In addition to assisting many older adults with dementia, Cooperative Home Care provides in-home assistance and care for people of all ages with diseases that affect their ability to function independently in their daily lives.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly called “ALS”, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As this disease significantly affects one’s ability to function physically we have served many people with this diagnosis. There are so many physical and emotional challenges for the individual who has this diagnosis and their family and friends who care for them. Some ways that we can support them is to share information about resources, starting with the Alzheimer’s Association. They offer education and resources from a perspective of understanding and compassion. They also have events throughout the year to support their organization and its efforts to help people with ALS through treatment and cure research. There are many local chapters.
One way Cooperative Home Care assists people with ALS is through our Free Care Program in Illinois. We partner with the local ALS chapter to provide limited, free hourly care for individuals with ALS who are also enrolled in the ALS Association’s Respite Program. They can combine their respite hours with our Free Care Program hours to receive more care. This helps them, and gives their family members caring for them some much needed respite.
Multiple Sclerosis, or “MS”, is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. It is another disease that may significantly affect one’s physical functioning. Our training and understanding of this disease helps us to serve an individual with MS by helping them
to do things for themselves as much as possible. Promoting their independence while providing peace of mind that they are completely and safely assisted is reassuring. Visit the National MS Society to find local chapter information and many other resources.
Cooperative Home Care helps many individuals with dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may also want to visit our Dementia Care page. The Alzheimer’s Association is a comprehensive resource including information about local chapters, fundraising events, support groups and many other options.
Parkinson’s disease (“PD”) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain. As PD progresses, the amount of dopamine (a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination) produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally. Find more information about this disease at the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (“APDA”) website.
Another way that we assist people by providing disease-specific care is through our end-of- life care that we provide through Cooperative Hospice. We have a very special group of people that comprise our Cooperative Hospice team. They are committed to providing compassionate and respectful patient-centered care when one qualifies for hospice. One general guideline to qualify is when one has an illness and/or disease that is expected to limit their life expectancy to six months or less. You can contact our hospice Program Manager directly by calling 314-571- 7855 to learn more by asking questions and meeting with her if you would like more information. You can also visit our Cooperative Hospice page. We will never pressure you to make the very personal decision to choose hospice for yourself or a loved one who has a life-limiting illness. We welcome your call to learn more about this supportive resource.
Cooperative Home Care, Inc. serves many clients with these more common diseases, and we also serve many individuals with less common and even rare diseases. We also assist people who simply need more help as they get older, and/or who can no longer drive but do not want to be confined to their home. Our caregivers are also a great source of companionship for someone who otherwise may be very lonely. In every situation, we are committed to helping our client to live as independently as possible.
Our caregivers, serving your loved one with a disease that affects their ability to function cognitively and/or physically, are resources that can ease everyone’s stress and also promote their highest quality of life.