Leaves Personal Homecare Journal2019-02-02T17:02:37+00:00

The Leaves Journal

News, Information and Tips for Seniors

Mesothelioma Facts

Here’s a 10 second biology blast!

The mesothelium is a thin, protective layer that lines the lungs, abdominal cavity and organs, and the heart.  Unfortunately, it is susceptible to a particular kind of aggressive cancer, often caused by exposure to asbestos.

Though it is a rare cancer, according the CDC, Michigan has an above-average mesothelioma death rate of about 9.3 people per million annually.  From 1999-2015, 1,573 Michigan residents

Orthopaedic Trauma, Joint Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

Provider Highlight: Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

Leaves Personal Care is privileged to care for clients from many different Orthopaedic specialists.  One of the providers we consistently hear great reports on is Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan (OAM). Almost 500 people have provided them with an excellent 4.5-star rating on Google!

Their website reveals more about them:

“Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan (OAM) began from the merger of four successful West Michigan practices:

Seniors and Stress

Dealing with stress as we age

We live in an era when everybody seems to be stressed.  2020 certainly hasn’t done us any favors in this regard; and stress isn’t something that only younger people deal with.  As we age our ability to cope with stress can become compromised due to health concerns, slower thinking and diminished resilience.

The seniors must deal with stressors such as changing health issues

7 Mistakes to Avoid when choosing a Home Care Provider

Avoid these 7 common mistakes when looking for your home care provider.

1. Hiring private caregivers and managing things yourself

The risks here are numerous and few people want the responsibility of being an employer.  Hiring a private duty caregiver can expose you to a lot of liability. You (or your loved one) are their employer.  If the employee is injured on the job, you could be liable for

Corona Virus Resources

Corona Virus Tools and Resources

Leaves Personal Care wants to make sure you have the tools and resources you need to continue to be successful during the Corona Virus Crisis.  Here are three links provided by different agencies that might be useful to you.

Are you caring for someone at home?

Here’s some useful information from the CDC if you

Cherishing Precious Stories

An American Love Story

The first time Ed laid eyes on Jane was the spring of 1950.  Jane was wearing a navy, polka-dot circle skirt and white top.  Her dark curls and dazzling smile melted his heart and a year later they were married.  When Ed was sent off to Korea six months after they married, Jane waited patiently for his return.  When Ed came back from the

Know your risk of heat-related illnesses

Know the factors that increase your risk of heat-related illnesses.

The National Institute for Health shares: As we age, our ability to adequately respond to summer heat can become a serious problem. Older people are at significant increased risk of heat-related illnesses, known collectively as hyperthermia, during the summer months. Hyperthermia can include heat stroke, heat edema (swelling in your ankles and feet when you get hot), heat

Professional Home Care Services

Home Sweet Home

Maybe you’ve seen the viral post about the gentleman who wants to live out his days in a Holiday Inn. Those kinds of posts certainly make for an amusing read but the reality is living in a hotel would grow wearisome quite quickly.

The truth is there’s no place like home. Most people when surveyed by the AARP, indicated that they would much prefer to stay

The Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan

The Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan wants to hear from you.

They are requesting input from individuals aged 60 and older about the needs faced in the community.

Home care, transportation services, meals and other senior services can be funded for those on limited income through Area Agency on Aging, Senior Resources and Reliance Community Care Partners.  Area Agency on Aging for West Michigan services Kent County

Cognitive Vitality

Achieve and Maintaining Cognitive Vitality through Lifestyle Management

Mayo Clinic published an article entitled, Achieving and Maintaining Cognitive Vitality with Aging.  In it they wrote:

“Emerging research has resulted in a growing understanding of the potentially modifiable risk factors associated with cognitive decline in late life, and several interventions are being evaluated in research studies to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in older persons.”

One of the Possible Strategies listed

Is the Apple watch right for you?

New watch from Apple may signify exciting things to come.

Let’s be clear, a $500 watch is a significant investment.  Leaves isn’t  promoting or profiting from the Apple brand and we haven’t had the opportunity to evaluate it live, however, since Apple has received FDA approval to call the Apple Watch Series 4 a medical device, a lot of interest has been generated, especially as a safety option

Dealing with a Stroke

Dealing with a Stroke

What is it?

While there are different types of strokes, in the simplest terms, a stroke is simply a sudden interruption of blood supply to the brain.

What happens?

The brain needs the oxygen which the blood supplies.  Every minute your brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, about 2 million brain cells die.  The longer the brain goes without oxygen, the more permanent the damage.  Depending on

Forgive Blend

Forgive Blend

We love the Forgive blend for its fresh, woodsy scent.  As with all doTerra oils, its comprised of only the highest quality, Certified Therapeutic Grade oils.   The blend contains Spruce leaf, Bergamot peel, Juniper berry, Myrrh resin, Arborvitae wood, Nootka tree wood, Thyme leaf and Citronella herb. 

Some of the suggested uses include:

  • Promoting feelings of contentment, relief and patience
  • Counteracting negative emotions like guilt and apathy
  • Helping release feelings

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Join Leaves in the walk to end Alzheimer’s! Leaves Personal Care wants to help lead the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor! To help raise funds for research and treatments we are participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless

After Surgery Care

So you’re having surgery!

Going “under the knife” can be a scary time but there are things you can do to help you on the road to recovery. Here are a few tips:

  1. Get Moving – As soon as your Dr. gives you permission get up and get walking. Some of the most serious complications post-surgery are pneumonia and blood clots.  Many people also experience uncomfortable constipation.  Going for

Meaningful Relationships

Meaningful Relationships

We are created for relationships.  Our grandmothers knew this.  The wisest man on earth, King Solomon, wrote; “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep

Senior Advocacy

Senior Advocacy Advocacy is one of Leaves Personal Care’s pillars.  As such, we thought it would be good to share with you about some of the advocacy choices available to you.

AARP is ubiquitous as the “retirement” organization which does a lot of public lobbying for issues important to seniors, but did you know that several organizations also cater to that age group?

Here’s a comparison of a few of

Living with a Diabetes Diagnosis

Learn all you can. Sometimes denial, apathy or a sincere belief that it’s not that big of a deal can lead to a lack of learning and harmful consequences. Attend classes, seek out and read up on the disease through reputable online sources and books. Ask the physician or diabetic nurse for recommendations on resources.

Sun Safety for Seniors

After a long winter indoors many of us are excited to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine!  Nevertheless, remembering the importance of Summer Safety is especially important as we age.  Three risks are particularly accentuated for the elderly; Dehydration, Heat Stroke and Sun Burn.

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