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What A Home Care Owner Thinks About Assisted Living

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Our focus is helping people live as independently as possible, in their own homes and on their own terms. Home care is always your best option, but there are alternatives to home care including assisted living. When we are consulted about other resources for seniors, we are happy to help. Here, Mitch Waks, Cooperative Home Care, Inc.’s CEO and Owner, and a Certified Senior Advisor, shares his expert advice on Assisted Living. How can you tell that it’s time for a loved one to move to assisted living? Sometimes it is not a sign as much as a life-changing event, such as the death of a spouse. If the now deceased loved one was the caregiver of sorts within their …

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Caring for the Caregiver: 20 Aging Parent Relationship Hacks

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Caring for your aging parents is very challenging, and can strain your relationships with them. We asked our team of home care and hospice experts how they keep their aging parent relationships strong. What are realistic ways to make positive impacts? They shared the following small, yet meaningful, contributions they make to their parents’ days. Stop by when it’s not time for your regular visit. They will love the unexpected surprise! Have you given Mom a hug, looked her in the eyes and said, ‘I love you’ lately? Deliver a cup of decaf specialty coffee. They will feel warm and delicious! Make too much dinner, and drop off the extras. You know your kids’ school papers, projects, etc. that you …

Cooperative Home Care Volunteer Wins Missouri Alliance for Home Care’s Volunteer of the Year Award

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It’s Award Season at Cooperative Home Care & Cooperative Hospice! Last year’s Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year campaign was a great success, including 33 service projects to recognize our 30th year. Now, we’re reaching in to recognize our employees, and reaching out with all of their tremendous stories. We’re excited to remind them how amazing they are. Ryan Hotop will be recognized at next week’s Missouri Alliance for Home Care (MAHC) (hyperlink) 2018 Annual Conference and Home Care Exhibition in Osage Beach, MO. We are pleased to share his winning nomination: Purpose of Award: Recognizes an individual who has performed extraordinary volunteer service and commitment to the agency, patients or clients. It is with great honor to nominate …

Cooperative Home Care and Hospice Nurse Wins Top Three Home Care Nurses in St. Louis Magazine

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Last year, Cooperative Home Care & Hospice celebrated our 30th year in business through a year-long campaign, Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year (hyperlink to blog 1-6-2017). This award-winning campaign included 33 service projects to recognize our 30th year. How to top that? This year, we’re recognizing the diligence and dedication of our employees. From caregivers, to nurses, therapists, and administrative employees, we have a lot of exceptional employees. Our It’s Award Season campaign is in full swing! A stand-out in our exceptional workplace is Holly Goldblum, Licensed Practical Nurse. As Margaret Mead said: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever had.” Holly is one of the most caring …

Cooperative Home Care and Hospice Recognized for Low Turnover and High Employee Retention

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How to Achieve Low Turnover and High Employee Retention in Home Care Our It’s Award Season campaign reminds us to celebrate our employees’ achievements, both big and small. It feels really great to be recognized and we’re not stopping any time soon. There is often high employee turnover in home care. It’s really difficult to perform challenging and complicated tasks in an environment with very little support. A lot of people pursue a healthcare career because healthcare offers so many opportunities to help people, in so many different ways. But the harsh reality of what it takes to successfully care for someone turns many capable people away soon after they begin. Cooperative works hard to support our employees and to …

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 …