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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!”


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Congratulations to our newest Caregivers!

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

10/06 – Joan Pettit




10/16 – Andrea Rex




10/20 – Precious Sanders (Welcome back Precious!)




Happy November Birthday Wishes:

11/03 – Travis Dixon
11/03 – Andrea Rex
11/09 – Neosha Whitley
11/22 – Mihret Craft

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

3 years – Chelsea Miller

3 years – George Miller

9 years – Travis Dixon

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5 Signs Your Senior Should Stop Driving

Discussing the possibility of your senior no longer getting behind the wheel can be a sensitive subject to approach, but sometimes it is a necessary one, not only for their safety but for the safety of others as well. If your senior is experiencing any of the following, it may be time to discuss other options for your senior’s transportation, such as home care.

  • Difficulty Seeing Clearly: If you notice that your senior is having trouble with their depth perception, seeing stop signs or pedestrians, or they are having too many close calls, it might be time for them to stop driving. Vision impairment is a normal part of aging but it is also very dangerous for your senior to be experiencing this difficulty while driving.
  • Difficulty Maneuvering Through Traffic: If your senior is having trouble making an appropriate lane change, constantly missing their turn off, or swerving in and out lanes, it is time for them to no longer drive. The inability to properly maneuver on the road is a hazard for your senior and other drivers on the road and can ultimately cause an accident.
  • Refusal to Drive at Night: If your senior has expressed concern about driving at night or downright refuses to drive at night, this is a sign that their vision has started to fade and they should no longer be behind the wheel. Difficulty seeing at night is usually one of the first signs that your senior should no longer be behind the wheel.
  • Decrease in Reaction Time: An important part of driving is the amount of time it take for the driver to react to a sudden situation, i.e. a child running into the road, another driver hitting their brakes, or someone swerving on the road. If your senior has started to experience a decrease in their reaction time to something as simple catching an object with their hands, it may be time to discuss other options for their transportation.
  • Increase in Traffic Tickets: Sometimes you may not notice or your senior may not want to tell you that they are having trouble driving and getting around, until you learn they have had an increase in traffic citations and tickets. An increase in traffic tickets is indicative of your senior failing to follow traffic laws and should not be driving and that a home care aid may be beneficial for your senior.

As hard as it is to discuss this subject with your senior, it is in their best interest and the best interest of others for them to utilize an alternate form of transportation once they start exhibiting any of the above signs. Home care can greatly assist your senior with all of their transportation needs, whether it is to an important medical appointment or just to the store, home care will make sure your senior arrives safely.

If you are considering senior 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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How Can You Tell What Your Senior Wants from Someone Helping Her?

At some stage your elderly family member may need more help, but that doesn’t mean she wants it or is excited to have that help. Working through some of the issues around having more help can give you both a way to take a step back.

Don’t Push Too Hard with the Idea of Help

Lots of times people who are in need of help aren’t sure how to accept that help at first. It’s a difficult situation to get used to and if you’re pushing the idea too hard, that can make your senior more resistant. When you talk about these types of topics can be just as important as what you say, so look for a time when your elderly family member seems open to the idea.

Make Sure You’re Both on the Same Page

What do you mean when you offer your senior more help? It might seem obvious from your point of view, but that doesn’t mean your senior knows exactly what you mean. Talk to her about what you’re envisioning. If that’s a caregiver who comes in according to her schedule and help with specific tasks, lay that out for your senior. Don’t assume that she knows exactly what you mean without talking it through.

Help Her Figure out What She Really Needs

Your senior may have a vague idea that she could use some more assistance, but does she know what she really needs? Sit down with her and work out exactly what she feels would be helpful. If she wants help with driving and meal preparation, that’s important for you to know. If she’d rather have general help with household tasks, that’s good to know, too.

Factor in What She Can Still Do

There’s a lot that your senior can still do and honestly, she should continue to do what she can. That old saying about “use it or lose it” can definitely apply for older adults. The idea behind getting someone in to help her with some tasks isn’t to take everything away from her. It’s to ensure that she’s safe and that she has all of the help that she truly needs and wants so that she isn’t overtaxing herself.

When you and your elderly family member are on the same page about this topic you’re going to find that it’s a lot easier to work through issues that crop up. Take time to touch base and to re-evaluate how things are working, too.

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!