COOPER HOUSE

WHAT IS COOPER HOUSE?

Cooper House, formerly known as DOORWAYS’ Supportive Housing Facility (DSHF), opened in 1997 to serve people who were unable to live independently as a result of HIV/AIDS. The fully accessible three-story building offers 36 private rooms with baths, 24-hour protective oversight and nursing care, a dining room, commercial kitchen, recreational areas, and administrative offices. Cooper House staffing includes Registered Nurses, Certified Nurses Aides and Licensed Practical Nurses who work with physicians to establish treatment plans and oversee complicated medical protocols. Social services for residents are provided by in-house Social Workers, while an Activities Coordinator organizes programs for clients, field trips, and emotional support. Cooper House also provides transportation to physicians and healthy meals prepared and served daily. Cooper House is the only program of its kind in the region and was one of the first in the United States to provide intensive residential services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Through Cooper House, DOORWAYS offers people living with this disease a pathway to recovery and healing that respects the demands of their advancing illness, and still offers hope for the reclaiming of a higher quality of life. Whether moving out to complete independence or achieving stability at Cooper House represents the ultimate goal, DOORWAYS strives to meet the immediate and long range goals of each resident.

WHY IS COOPER HOUSE IMPORTANT?

Cooper House’s sole focus is not physical health– it is the overall well-being of our clients. Social workers on staff provide clients with a variety of resources to help them battle mental illness and addiction and increase their financial stability while the nursing and clinical staff provide clients with access to medical support including treatment for HIV/AIDS and other afflictions such as dementia, mental health issues, physical disabilities or developmental disabilities. Cooper House offers an environment to clients that reduces barriers to care so clients are more likely to adhere to their treatment plan despite often painful or embarrassing side-effects with medication. By reducing their barriers to care, 88% of clients were able to maintain their HIV/AIDS treatment in 2011.  Clients establish other health goals such as gaining weight, managing blood sugar levels or decreasing risk of infections.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on Cooper House please contact Tracy Unger, Cooper House Administrator at 314-535-0888 ext. 2722 or email tunger@doorwayshousing.org.