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5 Ways to Make the Most of Our “Indoor Time”

By Laura Pucciarelli It’s natural for everyone to need some downtime, some time to relax and unwind. Whether we’re forced to stay inside due to a pandemic quarantine or for other reasons, the feeling of boredom is almost excruciating. There’s only so long we can sit and relax until that feeling of guilt sets in …

HomeWorks Hero Frank Leone

Frank Leone is a retired pastor who felt a calling to work with HomeWorks. In his role as a companion, he assists Bristol Glen’s independent living residents with everyday tasks such as shopping, meal preparation, companionship, and more. His background and training lend for reassurance and comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic. HomeWorks has offered his …

Home Care Heroes

HomeWorks, United Methodist Communities home care division, is caring for over 100 clients in their homes throughout New Jersey. Our home care nurses, certified home health aides and companions are frontline health care warriors. They are providing personal care, shopping, preparing meals, and doing whatever is needed to keep our clients safe in their homes …

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5 Easy Eye Exercises for Supporting Senior Eyesight

March is Save Your Vision Month. It is a month dedicated to raising awareness around all the things you can do to help protect your vision and slowing age-related vision loss. Here are five easy exercises for eye health recommended by our at-home care agency in NJ : 1. Blinking  Slowly, deliberately close both your eyes for a few moments …

Inside the Causes of Heart Disease

February is all about the heart, from Valentine’s Day to American Heart Month! Our in-home health care providers are taking this opportunity to raise awareness of a very serious health condition for seniors — heart disease. Here is some insight into the causes of this condition, how to help keep the heart healthy, and how our senior independent home care team in NJ

5 Examples of When Respite Care is a Must-Have for Seniors

Family caregiving is a common role in the USA, with the AARP reporting that around 34.2 million adults around the country provide unpaid care to a loved one over 50. While many family caregivers find a lot of meaning and joy in doing so, there are some occasions when it makes sense to handover caregiving …

How to Manage Dysphagia in Seniors

“Dysphagia” is a medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing food or liquids – an issue that many older adults struggle with, especially if they suffer from certain forms of cancer, dementia conditions, neurodegenerative conditions, or have had a stroke. Here is a short list with three tips, offering some advice on how caregivers can manage dysphagia , from our …

5 Brain Games that Help Keep Senior Minds Sharp

Both physical and mental exercises are essential for maintaining good cognitive health throughout our lifetime, but they are especially important for retirees and seniors. Here are five great brain games from our in-home senior care team in NJ that will provide seniors with mental stimulation as well as fun: Bridge – Bridge is a card game drenched in history, and dates …

Flu Season Is On Its Way – 5 Tips for Helping Seniors Get Prepared

There are so many things to love about the winter season, from hot chocolate and cozy fires to quality time with friends and loved ones over the holidays. But, it does bring some challenges too, especially when it comes to senior health. Here are five tips to help your senior loved one prepare for winter, …

6 Essential Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

The outside temperatures are dropping quickly and that means a snowy, icy winter is on its way. As we get older, we become more susceptible to the challenges of this season, so it’s important for seniors to do a little extra preparation to stay safe and healthy over the winter. Here are six tips for …

A Guide to Thyroid Conditions and Senior Health

As we age our risk of developing certain health conditions increases and thyroid conditions are among these. Knowing what these conditions are and how to detect them early on is the best way of staying independent and in good health. That is why our in-home respite care team is raising awareness about this condition – …

5 Great Medication Safety Tips for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

It’s World Alzheimer’s Month, and our home care agency team is using this time as an opportunity to share some useful tips on medication management and safety for seniors with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. These patients are often on multiple medications for this and other health issues, so it’s important to take the proper precautions to avoid …

What to Do When Your Senior Parent Refuses Help They Need

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they may need a little extra help and care to live life to the fullest – but not everyone sees a helping hand as a positive thing. Many seniors struggle to accept that they need assistance, and this stubbornness can be a big concern for loved ones. …

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CHAP Accredits United Methodist Communities HomeWorks

Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., (CHAP) announced that United Methodist Communities HomeWorks (Newton and Ocean Grove, NJ locations) have been awarded CHAP Accreditation under the CHAP Homecare Service Standards of Excellence. As of June 30, 2019, NJ regulation requires Health Care Services Firms, agencies providing home care, to be accredited. During this rigorous process, the …

Many Seniors Suffer from Loss of Appetite – Here’s How to Help

Loss of appetite is common among seniors, and is a natural result of being less active, burning fewer calories and requiring less food as we age. However, a complete or severe loss of appetite is something to be concerned about and it’s important that caregivers watch out for this health issue. Here are some insights …