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Keeping Seniors Independent As We Celebrate Independence Day 2022!

Keeping Seniors Independent As We Celebrate Independence Day 2022!

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jul 2, 2022

Ninety (90) percent of seniors want to “age in place” at home as they grow older. Staying independent at home may become challenging if a senior is starting to experience challenges in performing “activities of daily living” (ADLs). In order to “age in place”, a senior may need to consider contracting for services to assist…

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Eight (8) Cool Indoor Things for St. Louis Caregivers and Seniors to Do When It Is Hot Outdoors

Eight (8) Cool Indoor Things for St. Louis Caregivers and Seniors to Do When It Is Hot Outdoors

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jul 1, 2022

The St. Louis heat arrived before the summer of 2022 officially arrived. Our region has experienced multiple days of temperatures above 90, 95 and close to 100 degrees. The sun has been searing and the humidity sweltering. Here are a few pointers to survive the hottest days of summer. *Drink plenty of water. *Avoid long…

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Nine (9) Tips to Keep Seniors and Caregivers Safe this Summer from the New Variant of COVID-19

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jun 6, 2022

Well, it finally happened!  I tested positive for Covid-19 four weeks ago! I got my fourth shot about four weeks before I tested positive.  I would not have known that I had COVID had I not been required to take a test for travel purposes. I had very, very light hay fever symptoms.  A little…

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Missouri Medicaid In-Home Care Hourly Reimbursement Rates May be Increasing in July 2022

Missouri Medicaid In-Home Care Hourly Reimbursement Rates May be Increasing in July 2022

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Jun 2, 2022

We have received word that the hourly reimbursement rate for Missouri Medicaid in-home care will increase significantly. This is breaking news! This is really good news! This is BIG news! StaffLink has been servicing Medicaid recipients for nearly 35 years. Our clients and employees live throughout St. Louis City, County, and in Jefferson and St.…

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Family Caregiving Depends On Mothers!

Family Caregiving Depends On Mothers!

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | May 3, 2022

Table of Contents Mothers and Women Carry the Load With Family CaregiversProviding Care on Both Ends of the Spectrum-Sandwich CaregivingGrandmothering and Family CaregivingWomen Leave Their Jobs to Become Family CaregiversQuote from First Lady Rosalyn Carter Happy Mother’s Day 2022! Mother’s Day is on May 8th this year. I am a mother. I have been a…

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Six (6) Ways to Help an Aging Veteran Enjoy Memorial Day 2022

Six (6) Ways to Help an Aging Veteran Enjoy Memorial Day 2022

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | May 3, 2022

Memorial Day is on May 30th this year. StaffLink has been providing in-home care and private duty nursing services to veterans for nearly 35 years. It is an honor to service these men and women. I remember the name of one of the first veterans StaffLink served. He had seen action in the Vietnam War…

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A Heartfelt Prayer for Nurses During Nurses Week 2022

A Heartfelt Prayer for Nurses During Nurses Week 2022

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | May 2, 2022

Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6th to May 12th this year.  As we tip-toe into this third spring of the pandemic, I hope we all have a greater appreciation of nurses. We do not know if a new wave is headed our direction, but it will be health care professionals, primarily nurses, that help…

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Twelve (12) Springtime Activities for Caregivers and Seniors to Enjoy and Reduce Stress

Twelve (12) Springtime Activities for Caregivers and Seniors to Enjoy and Reduce Stress

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | May 2, 2022

We are entering the third spring in which the pandemic is part of our current reality. We have just come out of a very serious wave these past winter months. It is important that senior and caregivers use caution in pursuing spring activities. Caregivers and seniors should look for opportunities to build relaxing activities into…

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Senior Couple Outdoors

SIX (6) ST. LOUIS DESTINATIONS THAT SENIORS MIGHT ENJOY THIS UPCOMING SPRING & SUMMER!

By Pam Stone , BSW, Certified Case Manager (CCM) | Mar 18, 2022

Table of Contents Missouri Botanical Gardens St. Louis ZooThe Muny Opera (The St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre)Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (often referred to as the New Cathedral)Ulysses S. Grant Historical SiteGrant’s Farm Spring weather and the end of mandatory masking has made many in our area eager to get outside and resume favorite activities…

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Ten (10) Tips to Keep Seniors and Caregivers Safe as the Omicron Variant Wanes in St. Louis, MO

By Gretchen Curry, MSPH | Feb 17, 2022

The St. Louis region and Missouri experienced a major battle against the Omicron variant during the recent months of December and January. The virus was definitely winning in many of those weeks and days. We experienced a significant increase in persons testing positive, in hospitalizations and in deaths from the virus. Hospitals were full, waits…

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