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3 First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinsons

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When you find out that your loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, it is a life-changing and scary moment for all. Dealing and living with a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s is not easy for anyone involved and changes people’s priorities. Finding out how to support your loved one as well as what kind of care and assistance they need is critical. The hard part can be finding where to even start. While this is a very scary time for you and your family, there is help out there for you. Below are three valuable and important first steps that will get you started on your journey to helping your family member with this life changing disease. Educate yourself and …

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Making Home Care Work For Your Aging Loved One, Part Three

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How Do I Pay for Home Care? This is the third of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #3: How do I pay for home care? To answer this question as comprehensively as possible, I started with our dedicated Intake Nurse, who answers all of our incoming calls to 1-800-HOMECARE in Missouri, and 618-HOMECARE in …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part Two

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This is the second of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #2: I don’t know what to expect as home care begins. There are two main types of home care. We’ll describe each of them, including what to expect from each service type. Home care that addresses medical needs is called skilled home health care. …

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Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One, Part One

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This is the first of five installments in our Making Home Care Work for Your Aging Loved One series. The transition of introducing care into your aging loved one’s home can feel very overwhelming! We started by compiling five of the main concerns our customers have expressed to us. Each installment focuses on one specific obstacle and how to tackle it, based on our 30 years of home care experience. Remember: you can do this. Concern #1: My aging parent will refuse help at home. While there are some parents that may surprise you, this is definitely a valid concern. So what can you do? First, try to reset your thinking. While your aging parent may initially refuse or resent …

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Home Care: What Are Your Options?

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Researching the right home care option for your loved one is anything but an easy task. A lot of information will be thrown at you, including different home care options and how to pay for them. How can you make sure you’re making the right decision? Cooperative Home Care makes the decision easy by describing three different options. Within those options, we make sure you know the facts, myths, and average costs that come with each. Below is a list of those three options and descriptions of each to make sure you pick the right option for you and your loved one. Option 1: Skilled Nursing Facility or “Nursing Home” This is an option that is prescribed by a physician …

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Choosing Hospice Care: Ten Facts You Might Not Know

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The idea around hospice care is a tough one, and for most people, death is a very uncomfortable topic. Choosing hospice care can be a difficult decision for people to make for their loved one, posing questions of whether it’s the right option. Could it be possible that the reason hospice care is so difficult is because people may have the wrong idea about it? According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the answer is yes. Ten Facts About Hospice Care The NHPCO’s mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life. In order to teach people more about hospice care, they created a list of ten facts about hospice care, …

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How One Home Care Company Got Happy

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Everywhere you look, we are searching for ways to bring happiness and meaning into our lives. We know we should appreciate every living moment, but almost all of us flounder in our quest for happy. We scroll online, clicking on articles that share how to improve our mood and the habits of happy people. Yet, a powerful and proven way to feel better is as easy as helping someone else.

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Thanksgiving – Caregiving Advice During the Holidays

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Holiday Caregiving Don’t Let Stress Ruin The Holidays For You Or Your Loved Ones Holidays are always a tough time for seniors. Emotionally, it can be lonely or a reminder of the past. Physically, it can be challenging as well and a day where a routine may be “off”. Tips for Holiday Caregiving Have a dining plan. Many paid caregivers take off for the holiday to be with their own families. If you are caring for a senior, make sure he or she has a plan and will not be dining alone. If family is not around, there may be some senior opportunities. Or perhaps you or another caregiver can arrange for a special visit on the holiday. Another option …

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Halloween Activities For Seniors

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Non Carving Pumpkin Decoration Ideas for Seniors Need some Halloween activities for seniors? Halloween should be a fun time for all ages! If you are caring for a senior, there is a lot you can do to celebrate the holiday and make it a fun interactive day! While pumpkin carving is tradition, it can be difficult for seniors. We have seem some of our caregivers create some fabulous pumpkins without the mess of carving. You can use colorful tape, markers, glitter, etc. Here is a link to 37 great ideas for inspiration! Our favorite is the fabric covered pumpkin. Here is what you need: Several pumpkins Remnant fabric Mod Podge (available at any craft store) and sponge brush A small …

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Flu Vaccinations and Seniors

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What you should know about flu vaccinations and seniors: If you have a senior in your life, make sure he or she gets a flu shot this season. Influenza is nothing to mess around with. In recent flu seasons, 80%-90% of flu related deaths have occurred amongst our seniors and 54%-70% of season flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among this senior group – those 65 years of age and older. The official “flu season” is as early as October and can last as late as May. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only injectable influenza vaccines should be used this 2016-2017 season and the nasal spray (or “mist”) should not be used at this time. Technically, the only people …