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SEPTEMBER 2021 FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

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

08/19 – Mikayla Thompson

08/24 – Andrea Richard

08/25 – Dorothy Givhan

Happy Birthday Wishes:

09/02 – Linda Tarleton
09/03 – Jill Henry
09/14 – Debbie Burton
09/25 – Rachel Greenway
09/29 – Phillicia Jackson

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

11 years – Ronda Wemus
3 years – Celeste Warren
1 year – Debbie Burton
1 year – Vanessa Lewis

 

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MONTHLY HIGH FIVE!

 

Our September 2021 High Five goes out to Dee Hiscock!

Dee has been a part of the Fresh Perspective Home Care team for over 4 years and gives nothing less than the same level of care she would give to her own loved ones. The quality of care she provides is exceptional as is her ability to assist in keeping their home clean and organized. She always cares from her heart and leads by example. Dee is a stand out when you imagine what you would want in a caregiver. She inspires us every day and helps us to fulfill our ultimate vision and mission here at Fresh Perspective Home Care. Congratulations and 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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MONTHLY HIGH FIVE!

Our August 2021 High Five goes out to Leeanna Wagner!

Leeanna has been part of the Fresh Perspective Home Care family since May of 2020. As a full time college student, she works with us between semesters and during her breaks. Leeanna has grown through her experiences and training over the past year. She is diligent in expanding her skills with ongoing training and an excellent communicator. Her clients can attest to her caring and attentiveness. We receive continual compliments regarding her care & compassion for those she is helping. We are taking this moment to recognize Leeanne for all of her achievements! Thank you, Leeanne, for going above and beyond to ensure our clients are well cared for at all times.
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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Home Safety Senior Safety

Stress-Busting Starts With a Tidy, Organized Home

Have you ever considered that your home could be increasing your stress? Studies have found that clutter can trigger low-grade anxiety in people. It makes it harder to think, respond to others, and impacts the immune system. A tidy, organized home is one key to busting stress.

Clean One Room at a Time

When you’re organizing and decluttering your parents’ home, tackle one room at a time. Don’t try to do it all at once. If you do, you’ll end up frustrated and overwhelmed. If you clean one room at a time, you’ll be motivated each time another room is completed. That motivation keeps you going.

Work With Three Piles

As you declutter each room, you’re making three piles: keep, trash, recycle. Waste goes into trash bags. Each time you fill one, carry it outside to a dumpster or trash bin. Get to work on the next.

Don’t leave a full trash bag in the room for your parents to go through. If you do, they’ll start changing their mind. The recycle pile gets donated to others or sold in a yard sale.

The items in the keep pile need to be things your parents use. If they haven’t touched the ice cream maker in two years, they don’t need to keep it. If they’re still hesitant about donating it, come up with recipes for ice cream that don’t require an ice cream maker and convince them they don’t need it.

Make Sure Everything Has a Place

You’ve gone through your parents’ belongings and still don’t have room for the items they wanted to keep. Now what? You may need to reconsider the storage in the home. In a small kitchen, storage is hard to come by, but the wall over the refrigerator is empty. You could install a small cabinet over the fridge and add more storage space.

Your dad’s drawers in the dresser are crowded. Consider putting in a cube storage container in the closet and adding baskets. He can store some of his items in those baskets. Smaller items like socks and underwear are perfect for storage baskets.

Once you have your parents’ house organized, you want to make sure it stays that way. Call a home care agency and arrange caregivers for cleaning and household chores. Companion care at home can vacuum, put items away, and dust. Plus, you can have them help with laundry and make sure your parents’ clothes go into the designated drawer or closet after everything is folded.

Sources:

https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/what-does-clutter-do-to-your-brain-and-body

If you are considering companion care at home in Mattawan, 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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MONTHLY HIGH FIVE!

Our July 2021 High Five goes out to Joan Pettit!

Joan was a stand out for this month’s High Five Award!  Since joining the Fresh Perspective Home Care family last October, it was quickly obvious that she has the heart of a caregiver and is very attentive to the needs of her clients. Joan is an excellent communicator, maintains her ongoing training compliance, and helps out wherever she is able. Her compassion and kindness is immeasurable. Joan is always professional, all the while providing care with sincerity as if caring for her own family member. We are proud to have Joan in our family of caregivers.  We trust she will always provide quality care with respect and dignity straight from her heart. Thank you for exemplifying Fresh Perspective’s Values and for leading by example every day in our communities.  We are so grateful for you!

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

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JULY 2021 FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

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

06/01 – Madilyn Brink
06/02 – Alana Rolark
06/02 – Alana Rolark
06/10 – Marjorie Mann
06/22 – Crystal Ellis
06/22 – Crystal Ellis
06/28 - Isabelle Hawkes
06/28 – Isabelle Hawkes
06/28 – Alicia Dutton
06/28 – Alicia Dutton

 

Happy Birthday Wishes:

07/09 – Dwayne Thomas

07/18 – Gaye Ann Densberger

07/21 – Madeline Wick

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

4 Years – Patricia McGrew

4 Years – Dee Hiscock

2 Years – Luann Dunn

1 Year – Trieste Buchanan

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Activities for Seniors

Children aren’t the only ones who pipe up with
“I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” Our older family
members often feel the same way. As we age,
the things that interested us in our younger years
either have long since been conquered or we are
simply unable to do those things with the same
aptitude. Sometimes our loved ones are simply too
tired to come up with new activities that suit their
current stage in life.

ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS

Did you know that creative activities can help people battling serious illnesses to decrease negativity and stress?
Improving health is a great reason to suggest your loved one find hobbies and activities that might lift their spirits.

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Activities for Seniors

Activities for Seniors

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Creating An Advance Directive

How do we want to be treated when we get to the
end of our lives? What decisions would we like made
on our behalf if we are unable to make them? Life is
uncertain. It’s important to have a plan in place.
An Advance Directive is a document to let family
and medical professionals know your desires should
something happen. Work with your loved one to get
these documents drafted while they are still able to
speak clearly about their choices. Work together,
instead of assigning it to them as a task, to ensure
that you understand clearly what they want.
As a part of the Advance Directive, your loved one will
often appoint someone as their healthcare proxy. This
is the person that, if your older adult cannot make a
medical decision themselves, will make the decision
in accordance with their wishes. If you do not feel like
you agree with the decisions that they are making in
the Advance Directive, steer them to choose someone
who might be more in line with their values. If there is a
trusted medical professional in your family, perhaps this person might be better suited for this role.

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CREATING AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

CREATING AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

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Could Your Dad Have PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects all ages. It’s not something people should feel they have to hide. That’s the goal of June’s PTSD Awareness Month. How much do you know about PTSD? Could your dad have PTSD and need help managing it?

Signs of PTSD

PTSD sometimes develops after traumatic events. For example, soldiers may develop PTSD after being in the war. Someone in a serious car accident may develop PTSD and find it hard to drive, get into a car, or travel on the road where the crash occurred. Victims of crime often have PTSD.

When PTSD happens, the anxiety can be incredibly disruptive. Certain events or circumstances may trigger flashbacks. For instance, fireworks can set off panic attacks in soldiers. Screeching brakes can cause panic in a person in a car accident. Victims of a crime may become panicked when someone that looks like their attacker enters a store they’re in.

The symptoms of PTSD vary, but they usually include:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Emotional detachment
  • Flashbacks
  • Insomnia
  • Intrusive images and thoughts
  • Nausea
  • Nightmares
  • Panic attacks
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

If the symptoms become excessive, your dad may not want to leave his bed or house. He may struggle to get enough sleep because nightmares occur frequently. He may rely on alcohol or certain foods in an attempt to feel better. He may push others away.

How Do You Help Him?

What do you do when you believe PTSD is impacting your dad’s daily routines and relationships? He’s pushing you away, and you want to help him before he gets worse. If you push him, he may withdraw more, so you need to approach it carefully. Talk to a specialist about the best way to approach it.

Make sure your dad knows that medications aren’t always the only solution. If he’s refusing to get help because he doesn’t want to take antidepressants or other medications used to treat PTSD, there are other options. Talk to him about therapy.

Look into psychiatric service dogs. A service dog helps by interrupting your dad’s anxiety attack to help him redirect and focus on the dog’s comfort. If your dad wants a PTSD dog, organizations like America’s Vet Dogs provide free dogs and training to qualifying applicants.

PTSD can be disabling. If your dad’s PTSD keeps him from going out, driving to stores, or leaving his house, arrange senior care services to make sure he has companions stopping by. Senior care aides can make sure he takes medications, schedules and keeps appointments with his doctors, and attends therapy sessions. Call a senior care agency to find out prices.

If you are considering senior care in Schoolcraft, 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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TELEVISION AND SENIORS

It might surprise you to learn that older adults watch more television than younger people do. Watching TV comprises most of the leisure time for adults aged 70 to 105 years old.

Television can be an avenue to learning new things, connecting with the world, creating a diversion, and providing some light entertainment. However, it can also supplant physical or recreational activities and real-world interactions.

Click here to learn more about television and seniors.