Cooperative Home Care and Hospice Announces Their Employee of the Year

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It’s Award Season at Cooperative Home Care & Hospice, and we are pleased to honor KristyAnn Pfister with our Employee of the Year Award. KristyAnn’s notable accomplishments over the past year include refining and managing Cooperative’s strategic plan, as well as creating and managing our award-winning, Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year campaign. In August 2017, she was also nominated for Small Business Monthly’s 2017 Top STL Employees. Our It’s Award Season campaign wouldn’t be complete without sharing the story of one of our most treasured employees, Kathy Kaegel, who inspired our Employee of the Year Award. In 2010, Cooperative Home Care endowed an award in the name of Kathy Kaegel, The Kathy Kaegel Memorial Administrative Employee of The …

How to Make Home Care Better

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Home care is a complicated journey. You don’t really need to know this until your loved one needs home care, but then you’ve got to figure it out really, really quickly. Below are three common scenarios that start your home care journey, and what to do in each scenario to optimize your home care experience. Scenario 1: My loved one had a planned surgery and hospitalization; they needed some medical care and therapy once they came home; Medicare paid for their care and now they are fine. Scenario 2: My loved one had a bad fall and an unplanned surgery and hospitalization; now that they are going home I am told they cannot be left alone for safety reasons. They …

5 Steps to Understanding Home Care

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Because managing your patients and/or your own aging loved ones is overwhelming, Cooperative Home Care & Hospice has 5 Steps to Understanding Home Care: While home care options are unlimited, your budget probably isn’t. Choose a home care company that offers every type of home care funding to minimize what you pay out-of-pocket, and to ensure one company can meet every health care need now and if needs change. Different needs require different types of home care, and different types of home care are funded by different sources. Medical needs are usually met through Medicare-funded home health care. Help with daily activities and supervision is usually called private care, and is funded through self-pay and/or long-term care insurance. You might …

Helping Our Clients and Families Prepare for Emergencies

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While we can’t prevent emergencies, we can ensure our clients, their families, and our employees are as prepared as possible for potential emergencies and hazards. We can also plan in advance to maintain key services during emergencies, and we can regularly test our plans to ensure they are effective. Thank you for your participation in our emergency preparedness. Dear Clients and Families, Cooperative Home Care and Hospice wants to ensure the safety of our clients and their families. One way we are doing that is by completing patient emergency preparedness plans for all of our clients. These plans are updated annually and are usually completed during a routine visit to your home. Additionally, we will continue to share information you …

Helping Our Employees Prepare For Emergencies

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While we can’t prevent emergencies, we can ensure our employees, and our clients and their families, are as prepared as possible for potential emergencies and hazards. We can also plan in advance to maintain key services during emergencies, and we can regularly test our plans to ensure they are effective. Thank you for your participation in our emergency preparedness. Dear Employees, Cooperative Home Care and Hospice wants to ensure your safety, and the safety of your families. Throughout our emergency planning initiative, we will continue to share information you need to know through e-mail, letters and/or communications posted at each office. If you do not have a company e-mail address, help us ensure we are reaching you by e-mailing kpfister@cooperativehomecare.com with your …

Eye Safety and Wellness for Seniors

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October brings our focus to several prevention topics, including very important Breast Cancer Awareness. A lesser known, but still important prevention, is addressed through October’s National Home Eye Safety Month. Our second of three installments in our October Prevention Series focuses on home eye safety. Ensure you know the common risks and how to avoid eye injuries at home. We’re also expanding this installment to include recommendations on how aging parents can maintain their eye health after 60 and through their lives. Prevention is a common theme within eye safety and eye health. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology at Aao.org, nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home, yet only 35% of Americans wear protective eyewear during projects …

Hearing Loss Prevention and Resources for Seniors

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October brings our focus to several prevention topics, including very important Breast Cancer Awareness. A lesser known, but still important prevention, is addressed through October’s National Protect Your Hearing Month. Our final, third installment in our October Prevention Series focuses on how to protect your hearing. Maintaining your hearing is an important aspect of your safety and independence as you age. If your aging loved one is experiencing hearing loss, we’ve also listed resources to help including some that are specifically for veterans who have hearing loss from their military service. How to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (from the American Academy of Family Physicians at AAFP.org): You can make “hearing health” a part of your lifestyle. Stay away from loud …

Cyber Security Tips for Seniors

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October brings our focus to several prevention topics, including very important Breast Cancer Awareness. A lesser known, but still important prevention, is addressed through October’s National Cyber Security Month. Our first of three installments in our October Prevention Series focuses on cyber security tips for all ages, as well as some tips specifically for older adults and other people who are less computer-savvy. How safe are you, and how safe is your aging parent, when it comes to cyber security? The Department of Homeland Security shares basic tips for every computer user, as well as for the more advanced user, and even some tips for “non-technical computer users”, like aging parents. They also share how to stay safe on social …

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Interactive Hobbies for Seniors

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As we get older, we may not be able to enjoy some of the more physical activities we once did. But that shouldn’t stop you from being active in general. Finding a hobby is important because it keeps you busy throughout the day and can be something you look forward to. Researchers find that retired people who get involved in hobbies are happier and tend to live longer. Everyone is different and enjoys doing different things, so here is a wide range of different hobbies to consider:   Poetry Groups Poetry can help your mind stay active and working in a way that doesn’t cause stress to your body. Creating your own poetry can be a great way to remind …

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How to Treat Shingles

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According to researchers, shingles in the United States affect 1 in 3 people and there are about 1 million new cases each year. The virus that causes shingles is called varicella zoster, which is the same virus that can cause chickenpox. Therefore, those who had chickenpox are more likely to develop shingles later in life. Shingles is more common in older adults who tend to have weakened immune systems. About 50% of all cases of shingles occur in adults 60 years of age or older. Some signs to watch for are burning, tingling, itching, or stinging, followed by a development of a rash. Other symptoms may include a headache, fever/chills, malaise, nausea, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. Shingles typically …