Living with MS According to the National MS Society Website; “Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord which make up the central nervous system and controls everything we do. The exact cause of MS is unknown, but we do know
Estate Planning – It’s Not So Bad! Do you dread estate planning? You’re not alone. But I’ll let you in on something . . . it’s not that bad. In fact, most of my clients say it’s pretty painless and that the sense of
Could your medications be affecting your memory? Memory Loss is not a normal part of aging. However, with other compounding illnesses affecting us as we age, sometimes the treatments we seek might have unintended consequences. Two of the most common offenders of medications
Five Reasons You Might Need Homecare Show of hands for those of us who enjoy asking for help? No one? Yeah, let’s be honest, asking for help is kind of un-American. We are raised to be hard-working, independent, and
People often ask us, is Leaves a faith-based organization. We say, YES! But what does it mean to be a faith-based home care company? That we are faith-based means that at our core, what drives us day-in and day-out, is our faith in
Who was Charles McGee? On January 16th, 2022, Charles McGee finished his race at the age of 102! Who was Charles McGee? He was a US hero, a husband, a father, and a civil rights proponent. Considering the many accomplishments of Charles McGee
Six Blogs You Should Check Out in 2022 We’ve scoured the internet for the most interesting, entertaining, inspiring, and informative blogs on all things aging. From faith to finance to fashion, and from hilarious to heartbreaking, we’ve got you covered with the best
Home Care Legislative Update – Sept 2021 The National Association for Home Care & Hospice has introduced the Choose Home Care Act 2021, S. 2562. On their website they share, “Home care has long been a safe and effective alternative to care in
Establishing a Relationship of Trust One of the major barriers standing in the way of a client hiring their first caregiver is an element of trust. Maybe they’ve had a bad experience with a caregiver in the past? Perhaps they are afraid of
Avoiding Scams Recently we had the opportunity to connect with Christ Burnaw with “Safe Seniors” – an advocacy organization that is part of Age Well Services for Ottawa, Muskegon and Oceana counties. Safe Seniors is a collaborative Group of over 40 partner organizations working
7 Ideas to Expand Your Social Network One of Leaves Personal Care’s Pillars is RELATIONSHIP. Consequently, we love that July is Social Wellness Month. Originally inaugurated by Words of Wellness LLC, a counseling group from Detroit, Social Wellness Month continues to be recognized
Spending Bill for Home-based Care and Services Proposed At the end of April, President Joe Biden proposed a spending bill to Congress that allocates $400 billion for home-based care and services. The White House shared, “President Biden believes more people should have the
Helping Your Aging Parents Stay Active Staying physically active is one of the most important things a senior can do to remain independent. Engaging the mind and muscles sustains reflex responses, improves mobility and hand-eye coordination. Seniors that stay mobile decrease their risk of
Grand Rapids is gaining a Whole Foods Market At Leaves Personal Care, we are always excited to see our community grow and develop. Being locally owned and operated, we’re excited when other local businesses gain new opportunities, especially during the challenges of Covid-19. Because of
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: Get Moving – As soon as your Dr. gives you permission
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.
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
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.
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.