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United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen 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 Bristol Glen, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Newton, NJ, on their Best Nursing Homes and Short-Stay Rehabilitation 2020 – 2021 lists.

U.S. News rated UMC at Bristol Glen 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, rate of substantiated complaints, and more.

UMC at Bristol Glen Administrator, Kaitlin Eamigh, remarks, “These high performing rankings directly reflect our dedicated and caring staff. Delivering the best care and ensuring a high quality of resident life guides us in everything we do.”

Holiday Art Event

The Lenape Valley High School Service Art Club members recently went to United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen in Newton, NJ to conduct a holiday craft event for the senior citizens living there.

The members of the art club engaged the senior citizens in making holiday buckets with a Santa, reindeer or penguin theme with watercolor backgrounds. The organization of this event was a collaborative effort of Lenape Valley art club advisor Mrs. Sherry Carnegie and Bristol Glen’s Volunteer Services CStudents of Lenape Valley High School Service Art Cluboordinator, Mrs. Kaitlyn Eamigh. Mrs. Carnegie stated that “the event was a positive experience for all involved. The senior citizens seemed to really enjoy interacting with the high school students while at the same time making art.

The high school students benefited by being given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the senior citizens through helping them produce a holiday project.” Mrs. Carnegie went on to say that “she appreciates the support that she is given by the high school’s administration for this service art related trip.” The focus of the LVR Service Art Club is to benefit others in some way through the creation of various art projects. Mrs. Carnegie is looking forward to bringing members of the art club back to Bristol Glen in the future for this annual service art event.

Successful Healthcare Triumphs

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Attains Deficiency-Free Federal Survey

An elated group of Bristol Glen associates celebrate the federal survey results.

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Administrator, Jeff Lisk proudly reports, “Achieving a deficiency-free federal survey affirms and motivates us to practice the highest standards each and every day.” It all began on September 2, when a team of five qualified health professionals arrived at the bustling 235,000+ square-foot retirement community where 473 associates and residents cooperatively work and live.

Five representatives, four from the state and one from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, came  with a specific mission. CMS maintains oversight for compliance with the Medicare health and safety standards for facilities serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Therefore, in order to accomplish that goal and to accurately survey and assess, visits are always unannounced, taking organizations by surprise.

Over a five-day period, the survey team had full access to every operational aspect of Bristol Glen assuring compliance with established standards, requirements and regulations. Their methodical exploration of clinical practices included reviewing medication passes, medication carts, resident charts, and observing meals for issues of quality, sanitation and resident dignity.

Jeff Lisk, administrator, and Deborah Granata, director of nursing, stand below Bristol Glen’s banner announcing the federal survey results.

They scrutinized high risk residents, wound care practices and other innumerable clinical components. Individuals and groups of residents, family members, powers-of-attorney, and associates were interviewed by the five team members.

Executive Director, George Arezzo, proudly remarked “In light of the fact that generally, federal surveys rarely occur, a deficiency-free outcome is a remarkable accomplishment. I extend my congratulations to the entire Bristol Glen team.”

Queen of Hospitality Distributes Cookies for Cops: 60 Pounds of Heartfelt Thanks

In May of this year, Cathy Foley, move-in coordinator at Bristol Glen, received the United Methodist Communities Hospitality Award for demonstrating the spirit of unconditional love, care; taking responsibility, following up diligently to enact solutions, and going above and beyond to Cookies for Copsmake everyone feel welcomed. So, it’s no surprise that Foley got an idea, sparked by a September news broadcast about the generosity of a New Jersey pizza restaurant owner to police officers. After sharing the idea with her husband, she called her four adult children to get advice and test the idea — they unanimously agreed and lauded her plan, bringing “Cookies for Cops” to fruition.

Foley, a resident of Sparta, has been baking cookies since she was 12 years old and always wanted to own a cookie shop. In fact, a fellow associate remarked, “As move-in coordinator and concierge, Cathy always has a smile, a plate of cookies and an open heart when welcoming new residents to Bristol Glen.” As an empty-nester with a full-time job, the very-humble Foley loves baking cookies, usually at home in the evening. Her tradition of sharing the homemade cookies with fellow associates spreads goodwill.

Sarah Ur, Bristol Glen’s executive director, had sampled Foley’s cookies, most recently at an onsite ladies’ fashion show. Foley shared the idea with Ur, who suggested she begin by inviting some local police departments to Bristol Glen. Receiving cookies through their established trust with Bristol Glen, made it a perfect match. Cathy chose to bake them during the month of November because it represents a time of giving thanks. A promptly delivered invitation brought associates, volunteers, residents and their families into Bristol Glen’s Town Hall for a presentation. It proved to be the perfect partnership as the residents lined up to greet and personally thank officers for their service.

Through their connections and networking representatives from the Sparta and Newton police
departments came to the kick-off, as well as the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department. Since then through a nephew, brother-in-law, friends, fellow associates, and word-of-mouth, many others have been recipients: Four New York Police Department precincts including its Counter
Terrorism Task Force; Riverdale, NJ and Metropolitan Transit Authority police departments; as well as the New Jersey State Troopers Barracks in Newark and Hope.

The message delivered with each two-pound cookie platter reads, “Cookies for cops with BG Cookies for Copsheartfelt thanks for your courage and your love of community, always remember how many eyes, big and small light up when you enter their world. May God keep you safe each and every day.” Cookie connoisseur feedback has ranked the Pecan Delight (a nut-filled shortbread cookie rolled in powdered sugar) on top, complemented by her Brownie Fingers and Chocolate Chip cookies.

With five to six dozen in each platter, Foley distributed about 60 pounds of delicious thanks in November. Taking it a step further, she also gave out goody bags of cookies to the in-person representatives to dissuade them from unwrapping the platters before arriving back at their respective workplaces.

Elated by the positive feedback beyond her expectations including comments posted on her Facebook page, Foley reflects, “Most of the police officers are just astonished. I have even received personal phone calls. I’m sure I will shed a few tears on Thanksgiving when I share my thankfulness for the ability to do this project.”