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LifeCircles Celebrates National PACE Awareness Month

The Lakeshore’s PACE Program, LifeCircles Continues to Provide Quality Care and Services to Vulnerable Seniors in the Community. LifeCircles PACE is celebrating the positive impacts that PACE programs have in our communities, and in the lives of seniors during National PACE Awareness Month. Across the nation, PACE organizations care for 95% of enrollees in the community, rather than in a nursing home. The Michigan Legislature recently made a resolution that September is PACE Awareness Month in Michigan. The National PACE…

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LifeCircles PACE Creates New Leadership Position to Better Serve Frail Seniors Living on the Lakeshore.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic LifeCircles PACE has worked hard to support seniors in avoiding nursing homes and live safely in their own home. To provide critical health care, therapies and personal care to frail seniors is no small feat – even in good times. The LifeCircles team saw the need to create a new position to better support staff in the delivery of high quality medical and social care to frail seniors. Heidi Gras, LMSW has been promoted to the…

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LifeCircles COVID-19 Update – July 2020.

A letter from our Executive Director. Greetings LifeCircles participants, care partners & families: I hope you are enjoying all the sunshine that we’re experiencing! Since our state eased some of the restrictions of the “Stay home. Stay safe.” order, we’ve been working with state & local authorities to assess our infection rates and risk levels. Unfortunately, every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in new COVID-19 cases. On July 10, 2020 Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which requires…

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Tips for Supporting Loved Ones During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Caring for an older adult at home during COVID-19 comes with new challenges, even for experienced caregivers. Try some of the tips below to change things up for the better! Talk about it: Have a conversation to find out what your loved one knows and feels about the current COVID-19 situation. Feeling heard helps reduce stress. The goal is to provide a fear-free space to educate and reassure your loved one about the virus. Depending on your loved one, it…

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LifeCircles COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

LifeCircles PACE serves individuals at the highest risk of severe and life-threatening reactions to the COVID-19 virus. Our goals are to: Prevent the spread of COVID-19; Ensure appropriate access to our exceedingly taxed acute healthcare resources; Protect all patients, health care workers, and human services workers from exposure; and Respond quickly and effectively to health and safety threats to our participants. Upon learning of this crisis, LifeCircles implemented our emergency preparedness protocols and has been monitoring COVID-19 data and updates…

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COVID-19 Note to Participants from our Executive Director

Dear LifeCircles participants and care partners: LifeCircles PACE is fully committed to supporting you and helping you stay safe and infenction-free during this time of worry and fear over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads very easily and can cause flu-like symptoms of fever, cough & shortness of breath. Elderly people are at the highest risk for sever complications, so we need you to help us protect you from infection. Since the virus is very easily…

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Emotional Wellness and Aging

Dr. Allison Ilem, PhD, BCBA LifeCircles PACE Watch the WZZM Senior Wellness Segment on this topic. Healthy aging rests on the cornerstone of emotional wellness. Living well involves identifying what’s most important to us, making the best of what we need to continue these important life-giving activities, and engaging supports to deal with the rest. But when this goes awry, we can start to feel down or blue. We can worry about the future. We can feel hopeless. The most common mental health conditions…

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