Category Archives: Assisted Living

Assisted Living vs. Long Term Care: What’s the Difference? 

It’s normal to not know the difference between assisted living and long term care at first. However, it is important to really take the time to understand both options when considering these services for an older family member.

It will be easier to proceed with the decision to downsize when you can confidently ensure your needs, and the needs of your loved one, will be properly met. If you are based in New Jersey, United Methodist Communities (UMC) has full-service locations across the state that offer both assisted living and long term care options. Here are key differences between assisted living and long term care services for older adults at UMC. 

What is assisted living?

Similar to Independent Living, assisted living residents live in their own apartments for as long as possible with the assistance of highly trained personnel. The services include optional personal and healthcare tailored to each resident’s needs. Assistance with medication management and activities of daily living can be delivered in apartments, promoting maximum independence. At UMC, we are proud to uphold  the customization of services and resident choice. Our associates value forming friendships with every resident, and really like to take the time to get to know each one on a personal level.  

Assisted Living services include (but are not limited to): 

  • Daily housekeeping and maintenance
  • Medication management or assistance
  • Health monitoring 24/7
  • Reminders for all daily living and social activities
  • Personal care: bathing, maintaining personal hygiene, eating, walking, dressing
  • Laundry service and limited transportation 

What is long-term care? 

Also known as Skilled Nursing, it consists of services for residents with complex, chronic and serious health conditions.  Most assisted living residents transition to long-term care for more intensive services coordinated through a professional team of nurses, aides, and therapists. 

Long Term Care services include (but are not limited to): 

  • Health monitoring 24/7 along with nursing care needs for chronic medical conditions, such as stroke, injury, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and other infections or ailments
  • Personal care: bathing, maintaining personal hygiene, eating, walking, or dressing
  • Complete medication management
  • Reminders for all daily living, social activities and therapy sessions 
  • Daily housekeeping and maintenance
  • Laundry service and limited transportation 

Monthly costs for assisted living and long term care vary depending on the community and the types of services you need. Fortunately, Medicare and Medicaid can help cover selected costs associated with long term care if your loved one meets the eligibility requirements. For more information about the cost of assisted living at UMC, click here.

UMC will help determine which option is best for your loved one

At Pitman, our difference revolves around the quality of our nurses and associates, our faith-based mission, and our commitment to an abundant life for all seniors. We offer a variety of services that can put your mind and the minds of your family members at ease. We’re here to offer guidance and support in making this incredibly significant decision for your loved one. 

It’s normal to be  concerned  about admitting a senior family member into assisted living or long term care during COVID-19. Fortunately, many communities have developed strong safety procedures and continue to enforce proper social distancing guidelines in regulation with the CDC. For more information regarding UMC’s industry-leading procedures in navigating COVID-19, please click here.  

Come meet our skilled nurses and associates (socially distanced), to see the differences between assisted living and long term care at United Methodist Communities. Contact UMC at Pitman to schedule a personal tour today. 

What Does it Take to Work in the Assisted Living Industry?


The senior living industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the USA, with a forecasted 1.2 million employees need by 2025. This makes it a great industry for people who are looking for a career that’s in high demand, but there’s much more to working in this industry than just having valuable skills. Here are some insights into what it takes to thrive in this industry, from our assisted living team in Gloucester County.

What Roles are Available in the Assisted Living Industry?

 Assisted living communities are all about teamwork, so a wide range of roles and specialists are needed to work together to provide a high-quality living experience. These roles can include:

  • Personal care – Certified nursing assistants, orderlies and personal attendants who assist with tasks of daily living (grooming, bathing, eating, dressing, etc.) and (depending on role) medical assistance (medication management, wound care, monitoring, etc.)
  • Medical teams – Headed by a Medical Director who oversees medical care, this team can include Registered Nurses, therapists, wellness specialists and doctors.
  • Administrative staff – This team oversees the administrative side of the community, including day-to-day-management and the co-ordination of all the different departments.
  • Housekeeping and maintenance staff – From laundry and janitorial services to maintaining the grounds and buildings, these staff departments play a critical role in keeping the facility safe, attractive and functional.

Why Working in Assisted Living is So Rewarding

Every day is different – While routines and schedules are part of a well-organized community, there is plenty of variety in every role, especially in caregiving. Caregivers need to thrive on new challenges and have to have a flexible approach to their work, but you’ll never get bored.

  • You learn a lot Caregivers and assistants have to have a lot of training to take on these roles, so you get plenty of opportunities to increase your skills. Your on-the-job experience will be full of variety too, as you have to assist seniors with a wide range of physical and mental health conditions.
  • Your co-workers are a team – It’s common for most organizations to refer to their employees as a team, but nowhere is this more true than in assisted living. Your co-workers have a unique understanding of what this job takes and everyone joins in to support each person whether it’s a good or a bad day.
  • You get to connect with residents – Unlike in medical facilities where patients come and go every few days, assisted living means residents are generally here for the long-term. This is something that many staff members love, as they get to form close relationships with different residents and their families, and share each other’s stories and lives.
  • The work is meaningful – Even on the toughest day, the work you do makes a real difference in someone’s life. Working with seniors is very fulfilling and having the opportunity to care for people, assist them in their daily tasks and bring companionship into their lives is very satisfying!

Visit Our Warm and Welcoming Assisted Living Community in Gloucester County

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality, scalable assisted living services in a comfortable, well-supported and beautiful environment.

As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice care, respite care and memory care and support services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

To find out more about our assisted living community, please visit our website at contact us today or book a personal tour.