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Fresh Perspective Home Care Wins Provider of Choice Award!

We are all very exited 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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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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Loneliness and the Effect on Mental Health

The most recent U.S. census data shows that more than a quarter of the population lives alone – the highest rate ever recorded. Being alone does not necessarily herald loneliness, and living with someone may not stave it off. However, being alone can lend itself to undiagnosed loneliness and its partner, depression.

Especially right now, people are spending more time isolated from others than ever before. Many of us, however, live with family members and perhaps communicate with colleagues via video, text, and email. This is not necessarily the case for our seniors.

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How to Balance Nutrition and Calories for Your Senior

Ensuring your senior is eating properly, you need to look at both the calories she’s eating as well as the nutrients that she’s getting in her diet. That means digging into the details a bit more.

Get All the Info You Can from Her Doctor

So much goes into what types of nutrition your senior needs and how many calories are right for her. Some people with COPD need a lot of calories through their diet just in order to maintain their weight. Other people need fewer calories, so the calories they do take in have got to be as full of nutrients as possible. Your senior’s doctor can help with that, as can a nutritionist or dietitian.

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Learn More About Osteoporosis and the Elderly

If you are caring for an elderly loved one, one of the things that you might need to think about is osteoporosis. There are many elderly people who suffer from this condition. Whether your elderly loved one has osteoporosis now or you just want to learn about it in case they get diagnosed with it in the future, the information here can help.

There are many factors that could increase your elderly loved one’s risk of developing osteoporosis. Some factors your elderly loved one can control and others they can’t. For example, gender, age, race, and family history can’t be controlled. Women generally have a higher risk for getting osteoporosis. This is especially true after they have gone through menopause. People who are Asian or Caucasian have a higher risk of getting osteoporosis, as well.