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JUNE HIGH FIVE!

This month’s High Five goes out to Joanna Anderson-Wilde!

Although new to this industry, Joanna has proven herself to be a valuable addition to our care team. She has an continues take full advantage of our professional growth and training programs. Joanna focuses on attention to detail to provide the best care possible for our clients. She is fantastic at communicating with our Care Coordinators when there are concerns, client wellness changes, or even to simply them know when things are going well. She asks great questions and follows through with recommendations. Joanna is extremely coachable and applies all of her training to provide quality care to our clients. Congratulations and thank you for being a great caregiver!!!

If you would like to nominate a team member for the Monthly High Five, please email us at Info@FreshPerspectiveHomeCare.com!

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ALS Seniors and Health Issues

How Home Care Can Help Your Senior with ALS

Does your elderly loved one have ALS? If so, you may already know what is going to happen with the progression of this disease. However, you may not be too familiar yet with how much home care can benefit your elderly loved one. Home care for ALS involves all kinds of help to those with this disease. It includes personal care, help with transportation, hospice care, and much more.

Getting Your Elderly Loved One Personal Care

If your elderly loved one has ALS, the disease is going to progress quickly. They are going to need help with personal care tasks and may not want a family member to help with these tasks. The things they may need help with include getting dressed and undressed, taking a shower, brushing their teeth, wiping when going to the bathroom, and other daily living activities. If your elderly loved one doesn’t have ALS home care yet, now might be a good time to book these services.

Help for Family Caregivers

You may have been taking care of your elderly loved one for some time, since they found out they had ALS. However, the more the disease progresses, the more demanding it can be to take care of your elderly loved one. If this is the case, you and your elderly loved one could benefit from booking ALS home care services. It will allow you to get a break, so you can focus on other things in your life and so you can just rest, too.

Receiving Hospice Care

Unfortunately, over some time, ALS will become fatal. There are symptoms that will develop that affect your elderly loved one’s heart rate, breathing, and other bodily functions. It is important to have services ready for when this time comes. Hospice care is a go-to for people who have ALS. If you are a family caregiver of someone who has this disease, you may want to reach out before this stage, so you can learn more about what you will need to do when the time comes for receiving this type of help.

Conclusion

If your elderly loved one does have ALS, it is important to understand that the disease can progress fairly quickly. Even if your elderly loved one just received an ALS diagnosis or they are only in the first stage of the disease, it can still benefit you and them to get home care services. These home care providers are trained in handling people with this disease. They know what type of care to provide and how to help everyone who is involved in the care, too.

If you aren’t sure what services your elderly loved one needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to a home care agency today. You can get more information about the services that can be provided for someone with ALS. Once your elderly loved one starts receiving these services, you will see just how helpful they can be.

Sources
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9419061/

If you are considering home care in Galesburg, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!

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MAY 2022 FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

 

Congratulations to our newest Caregivers. Welcome to the Fresh Perspective Home Care Team!

04/28 – Christina Zilke – Client Service Representative

Happy Birthday Wishes:

05/10 – Joanna Anderson-Wilde
05/13 – Patricia McGrew
05/15 – Michael Beckett
05/26 – Stephanie Baugh
05/28 – Hope Partanen

And a BIG THANK YOU to our Team Members celebrating Anniversaries!

1 Year – Laurie Beal
5 Years – Mihret Craft

A Very Special CONGRATULATIONS TO Mihret Craft!!!

Mihret has been part of the Fresh Perspective family for 5 years and in nursing school. She graduated this month from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and we couldn’t be more proud of her huge accomplishment! We are so fortunate to have her in our fold. Congratulations and best of luck on your board exams!!!!

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Company News Fresh Perspective Home Care

MAY HIGH FIVE!

This month’s High Five goes out to Rebecca DeVries!

Rebecca has made quite an impact during the 3 months she has been with Fresh Perspective Home Care. We receive continuous positive feedback from our clients regarding her kindness and sincerity. She’s committed to our Mission and very attentive to needs of her clients. Rebecca is also an exceptional communicator with our home office, keeping us aware and involved every step of the way. We are so grateful to have Rebecca on our team! Thank you!!

If you would like to nominate a team member for the Monthly High Five, please email us at Info@FreshPerspectiveHomeCare.com!

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Benefits of Home Care Senior Home Care

What Are the Top Advantages of Senior Home Care Services?

If you are thinking about hiring senior home care services for your elderly loved one, it would be a good idea to look over the advantages of these types of services. You and your senior loved one can talk about the many benefits of senior home care together, which can help ease any concerns they may have about having a new person in their home. Here are just a few of the many benefits of senior home care:

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Mental Health Seniors and Health Issues

Senior Citizen Attention Disorders: What Do You Need to Know?

Does your elderly loved one have attention issues? Maybe, you aren’t even sure, yet you know their mind is always racing, they can’t focus their thoughts, and they have some other issues going on, as well. Sometimes, adults are diagnosed with ADHD or another attention disorder, even though they never were when growing up. This could be the case for your elderly loved one.

What is ADHD?

There are various kinds of attention disorders that your elderly loved one might have.

One of the types of attention disorders is the inattentive type. With this condition, the person might:

  • Struggle to stay organized (or not be able to at all without medication or other treatments)
  • Doesn’t seem to pay attention to details
  • Loses things a lot of the time
  • Forgets things often
  • Not finishing projects at all or not on time
  • Getting easily distracted

These are signs of the inattentive type of attention disorder.

There is also a type brought about with hyperactivity. In these cases, you might notice:

  • They are talking a lot
  • Fidgeting often
  • Can’t sit still very well
  • Interrupting others when they are talking
  • Moving around non-stop
  • Always wanting to be on the go
  • Talking fast

If you notice these things, your elderly loved one might have hyperactivity type of attention disorder.

Someone could have both the inattentive and hyperactivity forms of this disorder, as well.

What are the causes of attention disorders?

At this time, there really isn’t one exact known cause for attention disorders. However, it has been found that through a combination of medications and therapy, along with lifestyle changes, someone can manage their attention disorder. If your elderly loved one has this type of disorder, they may need a lot of help from an elder care provider to manage it.

What are the common treatments for attention disorders in the elderly?

If you suspect your elderly loved one has an attention disorder or they have already been diagnosed, you might want to learn more about the treatments they might receive. Some of the common treatments for attention disorders in the elderly include:

  • Various medications (non-stimulants and/or stimulants)
  • Individual and/or group therapy
  • Support groups for people with attention disorders
  • Getting help managing a schedule
  • Learning organizational tips that work for them

If your elderly loved one does get an attention disorder diagnosis, you can talk to their doctor about any treatments they prescribe.

Some senior citizens are diagnosed with an attention disorder, even if they never were diagnosed as a child. If this is the case for your elderly loved one or if you suspect they have an attention deficit disorder of some sort, hopefully, the information left here today has helped you to better understand what is going on. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to have an elder care provider take your elderly loved one to the doctor and ask these questions.

Sources
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4712975/

If you are considering elder care in Portage, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!

 

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APRIL HIGH FIVE!

This month’s High Five goes out to Norma Jarman!

Norma joined the Fresh Perspective Home Care family over 6 months ago. During this time, she has been extremely helpful in supporting our clients and always treats them and her co-workers with respect & dignity. Norma has proven herself to be a valuable member of our care team. She is dependable and an excellent communicator. Norma works hard to not only care for her clients, but to engage with them to ensure they are not feeling isolated. Thank you, Norma, for all that you do!

If you would like to nominate a team member for the Monthly High Five, please email us at Info@FreshPerspectiveHomeCare.com!

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APRIL 2022 FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

Congratulations to our newest Caregivers. Welcome to the Fresh Perspective Home Care Team!

03/02 – Joanna Anderson-Wilde

03/15 – Ken Miller

03/15 – Kiersten Cornwell

03/29 – Angela Word

Happy Birthday Wishes:

04/16 – Joan Pettit
04/21 – Amy Kirby
04/25 – Ronda Wemus

And a BIG THANK YOU to our Team Members celebrating Anniversaries!

6 years – Jametta Payno
14 years – Shelly Nutter

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Seniors and Health Issues Vision Loss

What is Glaucoma and Can it Be Cured?

The total number of individuals with glaucoma in the United States is estimated to be approximately three million, but as the glaucoma Research Foundation points out, half of those with glaucoma have yet to be identified. This is why it can be crucial to get regular eye checkups as a senior. The earlier a senior finds signs of glaucoma, the better luck a doctor has at preventing it from happening.

If a senior has been avoiding these checkups because they have no way of getting to appointments and you’re not there to help, it is time to look for home care assistance. This is the best way to ensure your seniors stay healthy even when you cannot be with them. Home care assistance can help your senior parents get to and from a critical doctor visit.

There are several treatment options available, and it’s important to understand what you’re dealing with, so you can get ahead of the condition before significant vision loss and blindness occur. Let’s look at the many forms of glaucoma, how they occur, and how to effectively try to avoid developing it.

What Exactly is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an umbrella name for a series of disorders that arise when your optic nerve is injured, lowering the quality of your vision. There is an increase in pressure within your eye, which affects the optic nerve, the major transmitter of data collected from your eye to your brain. The nerve is located in the rear of the eyeball. There are two types of glaucoma depending on how much pressure builds in your eye and how the pressure accumulates in your eye.

What Causes Glaucoma?

Optic nerve injury, produced by a buildup of pressure in the eye, is one of the fundamental causes of glaucoma. The increased pressure is produced by fluid that normally runs through the eye, not being able to leave at the same pace as before.

The Symptoms Of Glaucoma

The symptoms of glaucoma vary based on the kind of glaucoma you have. However, since angle-closure glaucoma develops slowly—typically over a few years—the symptoms are sometimes difficult to detect. Here are some symptoms of open-angle glaucoma, which can develop quickly.

Side Vision Can Go Blind

You may acquire blind patches or splotchy vision in your peripheral vision, and ultimately it can be completely missing. This results in tunnel vision. It can be one of the first signs glaucoma is developing.

Blindness

The final stage of glaucoma is complete blindness. This is the most extreme case of glaucoma.

How To Treat Glaucoma

Because open-angle glaucoma develops over time, all of the symptoms will not strike you all at once and take away your eyesight. This enables treatment regimens to begin years in advance, allowing you to counteract the accumulation of pressure in your eye before it causes too much harm. Here are a few things that may help treat glaucoma:

  • Eye Drops– This is one of the most popular treatment plans for glaucoma.
  • Medication– Some treatments include pills that a senior will take orally each day.
  • Surgery– A few seniors may need to get surgery to open up the angle or help the fluid ducts.
If you are considering home care assistance in Portage, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!
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MARCH 2022 FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

Congratulations to our newest Caregivers. Welcome to the Fresh Perspective Home Care Team!

-Desirae McDaniel (Welcome back!!)
-Rebecca DeVries
-Denny McVeigh

Happy Birthday Wishes:

03/20 – Jamie Payno
03/23 – Penny Bishop

And a BIG THANK YOU to our Team Members celebrating Anniversaries!

1 Year – Denise McGrail
8 Years – Jill Henry