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The Number One Reason We Control Our Aging Parent

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At Cooperative Home Care and Cooperative Hospice, our focus is what to do after your aging parent’s health crisis. That’s why we are here! Yet, within the complex aging parent/adult child relationship, there are also many quieter challenges to navigate. How do we maintain a positive relationship as our roles evolve? Kerryann Kohut, MA English and adult child of aging parents, is a long-distance turned local caregiver leading us through her Fall Series: Live a Better Daily Life with Your Aging Parents. Part One, The Number One Reason We Want to Control Our Aging Parent, is eye-opening. In June 2018 I relocated back to my hometown after living 18 years a significant distance away and I’m living near my aging …

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How to Pay for Home Care

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Learning about home care and hospice doesn’t have to be scary! The number one question we are asked is, “How do I pay for home care?” Our helpful guide describes every type of home care and hospice care, as well as how to pay for them. At Cooperative Home Care, Inc. and Cooperative Hospice, we work very hard to ensure that you have access to every type of funding source before you pay out-of-pocket. We accept “Any Funding”. This means government funding (Medicare, Medicaid and VA), insurance (medical, long-term care and worker’s compensation), reduced fee programs and self-pay. When you call our Intake Nurse at 1-800-HOMECARE (in MO) or 1-618-466-3227 (in IL), we’re confident we can help your loved one …

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Helping Your Aging Parent Vote

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Even if it is 62+ years after your 18th birthday, you should make every effort to vote in the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 6th! Many of us will help ensure our aging parent has this opportunity on Election Day. Here are six resources and tips when you help your aging parent vote: 1.If your aging parent will be fine voting on their own, they can still choose to print their candidate and issue information in advance. This is a great way for anyone to ensure they are fully informed and prepared before they cast their votes. You can also confirm that your polling place is easily accessible. Get started by entering your address here. 2. If you want …

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Live a Better Daily Life With Your Aging Parent

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At Cooperative Home Care and Cooperative Hospice, our focus is what to do after your aging parent’s health crisis. That’s why we are here! Yet, within the complex aging parent/adult child relationship, there are also many quieter challenges to navigate. How do we maintain a positive relationship as our roles evolve? Kerryann Kohut, MA English and adult child of aging parents, is a long-distance turned local caregiver leading us through her Fall Series: Live a Better Daily Life with Your Aging Parents. Here’s a preview of her honest and insightful perspective: In June 2018 I relocated back to my hometown after living 18 years a significant distance away — and I’m living with my aging parents while I establish a …

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Caring for Aging Parents: Four Health Care Facts to Know

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As we reluctantly become “adult children caring for aging parents,” this additional responsibility is overwhelming and potentially scary. Understanding the basics of your aging parent’s healthcare options can help you feel better, because you will be prepared if their healthcare needs change. Here are four common myths and facts: Myth: if my mom needs help at home, Medicare will pay for it. Fact: Medicare pays for home health care, if you qualify, for a time-limited period. Home health care is comprised of skilled care provided by a licensed clinician to help one regain their previous function level. So if your mom had a planned surgery for which she was hospitalized, she may qualify to receive short term help once she …

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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 …