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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!

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Fresh Perspective Home Care Wins Provider of Choice Award!

We are all very excited and honored to be recognized by Home Care Pulse with their Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice 2020 Award!! This award is based on client satisfaction ratings collected from telephone interviews performed by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm. This recognition assures that the recipient is trustworthy and has a proven ability to provide Best-In-Class Home Care Services.

Congratulations to the entire Fresh Perspective Home Care Team for their dedication to providing compassionate, respectful, and professional Home Care Services to our Clients!!

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Celebrating Anniversaries!

During the month of October, we would like to recognize the anniversaries of these Fresh Perspective Home Care Team Members. Thank you for your dedication, compassion, and the quality care you provide to our Clients!!

Penny Bishop – 1 year
Cassandra Lawton – 2 years
Mitchell Gross – 2 years
Phillicia Jackson – 3 years
Kari Denny – 4 years
Wendy Leach – 7 years

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PAIN AWARENESS

How to identify and assess pain

Pain is a signal from the central nervous system indicating that something is wrong. Pain is helpful in that it alerts the brain to take action. If we never felt pain, we could be injured or have a serious medical condition without any awareness that our body is in danger.

Unfortunately, chronic pain is an entirely different experience. It is often a symptom of a medical condition or has no known cause.

We have all likely experienced pain at some point in our lives. There are a variety of common words to describe pain, such as dull, acute, shooting, burning, sharp, or throbbing. However, people’s understanding of these words and their position on the pain scale can vary wildly. There is no medical way to diagnose a level of pain, so often it hinges on our subjective experience. A larger challenge occurs when trying to describe someone else’s pain. A particularly empathetic doctor might be better able to key into a level of pain, but most will rely on anecdotal descriptions to help them understand.

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Happy Anniversary, Ronda!

This month we are celebrating Ronda Wemus’ 10 year anniversary as part of the Fresh Perspective Home Care family! Thank you for your compassion, dedication, and professionalism. We know your clients feel the same and we are all grateful that you are part of our valued team!!

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Elder Care in Parchment MI Mental Exercise After Stroke

Mental Exercises to Do After a Stroke

Did your elderly loved one recently have a stroke? If so, you and elder care providers can work together to care for your loved one. One of the things that you and these providers should do is to encourage your loved one to do mental exercises. There are a variety of mental exercises that would be best for your loved one following a stroke.

Learning Something New

If your elderly loved one recently had a stroke, it might be good for them to learn something new. They can choose to take on a new hobby or learn a skill they don’t already have. You or an elder care provider can help them to paint, knit, draw, or do Tai Chi. It is best for them to choose a hobby that would include the use of both their mind and body. These are the most beneficial hobbies for people who survive a stroke.

Listening to Music

If your elderly loved one had a stroke, it might be good to listen to music with them. Research has shown people who survive a stroke can benefit from music. By listening to music, they have a reduced risk of depression. In addition, listening to music might help improve their functions quicker than not listening to music.

Exercising

Exercising can be beneficial for your elderly loved one if they had a stroke. There are physical exercises that are also mentally stimulating. For instance, walking can increase blood flow and get more oxygen to your loved one’s brain. This can help with cognition and memory after a stroke.

Getting Outside

Research also has shown that going outside after a stroke can help your elderly loved one after a stroke. Just by sitting outside in the fresh air, your elderly loved one could heal better. Not only that, but the natural environment can reduce the risk of depression.

Conclusion

These are some of the mental exercises that your elderly loved one can do after a stroke. If your elderly loved one had a stroke, you and their elder care providers can encourage them to get through the recovery. Without support, your elderly loved one might become depressed. If this happens, they might not be able to regain some of their mental capacities after their stroke.

It is also important to know that if you suspect further issues after your loved one comes home, call their doctor. There could be more treatments or recommendations for your elderly loved one.

Sources
https://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/patient-caregiver-education/fact-sheets/post-stroke-rehabilitation-fact-sheet

If you are considering elder care in Parchment, 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 Maintaining Independence Senior Care in Pavilion MI

How Does Senior Care Help Your Parents Remain Independent?

Independence. That’s what any adult wants. People want to be able to determine how they live and what they do. As they age, your parents want to remain independent in their home. They don’t want to have to move to a retirement community. They like it where they are.

How does senior care help your parents stay independent? Here are some of the ways the different services help.

Meal Preparation

How well are your parents eating? Are they struggling to cook meals that have the fiber, protein, and vitamins/minerals they need? Are they focusing on quick meals that get heated in the microwave? Senior care services are a solution to poor eating habits.

Instead of letting your parents live on microwave meals, have caregivers cook for them. Caregivers can shop for groceries, plan weekly menus with your parents, and prepare hot, tasty meals. Your parents don’t have to eat alone or take hours cleaning up the kitchen when they’ve eaten.

Transportation

One of the issues with aging is that driving skills can decline. If your dad or mom have worsening eyesight, have slowed reaction times, or can’t turn enough to fully check blind spots, doctors are likely going to say they need to stop driving.

The loss of driving equates to a loss of freedom for some aging adults. It doesn’t have to be that way. Talk to your mom and dad about caregivers. They could have a caregiver driving them to stores, escorting them to appointments, or taking them on scenic drives.

Housework

Some housework isn’t too hard to complete independently. As arthritis pain, stamina, and mental acuity change with age, some tasks become difficult. Carrying a vacuum up and down the stairs to clean bedroom floors may become a major issue. Caregivers can vacuum floors for your parents.

Caregivers are also able to wipe down counters, do the dishes, sweep and mop vinyl, tile, or wood floors, and do the laundry each week. Your mom and dad could have caregivers change their sheets, make the beds, and laundry everything. When the laundry is done, caregivers can put it away.

Your parents’ house stays clean and organized. That helps them avoid falls caused by too much clutter and illnesses caused by unsanitary living conditions.

Senior care isn’t designed to take away your parents’ independence. It’s designed to help them remain independent by offering the helping hand they need with some things and the ability to do everything else on their own. Talk to a senior care specialist about the services that will benefit your mom and dad.

If you are considering senior care in Pavilion, 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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Four Tips for Security Worries

One reason you might worry about your senior aging in place could be a concern for her overall safety and security at home. There are some big and small changes you can make that can help to reassure both you and her that she’s as safe as possible in her home.

Dealing with Fire Concerns

One of the biggest security worries your senior might have beyond just door locks might be fire safety. Lots of companies make both easier to manage than they have been in the past. Smoke and fire detection can be part of an entire interior and exterior security system if your senior is looking for something along those lines. Even if she’s not looking for something comprehensive, it’s important to have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers that are easy to use.

Light up the Outside

Exterior lighting makes a huge difference, too. Motion-activated lights are really important because they function without your elderly family member having to remember to turn them on. They can also be positioned to make sure that she can see what’s going on in her entire yard. If the bulbs are older halogen lights, it’s a good idea to swap them out for LED bulbs. They’re brighter and they last a lot longer, too.

Make it Easy to See Who’s at the Door

When it’s really easy for your elderly family member to see who’s at the door, she’s a lot safer. Making sure that she can safely look through a peephole is one solution, but there are more modern solutions, too. Video doorbells that allow her to see and talk to whoever is at the door no matter where she is could be exactly the answer you’ve been looking for. These doorbells are easy to install and usually don’t require any special experience to master.

Helping Her Avoid Being Alone

Loneliness can be a much bigger security issue than you realize. Making sure that your senior has the help and the companionship that she needs can be a great way for you to spot issues that need correcting. Home care providers can let you know what they’re seeing and whether your elderly family member might be having bigger issues than you expected.

There may be other security issues that fit your senior’s individual needs as well. Do what you can to assess those security needs and correct whatever you can.

If you are considering home care in Paw Paw, 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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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Sixteen million Americans suffer from diagnosed COPD, with millions more likely suffering from the effects but undiagnosed and untreated.

If your loved one suffers from breathing challenges, they could have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD is not just one disease but an identifier for a group of diseases that cause breathing-related problems, including the more commonly known emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

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