Cooperative Home Care
Cooperative Home Care Builds Success on Jewish Values
Offers flexible options to help older adults, disabled stay in their homes
The year was 1986, and Fran Sontag was busy offering one-on-one tutoring for seven young adults with developmental disabilities. A colleague and friend of Max Starkloff, the two were devoting their lives to assisting people with disabilities.
Today, more than 25 years later, Sontag’s early efforts have burgeoned into a five-office home health-care company, with more than 600 team members serving over 800 clients, most of them older adults who need varying degrees of assistance to remain in their homes.
Instrumental in the company’s growth and expanded focus have been Sontag’s son-in-law Mitch Waks, current CEO, and his business partner Jim Guller, President. While Sontag is now semi-retired, Waks and Guller, longtime friends who first met at BBYO, run the company which meets the ever-growing need for flexible, trustworthy and professional services to older adults and people of all ages with disabilities throughout St. Louis, Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.
Just imagine . . . you have broken your hip and would much rather recuperate at home than at a rehabilitation center. Or, your aging mother would not need an assisted living facility if she had help with errands, cooking, bathing and medications. That’s where the unique and personalized services of Cooperative Home Care provide the solution.
The company has become THE central place to call, a flexible, affordable and professional one-stop shop for any amount of care, any length of time, any skill level of care, and any funding or insurance source.
Cooperative Home Care has a diverse clientele served by offices that span the area, from St. Louis to as far as Herculaneum, St. Peters, St. Clair and Fairview Heights. However, the company’s compassionate, supportive approach stems directly from the partners’ strong Jewish roots and continuing commitment to the Jewish community. Waks is a graduate of Epstein Hebrew Academy, and a former board member of Central Reform Congregation and the Reform Jewish Academy. Guller, the son of well-known Jewish community leaders Maurice and Rachel Guller, is a former board president of Solomon Schechter Day School and a member of B’nai Amoona.
And their devotion to Jewish values is evident throughout their company’s philosophy. According to Waks, “We both have strong Jewish values and have made it our mission to help people stay in their own homes. We are definitely a Jewish-themed home health care company, and we have held training sessions for our caregivers and nurses on the Jewish home and Jewish traditions.”
Guller adds that “it is part of our Jewish heritage to repair the world,” and they are doing just that, one client at a time. It is this same commitment to the Jewish community that has led them to sponsor www.jewishinstlouis.org, and to show their support for the Jewish Federation and its vital agencies and programs.
In addition to its Jewish foundation, Cooperative Home Care is a standout in many other ways. While other companies have minimum numbers of required hours, Waks and Guller understand that everyone’s needs are unique. “We have no minimums or maximums,” Guller points out. “We work with each individual to determine if hourly care, 12-hour shifts, 24-hour shifts or simply visits suits their situation best. In addition, we provide any skill level of assistance: caregivers; social workers; therapists, and nurses.”
For those needing help with everyday tasks, Cooperative Home Care caregivers are available for two-hour visits to assist with any personal care and household chores, from bathing to preparing meals, including kosher cuisine. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 24-hour care is provided for patients recuperating from surgery, or clients with Alzheimer’s disease. And then there’s everything along the spectrum in between from visits by nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers to errands and assistance with medical or social appointments.
Best yet, the company’s individualized approach and weekly value package pricing structure offer substantial savings. Clients also are happy to learn that Cooperative Home Care works with all kinds of funding, from Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration, to health insurance, long-term care insurance and Workers Compensation, to reduced fee and self-pay programs.
In addition to its flexibility, customization and Jewish foundations, what truly sets Cooperative Home Care apart is the company’s positive approach. Knowing the importance of attitude to a person’s well-being, they remind older adults that asking for assistance does not mean a loss of independence. In fact, their outlook is quite the opposite. “We tell our clients that accepting help allows them to remain independent,” Guller points out.
For more information on Cooperative Home Care’s unique and flexible services, visit www.cooperativehomecare.com, or call 1-800-HOMECARE in Missouri. Their knowledgeable and compassionate staff will be happy to provide information on how their company can assist older adults and people with disabilities with vital services that allow them to stay in their own homes.
Cooperative Home Care