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Saturday, June 15, 2024


United Methodist Communities to Hold Open House at the Shores

By Press Release

OCEAN CITY — Seniors coping with frailty and chronic illness typically spend significant time in medically-oriented and sterile surroundings. United Methodist Communities has resolved to transform that model, beginning with two new healthcare and one sub-acute household at The Shores.
In celebration of The Shores’ newly-completed households, the public is invited to an open house Oct. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 2201 Bay Avenue in Ocean City. With a casual drop-in format, the event will feature refreshments, giveaways, and tours.
“While the changes in the physical environment drive the overall culture of how care is provided, that is not quite enough to further endeavors which enhance a life of ‘home.’ It is also driven by the soul of the community.” United Methodist Communities President and CEO, Larry Carlson shares this vision noting, “The only thing that should change when people move into our communities is their address.”
Each household of approximately 18 residents, benefit from intimate dining rooms, cozy living rooms, and inviting working kitchens. The overall goal is to reduce the clinical focus of the environment and augment the normalcy of life. The staff remains consistent for all shifts, as they quickly learn what each resident likes, what is needed to comfort each, and so they develop positive relationships.
A community life assistant commented, “In many ways residents have adapted well and love their new bright, colorful and spacious households. Also, the cross-training of all household staff has enhanced teamwork.”
The culture change journey began with questions, including, “How do we create home?” It started in the smallest of ways, through knowing the simple pleasures and preferences of our residents, reflecting their individuality and daily activities. With the households up and running, we are seeing this in modest ways, aided by the support of enthusiastic associates.
For information about United Methodist Communities at The Shores call 609-399-8505 or visit

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