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Senior Safety Tips: Medication Management

Senior Safety Tips by UMC at Pitman

Medication management for seniors can become complicated as the list of prescriptions grows. As more prescriptions are added to the mix, that creates potential danger with more side effects and dosages to keep track of. With that said, here are 5 valuable tips from our assisted living team serving Gloucester County. These safe medication management tips will help your loved one overcome common medication mistakes many seniors tend to make:

  1. Create a medication list for your loved one. Making a list of all the medications they take, including the name, dosage, frequency, and why they take it will help keep better track of your senior parent’s health. Also, make sure another loved one or caregiver has a copy in case there’s a medical emergency and hospital physicians need mom or dad’s medication history stat. Attach the list to the refrigerator or in another highly visible place so it can be easily updated and found by others if needed.
  2. Refills come up fast! The best way for your loved one to avoid missing any doses is to keep track of when refills are coming up. It’s also important to remember that their doctor may require a check-up appointment before authorizing more refills. If that’s the case for mom or dad, be sure to plan their check-ups ahead of time.
  3. Take notice of adverse drug reactions. All of your loved one’s doctors and their pharmacists should be aware of every medication prescribed to them before adding any new ones. This is because some medications don’t work well or can cause unfavorable side effects when combined and taken together. When your senior parent starts a new medication, remember to ask their doctor if there’s a specific way they should be taking it. For instance, most medications should be taken with food in order to avoid an upset stomach. If your loved one has an adverse reaction to a medication, report it to their doctor immediately so they can provide a solution or alternative medication that may work better.
  4. Take your medications as prescribed daily. It’s important that mom or dad understands that making changes to the dosage of a prescription without talking to a doctor can be dangerous. Stopping particular medications abruptly or not taking them as frequently as directed can cause serious health risks to developing. That’s why it’s so important to keep medications organized with a helpful tool like a pillbox. A box with multiple clearly labeled sections for each day can be especially helpful if your loved one takes many different medicines in the morning and at night. You could also set alarm reminders for you and your loved one so they take all their medicine on time each day.
  5. Store medicine properly and dispose of old, expired medications to avoid confusion. Most prescriptions are stored in a cool, dry place out of reach of pets or young children that visit the home. Generally, seniors choose to store their medications in a bathroom drawer or cabinet, but it’s important to make sure the steam from the shower does not reach the pills. Another helpful organization tip is to always carefully dispose of prescriptions your loved one no longer needs. The safe and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of is through the prescription drop-off sites located at most pharmacies. You should also weed out expired bottles because the medication is not as effective after the expiration date.

Prioritizing senior safety at UMC at Pitman

At United Methodist Communities at Pitman, our associates are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist senior residents in any way they require. Whether it’s bathing, dressing for the day, or managing multiple medications, our highly-skilled associates are ready and willing to lend a helping hand.

For more information about our assisted living services and safety precautions for seniors at UMC at Pitman in Gloucester County, please contact us today or visit our website at:

https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

3 Activities Proven to Engage Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Activities for Seniors with AlzheimersWhile seniors with Alzheimer’s may be limited in some of their abilities, not all abilities are lost. If you are a caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to acknowledge this fact and create opportunities that facilitate meaningful experiences for your loved one. One major way to do this is through stimulating activities. Many studies have concluded that there are many different activities that can engage, benefit, and be enjoyable to people with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are looking for inspiration, here are 3 activities to engage seniors with Alzheimer’s disease from our Tapestries Memory Care team in Gloucester County.

  1. Sensory stimulation. This can be especially helpful for seniors who are in the later stages of Alzheimers and have difficulty expressing language or understanding logical reasoning. Most seniors in these stages still have their 5 senses intact (sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch), which means caregivers can use those senses as a way to engage with their loved one. Some examples include playing their favorite song, lighting their favorite candle, or cooking their favorite food. Although short-term, sensory stimulation will have a positive effect on your loved one’s behavior, stress level, and emotional state. 
  2. Creating art. There is freedom in expression, especially when working with an art form like painting, drawing, or sculpting. There is no right or wrong when it comes to creating art, which is a breath of fresh air to those with Alzheimer’s. The artistic process can be very therapeutic and offers seniors the ability to be creative and communicate on their own terms, free from the frustrations their dementia symptoms can cause.
  3. Games tailored to Alzheimer’s. Performing a quick Google search can help you find dozens of games that are tailored to those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Some popular examples include Qwirkle, Shake Loose a Memory, and Words with Friends. Our Life Enrichment Team Specialists in Tapestries also recommend playing more traditional and interactive games with your loved one. Classic games like checkers, dominoes, cards, and chess can spark long-term memories of them playing while they were young. Not only will more traditional games be easier to pick up on, they will also keep your loved one engaged and help foster a stronger connection to you.

Tapestries® Memory Care at UMC at Pitman

The Tapestries memory care philosophy places a strong focus on getting to know each memory care resident to learn their wants, needs, and level of care required. This model of care has been successful time and time again in preserving residents’ independence and cognitive function. Our Life Enrichment Team Specialists (LETS) help support this care model by acquiring the knowledge, compassion, and patience to keep memory care residents engaged through stimulating activities and advanced treatment. Members of the LETS team are available on-site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to promote the most connected and fulfilling lifestyle for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

For more information about memory support services at UMC at Pitman in Gloucester County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

Communicative Tech for Seniors: Best Apps

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As we’ve discovered during quarantine, being socially distant doesn’t have to mean being socially disconnected. If there is one good thing to come out of COVID-19, it’s this: seniors are now more tech-savvy than ever! There are many different communicative technologies available today that can be downloaded to our smartphones in a matter of seconds. With that in mind, our assisted living team serving West Deptford is going to talk about some great senior communication apps along with their best features. Note: all of the apps mentioned below can be downloaded through the App Store on an iPhone or Ipad. 

Caribu 

This communicative app is particularly useful because it helps seniors to connect with their young grandchildren not only through audio and video but also through fun activities. This free app, available for both smartphones and tablets, offers a wide selection of children’s books and other fun, interactive games that seniors can play with their beloved little ones. 

Zoom

Arguably, the most popular communicative tech on the market today is Zoom. This video calling software rose to popularity during the pandemic as a way to connect with loved ones, friends, and coworkers when face-to-face interaction wasn’t an option. Even though quarantine is over and vaccines are now easily accessible, Zoom is still a relevant communication tool for seniors. It is especially useful for seniors to connect with family members who do not live close by. Some of Zoom’s best features are: 

  • Free download (for calls 40 minutes or less)
  • Supports video calls for two or more people 
  • Can easily enable camera on or off along with muting the microphone
  • Can change the background behind you to spice things up! 

Online Walkie Talkie Pro

Remember walkie-talkies? Well, now they’re back in a whole new way! The smartphone app, Online Walkie Talkie Pro, acts like a real walkie-talkie with high-quality voice and video capabilities. Users set to the same public channels can all talk to one another by holding down the PTT button. For example, seniors can ask their friends to set their app to channel 2, and then they will all be able to join a group chat that utilizes all the real sound effects of a walkie-talkie! 

Facebook Messenger

Facebook’s Messenger app is also free and available on all smart devices. Messenger allows seniors to send messages, pictures, and videos with anyone they’d like – as long as all users have an active Facebook account. This app also has the capability to set up video calls with a small group of people. 

Senior technology assistance at UMC at Pitman

At United Methodist Communities at Pitman, associates are available to help residents with communicative apps on their smart devices. Our associates have the patience, compassion, and knowledge to connect seniors to these new ways of technology in order to promote the most connected and fulfilling lifestyle.

For more information about technology usage at UMC at Pitman in Gloucester County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

Let’s Get Social! 5 Reasons Seniors Should Socialize More

Seniors SocializationMany seniors’ version of retirement definitely includes some peace and quiet. However, this doesn’t mean your social calendar should be. Being social benefits us more than we think. Maintaining strong relationships throughout your life is good for your emotional, mental and physical health, and can even result in a longer life span. Within this article, our assisted living associates in Gloucester County will go over the five major reasons why seniors should disrupt their daily routines to socialize more often.

5 Benefits of Senior Socialization

  1. Natural stress reducer. Seniors’ stress levels are likely to be lower when they have strong friendships that keep them social. Think about it, when you have someone to confide in, someone who hears your worries and fears and then offers comfort, your stress suddenly doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Lower stress results in better cardiovascular health, a stronger immune system, and healthy sleep habits.
  2. Better cognitive function. Playing interactive games with family and friends is a great way to stay social and keep the mind sharp. Activities like card or board games that challenge the brain can keep cognitive function and memory recognition strong, which are especially important as we age.
  3. More opportunities for physical fitness. Working out is not always easy for seniors. Motivation comes and goes, which can make it difficult to maintain their physical health. One of the best ways to stick to an exercise routine is to have a good friend to workout with and be your accountability partner. Sharing the experience with a friend makes physical fitness feel less like work and more like fun.
  4. Improves current mental health state. Feeling lonely is a common issue among older adults, but maintaining social bonds can help minimize this problem. Seniors do not feel lonely if they are often surrounded by family and friends. Staying social also reduces their risk of this loneliness escalating into something more serious like depression or anxiety. Planning a fun social outing or calling to check in with friends are just two ways that seniors can help boost their mental health.
  5. Extended life span. This benefit may seem far-fetched at first, but there is research backed by the National Institute of Aging to prove that being social prolongs functional decline in health. Loneliness and social isolation are two of the major factors that impact the immune system of seniors. Older adults who maintain strong social ties, good nutrition and physical fitness generally live longer than those who do not upkeep these healthy senior living habits.

Socializing at UMC at Pitman

UMC at Pitman, our assisted living community near West Deptford NJ, provides many opportunities for seniors to have fun and socialize, while remaining safe. Our associates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance with daily tasks, including dressing, cooking and medication management. They could also recommend the best spots to meet new friends and activities on campus to take part in!

For more information on our assisted living services and events in Pitman, NJ, please give us a call or visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

Deciding on The Best Care for Your Senior Parents

senior care pitmanParents Day is on July 25th! It’s a reminder that it’s not only important to take care and appreciate them today, but every day. A big part of caring for an aging parent includes deciding on the best care option for them if they are starting to have trouble living alone. As your parents grow older, it’s essential to find them care that caters to their specific needs…and it’s even more essential to keep them involved in the decision-making process. Two of the most popular options for seniors that need more support in their daily lives are independent living and assisted living. Here’s a quick guide to each of these options to help you make an informed choice from our senior care team serving West Deptford.

Is Independent Living Right for Your Senior Parent?

Independent-style living is all about keeping seniors healthy, active and safe. Ask your senior parent these questions to find out if this is the senior care option that best suits them:

  • Are you finding maintaining your home is becoming too much work?
  • Is your home too big for you and are you looking to downsize?
  • Are you looking for a community in which you can be active and make friends?
  • Are you worried your current home has become unsuitable for you (e.g. It has a lot of stairs or tripping hazards)?
  • Do you want more time to pursue your interests and hobbies?
  • Do you want access to trained home health services if needed, but do not require medical attention?

If they have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then your senior parent is likely to be a good match for an independent living community. These communities are designed for healthy seniors who are looking to maintain their independence, remove the stress of owning and maintaining a house, and have the freedom to enjoy their hobbies and social lives.

Is Assisted Living Right for Your Senior Parent?

Assisted living also focuses on maintaining independence and quality of life, but is generally more suited to seniors who require a bit more support. Ask mom or dad these questions and find out if this is the best senior care option for them:

  • Is maintaining your home becoming stressful and expensive?
  • Has your home become unsuitable to your needs (e.g. It has a lot of stairs) or is it too big?
  • Do you have a medical condition that requires support?
  • Do you require assistance with transport, bathing, dressing, meal preparation or medication administration?
  • Do you want more time to pursue your interests and social activities?

If mom or dad has answered ‘yes’ to this set of questions, then they are likely to be a good match for an assisted living community. With a higher level of care, both medically and with daily tasks and errands, this is an ideal community for seniors who need daily support to maintain a high quality of life and independence.

Senior care services in Gloucester County, NJ

At United Methodist Communities at Pitman, our aim is to ensure that each of our residents maintain their dignity, quality of life and independence. Our assisted living community encourages residents to get involved at a level they are comfortable with. We tailor our assisted living services to make sure each resident gets the help and support they require to live a full, happy and independent life as they age.

For more information about life at UMC at Pitman in Gloucester County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

How Seniors Can Stay Safe From The Sun

 

Balance is the key to almost everything, right? Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D for seniors, but too much sunlight can quickly become harmful. The need for sun protection is especially important for seniors who often have very fragile skin. Some seniors take medications that have increased sun sensitivity as an unavoidable side effect. Since July is UV Safety Month, our assisted living caregivers at Pitman have put together a list of sun safety tips for our senior loved ones.

Essential Sun Safety Tips for Seniors

Tip #1: Sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. Even if mom or dad only goes outside to water their garden or go for a short walk, encourage them to wear sunscreen and reapply often! The risk of developing or dying from skin cancer rises each year. When using sunscreen or applying it to a senior loved one, make sure it is at least SPF 30 and offers broad-spectrum protection. This ensures the sunscreen will absorb 97% of the sun’s rays, including UVA and UVB. It also helps to switch between different modes of sunscreen. Try using a spray sunscreen for a base coat and then a lotion to get those hard to reach spots. 

Tip #2: Avoid the sun during peak UV hours. Mom or dad’s new best friend: the shade. The sun’s UV rays are usually strongest between 10am to 4pm. This means it’s best to limit their sun exposure during those times or make sure they stay in the shade. However, it’s important to keep in mind that trees, umbrellas and canopies do not offer complete sun protection. Wearing sunscreen is always a must, even if they are out of direct sunlight.

Tip #3: Utilize long sleeves, sunglasses and long-brimmed hats when possible. Along with sunscreen, wearing certain items of clothing will provide extra coverage from the sun. Long-brimmed hats offer good sun protection for the ears, face and neck. Sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection will greatly reduce eye damage from the sun. Last but not least, long sleeves and long pants will protect the arms and legs from additional sun exposure.

Staying cool at UMC at Pitman

UMC at Pitman, our assisted living community near West Deptford, provides many opportunities for seniors to have fun in the sun, while remaining safe from its harmful UV rays. Our associates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance with daily tasks, including applying and reapplying sunscreen. They could also recommend the best spots on campus to hang in the shade!

For more information on our assisted living services in Pitman, NJ, please visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

 

The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Yoga for Seniors

Namaste. It’s the International Day of Yoga, which means there is no better time to start this relaxing form of exercise. Especially as we age, it’s important to keep moving and incorporate regular workouts into our daily routines. Yoga is a great exercise choice for seniors because there are many physical and mental advantages. Not to mention, yoga can be modified to any fitness level quickly and easily.

With that said, our senior care team serving West Deptford has put together a list of the major benefits that yoga has on seniors.

  • Helps seniors stay independent. When you lose your mobility as a senior, you lose a part of your independence. Yoga is a great way to prevent both of these things from happening! The slow, measured movements of each yoga pose can help improve balance and movement, which in turn can help prevent falls. This is especially important since falling is the leading cause of injury and loss of independence among seniors.
  • Reduces arthritis pain. Engaging in yoga regularly can help ease aches and pains associated with aging, with one common example being arthritis pain. Not only can yoga help you breathe and relax through the chronic pain, it can also lubricate and relieve pressure on your joints. Regular yoga practice can significantly help reduce the pain and overall stiffness caused by arthritis.
  • Supports heart health. Heart disease is an extremely common condition among older adults. Exercise, like yoga, is incredibly effective at lowering the risks for heart disease because it offers a relaxing way to let go of the tension you’re holding in your body and lowers your heart rate.
  • Helps seniors sleep better. Trouble sleeping is one of the most common issues seniors experience. Older adults spend more time in the lighter stages of sleep and less time in the deeper, REM stages. Not to mention, many medications that seniors take have a negative effect on sleep. Because yoga can be so relaxing, many seniors who do yoga tend to sleep longer and more soundly.
  • Reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Yoga is an ultimate mood-booster. The steady movements, relaxed breathing techniques and soothing meditation create a more positive sense of well-being that helps fight feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

Senior Yoga Classes in Gloucester County, NJ

At United Methodist Communities at Pitman, we offer assisted living residents a variety of yoga classes for all fitness levels. Our favorites include traditional yoga and chair yoga classes that take place both indoors and outdoors, especially now that the summer weather has arrived! 

Here at Pitman, our yoga instructors understand that each resident has different fitness goals and abilities. They will gladly make modifications to yoga poses on the spot to support beginner yogis and those with physical limitations.

For more information about life at UMC at Pitman in Gloucester County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

Knowing the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care

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Hospice and palliative care allows anyone with life-limiting illnesses to remain comfortable in familiar surroundings and fully supported by family and medical professionals. Navigating these services for your senior loved one can be overwhelming and tough to come to terms with, especially, if you are unsure of which care option best fits your loved one’s situation. 

With that said, our Bridges hospice team in Pitman, NJ has compiled the similarities and differences between palliative care and hospice to help you make the most informed and compassionate decision for your senior family member.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a set of medical services designed to improve the quality of life for residents with serious illnesses and their families. This type of comprehensive care identifies, assesses, and treats symptoms, and has the opportunity to positively influence the course of the illness at hand. Health conditions that may benefit from palliative care include cancer and kidney disease. Professional palliative care can make a big difference if it’s started immediately upon diagnosis. It can also successfully manage any harmful side effects, ensuring a better quality of life.

In palliative care, a team of nurses, therapists and other health professionals address the needs of the resident and their family – often offering emotional support, spiritual support, and bereavement counselling, if needed. The palliative care team takes the time to get to know each resident’s specific needs and concerns in order to deliver the best care possible. They communicate often with the resident, as well as their loved ones, to ensure they are taking the right course of action, every step of the way.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a valuable resource for people of all ages, but especially seniors and their loved ones. It provides comfort, care and support through the final stages of life. UMC’s hospice care neighborhood, Bridges, allows families to step back as caregivers and focus solely on spending quality time with their loved one. Our experienced and compassionate associates actively work to reduce hospitalizations for hospice residents, ensuring all of their needs (medical and otherwise) are met in a more comfortable, home-like setting.

The most common reason for avoiding hospice care is that it’s a very emotional and distressing time for senior loved ones and their families. It represents the final chapter of your loved one’s life, and we’d much rather focus on keeping them here. This type of care focuses on expert pain management, physical comfort, emotional and spiritual support tailored to your loved one’s needs and capabilities. Hospice may be difficult to accept, but the comprehensive and compassionate care of our hospice team will ensure your loved one is comfortable on all levels and at peace.

Hospice and palliative care in Gloucester County, NJ

UMC at Pitman provides both palliative care and hospice services through our specialty care neighborhood, Bridges. While both palliative and hospice care provide comfort, these services are very different.

In our Bridges neighborhood, palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and continue while treatment is administered to cure the disease. Hospice care, on the other hand, begins only after a medical professional determines curative treatment will bring no further improvement and the person is nearing their end of life.

If you are still unsure which type of care is best for your loved one, please give one of our senior care advisors a call today. We will take the time to discuss different options with you, and our on-site doctors can make their best recommendation for your senior loved one’s individual circumstances.

For more information on hospice and palliative care at UMC, visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

5 Fun Outdoor Workouts for Seniors

Outdoor Workouts for Seniors

The air is getting warmer and the sun is shining! Which means it’s time for everyone, especially seniors, to get outside, get a good workout in and have some fun in the process. You may be wondering, why should seniors especially get outside to workout? Well, for one, seniors who stay active preserve their mobility for longer, have less dementia-related sleep problems and are just happier in general! Seniors who choose to exercise outside gain another benefit: healthy and direct exposure to Vitamin D. So, what’s the hold up? It’s time to engage in a fun, outdoor workout. Not sure where to start? Our assisted living team in Gloucester County has put together a list of their favorite exercise programs for seniors.

Safety note: Please apply sunscreen generously when spending extended periods of time outdoors. Also, please consult with your primary care physician or professional fitness trainer before performing any new strenuous exercises that might do more harm than good.

#1 – Walk outdoors. Perhaps the easiest option on this list is to take a daily walk outside. Did you know that a short 30-minute walk can burn up to 300 calories? That’s reason enough to set time aside everyday for a walk. Not to mention, it’s a great opportunity to have a friend tag along to catch up. If no one is around, grab a pair of headphones and listen to your favorite playlist on repeat. Or if you really want to switch it up, choose a new location to take your walk each day like a local park or a lively cul-de sac nearby.

#2 – Play a game outside with the grandkids. Nothing says “fun” like spending quality time with grandkids – and of course, games! Playing a quick game of catch will work out muscles you’ve forgotten about and stimulate hand-eye coordination. Now that’s a game nobody could lose.

#3 – Outdoor chair yoga. Bring a light, but stable chair outside and say “namaste” to a new, fun way to do yoga. If you or a loved one reside in an assisted living community, make sure to inquire about moving fitness classes like chair yoga outside when the weather is fine. Or if you’d rather do yoga alone, visit our blog to learn some new yoga poses to try out. 

#4 – Gardening outside. Carrying the hose and moving around the garden to water each plant is a workout in itself. An added bonus: choosing to grow fresh fruits and vegetables will help you to eat healthier too! If your thumb is not quite “green,” visit our blog that outlines beginner gardening tips for seniors.

#5 – Bring your workout weights outside. Working out inside in the same room or home gym could get a little stale after a while. So, here’s a better solution: take your weights outside to do some strength training. It’s amazing what a change of scenery could do to improve your enjoyment while getting fit!

Exercising safely at UMC in Pitman, NJ

At United Methodist Communities at Pitman, we offer every assisted living resident opportunities to exercise safely. With industry-leading COVID-19 protocols in effect, there’s no reason why we can’t hold fun fitness classes with our senior residents!

Some of our favorite fitness classes include dance, traditional yoga and chair yoga. We understand that everyone has different exercise goals and that they need to find what routine works best for them. That’s why we make an active effort to offer multiple programs and support each resident’s fitness level to the fullest at our assisted living community.

For more information about senior exercise classes in Pitman, New Jersey, please contact UMC at Pitman today or visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/

5 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver Burnout

Even though you are a primary caregiver to someone else, caring for yourself should always take first priority. “Caregiver burnout” is real and it affects not only you, but your senior loved one and your other family members. For those who may not know, caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that is brought on by unrelieved stress related to caregiving. It is not something to be taken lightly, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month. That’s why our care team in Pitman, NJ has put together warning signs and the 5 most effective ways to avoid the dreaded caregiver burnout. 

Signs of caregiver burnout

If you are experiencing any or all of the signs listed below, you are broaching on burnout territory.

  • Becoming irrationally impatient or angry with the person in your care and others around you
  • Generally feeling like caregiving is controlling every aspect of your life
  • Lack of energy, overwhelming fatigue and sleeping problems
  • Weight loss or weight gain due to changes in eating habits
  • Losing interest or withdrawing from activities you once enjoyed
  • Neglecting your own needs both physically and emotionally
  • Feelings of hopelessness, depression, or anxiety; frequent mood swings
  • Frequently experiencing headaches, stomach aches or other physical problems that are not common for you

Preventing caregiver burnout: 5 methods 

Now that you are aware of the warning signs, here are 5 of the best methods in preventing caregiver burnout:

  1. Allocate at least 1 hour of each day just for you.  Easier said than done, but really commit to that 1 hr each day and do whatever you want with it. Turn your phone off and enjoy your morning coffee in silence. Or read a few chapters of a new book you’ve been dying to dig into.

  2. Delegate tasks to others when possible. The people who are closest to you will always want to help you out, especially if they know you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. If you are married or in a relationship, ask your significant other to take over cooking dinner. Or ask one of your good friends to run those extra errands for you. Taking some daily tasks off your plate will alleviate stress and will give you more time to focus on yourself.

  3. Prioritize your personal needs. Do not keep putting off that doctor’s appointment or skip weekly workouts. Your needs matter, they are valid and you are entitled to take care of yourself first before caring for someone else. If you have to, go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier in the morning to gain more time for your self-care.

  4. Join a caregiver support group. It often helps to speak to others who are going through the same feelings as you. Fortunately, there are caregiving support groups that you attend either in person or virtually. Two of the most well-known support groups are the Caregiver Action Network and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  

  5. Consider respite care at United Methodist Communities. It’s so important to take a mental break and go on a vacation once in a while, especially if you are a full-time caregiver. If you’re wondering who can watch mom or dad while you’re away, respite care is an ideal solution. Respite care at UMC provides your loved one with individualized care in a safe, nurturing environment with a professional staff to support their needs 24/7.

Respite care in Pitman, NJ

At Pitman, caregiving 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 senior care services that can put your mind and the minds of your family members at ease. Respite is a perfect opportunity to try out UMC at Pitman before making a commitment and many people become residents through this avenue. They find new friends, outlets for their interests, as well as a very welcoming environment.

To learn more about respite care for seniors in Gloucester County, please contact United Methodist Communities at Pitman today or visit our website at: https://pitman.umcommunities.org/