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The Family Learning Center is a free tool to help family and friends learn how to better care for their loved ones. Topics include: Memory Care, Caregiver Basics, First Aid, Medical Conditions, and Assistance with Daily Care to name a few. This valuable learning tool not only provides insight into the challenges faced by those in need of home care, it also includes course work to help you grow your skills as a companion and family caregiver.

Please take advantage of this valuable family resource and feel free to share it with other!

Take a look at the Family Learning Center by visiting our website at and click on the Client Resources tab. Or simply follow this link directly to the Family Learning Center:

We hope you find this to be as valuable a resource as we do!!

If you are considering home care in Kalamazoo, 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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Congratulations to Carol Dankert-Rustenholtz! Our February 2021 High Five Award Recipient!

Carol stated, “I became a nurse because I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of my patients while spreading a little sunshine along the way!” Carol was hired at FPHC in 2015 and her high standards of professionalism are what make her an exceptional nurse.
We are recognizing her for her outstanding performance, superior dedication, and positive energy. Her personal touch ensures clients and families feel comfortable. Carol is a great communicator as she provides educational information and answers questions.
Carol’s clinical experience and mastery of nursing skills enhance the care she provides. Her human connection is what allows her to navigate the complex needs of others. Carol is a vital link for our clients, their families, and her peers. With heartfelt appreciation, we applaud all that you do every day!

If you are considering home care in Kalamazoo, 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!

Elderly Care in Almena MI Nutrition and Cancer Treatment

Five Reasons Nutrition Is So Important for a Senior with Cancer

The last thing your senior might be worried about as she deals with a cancer treatment program might be eating anything, much less healthy food choices. But focusing on nutrients can help her immensely as she fights this battle.

Her Body Needs Nutrients

Every person’s body needs nutrients, but cancer patients are particularly in need of nutrient-dense foods. Your elderly family member might not have focused much on this in the past, but it becomes a priority as her body fights harder to beat the cancer. Protein helps to rebuild body tissue and keep your senior’s immune system powered. Healthy fats and carbohydrates are sources of energy for various body systems.

She May Be Losing Weight

Both cancer itself and the treatments for cancer can cause your elderly family member to lose weight. Her doctor may recommend foods that are high in calories as well as high in nutrients in order to help her to maintain her weight. Working with a dietician can help in planning meals that mean your senior’s nutritional needs.

Nutrition Helps Her to Feel Better Overall

When your senior’s body is undernourished, she’s likely to just feel bad in general. Proper food and water keeps your senior hydrated, which is important because every organ system needs water in order to function. Proper hydration also affects blood pressure, which is crucial. If your senior’s blood sugar drops because she’s not eating, she feels that impact in every area of her life.

Eating Well Helps Her to Recover

Focusing on nutritious foods helps your elderly family member to rebuild her immune system and hopefully to heal better and to enjoy a more rapid recovery. With a stronger immune system, your senior may be better equipped to reduce the risk of developing an infection. That’s something that you want for her at any time, but especially during cancer treatments.

She Might Fare Better with Side Effects

Overall, having the nutrition and the calories that she needs to support her body can help your elderly family member to mange the side effects of cancer treatments more readily. This greatly depends on the treatment that your senior is choosing to fight her cancer, of course.
Something else that can help, especially when it’s just too exhausting or time consuming to even think about healthy food, is to have home care providers helping your senior with meals and everything associated with food.

If you are considering elderly care in Almena, 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!

Senior Care in Vicksburg MI Senior Home Safety

Put Home Safety at the Top of Your Mom’s New Year’s Resolutions

Home safety needs to top every family’s list of important resolutions. Aging at home is always possible, but aging at home safely takes a little planning. These steps should be taken to make sure your mom’s home is as safe as possible as she ages.

Caregivers in Marcellus MI Salt Intake and Seniors

Should Dad Eat Less Salt?

Have you ever thought twice when you see your father reach for the salt shaker? Does he routinely salt food he has not even tasted? Even when you made it with your own loving hands?

Salt and old age have a complex relationship. While many people over 65 could probably stand to eat less salt, a few need more salt in their diets. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all prescription for how much salt any individual needs. And many caregivers misunderstand where dangerous sodium levels really come from.

Salt sensitive vs. salt resistant

Excess salt consumption raises blood pressure in many people. And these people are said to be “salt sensitive.” Harvard Health estimates that sixty percent of people with high blood pressure are salt sensitive. That means that, if they lower salt intake, their blood pressure is likely to go down.

But that means another forty percent of blood pressure patients will get no benefit from eating bland food. They are “salt resistant.” To make matters even more confusing, there’s a small group of folks who are “reverse salt sensitive,” These people may need to add salt to their diet. You heard that right. Their blood pressure can go too low if they don’t eat enough salt.

Doctors currently consider it too burdensome to measure salt sensitivity in patients. But if dad has gone a month without salt and his high blood pressure hasn’t budged, it’s time for his caregivers to try other treatments.

It’s not the salt shaker; it’s the drive through

Excess sodium normally comes from too much processed food, especially fast food. Cheap burgers, french fries, canned vegetables, ketchup, boxed macaroni and cheese mixes, and mass-produced baked goods have way more salt than most people will detect with their taste buds. Commercial food processors load food with salt to compensate for the flavor lost in processing.

According to Harvard Health, only five percent of your senior’s salt intake comes from table salt added to food. So caregivers might want to give dad a pass when he reaches for the salt shaker.

For people of every age, but particularly the elderly, it makes more sense to increase the number of whole foods consumed. Whole foods are what they sound like. They are foods that look more or less like what they were originally. They aren’t hidden in boxes, cans, and envelopes.

Apples, bananas, cherries, celery, salad greens, and carrots are good examples of whole foods that are, ideally, eaten raw. Potatoes, chicken, fish, and eggs are also whole foods, and they retain their nutrients when cooked. The secret is to cook them yourself, add salt to taste, and avoid the line at the fast food counter.

If your senior has difficulty preparing whole foods, it’s time to hire a home care worker to come in a few hours a week and do some cooking. Your home care professional will cook delicious and healthy meals with a naturally low quantity of salt. Big portions can be broken down and frozen for easy use later.

In conclusion, the perils of salt may have been overestimated. While some people do, indeed, need to cut back on sodium intake, the secret is to avoid over processed and fast food. Grandma was right. Home cooked meals, made from scratch, are the very best.


In defense of the salt shaker

If you are considering caregivers in Marcellus, 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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Fresh Perspective Home Care Receives 2020 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice Award

Fresh Perspective Home Care announced today that it has received the 2020 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care. Fresh Perspective Home Care is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide outstanding care.

“We want to congratulate Fresh Perspective Home Care on receiving the Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award,” says Erik Madsen, CEO of Home Care Pulse. “It’s thrilling to see the efforts that Fresh Perspective Home Care is making to provide outstanding care and employment. Fresh Perspective Home Care has worked extremely hard to qualify to provide high-quality care and employment and this award allows them to provide proof of quality to potential new clients and caregivers.”

Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice award-winning providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients by conducting live phone interviews with their clients each month. Because Home Care Pulse is a third-party company, it is able to collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“We are all very excited and honored to be recognized by Home Care Pulse with their 2020 Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award. This award is testament to our entire team’s ongoing support of our Mission Statement and their dedication to providing our clients with honest, patient and compassionate care,” says Michael Beckett, President.

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to deliver the best home care possible,” says Erik Madsen. “We are happy to recognize Fresh Perspective Home Care as a Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice and to celebrate their accomplishments as a trusted home care provider.”

To find out more about Fresh Perspective Home Care’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call 269-329-4717.


About Fresh Perspective Home Care
Fresh Perspective Home Care was founded in 2006 with a Mission to Service our Clients with honest, patient and compassionate care in the comfort of their own home with a focus on privacy, dignity, well-being, and overall quality of life and create an environment where Team Members are provided with meaningful opportunities for a career in Home Care. We support this Mission with ongoing training, innovation, selective hiring practices and constant reinforcement of our core Values.

About Home Care Pulse
Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance. On behalf of home care businesses across North America, Home Care Pulse gathers unbiased satisfaction ratings from clients and caregivers and detailed feedback to ensure the best in-home care possible can be provided. Powerful online reports allow businesses to identify needs and take action to reduce increase satisfaction, reduce caregiver turnover, and address client needs. For more information, please call Home Care Pulse at (877) 307-8573 or visit

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

11/19 – Rachel Greenway
11/12 – Cayla Milner

Happy December Birthday Wishes:
12/04 – Tiere Richardson
12/07 – Angelica Wanger
12/12 – Vanessa Lewis
12/20 – Julia Magnus

A big THANK YOU to our Team Members celebrating December Anniversaries!

1 year – Maureen Jonas
1 year – Shawna Gilliam
1 year – Julia Magnus

And join us in celebrating Dwane Thomas’ 10 year anniversary!


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Congratulations to Wendy Leach! Our December High Five Award Recipient!

Wendy has been dedicated to Fresh Perspective Home Care and our Clients for over 7 years. We are recognizing her for consistently going above & beyond to provide the best possible client care. Over the years, Wendy has become known for starting her day before others are even awake from their dreamland sleep and working long days to ensure our clients receive the care they deserve. We are very grateful for her dedication and commitment to helping others, treating everyone with dignity & respect, and delivering quality care with an immeasurable level of compassion. Thank you Wendy!

Dogs for Seniors Home Care in Almena MI

Getting a Dog for Your Senior Parent

As a caregiver for your senior parent, you might be looking for ways to help your parent feel less lonely and oftentimes, that conversation leads to looking into purchasing a pet for your parent. While that should be a long and very thoughtful conversation about the responsibilities and requirements (both emotional and financial) of pet ownership, if you and your parent have decided he would like to purchase a dog as his pet choice, the next step be to discover what kind of dog is the best pet for him!

For a dog lover, many say there is no better companion. Most dogs are loyal, loving and just looking for someone to love them. That said, take the time to discuss all of these areas before you even begin hunting for a dog companion for your parent. If you think you might enlist your home care provider in any of the caring of the pet, it would be a good idea to also connect with your home care provider to confirm what duties she can help with and which she can’t. You don’t want your parent falling in love with a particular dog only to find out after that that breed is not compatible for your parent’s lifestyle.

Breed. Researching dog breeds and their standard temperaments is important as you try to find the perfect dog for your parent. Ask your parent what they are looking for as well. Does she want a dog to snuggle on the couch with her most of the day or does she want a more active dog? Is shedding an issue or is paying for someone to groom the dog more of an issue? While a home care provider can help with many dog care tasks (such as walking, brushing, feeding), it’s important your parent chooses a dog that will not suffer due to her inability to properly care for the dogs needs. Some popular breeds for older adults include:

  • Bichon Friese – a smaller dog that is easy to train and doesn’t shed (but will need routine grooming).
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – another small breed that is affectionate and happy to cuddle on the couch.
  • Greyhound – one of the few larger breeds that are a good fit for some seniors. While requiring a daily walk, they are very trainable and love to lounge on the couch for the rest of their day.
  • Pomeranian – one of the smallest dogs at only 3-7 pounds, this loving little bundle of fluff likes to play with toys and hang out inside most of the day.

Age. Puppies are adorable but they are also a lot of work! Many elderly people discover that getting an older dog, that is already house trained and is able to go on a walk without pulling the leash non-stop is the best fit for their lifestyle.

Cost. In addition to just the purchase price, something to consider is the upcoming expenses with a dog. Some breeds naturally have more health issues and can really rack up the vet bills. While there is never a guarantee that a dog will stay healthy, knowing which ones are at higher risk for health complications will help your parent make an informed decision. No matter what type of dog is purchased, you and your parent should discuss how he will pay for even routine exams and shots as they come due so that the dog can live a happy and healthy life alongside your parent.

A dog can definitely increase joy and purpose in your parent’s life. If you and your parent are ready to accept the responsibilities that come with pet ownership, then your aging parent will truly be enriched by having a dog as a companion.


If you are considering home care in Almena, 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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Congratulations to Travis Dixon! Travis is the very first recipient of our High Five Award.

Travis was recently a runner up for the Home Care Association of America’s 2020 Caregiver of the Year. His level of compassion and dedication extends beyond the responsibilities inherent to his position. Fresh Perspective’s Client Services team knows they can count on Travis to not only attend to his regular client schedule, but also take on open shifts when available. Travis continually expands his skillset and applies those skills daily to further his client’s goals for increased independence and quality of life. He maintains a consistent positive attitude and encourages both his clients and co-workers to live their best life. His attitude and sincerity quickly gains the trust of his clients. This is reflected in an elevated level of care for the client and support for their family. His dedication brings an incredibly valuable continuity of care into place and Fresh Perspective Home Care is grateful to have him as part of our team!”