Creating a Fulfilling Life in a Senior Living Community: Key Steps for Seniors to Adapt and Thrive

Sponsored by The Regency Alliance On Senior Healthcare – Where Caring Comes to Life!

Transitioning to long-term care in a skilled nursing environment can be a challenging experience for seniors, but with the right mindset and approach, it can also be an opportunity for personal growth and improved well-being. In this Regency Jewish Heritage blog post, we’ll discuss several tips to help seniors make the most of their new homes and thrive in their new senior living community.

Be Patient with Yourself As You Adjust

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed during the first few weeks or even months after moving into an assisted living facility, or a long-term nursing home. To prevent these feelings from becoming too intense, try to give yourself time to adjust to your new surroundings. Remember that you’re embarking on a new chapter in your life, and it’s important to be patient with yourself as you navigate this change.

Make Your Space Feel Like Home

One way to make your new living situation feel more like home is to personalize your space. Bring along cherished items such as family photos, artwork, or keepsakes that hold special meaning for you. By surrounding yourself with familiar possessions, you can create a comforting atmosphere that helps ease the transition to senior living. In fact, we invite you to tour our beautiful facility at Regency Jewish Heritage in Somerset NJ. It is a home and a haven for many seniors who are living out their golden years in health and happiness. The first thing you’ll note as you enter their rooms in our “Levin” building wing on campus, is how the rooms are better described as their personal apartment. The living spaces are outfitted with many of their cherished personal items and reflect their individual personalities.

Focus on Staying Active

Staying physically active is crucial for maintaining good health, especially as you age. Many assisted living and skilled nursing communities offer a variety of activities and programs designed to promote physical fitness, such as exercise classes, walking clubs, or swimming pools. Take advantage of these opportunities to stay active and engaged, which will help improve your overall well-being.

Get the Lay of the Land

Familiarizing yourself with the routines and procedures of your long-term care community can help you feel more comfortable in your new environment. This may include learning about meal times, activity schedules, and any specific rules or guidelines that residents are expected to follow. Knowing what to expect each day can help alleviate anxiety and make the transition to senior assisted living smoother.

Get Social

One of the best ways to lift your spirits and feel more at home in your long-term living community is to make new friends. Attend social events and activities, strike up conversations with fellow residents, and be open to forming new connections. Building a support network within your new community can greatly improve your overall happiness and well-being.

Stay Organized to Reduce Stress

As you transition to a nursing home and senior living environment, maintaining organization of crucial documents related to your relocation is essential. The goal is to combine PDF files by digitizing these records and utilizing PDF tools to merge them into a single, manageable file format. This approach will not only aid in keeping you organized, but also facilitate the sharing of information with family members, caregivers, or any other parties involved.

Maintain Outside Connections

While making new friends is important, it’s also crucial to stay connected with your existing support network of family and friends. Regular phone calls, video chats, and visits can help prevent feelings of isolation and ensure that you maintain strong ties with those who care about you. Staying in touch with loved ones can provide a sense of comfort and stability during this time of transition.

Transitioning to a senior living community can be a challenging experience for seniors, but with the right approach and mindset, it can also be an opportunity for personal growth and improved well-being. By giving yourself time to adjust, personalizing your space, and connecting with new friends, you can make the most of your new home and thrive in your nursing home, or long-term care setting. Embrace this new chapter of your life with optimism and enthusiasm, and you’ll soon discover the many benefits that a senior long-term care community has to offer.

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Tips For Success In Supporting Seniors: From The Regency Alliance On Senior Healthcare

We are often asked how we manage to be a world class, 5-Star Nursing and Rehab Center year after year.

It takes passion, persistence and the desire to care for the elderly, as we would care for our own parents.

At Regency, we work with, and accept patient referrals from many reputable Doctors and local hospitals, like RWJ and St. Peters, near Somerset, New Jersey.

We also work with many reputable senior caregiver support businesses, who rely on us, when long term skilled nursing care, or post-acute rehabilitation is required.

What makes a “Caregiver Support Business” a reputable one?

Let’s take a look and dive into it.

As the population of seniors in America continues to grow, the need for caregiver support services is rising. For entrepreneurs looking to start a senior support business, creating a company that offers support services to families and seniors presents a unique opportunity with great potential for growth. Here are some tips from Regency Post-Acute, Rehab & Nursing Centers to help you get started.

Comprehensive Business Plan

Starting a senior caregiver support business is a significant commitment that requires careful planning to ensure its success. A well-written business plan is essential in determining key aspects of the business, including the identification of the target market, competition, marketing strategies, financial projections, and overall vision for the company. Having a clear roadmap in place before launching will help you make informed decisions, set achievable goals, and make it easier to secure funding from investors or lenders.

Compassionate and Personalized Care

When providing support services to seniors, it is crucial to prioritize their dignity and independence. Seniors often feel vulnerable and may be resistant to care. By offering compassionate and personalized care, you can build trust with seniors and their families, ensuring that they receive the best possible care.

Customer Feedback

To continually improve your services, it’s important to listen to your customers. Consider sending surveys or holding focus groups to gather feedback on your services. This feedback can help you identify areas where you need to improve and make adjustments to better meet the needs of your clients.

Training and Support for Your Team

The quality of your support services depends heavily on the skills and knowledge of the people providing them. By providing ongoing training and support for your team, you can ensure that they have the tools and knowledge to provide the best possible care. This can also help to improve retention rates, as employees feel valued and supported.

Strong Reputation

In the healthcare industry, reputation is everything. To build a strong reputation, prioritize ethics, integrity, and professionalism in all aspects of your business. Be transparent with your clients and their families, and ensure that you always deliver on your promises. This can help to build trust and establish your business as a leader in the industry.

Network With Healthcare Professionals

To provide more comprehensive care support, it’s important to develop relationships with healthcare professionals, such as physicians, nurses, and social workers. These professionals can provide valuable insights into the needs of seniors and their families, as well as recommend your services to their patients. By working together, you can provide a more holistic approach to senior care.

In addition, it is valuable to develop relationships with premier, 5-star skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, like Regency Heritage in Somerset, NJ.  This type of critical relationship with a leader in in-patient skilled nursing and rehab, will allow you to rest assured that when your client is ready for rehabilitation or skilled nursing care, you will have the perfect nursing and rehab partner to send them to!

Referral Program

Word-of-mouth marketing has been proven to be highly effective, as it relies on the trust and personal recommendations of satisfied clients. Research has shown that people are more likely to trust recommendations from their friends and family members, making referrals an invaluable tool in building a loyal client base. By implementing a referral program, businesses can incentivize their existing clients to share their positive experiences with others, leading to increased visibility and growth in their customer base. Such strategies can also result in higher customer retention rates, as clients who refer others are more likely to remain loyal to the brand.

Starting a senior caregiver support business can be incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally. By following these tips, you can create a successful business that provides compassionate and personalized care support to seniors and their families. Remember to prioritize ethics, integrity, and professionalism in all aspects of your business, and continually seek feedback from your clients to improve your services.

For a fulfilling, quality lifestyle for seniors, visit or contact Regency Post-Acute, Rehab & Nursing Centers today!

Celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2023 at Regency Jewish Heritage!


Regency Jewish Jewish Heritage joins the nation in celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week!

About National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Established in 1967 by AHCA, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) celebrates the essential role that skilled nursing care centers play in providing high quality 24-hour nursing care to millions of America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Of course at Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we celebrate our 5-Star care and our heroic caregivers all year round!

To pay a visit to Regency, please contact us to schedule a tour:

If you’d like to take a virtual tour of our facility from the comfort of home, we invite you to watch our video by clicking on the link below!

What You Need To Know About Planning And Paying For Long-Term Care


While there’s no simple solution, here are some general guidelines to help you develop your own game plan, brought to you by The Regency Alliance on Senior Healthcare.

As health reform proposals are still being ironed out in Congress, the need for long-term care (LTC) continues to grow. Between 2014 and 2040, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is poised to increase from 14.5 percent to 21.7 percent.

It’s estimated that over two-thirds of seniors will need LTC assistance at some point, yet considering the average annual per-room cost ranges from $102,200 to $90,156 for nursing homes according to the Cost of Care Survey 2019 by Genworth Financial, it can be a tough goal to accomplish.

On the Planning Side:

Current Lifestyle Choices 

It’s important to take an honest look at your current lifestyle choices to try and predict whether you’ll need LTC sooner rather than later. Along with basics such as weight and smoking and alcohol use, it’s possible that you may already have a current health condition or have a family with a specific history — like cancer or heart disease, for example.

Reduce Your Risk

Once you’ve made a list of all the areas that need improvement, make an effort to reduce your risk with actionable tasks such as adopting a healthy diet and exercise plan, regularly visiting the doctor, getting tested for hereditary illnesses and conditions, and implementing home modifications early on in order to age in place safely.  

Understand Your Options

Obviously, your options may be limited to what you can afford, but typical types of long-term care include aging in place (the most popular choice), in-home care, day programs, senior housing, assisted living, continuing-care retirement community, and a skilled nursing facility. If you think you’ll need more hands-on care, ask yourself what level of service you think you’ll need, what your personal preferences are, what’s available in your area, and what meets your expectations from a quality-of-life perspective. For example, offers detailed facility reports, pricing info, and payment options for nursing homes in and around New Jersey. Doing some research now will help you make a decision when the time comes; you might even want to schedule some tours and gather information from current residents and their families.

On the Paying Side: 

Retirement Status

Whether you’re still working is going to have a big impact on what you can afford as choices are limited on a fixed income — especially if you don’t have enough savings. A Gallup poll indicates that 49 percent of American retirees are fearful about being able to afford unexpected health care costs when retired. With that in mind, it’s important to research all of your financial options to avoid depleting your retirement funds.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Determining whether you want to invest in long-term-care insurance is tough, mainly due to the cost and the fact that you may never use it, or get very little bang for your buck. Case in point: Research cited by Nolo shows that while a high number of people will need a nursing home after the age of 65, only a small portion stay long enough to rack up large bills.

Supplemental Plans  

With age comes increasing medical costs, and while Medicare is available to those 65 and up, it doesn’t cover everything. Educate yourself on supplemental plans that can help cover the costs of additional medical care for your loved one, such as copays and any out-of-pocket expenses. Some supplements can even help you pay for Medicare Plan A and Plan B. You might also look into a Medicare Advantage Plan to help with LTC costs, though it’s important to understand the ins and outs of enrollment.

Selling Your Home

If you’re a homeowner, selling your home could help pay for long-term care expenses, but it’s crucial that you work with a dedicated and experienced real estate professional. A professional real estate team can help you sell your home quickly and maximize how much you receive from the sale. Set up a consultation at your earliest convenience.

Reverse Mortgage 

Many people get a reverse mortgage to pay for LTC expenses in order to remain independent longer. While pros include the fact that it’s tax-free money that does not interfere with Social Security or Medicare benefits, a big con is the fact that proceeds can negatively impact Medicaid and other special needs programs.

It can be challenging to come up with a plan for long-term care, but consider the tips above and carefully weigh your options in order to determine the best course of action for you or your loved one.

Securing Medicaid for Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care

Becoming financial eligible for long-term care with Medicaid as your optimal payor source, is no easy feat. We could write pages and pages on this topic alone. It is often an expensive proposition to hire an Elder Attorney to help with this, though it is considered to be an appropriate expense allocation from the inevitable assets “spend-down” towards securing eligibility.

Regency Nursing Centers is here to help you with this hurdle and we would be happy to empower you with the knowledge, tools, and contact info to handle this often daunting and overwhelming task!

Regency Nursing Centers is family owned and operated, which means that we do things with a personal touch. To place a loved one at our 5-Star Regency Jewish Heritage Post-acute, Rehab and Nursing Center, located in Somerset, NJ, or for MEDICAID planning and information, please call Marlene in Admissions at: 732-873-2000

February is American Heart Month! – Heart and Lung Center at Regency Heritage NJ

At Regency Jewish Heritage Post-acute Rehab and Nursing Center in Somerset, NJ, we understand the significance of American Heart Month quite well!

We offer the only dedicated Heart and Lung Program of its kind for Skilled Nursing Providers in our region. Our world-class program is spearheaded by a fantastic team of specialty physicians and Cardiologists, right here at Regency Heritage.


Contact Marlene Grossman in admissions for more information.

5 Ways Seniors Can Improve Physical and Mental Health. By: Regency Nursing Centers NJ

As you age, taking care of your physical and mental health becomes increasingly more important. However, the process can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure where to start. Consider these six tips from Regency Jewish Heritage Post-Acute, Rehab and Nursing Center in Somerset NJ (Part of The Regency Alliance on Senior Care, “Where Caring Comes to Life!”) to help you get going, and you’ll be on the fast track to feeling better.

  1. Finding the Perfect Hobby

Too much downtime can be a real problem after retirement. Start thinking about what you love to do with your time. Hobby Zeal notes that you could take up collecting something you’re passionate about or learn to work with your hands doing something like carpentry. If you’re an artistic person, consider painting or pottery. You can even take classes and meet new friends.

  1. Exercising With Purpose

Exercising can be a multi-task project. For example, gardening can function as exercise and provide you with nutritious fruits and vegetables for your diet. Research cited by You Should Grow shows that pulling weeds, raking, shoveling, and harvesting all burn a significant amount of calories. Plus, you get the added benefit of soaking up vitamin D from the sun.

  1. Talking to a Nutritionist About Diet

Not all diets are meant to be the same. While there are many things that are universally good for your health, there are many healthy things that would not fit into everyone’s diet. For example, fruit is healthy, but it’s not a great source of nutrients for a person with diabetes. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about what foods you should incorporate into your diet.

  1. Learning Something New

Do something you’ve never done before to keep yourself mentally stimulated. For example, if you’ve never been an outdoors person, try hiking to see if you might change your mind. If you’re concerned about safety, look into available medical equipment to make it easier. Ask your grandchildren what they like to do. You may even spend a day playing video games and find out you love it, and you get to sneak in much-needed quality time simultaneously.

  1. Volunteering Your Time

Volunteering is a great way to boost your mental health and help your community. Giving back can make you feel appreciative of what you have and thankful that you can make a difference in the world. You’ll also make friends along the way and be part of a larger community. You may even find a cause you feel passionate about and start to dedicate yourself to something bigger than yourself.

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Aging Parents With Differing Care Needs? Here’s How to Tackle the Challenges

Aging Parents With Differing Care Needs? Here’s How to Tackle the Challenges

Handling the relocation of your aging parents is a big responsibility, particularly if one of your folks is declining while the other remains in good health. You’ll be managing the cost and logistics of finding appropriate living quarters for each of them while providing the compassion your parents need to bravely face these big changes. Here are some tips for successfully navigating this challenging situation.

Focus on Long-Term Requirements

Finding the ideal care facility for your ailing parent is a priority. Start by assessing what type of place best fits your mom or dad’s specific needs; typically, a nursing home offers skilled medical care while an assisted living center does not.

Be realistic about the future; although your parent’s current condition may be stable, it’s better to find a facility that provides escalating care if you expect his or her health to decline. Ask friends for recommendations, or consult referral services to find homes that meet your location, cost, and service requirements.

Review Financial Resources

Quality care doesn’t come cheaply, so examine all potential resources for covering the expense. Experts note that demand for long-term care insurance is increasing, but if your parents don’t have a policy, you may have to tap their savings, veterans benefits, or home equity.

Selling the family home is another way to provide funds for nursing care while relieving your healthy parent of the hard work of maintaining a house. If you go this route, keep in mind you may need to fix up the place to get it market-ready. While you can leave some cosmetic updates to the new owners, you should fix major issues like roof or foundation problems, leaky plumbing, and damaged windows to attract a wider audience of buyers.

Facilitate Downsizing

If you’re selling your mom and dad’s house to cover the cost of a nursing home for one of them, you still need to address other parents’ living situation. Moving in with you or one of your siblings, renting a smaller house, or settling into a retirement community are the main choices, and each likely requires downsizing.

Once they’ve found the best option, make the transition easier for your parent by hiring a mover for packing and transporting services. Some providers will even remove items for donation or disposal to make paring down less difficult. Find a local company with excellent reviews and recommendations on so the move is handled professionally by a reputable team.

Practice Compassion

Throughout this process, it’s easy to let troubling emotions get the best of you. Anger, worry, and frustration may all wear on your compassion, causing you to lash out unintentionally.

Acknowledging that what you’re experiencing is normal can help you let go of hurtful feelings and focus on the empathy and kindness both of your parents need from you at this time. By actively showing compassion, you’ll also improve your own well-being so you’re better able to tackle the situation without giving into negativity.

From finding the right care facility like Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation for your ailing mom or dad to transitioning your healthy parent into a new home, these tips will make these major responsibilities easier to handle. Just remember to maintain your sense of compassion as you manage these challenges, so you and your parents come through the process as successfully as possible.