UMC Community Corner - Bristol Glen

5 Tips for Touring a CCRC Virtually

While touring a potential senior community in-person has always been the norm, the rise of COVID-19 has led to a new way of visiting – virtual tours. We expect video conferencing visits to continue beyond the pandemic, since it is more convenient and possible as technology becomes more and more advanced. However, touring virtually can be …

Bristol Glen Welcomes New Chaplain, Carl Bannister

Rev. Dr. Carl Bannister joins United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen as the Director of Mission and Pastoral Care. He brings 18 years’ experience as a chaplain in healthcare.  Dr. Bannister completed his Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a minor in Biblical Languages from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. He also earned a Master …

The Basics of CCRC Living

A Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC may be a new term for you, especially if you have been recently considering senior community options for yourself or a loved one. If you need the “411” on CCRC living, look no further! Our team at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen has put together a crash …

The Difference Between OT and PT

While there is some overlap in the tools and techniques that rehabilitation service providers use, occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) have a very different purpose overall and require different practitioner skills. At United Methodist Communities, licensed occupational and physical therapists work together to bring the highest level of care to residents and those who are here …

Why Seniors Prefer Short-Term Rehab at an Assisted Living Community

While some seniors move into assisted living on a permanent basis, others move in to recover from an injury, illness or surgery. Otherwise known as short-term rehabilitation. This short-term service is a great opportunity for seniors to experience professional therapy in a safe, welcoming community setting, before returning back home. It can also be a …

5 Valentine’s Day DIY Crafts for Seniors

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – and it’s not just for teenagers and newlyweds! It’s the perfect opportunity to show your elderly loved ones just how much you appreciate them.  Loneliness and social isolation are very real issues for seniors, especially during the colder months and the current pandemic. With that said, Valentine’s …

5 Ways to Deal with Senior Loneliness

Senior loneliness is a very real and serious issue. Especially over the winter months and during the COVID-19 pandemic when isolating at home is safer than traveling, seeing loved ones, or even going to the grocery store. Here is some helpful advice from the team at our independent living community, Bristol Glen, on how to …

COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments

In November 2020, exciting news arrived about COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies like AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna reported that their vaccines were showing highly effective results. This news was especially good to hear as many parts of the world braced for a strong resurgence in COVID-19 cases. Here is some insight into the current guidelines set …

How We Overcame The Challenges of 2020

After the year we’ve had, it’s safe to say we all deserve an extra special celebration this New Year’s Eve! However, the one good thing we can say about this year is that the challenges have taught us so much. Some of us learned a new trade skill, while others discovered a whole new perspective …

5 DIY Holiday Decorations to Craft with Family

The holiday season is here! While the 2020 holiday season may not be like any other that we’ve experienced (festive face masks and Santa hand sanitizer, anyone?), there’s still plenty of fun to be had. We all deserve something a bit special this year, especially the seniors that are near and dear to us. With …