Understanding the Difference Between Independent Living & Assisted Living

Ultimately the choice between assisted living and independent living should be determined by the needs of your elderly loved one. If an aging adult has difficulties with daily activities or anticipates their needs changing in the near future, he or she may want to consider moving to an assisted or independent living community. To make…

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What are the living arrangement options for independent living at UMH Bristol Glen?

One of the most frequently asked questions at United Methodist Homes Bristol Glen is about the home features and options our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers. Here will discuss two residences under our banner, Metcalf Woods, an independent living community  and the Tice Pavilion, an assisted living community, which are designed to suit different…


Five Benefits of Independent Living Communities for Aging Seniors

If you are concerned with the safety and security of your elderly loved one, you might want to consider independent living. Independent living, found within a Continuing Care Retirement Community, is ideal for individuals who can still live without assistance, but enjoy the peace of mind of having access to assistance when needed. In this…

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Gary Engelstad Appointed Director of Strategic Partnerships

United Methodist Homes of New Jersey (UMHNJ) Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Engelstad to the position of director of strategic partnerships. In this role, Mr. Engelstad will promote, market and develop a strategic partnership program. While based at United Methodist Homes Corporate Office in Neptune, Mr. Engelstad will develop revenue-generating partnership…

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Long-evity; Zelda Long Fischer

Zelda Long, named after the wife of writer F. Scott’s Fitzgerald, was born in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania 105 years ago. Zelda, the firstborn, grew up in a loving home with her father, mother, two brothers and two sisters, and experienced “a lot of good food, fun and laughter.”Zelda attended school in a one-room schoolhouse heated…

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Cilantro-Lime Mahi-Mahi on the Grill

Mahi-mahi, a delicately flavored, savory, white fish with a meaty flesh, grills-up moist and delicious. When selecting mahi-mahi for the grill, look for the thicker center cut portion towards the head versus the thinner tail end. Although frozen will certainly do, fresh will yield a better result! Ingredients:2, 6 ounce mahi-mahi filets (total 12 ounces)…


Bloomfield College Nursing Students

On April 6, Bloomfield College Nursing Students presented their evacuation plan to the residents of Bishop Taylor Manor. The emergency evacuation plan will prepare the residents for an immediate and urgent movement away from the building in the event of an actual occurrence of a hazard or emergency. Along with the evacuation plan they developed…


BBQ Season Has Begun

Not even a few clouds could dampen our first BBQ of the season.  Residents enjoyed the out door event by dressing warm!

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A Love for Carpentry

Bristol Glen resident, Cornelius (Neal) Faber, is a man whose love of carpentry never fades.  Although long retired, that hasn’t stopped him from keeping his hands busy sanding, cutting, refinishing and woodworking worn tables, chairs and benches into revitalized pieces of beautiful furniture.Neal and his wife of 71 years, Norma, have settled in quite nicely…

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Praise Yoga

Experience the Christian alternative to yoga. Exercise your body, mind and spirit for a workout that you can truly feel! There is a yoga class  every Thursday from 11:00am – 12:00pm at Bishop Taylor Manor, led by instructor Kim Todd. While attending yoga with Kim, everyone feels accepted and included. This yoga class focuses on…


Easter Happenings

Wesley by the Bay celebrated the Easter Holiday this past week.  Residents came out in their Easter best to celebrate!  

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Charitable, Sacrificial and Supportive

One hundred and seven years of ministry and thriving communities have required much. It has taken generous donors, dedicated volunteers, spirited residents and their families, professional vendors and partners, talented associates, faithful churches, reliable community partners, caring organizations, businesses, and individuals. Among the dedicated volunteers fall our auxiliaries, which from our founding, have sacrificially supported…

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A Tribute to Mildred Nicholson Bell

Last week, at age 108 ½, Mildred Nicholson Bell peacefully passed away. As a lifetime resident of Pitman and beloved resident of Pitman Manor, Mildred proudly described herself as a “Pitmanite through and through.” Born on July 31, 1906, her family lived in a Grandview Avenue home with gas lanterns and an outhouse. Years later…

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Residents Say “Bravo” To Chef Stage Center

Whether you bake with Martha, sauté with Jacques, or kick it up a notch with Emeril, Sodexo’s “Chef Stage Center” display cooking program promises candy for all the senses. All five chefs agree that, “since its introduction at the United Methodist Homes’ full-service communities, it has become a resident favorite.” In the spirit of flexibility…

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Boy Meets Girl … The Old-Fashioned Way

Thanks to online websites such as, and others, “the dating industry has expanded at 3.5 percent a year since 2008 – right through the recession – to become a $2.1 billion powerhouse. Analysts expect the acceleration to continue over the next five years,” writes Steve Yoder in The Fiscal Times.Despite this high tech…

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Active and Strong Through SeniorFITness

United Methodist Homes of New Jersey (UMHNJ) recently opened SeniorFITness at The Shores at Wesley Manor (Ocean City). It follows the unique and highly beneficial program’s implementation at Bristol Glen (Newton).SeniorFITness, a venture with UMHNJ partner Alliance Rehab, is led by professional exercise physiologists. The multidisciplinary program designed to be both fun and functional for…

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Holiday Events at Bishop Taylor Manor

To help kick off the holiday season, High Rollaz Social Club sponsored a holiday breakfast for the residents of Bishop Taylor Manor. Everyone was invited to enjoy a meal and received a gift bag. The residents were entertained with traditional holiday songs played by the Superintendent Robert Johnson.

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Holiday Meet and Greet

On December 16, 2014, the President and CEO at United Methodist Homes of New Jersey visited Bishop Taylor Manor for a holiday meet and greet with the residents and staff.                           

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Martial Arts Icon, Papa San

For nearly half a century, Wayne Ford, affectionately known as Papa San, has been an icon in the New Jersey martial arts community. The Covenant Manor resident, renowned in and around Plainfield, remains a karate teacher, trusted mentor and a loyal friend to legions of adoring students, parents and contemporaries.Wayne’s first martial experiences were as…