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UMH's 5 Core Values

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 13th, 2014

At UMH, our communities and our organization is built upon a firm foundation of five core values. More than just words on a piece of paper, our values are the threads that tie all of our work together and are the basis from which decisions are made and actions are taken.

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Celebrate Earth Day - 3 Gardening Tips Seniors will Enjoy

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 22nd, 2013

  What can you do to make an impact this Earth Day, April 23 and beyond? Going green at your assisted or independent living home is a great start to saving the planet. This can mean investing in energy-saving fluorescent bulbs, growing a self-sustaining garden, or simply planting flowers outdoors. For seniors, the latter may hold a special appeal in several ways:

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7 Things You Need to Know about Senior Caregiving

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 8th, 2013

Does this sound familiar… Mom needs to get to the doctor’s for an urgent medical concern and you are stuck at work, Dad just fell and needs help so someone has to get over to the house, or Auntie’s prescription has just run out and she doesn’t have medication to get through the rest of the week. 

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Independent Living: More than Just an "Old People’s Home"

By: Elizabeth Bemis
February 22nd, 2013

As our loved ones age, the time may come to transition them from their current home into an assisted or independent living community. However, these places aren't just "Old People’s Homes." In fact they are quite the opposite. Seniors who may be struggling while living on their own may find a new sense of independence that brightens their spirits as they make new friends and are aided by staff. Here is a look into why an assisted or independent living community is much more than an "old people’s home."

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Independent Living | Healthy Living Event Recipes

By: Elizabeth Bemis
February 2nd, 2013

Cooking is often an activity seniors love to do with their friends and loved ones. There is something about being in the kitchen that brings people together. As part of our healthy senior living initiative, we recently hosted an event, “Healthy Eating in the New Year” where we prepared and shared several recipes with one another. Below are the recipes which were enjoyed by all.

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Senior Living Communities 60 Day Trial Stay

By: Elizabeth Bemis
January 25th, 2013

So often we hear from the caregivers of prospective residents that their loved one just isn’t ready to commit to moving into an assisted or independent living community. They don’t want to be the “bad guy” and push to make a decision. Their loved one is not convinced it is the right time and other family members may feel guilty even suggesting it. This always begs the question “What other decisions have you or your loved one had to make that you weren’t ready for?” That really gets them to think. Change can be hard – but it doesn’t have to be.

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How to Afford an Assisted Living Home

By: Elizabeth Bemis
January 7th, 2013

Assisted living communities typically offer personal care and nursing services; including meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, medication supervision, exercise programs and social activities. When searching for an assisted living home a big factor is often the cost. Since assisted living communities offer different services, amenities and settings there are several different factors that determine the pricing of assisted living communities.

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Caring for the Elderly: Dealing with Resistance

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 31st, 2012

When our loved ones reach their older years, it's not uncommon for them to refuse help. It helps to know the main causes of this resistance so you can better understand how you can help them. 

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The Difference Between Retirement and Independent Living

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 29th, 2012

For retired people who are seeking to change their living environment, or adults exploring living arrangements for their parents, there are a couple of options to consider. Retirement and independent living are terms sometimes used interchangeably. While there are similarities, such as monthly fees charged for certain services, and both are almost always gated communities, there are some fine distinctions between the two.

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Tips for Caring for Someone with Parkinson's Disease

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 25th, 2012

If your parent or one of your loved ones gets diagnosed with Parkinson's, it's important to know the right steps to take to deal with this health condition. Here are several tips to help you provide the support that your family member needs. There are also a number of assisted living communities in CT that can help support your parent or loved one.

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The Benefits of Assisted Living Communities

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 23rd, 2012

Assisted Living Communities As an individual ages, it may become necessary to look into alternative living facilities. Assisted living communities are just one of the many options available. There are several benefits of living in an assisted living facility. 

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