrating Christmas in a fun (and above all, safe) way with loved ones. Here’s how UMC at Collingswood is experiencing the magic of Christmas this year! 


Resident parties & activities

Our residents’ social calendars are all booked up this December! There will be themed days throughout the month like Disney Day, Winter Blues Day and Tree Trimming Day, to name a few. There will also be fun contests that all assisted living residents can take part in. One of our favorites is the “Resident Door Decorating Contest” where each resident will adorn the front door of their apartment with holiday decorations. Judgement day will be held on the 14th – whoever has the best-looking door may just win a special prize!

All celebrations will incorporate the latest COVID-safety guidelines, to ensure each resident’s health, safety and most of all, enjoyment! One example of how we’re doing this, is to have the resident Christmas parties separated by each floor/neighborhood. This limits the number of people in attendance, therefore reducing the chances of possible exposure. Not to mention, all of our associates and outside vendors are evaluated and must test negative before entering the building. For more information on our health and safety procedures during COVID-19, please visit our website. 

Christmas movies, cookies and hot cocoa – oh my! 

Hands down, one of the best parts of the holidays is to curl up on the couch with hot cocoa and a fresh baked cookie to watch a classic Christmas movie. At Collingswood, we planned ahead and will have a different Christmas movie to watch every Saturday night! We will also have Christmas Pajama Day on the 22nd, when all residents can lounge around in their festive PJs all day and drink as much hot chocolate as their heart desires (within reason)! Not to mention, “cookie of the week” baking throughout the whole month. Our sweet tooths are rejoicing already. 

Virtual & live entertainment

Every month, we have our virtual trivia competition with the Collingswood High School Interact Club, which includes our assisted living residents and the students and teachers of the school.  This time around, the trivia questions will relate to the holiday season! 

We also have several live entertainments scheduled. The residents will stay in the Chapel, while different Christmas carolers will be performing on the front porch. Most importantly, Santa Claus is coming to town! Collingswood residents will be able to take pictures with Santa and create holiday cards with the photos to send to family and friends.  

Celebrating the holidays in our NJ assisted living community

At UMC at Collingswood, we’re committed to making this holiday season special for our residents and their families. This year may look a little different than previous ones, but we are tripling our efforts to make this year memorable, fun and above all, safe!

With that said, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas. We hope you are finding a way to connect with loved ones safely, and feel a little bit of spirit that makes Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. 

If you’d like to see if we’re the right assisted living option in Camden County, New Jersey, for your loved one, please contact us today. 


Caring for Adults with Dementia During the Pandemic

The good news is that dementia is not a direct risk factor for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The not-so-good news is that behaviors associated with dementia, combined with age and other common health issues in older adults, may inflate risk.

People with dementia tend to forget personal hygiene habits like washing their hands, which can be crucial to preventing the coronavirus and other illnesses. Since reputable assisted living communities are open and successfully navigating the challenges of COVID-19, it’s important for dementia caregivers to take extra precautions while keeping up with the best memory care  practices. If your family member has dementia, please read the tips below for new precautions to take during the pandemic. 

COVID-19 tips for dementia caregivers and family members 

  • Write notes daily to remind people with dementia of essential hygiene habits. Post them in the bathroom, by the kitchen sink, etc. to instruct them to wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Make alcohol-based hand sanitizer readily available. It can be a simple alternative if the person with dementia cannot easily get to a sink to wash their hands.
  • Ask their doctor about filling prescriptions for the maximum amount of time to cut down on pharmacy trips. 
  • Prepare ahead of time and make a “plan B” for your family member’s memory care. This is just in case you should become sick, and your family member with dementia is left without proper care. 

If your family member with dementia lives in an assisted living community…   

  • Most (if not all) assisted living communities will have had some COVID-19 cases by now. The key is to look at the progress made since the coronavirus pandemic began. Check with the community regarding their safety protocols for managing COVID-19 risk, including in memory care. For more information regarding our industry-leading standard of infection control, cleanliness, and hygiene regarding the coronavirus, please visit our UNITEDforSAFETY page
  • Make sure the assisted living community has your current emergency contact information and the contact information of another family member or friend as backup.
  • If you are showing any signs or feeling symptoms related to COVID-19, immediately refrain from visiting. Instead, ask the community about alternate ways of contacting your family member. Most communities offer video chat options like Zoom or Skype to connect virtually. 
  • If you are well enough to visit, it could prove helpful for them to see a familiar face more often. Check in with the assisted living community regarding the protocols of outdoor visitation or limited indoor visitation. 

Safe memory care at United Methodist Communities   

Our memory care program, Tapestries®, is available in all four assisted living locations: Collingswood, Pitman, Bristol Glen and The Shores. Tapestries® focuses on the cognitive strengths of each resident, while our professional associates manage the new challenges that come with dementia. Families considering memory care during COVID-19, can have confidence in UMC’s health and safety procedures for residents, associates, and visitors. UMC is combining these new protocols with best practices in memory care to help ensure dementia residents are safe during the pandemic, as well as after it passes. 

If your family member suffers from early stages of dementia, please contact UMC at Collingswood in Camden County to find out how we can effectively meet their needs. To learn more about our Tapestries® programs across New Jersey, please contact United Methodist Communities today. 

Hearing Loss in Older Adults

Hearing loss adds to the misconceived stereotype that older adults are “slow,” which is almost always not the case! Identifying and treating hearing loss head on will help to avoid the negative notions that come with it.

Older adults who let their hearing loss go untreated sometimes become angry, lonely or depressed, which in turn could affect  their mental and even physical health. That’s why early detection is important in dealing with the complications of hearing loss. Identifying, accepting, and treating this sensitive issue is key to maintaining  cognitive function  as we grow older. 

Identifying hearing loss

Age-related hearing loss (also known as presbycusis) usually affects both ears equally  and develops gradually as a person grows older. Someone with presbycusis may not even realize that they lost some hearing at first due to the slow progression of decline. 

Consult a doctor about hearing loss if you or a family member displays the following symptoms frequently: 

  • Trouble hearing over the phone, computer or other smart devices 
  • Difficulty following conversations when multiple people are talking
  • Often asking people to repeat what they are saying 
  • Often think that others mumble when they talk
  • Feel the need to turn up volume on TVs, radios, and other devices, to the point that others complain about the excessive volume
  • Have problems hearing due to distant background noise
  • Cannot decipher softer voice registers, especially among women and children

How to handle hearing loss 

After identifying the extent of hearing loss with your doctor, it’s important to take the following steps: 

  • Notify family, friends, and others about your hearing problem;
  • Ask people to talk to you at a reasonable pace and volume. Also, make sure they are facing you when speaking. Pay close attention to the facial expressions and gestures of others when they are talking;
  • If someone is talking to you, let the person know if you do not understand something they said; and
  • Always try to find quieter spots to have conversations with others.

However, the most important thing you can do to achieve the best results is to seek professional treatment or advice from a doctor or other hearing loss experts, like an ENT (ear, nose and throat), or audiologist. 

Devices to help

Luckily, there are many devices to help aid hearing loss. Before purchasing a device, find out if your health insurance will cover the costs. In most cases, insurance will cover most of the cost, if not all! Also, it’s worth it to ask for a trial period to ensure the device is a right fit for the long haul. 

Hearing aids vary in size, cost, and features offered. It’s important to ask a doctor or specialist about which type of hearing aid they recommend based on the extent of your hearing loss. While the smallest hearing aids are most appealing, they can sometimes be the least effective. 

Cochlear implants are complex electronic devices that provide a sense of sound to people with extreme hearing loss. Part of the device must be surgically implanted within the ear. Hearing through a cochlear implant is much different than a hearing aid and requires significant follow-up therapy to learn a new way of hearing. 

Alerting devices connect to a doorbell, phone or alarm and emit loud sounds, vibrations or flashing lights. Their purpose  is to let someone with hearing loss know that something that requires their attention is happening nearby. 

Hearing assistance at UMC at Collingswood

Here at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, we understand the struggles that come with hearing loss and provide individualized care to each resident. Our highly trained associates and medical professionals are available 24/7 to provide technological support with hearing aid devices, as well as emotional support to ease the complications of hearing loss. 

To find out more about the associates and medical professionals at UMC at Collingswood in Camden County, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Best Apps for Abundant Senior Living

It’s safe to say smartphones and tablets are pretty standard at this point, for keeping in touch with family and friends more easily, especially during the pandemic. But there is another major reason why people choose to own a smart device: the apps! Apps are so much more than just silly games to download to pass the time now. There are apps that provide fitness programs, manage medications, and keep track of your blood pressure – just to name a few examples. 

With older adults becoming more tech-savvy, apps are just another ideal way to promote active aging. If you are worried about a parent, apps that track and monitor your loved one can bring you peace of mind.  If you are unsure of which apps would be beneficial to you or your senior family member, read on for thoughts from the experts at United Methodist Communities. 

Wordscapes for Cognitive Health

This free app is a challenging and addictive puzzle game that improves cognitive health through word recognition. Similar to the idea of Scrabble, the user is given a jumbled group of letters that they have to connect in order to make as many words as possible. After completing each level, users earn coins that they can later redeem for in-game hints if they become stumped.   

Keep Trainer for Fitness 

A lot of free fitness apps require users to buy a premium mode to unlock all app features. That is why Keep Trainer is so great, it is truly a free fitness app that can be used effectively without any in-app purchases. Keep Trainer has a wide array of exercises to meet every user’s expectations, whether they are experienced or inexperienced. Keep Trainer can also keep users on track by enabling pop-up reminders. Plus, the majority of exercises can be done at home, without weights or other heavy gym equipment – making this app the most convenient way to achieve each user’s fitness goals. 

Pill Boxie for Medication Management

The purpose of this app is to remind users to take their medications on time to promote a healthier lifestyle. Pill Boxie users can enter notes, such as time and dose taken, as well as how they felt after taking each medication. Users can also schedule reminders to pop-up on their smart device (even if the device is asleep) to ensure each medication is taken promptly. This information can be shared with the user’s primary caregiver in order to keep track of medical history more efficiently. 

Be My Eyes for Remote Assistance 

If you haven’t been gifted with 20/20 vision, Be My Eyes may be a godsend for you. Like the name suggests, Be My Eyes is a free app that makes the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects users with sighted volunteers through live video calls. Through the video call, the volunteer can help guide the app user with a number of things, such as reading fine-print instructions or navigating a new location. 

Zoom or Skype to Connect with Family & Friends

If only we’d all bought stock in Zoom prior to the pandemic! At this point almost everyone is familiar with these communication apps, and the team at UMC is certainly expert at using these apps to their fullest. Zoom and Skype are the leading ways to video call friends and family almost instantly. Video communication is the next best way to keep in contact with loved ones in times of social distancing and quarantine. Scheduling a weekly video call provides your family some much-needed social interaction and connection during this unusual time. Now if only Zoom could do virtual hugs…

Technology is our Friend at UMC Collingswood

At United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, associates are available to help residents with apps on their smart devices. Our associates have the patience, compassion, and knowledge to connect seniors to the new ways of technology in order to promote the most abundant lifestyle.

For more information about the new uses of technology at UMC Collingswood in Camden County, or any of our other assisted living communities across New Jersey, please contact United Methodist Communities and book your visit today.


5 Morning Stretches to Relieve Arthritis and Joint Pain

Why are morning stretches so important? Well for one reason, the morning is the part of the day that people with arthritis dread. Joint pain is an extremely common issue that people who suffer from arthritis wake up to everyday.

Stretching in the morning is proven to help alleviate arthritis and joint pains by medical experts, Matt Hyland (PT, PhD, MPA, CSCS) and Sharon Kolasinski (MD). They have claimed that people who achieved the best results committed to stretching every morning. They also mentioned that taking a warm shower before or after stretching keeps muscles more limber.  

Of course, there are other benefits when it comes to incorporating stretches into your daily routine. Some of them include: 

  • Improving blood circulation, flexibility, posture, and overall physical performance
  • Decreasing unwanted muscle stiffness and tension  
  • Finding it easier to relax and get a good night’s sleep after exercising 

So, what are you waiting for? Read on for five easy morning stretches that are proven to alleviate joint and arthritis pain for the rest of the day!

5 Stretches to Relieve Arthritis and Joint Pain 

1.Towel Squeeze – Targets Arthritis Pain in Hands

Suggested Repetitions: 10-15 times per hand

Grab a small hand towel that is rolled up or a larger sponge. Take the object in one hand and squeeze. Hold for 5 seconds and then relax. Repeat 10 to 15 times with each hand.

2. Shoulder Rolls – Targets Joint Pain in Shoulders 

Suggested Repetitions: 20

Stand with your arms straight and close to the body. Roll your shoulders forward 10 times, and then back 10 times at a steady pace. 

3.Trunk Rotation – Targets Joint Pain in Hips

Suggested Repetitions: 5 times on each side

 Lie on your back with knees bent. Gently lower both legs to the left toward the ground, while keeping your knees bent. Hold in this position for 10 seconds before slowly returning to the starting position. Alternate the stretch 5 times between each side of the body. 

4. Hamstring Stretch – Targets Joint Pain in Legs and Lower Back –

Suggested Repetitions: 5 times per leg

Lie on your back with your left knee bent, keeping the foot flat on the bed. Place both hands behind your right thigh and lift the right leg into the air, keeping it at straight as possible. Next, use your hands to pull the right leg toward your chest. Hold this position for about 30 seconds and then gently release. Alternate this stretch 5 times with each leg. 

5.Hip Rolls – Targets Joint Pain in Hips 

Suggested Repetitions: 10-15

Lie on your back while keeping your knees straight and legs far apart. Roll your knees and feet toward each other so that you appear pigeon-toed. Then roll them back out to the starting position gently. Repeat 10-15 times. 

Safety note: Seniors should ask a doctor or primary caregiver if they are unsure about performing any new stretches. If you begin to feel any intense pain during the stretch, slowly return to the starting position and call a medical professional for assistance.

Stretch with a Physical Therapist at UMC at Collingswood!

The stretches above can be performed at United Methodist Communities in a way that is just not possible at home. At UMC at Collingswood, we have trained physical therapists and medical professionals to help seniors exercise with the utmost health and safety practices. We understand that fitness is not “one size fits all” and modify health and wellness plans for each resident accordingly.    

For more information about senior fitness services at UMC at Collingswood in Camden County, or any of our other senior communities across New Jersey, please contact United Methodist Communities and book your visit today.