How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It) Part Three of Three

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We made it! Part three of How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It) ties everything together through communication. To recap, Part One(link to Part One) shared how home care can help the Sandwich Generation (typically thirty to late forty year-olds caring for their children plus their aging loved ones). Part Two(link to Part Two) added empowerment as the second puzzle piece. Now, we’ve arrived at the final component: communication. As within home care and empowerment, you’re going to ask for help. Communication connects you, the caregiver, with your kids and your aging parents. It supports how you care for your aging loved one and your kids. It is also how you ensure home care …

How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It) Part Two of Three

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In Part Two of our late summer series, How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It), we’re focusing on Empowerment. First, let’s review how we got here. The Sandwich Generation includes people mainly in their thirties and forties who are caring for both their kids and their aging loved ones. There is great potential for this to be an overwhelming and unsuccessful experience for everyone, but there are key things you can do to improve your success. Start with home care(link to part one blog), as well as empowerment and communication. Be prepared to ask for help in each of these three elements. Empowerment in this context is asking for help within your support system. …

How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It) Part One of Three

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Summer is winding down and that means a lot of schedule changes for the Sandwich Generation – the generation, typically in their thirties and forties, who are raising their children while also caring for their aging parents. It takes a lot of endurance, compassion and organization to make your efforts effective and positive for your aging loved ones. It is possible to balance everything, even as school restarts and schedules pick up speed. Our three-part series, How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It), offers realistic and practical advice if you are caring for your kids and your aging loved ones. These best practices also apply if you are caring for aging parents without children …

How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It) Introduction

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Summer is winding down, and that means a lot of schedule changes for the Sandwich Generation – the generation, typically in their thirties and forties, who are raising their children while also caring for their aging parents. It takes a lot of endurance, compassion and organization to make your efforts effective and positive for your aging loved ones. It is possible to balance everything, even as school restarts and schedules pick up speed. Our three-part series, How the Sandwich Generation Does It All (by Not Doing All of It), offers realistic and practical advice if you are caring for your kids and your aging loved ones. These best practices also apply if you are caring for aging parents, without children …

How to Last in the Home Care Business for 33 Years

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Cooperative celebrated our 30 years in business with our award-winning, Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year campaign, spanning 2016. How and why are we able to keep going? A big part of our how and why is a very simple reason: our dedicated employees. Being able to recruit and retain amazing and dedicated caregivers is truly one of Cooperative Home Care’s greatest strengths. When you call us because your aging parent needs help, there is tremendous reassurance and peace of mind that you feel when you know that your caregiver has five, ten, or even 30 years of experience with Cooperative. Every spring, Cooperative Home Care celebrates our dedicated field staff and their years of service to Cooperative and …

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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 …