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United Methodist Communities at Collingswood Named on U.S. News Best Nursing Homes and Short-Stay Rehabilitation Lists

Ratings assure public of quality, staffing and compliance

How do you select the best rehabilitation and long-term care providers for a chronic health condition, frailty, or recovery following a stroke, heart attack, joint replacement, serious infection, or accident?

U.S. News and World Report rated over 15,000 nursing homes nationally to help people find appropriate, reliable providers with the highest standards of care. They named United Methodist Communities (UMC) at Collingswood located in Collingswood, NJ, on their Best Nursing Homes and Short-Stay Rehabilitation 2020 – 2021 lists.

U.S. News rated UMC at Collingswood as high performing for both Long-Term Care and Short-Stay Rehabilitation. Rankings define each eligible nursing home as high performing, average, or below average. This year, U.S. News added a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data to their nursing home profile pages.

Out of 13,433 nursing homes that received a Long-Term Care Rating, 1,139 were designated as High-Performing. Among the 14,126 facilities that received a Short-Term Rating, only 2,362 earned a High-Performing Rating.

Both the Short-Stay Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care rankings consider comprehensive measures including registered nurse and physical therapist staffing, flu vaccination rates, fall prevention, registered nurse staffing ratios, discharge rates, prevention of pressure ulcers, ability of residents to self-care, emergency-room visits, hospitalizations, and rate of substantiated complaints.

UMC at Collingswood Administrator, Lisa Reifenrath, remarks, “I attribute these two well-earned designations to the skill, compassion, loyalty and integrity of our associates. It acknowledges our passion for outstanding care and rehabilitation services to older adults.”

Hospice and Palliative Care Come to Collingswood

When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2014 during the course of the year, 71,316 people had passed away in New Jersey – yet, roughly 19,250 of them had no plan for this scenario. A Pew Foundation national survey indicates “27 percent of adults have not given very much thought or have given no thought at all to how they would like doctors and other medical professionals to handle their treatment at the end of their lives.”

As a leading assisted living and nursing community in Camden County, United Methodist Praying angel stands amongst the flowers in the garden on a sunny day in spring.Communities at Collingswood, now offers another supportive option in that conversation. The newly-established Bridges at Collingswood focuses on people who are unable or prefer not to receive hospice at home, live out their last days with dignity and comfort.
Bridges’ new hospice-dedicated, one-bedroom apartments feature kitchenettes and bathrooms. Located in a private assisted living neighborhood, each has been designed for individuals facing terminal illness that no longer responds to curative treatment. Welcoming gathering spaces for families and friends and meaningful amenities such as customized dining, WiFi, salon, gym, bistro, outdoor courtyards, and elegant furnishings enhance comfort.

A skilled, compassionate multi-disciplinary team of health professionals focus on bringing much-needed care and support to those facing a life-limiting illness as well as to their loved ones. The expertise of the hospice team includes advanced, traditional and alternative therapies; expert 24-hour nursing oversight; medication management; certified caregivers; emotional and spiritual support; personal services; and palliative care for symptom management and pain control.

Collingswood Executive Director, James Clancy, reflects, “Bridges is the embodiment of the United Methodist Communities’ mission: compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life. It is our desire to bring our mission to adults where ever they are on life’s journey.”

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood is the second campus to establish Bridges and follows sister community, United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City, NJ.

Ursula K. Le Guin, stated, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” With a longstanding faith-based approach to senior care, United Methodist Communities at Collingswood is now part of that journey.

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood Listed on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes

Multiple Measures Guide Consumer Choice

The United States has 15,600 nursing homes with 1.7 million beds. Among the vast considerations, how do families select places for themselves or their loved ones? With public service at the core, U.S. News and World Report began the Best Nursing Homes list in 2009 to help people identify the best nursing homes.

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood made the 2016 list, assuring and guiding consumers in finding quality care. Located in Collingswood, New Jersey, with approximately 163 residents of all faith backgrounds, it offers Assisted Living, Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Respite, and Hospice. Overall, it received 4.9 stars, a compilation of ratings in three unique areas: Health Inspections, Nurse Staffing, and Medical Care Quality Measures.

Of note, the senior retirement community garnered 4.7 stars in Nurse Staffing, which

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Residents enjoying the fresh air on the grounds of Collingswood Manor

includes not only registered nurses, but also, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nurse aides and assistants. This important rating considers the amount of time per day patients receive from the nursing staff and the number of hours they worked (excluding temporary staff and physical therapists).

Collingswood earned 4.6 stars in Medical Care Quality Measures. This is based on 16 indicators for long-stay and 9 for short-stay Medicare and Medicaid residents. Considered the most valid and reliable data from three calendar quarters, they include health conditions, fall prevention measures, pain management, vaccinations, bedsores, and mobility.

James Clancy, executive director reflected, “I am very proud of the work done every day by our amazing Collingswood healthcare team. Results like this are a product of hard work and a sincere caring for the work that they do for all of our residents.”

Regarding methodology, the U.S. News overall star rating is an average of a series of UMC at Collingswood in the fallmonthly overall ratings by the federal Nursing Home Compare program. U.S. News’ ratings of health inspection findings, nursing staffing and medical quality measures are similarly averaged from federal data released in October 2016. Because U.S. News evaluates nursing homes over a longer period than the federal program and makes certain modifications, ratings by U.S. News and Nursing Home Compare may differ.

The data behind Best Nursing Homes comes from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which sets and enforces standards for nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, as almost all are. U.S. News reports that they have, “collected meaningful data and ratings on nearly every nursing home in the country and built a search tool designed to highlight the facilities that both match up with a family’s priorities and carry good ratings besides.”

With guidance from the U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes list, you and your loved ones can benefit by making the best possible decision.

Getting Back on Track

Transitions Customized Solution Comes to Collingswood

Were you recently discharged from a hospital or rehab facility and faced a dilemma because you didn’t feel quite ready to return home or did so and found you needed additional support? United Methodist Communities at Collingswood now offers Transitions, a customized solution for these instances.

A Transitions stay may last between one and six weeks. Similar to traditional rehabilitation settings, Transitions focuses on people requiring recovery, reconditioning and clinical monitoring.

Typical residents need observation for new clinical situations such as medications, therapies and devices; rehabilitation to regain skills to manage living at home; extra support to gain confidence before returning home; time to allow the implementation of support structures at home; and further stabilization.

Robbie Voloshin, corporate director of marketing, reports, “This short term program works toward getting people back home safely.”

Guests receive services in Transitions’ neighborhood of private, fully-furnished, home-like apartments. While the environment is less restrictive, it continues to support overall recovery and wellness. The care and services include rehabilitation, social engagement, wellness programming, home environment assessments, and transitional care to home follow-up.

Meals, laundry and housekeeping; transportation; community life programming; social work, clinical and aide services; and SeniorFITness are included in the daily rate. Call Barbara Wrzeszcz at 856-854-4331 for information regarding Transitions or other services at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood.

Asian Fruit Tasting

In September, our residents, associates, and the general public were introduced to different fruits and vegetables that we see in the supermarket but may have never tried before. Chefs at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood showed off star fruits, lychee, kumquats, jackfruit, and rambutan. Everyone enjoyed tasting the fresh products alone or added to a delicious recipe.

August 2016 Newsletter

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Warm up this winter with our delicious recipe

Butternut Squash Soup of Collingswood Manor



Butternut Squash Soup1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cups chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lunch Trips – A Favorite Activity!

Residents board the bus for a lunch trip to Captain Cats seafood restaurant, one of the residents’ favorites. Bus driver, Gene DiLeo always makes sure residents have a fun filled and safe ride. Lunch trips are always a well attended activity of Collingswood Manor residents and there is always one trip each month. Pictured here bus driver, Gene assists residents Peg McDonald and Jack Geigelman.    Starting April 14, 2015 through July 14, 2015.


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“April Shower” Shopping

Collingswood Manor residents get treated to one day of “free shopping,” every April. The Women’s Auxiliary graciously provides new items that have been donated by their respective churches. The “store” is set up in the 3rd Floor Activity Room. Things like toiletries, paper products, stationary, pens, cleaning items, and more are available and residents can “shop till they drop.” Pictured here resident Eunjoo Cho and Auxiliary members Marti Milne and Shirley  Latch.      Starting April 14, 2015 through July 15, 2015.


Friendships Are Formed At Collingswood Manor

A weekly Happy Hour at Collingswood Manor is a time for folks to sit and enjoy some appetizers while chatting around a table.  Sharing life stories and forming friendships make for an enjoyable time.

Starting March 27, 2015 through June 27, 2015.