Guest Blog Post taken from: Mercy Health Project

A Community Benefit Ministry of Mercy Health

Community Spotlight:

Meet Luke Reynolds, a passionate leader dedicated to improving health care for seniors.

Luke Reynolds is Executive Director of LifeCircles Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and Vice President of PACE for Porter Hills. LifeCircles serves older adults who qualify for nursing home placement but choose to remain living in their own homes. Through a highly functioning interdisciplinary team of geriatric professionals, the organization provides a full array of primary care, specialty care, and all long-term services and supports. Services include home health and personal care; an adult day center with a medical clinic; recreational, nursing, nutritional, rehabilitative, pharmaceutical, social, and spiritual supports; respite options; and medical transportation. This well-coordinated and fully integrated model of care allows older adults to thrive in their home and community and supports families and caregivers as they balance the demands of work, life, and caregiving.

Luke started his career as clinical social worker within the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. It was during this time, as a home-based primary care social worker and later as a social worker in both inpatient and outpatient settings, that he developed a fondness for working with older adults. In addition to his early health care experiences with veterans, Luke has served in a variety of direct service and leadership positions in the areas of behavioral health, managed care, and not-for-profit human services. Prior to joining LifeCircles, Luke managed the supports coordination division of Healthwest (formerly CMHS of Muskegon County) where he oversaw and directed the community’s plan for deinstitutionalization of adults with developmental disabilities.

Luke joined LifeCircles in 2012 as the Center Operations Manager and was named executive director in 2014. Under his leadership, LifeCircles has grown from a one-site PACE with a capacity of serving 225 older adults to a 3-county, two campus PACE organization with a capacity to serve 525 older adults. LifeCircles PACE is located at Tanglewood Park in Muskegon and at US 31 and James St. in Holland Township.

Luke currently serves as the board chair for PACE Association of Michigan, Chair of Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition, and is an advisory board member of The Health Project in Muskegon.

Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition is comprised of several impassioned community representatives from health and medical organizations, hospice, human service agencies, and long-term care. The coalition’s aim is to raise community awareness of the importance of health care planning, create opportunities for adults to engage in meaningful conversations about their choices and preferences, and ensure that written plans are developed and followed by family members and health care professionals. Reynolds says, “To often, family members are left to make heart wrenching decisions for loved ones without truly knowing what they want. In the event Grandma is not able to communicate her choices, family members are forced to decide what they think she would want to do. This can cause much pain in families, especially when they differ in their opinions.”

Reynolds continues: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every person had important conversations with their loved ones about what matters most to them and what they would like done, or not done, on their behalf? A written plan takes all of the fear and guess work out of the equation. Having these conversations and documenting a plan based on the conversations is what Charted is all about. There are certified professionals along the lakeshore who facilitate advance care planning conversations and walk you through the process of developing a plan. And it’s free.”

New Physician to Join LifeCircles Holland!

LifeCircles is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeff Crandle, to our Holland team. Doctor Crandle was born in Grand Rapids, MI, but spent most of his childhood in Parchment, Michigan, a small town just north of Kalamazoo. After graduating from Parchment High School he attended Calvin College and earned a BA in natural science. After graduating college, Dr. Crandle moved to Des Moines Iowa to attend the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (currently named Des Moines University). It is there…

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Coping with Grief, Lonliness and Sadness During the Holidays

For most people, the holiday season is full of many fond memories, busy schedules, and lots of celebration. After all, It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?   This time of the year can be difficult for some. You may know relatives, friends or neighbors, who may feel lonely and a deep sense of sadness. As families age, holiday traditions change. Children grow up, and make their own holiday traditions. The house becomes more quiet. The table isn’t…

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Caregiver Moment: 6 Easy Ways to Refuel

We live in a fast paced world. Stress seems to be embedded in our lives. If you are caregiving for a loved one though, you may be taking it to a new level. Stress related to caregiving is expected. Things are often outside of your control. However, how you cope with stress is something that you can control. Learn to understand your stress, and how to refuel yourself. LifeCircles PACE makes it a priority to help caregivers assess and understand…

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30 Meaningful Moments – Ideas for creating joy with those living with dementia

  Have you run out of ideas of things to do with your loved one living with dementia? Below is a quick list of ideas to refuel your creativity.  Remember that you should match activities with someone’s abilities so that they can feel successful. It should be just right – not too hard, not too easy. Not all activities are appropriate for every stage of dementia or every unique individual. The activities listed below can be adjusted in difficulty or…

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What’s that Smell? – New research in detecting memory changes

The big D word can be scary. DEMENTIA. Dementia is an umbrella term that covers many different diseases and conditions, which impact the way the brain functions. There are many different types of dementias – some professionals estimate that 80-90 different types exist. The most commonly known type of dementia is Alzheimer ’s disease. Researchers are working hard to look for tools that help people live better lives with dementias, and ultimately for cures. For many, the earlier dementia is…

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LifeCircles Holland Center Welcomes Participants

LifeCirlcles-PACE of Holland, MI welcomes our first participants!  We are excited to be serving our aging community in portions of Ottawa & Allegan Counties where we provide  supports to assist our seniors to continue to live within their community.   Welcome to the PACE Program, Participants!

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LifeCircles-PACE of Holland/Allegan begins Enrollment of New Participants

After months of construction and renovation the excitement of opening a new PACE Center in Holland is finally here!  LifeCircles-PACE is open for enrollment to the senior population that reside in portions of Ottawa and Allegan Counties and who meet the PACE enrollment criteria.  The supports and services that PACE  provides to seniors and their families can be life changing. We look forward to serving our new territory in Ottawa and Allegan Counties.

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LifeCircles-PACE Grand Opening – Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 4-6p.m.

LifeCircles-PACE  of Holland will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their new facility located at 12330 James Street, Holland, MI  49424 from 4 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015.  The community and public is welcome to join in the celebration.  Please enjoy strolling through our state of the art Center where we will be able to serve up to 175 Participants 55 & older who live in portions of Ottawa and Allegan County, live safely in their community and…

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