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Meet the Family: Joyce Stobierski of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
April 25th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our UMH senior living communities, it’s not only staff that create a warm family atmosphere, but also our devoted and caring volunteers! By fostering caring relationships and connecting with our residents, volunteers play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging. This month, in honor of National Volunteer Week, (April 23rd – April 29th), we are highlighting one of our very special volunteers! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to learn more about Joyce Stobierski's experience volunteering at UMH…

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4 Ways to Determine the True Costs of Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
April 13th, 2017

Caregivers often report feeling frustrated as they try to determine the true cost of assisted living for their loved one. There may be a price list detailing the different costs of, say a studio, a one bedroom, or two bedroom apartment, but that doesn't always tell the whole story. What about meals? What about cleaning services? Will these added expenses combine to price you out of something you thought was affordable?

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Need Help Paying for Assisted Living? Follow These 5 Tips

By: Chelsea Sayegh
April 6th, 2017

It can be difficult for individuals and families to get straightforward cost figures when trying to plan for assisted living. There are a few reasons for this. For starters, if you are planning in advance, you won't necessarily know the level of care that will be needed in the future. You also may not be clear on whether a loved one qualifies for certain assistance, and of course, you'll have a variety of assisted living facilities and senior living communities to choose from. Still, according to recent surveys, it's safe to say that you're looking at costs between $2,000 and $5,000 per month. Regardless of when or where your loved one will be transitioning to a new community, one of the chief concerns among caregivers is paying for assisted living. That's not the kind of money most people have on hand, and it can create some real financial hardship. Arranging quality care and a healthy environment for your relative can be stressful enough on it's own. Throwing cost into the mix can really make you feel overwhelmed.

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Is My Parent Ready for Assisted Living?

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 3rd, 2017

How can you tell when your loved one is ready for an assisted living community?  If only it were as simple as a big, red flag popping up saying “NOW IS THE TIME!” Well, you may not see the big flag but chances are there are lots of little indicators that may have gone unnoticed. If your parent or loved one is having more and more difficulty with everyday activities, such as getting around the house, running errands, showering and dressing, NOW is the time. Helping mom or dad recognize their changing needs and cope with an impending move is important. If your loved one is opposed to or reluctant to make a move, suggest a short-term, trial stay at an assisted living community. They can take a “test drive” but not commit to a permanent move.

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Meet the Family: John Buccini!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 30th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our UMH senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how John Buccini makes our residents' home such a special place....

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The Importance of Eye Health for Seniors

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 27th, 2017

 You’ve heard of the Ides of March, but have you heard about the Eyes of March? March is “Save Your Vision Month” (named by the American Optometric Association) and a great time to evaluate and improve your eye health. The American Optometric Association created "Save Your Vision Month" to bring awareness to eye health and important practices to maintain throughout the year. Although eye health is extremely important to everyone, seniors must take extra precautions to have optimum eye health.

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The Importance of Relationship Building for Senior Health

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 16th, 2017

No matter your age or life stage, making new friends can be challenging. As we age, the opportunities to meet and connect with new people dwindle, leaving us hanging onto a handful of true friends we've made throughout the years. After retiring, our loved ones experience these issues just like we do, except they have added challenges.

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My Doctor Recommended Short Term Rehabilitation, But Do I Really Need It?

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 9th, 2017

When a loved one has medical needs that require a more concentrated level of care, their doctor might recommend short term rehabilitation. But what does that mean, and is it really necessary? For the most part, aging relatives can receive the care they need by keeping up with their regular doctor visits, and dutifully taking all prescribed medications. However, when something more serious comes along, it becomes very important for your loved one to have access to a greater amount of professional care. This is where rehab comes in. 

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5 Reasons to Choose Assisted Living

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 4th, 2017

While many seniors and caregivers embrace the idea of “aging in place” at home, assisted living communities offer a number of benefits that aren’t always available to aging adults who remain in their homes. Wondering if assisted living might be the right fit for your aging loved one?

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Meet the Family: Amy Broadbent!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 3rd, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our UMH senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how Amy Broadbent makes our residents' home such a special place....

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4 Things to Know About Paying for Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 21st, 2017

There are three circumstances under which people seek out information on assisted living. The first is when it is becoming apparent that the needs of a loved one will soon exceed the capacity of the caregiver. The second, is after a crisis which proves that the caregiver is in over their heads and needs immediate assistance. The third, is when an individual plans well in advance for their own care through their mid and late retirement years. Unfortunately for many caregivers, the third option does not happen as often as we might like. 

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