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Home Care: What Are Your Options?


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


Cooperative Home Care, Inc. Appoints New Leader


Helping hundreds of older adults stay healthy and independent is both challenging and rewarding, and Cooperative Home Care is confident Dan Decker is ready to lead their mission. Cooperative Home Care turns 30 this year, continuing their commitment to serving older adults and people of all ages with disabilities through every type of funding source, including Medicaid, Medicare and Private Services. Cooperative Home Care has promoted Dan Decker, former Director of Business Development, to lead their operations in a General Manager role. Under his leadership, they are predicting a thriving 2017 that will surpass all of their previous business achievements. “To survive and thrive in the healthcare industry is notoriously difficult. We’ve got to always think and act five steps …

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Delivering Necessities To Seniors


Delivering Services For Seniors Whether you live in town or away from your senior loved one, it’s good to know that food and other necessities can get to your senior in an easier way than ever before. While St. Louis is not New York City (in terms of being able to have ANYTHING delivered at anytime), we have come a long way. Delivered food, prescriptions and necessities are a great way to ensure that your senior has what he or she needs, even if you can’t be there all the time. Our favorite deliveries in the St. Louis Area: Groceries to Go Get your Dierbergs groceries delivered by an independent service called Groceries to go. You or your senior can …

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Celebrating Lesser Known Holidays With Seniors


Now there are even more days for you to celebrate with seniors! We all know the major holidays, but over the years additional celebration days have been recognized – everything from National Donut Day to National Dog Day. Make note of some of these special fall days as they are good thought starters for you to plan activities around and celebrate with a senior that you are taking care of! They are also a great excuse to get some friends, relatives or neighbors together to enjoy these obscure but fun celebrations! October Lesser Known Holidays October 1 – National Homemade Cookie Day. Of course, this is a great one and an easy one to plan around. Pick a favorite recipe, …

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Keeping Your Parent at Home


More and more seniors are electing to stay in their own homes as they age. Seniors living at home can make many people nervous as they think about their aging parents (or parent) running a household. However, there are some things you can do to make their surroundings safer while maintaining their desire to stay at home.