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How Essential Oils Can Help Those with Dementia

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When it comes to health, the natural and organic market has been an ongoing trend. Essential oils in the past few years have been in the spotlight for their numerous health benefits. To many people’s surprise, essential oils aren’t just for the younger crowd. There are numerous health benefits for seniors as well. For example, lavender oil has been suggested to help reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, reduce pain for people with kidney stones and help those suffering from dementia. Aromas from essential oils hit the brain twice as fast as pain. They can help trigger memories and affect one’s emotions or behavior. This makes them an ideal tool for those suffering from dementia. Ways to …

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Summer Activities for Seniors

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Last year, we wrote about how to protect seniors from the summer heat. There are a lot of activities that can help seniors not only stay cool, but also stay active this summer. Volunteering Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to your community. You can sign up to usher at a local theater (plus you get to see shows for free!). Places such as libraries, hospitals and animal shelters are always looking for more volunteers. Cooperative Hospice (hyperlink to our hospice page on the website) has administrative volunteer opportunities for a little as a few hours per week; your schedule can also be flexible to accommodate other commitments. Community Events When living in a city like …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part Four

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How Do I Choose a Home Care Company? This is the fourth of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #4: How do I choose a home care company? We asked Cooperative Home Care, Inc.’s CEO and Owner Mitch Waks how to choose a home care company. Mitch is a busy professional who is also a …

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Connecting With Seniors Suffering From Alzheimer’s Using Sounds, Sight and Touch

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When you hear the news that a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, it can take an emotional toll. Not only is it hurting the person living with the condition, but it can also affect close family members and friends. Connecting is very important for someone living with Alzheimer’s. There are ways to help you communicate and connect with them as well as ways to connect via sound, sight and touch. We will review key factors of each. Here are some ways to help communicate with your loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s from alz.org: When you speak to your loved one, keep your sentences as clear and straightforward as possible. Speak directly to them Include them in …

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3 First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinsons

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When you find out that your loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, it is a life-changing and scary moment for all. Dealing and living with a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s is not easy for anyone involved and changes people’s priorities. Finding out how to support your loved one as well as what kind of care and assistance they need is critical. The hard part can be finding where to even start. While this is a very scary time for you and your family, there is help out there for you. Below are three valuable and important first steps that will get you started on your journey to helping your family member with this life changing disease. Educate yourself and …

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Making Home Care Work For Your Aging Loved One, Part Three

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How Do I Pay for Home Care? This is the third of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #3: How do I pay for home care? To answer this question as comprehensively as possible, I started with our dedicated Intake Nurse, who answers all of our incoming calls to 1-800-HOMECARE in Missouri, and 618-HOMECARE in …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part Two

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This is the second of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #2: I don’t know what to expect as home care begins. There are two main types of home care. We’ll describe each of them, including what to expect from each service type. Home care that addresses medical needs is called skilled home health care. …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part One

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This is the first of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #1: My aging parent will refuse help at home. While there are some parents that may surprise you, this is definitely a valid concern. So what can you do? First, try to reset your thinking. While your aging parent may initially refuse or resent …

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Home Care: What Are Your Options?

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Researching the right home care option for your loved one is anything but an easy task. A lot of information will be thrown at you, including different home care options and how to pay for them. How can you make sure you’re making the right decision? Cooperative Home Care makes the decision easy by describing three different options. Within those options, we make sure you know the facts, myths, and average costs that come with each. Below is a list of those three options and descriptions of each to make sure you pick the right option for you and your loved one. Option 1: Skilled Nursing Facility or “Nursing Home” This is an option that is prescribed by a physician …

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Choosing Hospice Care: Ten Facts You Might Not Know

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The idea around hospice care is a tough one, and for most people, death is a very uncomfortable topic. Choosing hospice care can be a difficult decision for people to make for their loved one, posing questions of whether it’s the right option. Could it be possible that the reason hospice care is so difficult is because people may have the wrong idea about it? According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the answer is yes. Ten Facts About Hospice Care The NHPCO’s mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life. In order to teach people more about hospice care, they created a list of ten facts about hospice care, …