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5 Ways Seniors Can Manage Stress

Whether we like it or not, stress happens at every stage of life. Stress even affects older adults who are entering their retirement years. For instance, some seniors worry about a possible decline in their health, mobility, and independence. It is also a common source of stress to worry about who will take care of them. This is made more challenging because as we age, the way our bodies handle stress can change, impacting concentration, sleep quality, physical health and illnesses. As a result, good stress management is important for anyone, especially seniors. Here are some ways that seniors can effectively manage stress levels, from the team at our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in New Jersey.

How stress affects health and quality of life

Stress isn’t an emotional state or mood, it’s a safety mechanism. When something happens that is negative or upsetting, our brain reacts as if threatened. It releases cortisol, the stress hormone, that floods through the body’s nervous system, muscles and organs to ready you to fight off the threat. This hormone increases heart rhythm and blood pressure, releases glucose into the bloodstream, and shuts down your digestive system so that the body can make muscles ready for fight or flight, and reduce the immune response.

This reaction is all well and good when you’re facing a potential threat, like coming across a grizzly on a nature trail – but it’s a lot less helpful when the source of your stress is concern for a loved one, health condition, or financial burden. Our bodies and brains just can’t tell the difference.

As a result of the many pressures and concerns of daily life, many people are living with constant stress. Such an intense reaction that is supposed to help us survive in dangerous situations and only last a few minutes is something we live with for days, weeks, and months instead.

This has a big impact on our health and quality of life. Consistently elevated cortisol levels can trigger anxiety, depression, mood swings, problems with digestion, weight gain, insomnia and more. So, what can seniors do?

How to manage stress as a senior

  1. Know your stress triggers.  First, identify what is stressing you out. It may not be what you think – your anxiety over bills, for example, may disguise itself as frustration with others. The only way to deal with stress is to understand the root cause.

  2. Speak up. Different types of therapies work for different people, so try to find one that works for you. Talking to a therapist about what is causing your stress is the first step in managing it, and releasing it.

  3. Get moving.  Physical exercise cannot resolve the issue that is causing your stress, but it can be very effective at alleviating negative emotions. Getting your heart rate up for about 30 minutes a day by walking, doing yoga, swimming, or dancing is a real mood booster.

  4. Lean on someone.  Stress doesn’t have to be something you deal with alone. Talking to a friend or loved one can help a lot – whether you are talking about your stress directly or not. Closely knit social bonds help make us feel stronger, more purposeful and less lonely.

  5. Have a laugh.  Laughter may not be the best medicine, but it sure comes pretty close! Laughing with a friend, or at a TV show/novel has immediate and impressive effects on our physical and mental health. It stimulates good oxygen circulation through the body, relieves the stress response, soothes tension and even helps with pain relief and immune system function.

Safe and easygoing community for seniors in Newton, NJ

Bristol Glen is a CCRC in Newton, NJ, with beautiful grounds, apartments and plenty of amenities that support independent living for seniors. It’s a great place for seniors to stay healthy, active and stress-free, and the COVID-19 protocols ensure that everyone gets the assistance they need in their daily life while staying safe. If you are looking for a welcoming, safe community for yourself or a senior loved one, contact us today or visit our website at: https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/

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 very different than in-person tours.

With that said, here is our guide of invaluable tips when touring a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) virtually.

1 – Make a date. It’s important to put a dedicated amount of time aside to do your virtual tour, just as you would for an in-person visit. Luckily, there’s so much flexibility that comes with this technology, so you can work it the time of day that works best for you. Choose a time when you aren’t feeling rushed, under pressure or stressed out.
Watch the tour on your computer or stream it to your TV, so you can really see all the details. Take notes, do extra research on the community’s website, and – above all – keep in mind your priorities when choosing a CCRC. These tours are very high quality and well made, but it’s important to always focus on how practical and well-suited this space is, especially if you are selecting a community for a loved one.

2 – Look at the layout. The first thing to focus on is the physical environment of the community – is the building clean, in good repair, and attractive? Will they be able to accommodate seniors with mobility issues easily? Look at common areas, gardens and the space where you or your loved one will live, checking for safety issues, privacy and convenience, as well as the atmosphere of the environment. Are they in a room or apartment? Is there space for couples to live together? Is there a pleasant view from the windows?

3 – Consider the services. There are as many different types of CCRC as there are fish in the sea, and they vary by location, structure, cost and services. While all these factors are important, services are one of the most critical factors in choosing the right community. Ideally, your virtual tour should include the different services available, with the best options giving you a choice of what services will form part of your or your loved one’s package.
Many people don’t want to move often, so it’s good to look for a community that can add services on as they are needed. This can range from very basic assistance for independent seniors right up to full-time nursing and memory care for residents with dementia. CCRCs allow you or your loved one to age in place when care needs change.

4 – Write down questions and concerns. One great thing about virtual tours is that you can view them as many times as you want. Write down questions or concerns as you go through the tour, and try to watch it a few times to see what catches your eye and what may be an issue. This way, when you join a virtual conference to discuss your move, you can get more details and a clearer idea of how the CCRC works.

5 – Don’t stop at one. Virtual tours are free and hosted on many CCRC websites, so there’s no limit to how many you can go on. It’s a good idea to do some basic research on each community’s website to see if it sounds like something you or your loved one would like. This can include things like whether or not it is close to family and friends, if it has a good location in a senior-friendly town/coastal area, if it is faith-based or not, if they offer rooms or entire apartments, and so forth. This will help you initially narrow down your options. By going on several virtual tours and keeping notes, you can compare how the communities are different, and what really matters most in this decision-making process.

At Bristol Glen, our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey, emphasizes an independent senior lifestyle that offers security, medical and non-medical assistance, and abundant socialization opportunities with other seniors.

If you want to find out more about our NJ Continuing Care Retirement Community, you can watch a virtual tour, read about our senior care services and more all on our website at: https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/

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 of Divinity from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan), a Master of Healthcare Administration from Independence University (Salt Lake City, Utah), and a Doctor of Ministry from The Theological School, Drew University (Madison, New Jersey).

 Additionally, Dr. Bannister is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; has received ecclesiastical endorsement from the Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist; a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. “Chaplain Carl” looks forward to providing emotional and spiritual support to residents, associates and their families.

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 course just for you.

What is a continuing care retirement community?

When it comes to senior living communities, there is a range of options available. A continuing care community or CCRC combines many services into one community, providing a continuum of care for seniors at every stage of life.

While the newly retired who want to downsize and enjoy great leisure facilities usually elect independent living, CCRCs also accommodate seniors at other levels of need.  Assisted living is for seniors who need additional help with daily living or managing a health condition. Skilled nursing focuses on older adults with more complex health conditions who require 24-hour care. Tapestries memory care caters to older adults with cognitive deficits. Bristol Glen also offers respite, rehabilitation, and transitions.

What are the benefits?

There are several important benefits to consider when looking at a CCRC. Especially, if you are currently living at home, but are looking for the right senior living community to address all your needs:

  • Stability – You won’t have to move out from your campus when you choose a CCRC. This is a great benefit for anyone who wants to put down roots, get active in their community, and not have to relocate down the line.
    Bristol Glen’s aging in place philosophy makes residents feel truly at home. Even if your medical needs mean moving to a space that provides more intensive care, you’re still right there in your familiar community.

  • Scalability – When you downsize and first move into a CCRC, your primary goal will be to create an easy-to-manage living space. Or maybe your partner requires more assistance than you do. CCRCs are ideal in this sense, because the services are scalable as residents need them.
  • Widest range of services – CCRCs cater to seniors with different needs, so they offer the widest range of services of any senior living community. This starts with simple services that make daily life easy and fuss-free: housekeeping, maintenance and security.
    Then, there are services to assist with daily living: wellness and beauty services, dining options, transportation, community clubs, and social events. On top of that, there are specialized care services, such as skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and 24-hour memory care for residents with dementia.

  • Easy socializing – CCRCs like Bristol Glen in NJ focus on supporting independence and promoting an abundant life throughout your senior Because of the diversity of people, amenities and events, finding new friends is easy! You won’t feel lonely, isolated or out of place when there’s a vibrant community of people your age, who share your activities, interests and values.

How to find a great CCRC in New Jersey

There are many different CCRCs around the country, all offering a different lifestyle and range of services for seniors. It’s important to take the time to research your options so you settle on the right community for you. Some key considerations include:

  • The quality of the housing, floorplans, gardens, and buildings
  • How well the community is maintained
  • Associate credentials, personability and availability
  • Amenities, clubs, social events, and outings
  • Meal programs
  • Health care and wellness services
  • Personal services to assist with daily living
  • Cost of services
  • COVID-19 health practices and hygiene policies

Our continuing care retirement community in NJ, Bristol Glen, is a beautiful and welcoming space for seniors, whether you have just retired or are looking for specialized care. We have industry-leading COVID-19 protocols in place and our experienced associates work tirelessly to meet the social, medical and wellness needs of every resident.

For more information on Bristol Glen, our care services, and how we support independent-style living for seniors in NJ, please contact us or visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ccrc-independent-senior-living-in-new-jersey/

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 on a short-term basis. Here’s some insight into what these two important therapies are all about.

What is physical therapy?

PT is used to diagnose and treat physical dysfunction that affects movement, mobility and stability caused by injury or illness. If you ever have a sports injury, a knee replacement, suffer whiplash, or hurt your back, it’s highly recommended to see a physiotherapist for treatment. Treatment will be customized to your diagnosis and graded to your ability. In general, the goals of physical therapy are to:

  • Support the best levels of physical wellness, activity, mobility, and health
  • Help prevent issues from worsening or reoccurring
  • Manage health conditions effectively
  • Help speed up the healing process after illness, injury or surgery
  • Prevent functional decline

To put it simply, it’s all about getting someone moving and to make that movement pain-free. Physiotherapists will ensure their residents move their bodies in a way that supports joints, muscles, and tendons properly.

How do physiotherapists treat you?

Treatment always starts with a thorough assessment in order to develop a program that works best with your particular needs. Physiotherapists develop a program that may consist of mobilization and manipulation techniques (physical adjustments), as well as massage and acupressure.

This program doesn’t just treat your pain — it addresses the source of the pain in order to treat your issue more effectively. These combined treatments will also relieve stress and pain from strained muscles, improve posture and strengthen your weaker areas.

For people who have undergone surgery or a debilitating illness, PT is critical for rebuilding the strength and muscles needed to regain movement, mobility and independence. PT is safe for anyone at any age, and is used extensively to help seniors regain their health faster, speed up healing processes and stay independent for longer.

What is occupational therapy?

OT is an equally important form of therapy. Occupational therapists help people regain basic skills needed in everyday life, from self-care (dressing, eating, and bathing) to speaking, working, studying, or playing sports.

They work with people who have suffered illness or injury that caused them to lose lifelong skills and abilities. For example, many people have suffered strokes, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, orthopedic injuries, and loss of limbs. These events can devastate a person’s quality of life, independence and sense of purpose — and OT can help regain what was lost.

How do occupational therapists treat you?

Due to the nature of these health issues, occupational therapists combine treatment and counselling to help re-engage people with their lives. As with the physiotherapists, they will start by performing a thorough assessment. Not only to get a clear idea of the challenges the person is facing, but also to develop a treatment plan that works with their goals.

This treatment may include OT sessions in which people are advised to:

  • Perform basic exercises to help re-educate the brain and body
  • Acquire special equipment to help make daily tasks easier
  • Make changes to daily life tasks that work better for particular conditions
  • Make adjustments in the living space to ensure it is as safe and risk-free as possible.

OT is also critical for reducing health risks, whether it’s improving motor skills to help prevent falls or helping people on ventilators regain their eating skills to prevent choking.

Every person is unique and responds to treatment differently, so OT is very flexible. The therapist will continually evaluate the progress made towards their goals and change therapy as needed to best support their improvement and wellbeing.

OT & PT at Bristol Glen

Ultimately, both physical and occupational therapy share the goal of making a person’s life easier, healthier and just better! At Bristol Glen, our team of therapists are a wonderful resource for permanent and short-term residents, helping people to resume a full and independent life as quickly as possible. If you want to find out more about occupational or physical therapy, contact us today or visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/short-term-rehab-nj/

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 prime opportunity for your senior loved one to experience assisted living firsthand, and see if this is something they would like full-time. With that said, here’s more on what makes short-term rehab offered by leading assisted living communities such a desirable option.

Professional caregivers onsite, 24 hours a day

When recovering from an illness or surgery, seniors need a much higher level of care than they usually would. Often, family members are unable to provide this either because their loved one needs professional nursing care and a high level of assistance or because full time care at home isn’t possible due to work and other commitments.

In an assisted living community, all the care services a senior would need are already onsite and available 24 hours a day. These professionals have the necessary training and experience to properly care for seniors who are recovering from a wide range of health conditions, such as  a serious fall, heart operation, pneumonia, a hip replacement, and more. They can assist with daily tasks of living as well, like bathing, dressing, and feeding, all while ensuring your senior parent’s recovery stays on track.

Onsite rehabilitation and therapy

Similarly, there are also a wide range of therapists onsite and available to meet their rehabilitation needs for physical, speech, respiratory, and occupational therapy. This means that seniors using assisted living for short-term stays get the benefit of trained therapists coming directly to them – no need to source professionals, make appointments, organize transport or perform complex exercises at home.

This is as convenient for patients as it is for their family caregivers, ensuring they get a high quality rehabilitation program that helps to accelerate the healing process, build strength, and recover more effectively from their illness or operation.

Senior-safe living spaces

Unlike assisted living communities, the standard home is not usually designed to prioritize the needs of seniors. While seniors may usually be independent at home, this changes when they are recovering from a surgery or illness. Stairs, bathrooms, and other everyday tasks can become serious obstacles to a recovering senior. The last thing anyone wants is the additional complication of a fall.

Staying at an assisted living community for the recovery period effectively removes this challenge. The entire community – from the communal areas to the apartments – are designed to meet the needs of seniors. Fall risks are reduced as much as possible through the combination of room design, grab bars, 24-hour alert pendants, other equipment like wheelchairs and walkers, and the constant assistance of the care team themselves.

An opportunity to experience assisted living

As anyone with a senior parent knows, there can be a lot of resistance to the idea of moving into an assisted living community. Although your loved one may believe, deep down, that it could be the right choice for them, it’s normal to initially reject the idea. Change is much harder when you’re older, especially when it feels like giving up a part of your life and independence.

Staying in an assisted living facility for short-term rehabilitation is an easier bridge for a senior (as well as their families!) to cross when broaching the subject of moving. Not only will your senior family member receive excellent care, but they will also experience other essential assisted living services firsthand. It’s important to remember that a reputable assisted living community is focused on each resident’s quality of life, and helps them maintain as much independence as possible. A short-term stay gives patients a chance to experience daily life in the community without the pressure of an immediate decision to move permanently. 

Short-term rehab in Sussex County, NJ

UMC at Bristol Glen is proud to say that we’ve recently earned a place on the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes and Short-Stay Rehabilitation Lists, reflecting our dedication to the quality of our short-term rehabilitation services, including the expertise of our associates and medical professionals on-site. As a full-service senior community, our aim is to offer everything seniors need to live a full and independent life. From comfortable apartments and beautiful outdoor spaces to qualified, compassionate caregivers, we offer seniors the resources and care they need to meet their recovery goals. 

If you or a loved one is looking for post-operative or post-hospitalization care, please contact a care advisor at Bristol Glen today or visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/short-term-rehab-nj/ 

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 Day crafts are a great way to connect and have a little fun together, even if you have to send socially-distant hugs and kisses over Zoom.

#1 – Homemade Cards

Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” quite like a card! Gather plenty of goodies from the craft store, including card paper, markers, glue, glitter, ribbons, and heart-shaped stickers, and set up a crafting station at a large table. Set the tone with a playlist of love songs along with plenty of heart-shaped cookies and snacks. 

You can choose to make cards for everyone at the table, for senior neighbors, the local senior living community, or even the troops! 

If your senior loved ones are socially-distancing at a senior living community, you can send them a gift basket of crafting materials, set up a Zoom or Skype call and craft together. When the last heart has been glued on and the glitter settles, you can send your Valentine’s Day cards through to them in a lovely gift basket.

#2 – Heartfelt Picture Frames

Valentine’s Day is all about treasuring those you love and remembering great memories together, which is why this project is perfect. Select some photographs of your loved ones and your family, get a basic photo frame from the store, and spend the day decorating it with your senior loved one. When it’s fully transformed into a love-filled frame, all you have to do is find the perfect spot for this great new memory!

Again, if you have to do this remotely you need to get a little creative. Maybe you can pick your favorite photo memory of your loved one and they can pick theirs, then you can both surprise each other with a gift after a day of crafting together on Zoom or Skype.

#3 – Tasty Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is also a great day for crafting some tasty treats together! Luckily, there are plenty of delicious goodies you can easily make together as a family, including basic sugar cookies that you can paint and decorate, easy chocolate truffles that anyone can make, and the sweetest treat of all – chocolate-covered strawberries. Every time your loved one takes a bite, they’ll think of you and the lovely (and possibly messy!) day you spent together.

Because these recipes are so simple, they are easy to do remotely too. If your senior loved one struggles with baking and lives in a senior living community, try sending some sugar cookies and decorations over beforehand so that you can craft your Valentine’s Day cookies together over a video call. 

#4 – Decorations

The walls are probably looking a bit bland and boring after the Christmas decorations came down last month, but this project will change all that! Valentine’s Day decorations are cheerful, bright and easy to make, creating plenty of joy and love even while it’s so cold out. Here are a few great decorations you can make at home that are suitable for different abilities and ages:

#5 – Write a Poem

If you’d like to get creative in a different way, then it’s time to put pen to paper! Poems are traditional for Valentine’s Day and a fun way to spend time together as a family, even if it is remotely through a video chat.

Get some pens, craft paper and decorations together and get those creative juices flowing. You can have different rounds of poems to write, like funny limericks, Haikus, and even that age-old classic – roses are red. It’s a great way to share your love, make some memories and even share some laughs together. You can put a scrapbook of all your poems together at the end of the day to make a beautiful keepsake for your loved one.

Celebrating your loved one at our senior living community

Bristol Glen is part of the United Methodist Community network, a collection of senior living communities in New Jersey dedicated to supporting the most abundant senior lifestyle. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re not only working hard to keep your loved ones safe and healthy, we’re also doing our best to keep families connected. If you would like to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day or would like to enquire further about our services, just give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to help! You can also find out more about Bristol Glen by visiting our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/services/ 

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 manage senior loneliness and why it truly matters to us.

How to manage senior loneliness

#1 – Introduce new, social hobbies. Whether they bring back an old hobby or develop a new skill, hobbies bring a sense of purpose and enjoyment into life. They keep people busy and help to form strong social connections that fight off loneliness. There are endless hobbies available to seniors of all abilities, from knitting and crocheting to yoga, tai chi, and dancing.

#2 – Passing on skills. Seniors have rich histories filled with successful careers and useful skills that can be passed onto younger generations. Mentoring programs (even ones online) are a great way to share that knowledge, feel a sense of purpose, and take part in the community. Teaching is one of the most rewarding things you can do in life. It will reinforce a senior’s sense of worth in the community, while passing on skills to people who actually want to learn them.

#3 – Light therapy. The winter months, especially after the holidays, can get anybody down! With dark, short days, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can easily make you feel tired, unmotivated, unenergetic, and sad. It’s an easy disorder to treat – all they need is a little bit of light therapy! Going into the sunlight for as little as 20 minutes a day boosts serotonin (the happiness hormone) and increases Vitamin D production, which is important for bone and general health. It’s a bit cold outside for older adults at the moment, but sitting in a sunny spot indoors has the same effect. You can also get a SAD light that has a special lightbulb that emits the same light as gentle rays.

#4 – Adopting a pet. If your senior loved one is fairly fit and mobile, adopting a pet is a fantastic option. There are so many benefits apart from companionship. Seniors with pets have healthier blood pressure levels and pulse rates, report 21% fewer trips to the doctor, suffer less with depression and are more motivated to live healthier lives for their fur babies. Pets are also a great way to meet people, and to help someone through the loss of a loved one.

#5 – Creating a Support Network. Creating a network of family, friends, and neighbors will help keep your loved one to be an active part of your social group. Everyone has busy lives these days, but having a support network will help everyone stay connected more easily. Great ideas include a daily check-in call or text from a neighbor, nearby family member or friend, and weekly family video meetings to catch up on the latest news in everyone’s life. 

As a senior living community, we know the importance of connection and take steps to manage senior loneliness. It’s one of the reasons why the social aspect of a senior community is every bit as important as the medical aspect. Here at Bristol Glen, we do everything possible for seniors to live a life that enhances them – mind, body, and soul. 

For more information on our senior care services in Bristol Glen, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/assisted-living-sussex-county-nj/

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 out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on what we all should know about vaccination protocols as we move into 2021.

What every person should know about the COVID-19 vaccines

  • Safety first – Despite the significant pressure to develop an effective vaccine, no vaccination process will be approved for emergency use unless it is considered as safe as possible. We’re all impatient for the pandemic to end, but the last thing anyone wants is to put people at unnecessary risk.

  • Vaccine treatment processes will be flexible – The CDC will work with healthcare associations in each state to develop flexible processes for delivering the vaccine to ensure a steady, efficient rollout. This is about planning for many different possibilities, so be prepared for plans, treatments, and processes to change a bit as new circumstances develop.

  • What is Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) – Under emergency situations like the current pandemic,  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes vaccines for distribution. You can learn more about EUA here.

  • Supply of vaccines may be limited – At first, the supply of the vaccine will be limited, and demand will be exceptionally high. Fortunately, the federal government continues to work with vaccine manufacturers to ramp up production and get the necessary logistics in place in order to immunize large groups of people. Remember, this is a vaccination process unlike any other in history, so it won’t be immediately available at every local doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.

  • Vaccines will be prioritized – Because it will be impossible to vaccinate everyone at the same time, the most vulnerable groups  will get priority . This includes seniors in congregate living settings, frontline workers, hospital personnel, older adults with serious health conditions, and other high-exposure and at-risk groups. Vaccine treatments will become more widely available after these groups receive the shot first.

  • The vaccine will be free – Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers (such as your local pharmacy) will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shots.  Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the vaccine recipient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured associates, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

Health and safety comes first at United Methodist Communities 

It’s important to be patient during this time and to focus on the fact that a viable, safe vaccine is on its way. The last year has been frightening and frustrating, but we all have it in us to keep going and to stay focused on what really matters. While we wait for our opportunity to get the vaccine, it is important to continue our protective habits – to wear our masks, wash our hands, social distance with those we love, and most importantly, keep checking on the seniors in our local community. 

At Bristol Glen, a senior living community in New Jersey, we understand that this is a concerning time for families with vulnerable loved ones. We’re here to help in any way we can, by providing a safe, supportive environment where the health of our residents and associates come first.

 For more information on who we are and how we’re working to keep our seniors safe, contact us today or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/unitedforsafety/ 

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 on life.

Most of all, this year taught us how to bring our community and residents closer together, therefore showing us that we do have the power to bring about positive change. Here’s how we’ve grown, become stronger, and faced new challenges this year at our independent living community in Sussex County, New Jersey.

Togetherness and community through technology

The teams and residents at UMC at Bristol Glen took to technology like ducks to water, and found new ways to keep seniors connected with family and friends throughout the pandemic. We understand how important social activities are to the mental and physical health of older adults, as well as their quality of life. And with the help of technology like Skype, Zoom, and Teams, we were able to keep our residents engaged with one another and connected to their families outside the community.

Technology also played a great role in keeping our residents entertained and up-to-date with the outside world during quarantine. Museums, galleries, tourist sites and theaters opened their virtual doors during the pandemic, allowing viewers to travel the world, tour natural and man-made wonders, and see magnificent productions from the safety and comfort of their homes via smartphones, computers, and tablets. In this way, our community not only stayed in touch with the outside world, but also grew and explored new sights – thus creating treasured memories during this challenging time.

Exceptional frontline workers in an exceptional community

Safety during the coronavirus became top priority at our independent living community due to the risks the virus poses for adults over 60 years old (especially those with preexisting medical conditions). With that said, one of our proudest recollections of 2020 is our industry-leading standard for infection control, cleanliness and hygiene developed to not only combat COVID-19, but also other infectious outbreaks. UNITEDforSAFETY is our continued commitment to keep the health, well-being, and safety of our residents, associates, and volunteers at the forefront of the UMC experience.

We are also very appreciative of the way our associates, residents, their families and the greater community pulled together under these stressful conditions to prioritize the safety of seniors. First, the understanding given by families who adapted to our protocols and visitation policies  to prevent transmission, which  helped keep COVID-19 cases to a minimum. Followed by the exceptional efforts from our frontline workers to care for and protect seniors in quarantine. We truly have seen, and continue to see the power of the Bristol Glen community coming together. 

True courage seen in the residents of Bristol Glen

Although we won’t be sad to say goodbye to 2020, our residents should be proud of the way they have risen to the many challenges brought on by this year. They  showed true strength and dedication amid  the challenges of COVID-19 and social isolation. Our residents inspire us to keep providing an abundant lifestyle for all seniors. 

We wish all our Bristol Glen residents, families and the surrounding community a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Are you looking for a senior community for your parents or loved one? Bristol Glen is a full-service community that provides individualized care for all residents, while also encouraging the most abundant senior lifestyle. If you want to find out more about our independent living community in Sussex County, New Jersey, please contact us today at: https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/contact/