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Projects funded to help older Minnesotans live well at home

September 03, 2013

Karen Smigielski

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Organizations that help older Minnesotans stay in their homes as they age are receiving more than $4.3 million in funds from the Department of Human Services.

Among the projects being funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Community Service/Community Services Development Grants are those that provide home modifications, home care, adult day care, grocery delivery, homemaker and chore services, support for informal caregivers and other services that allow older Minnesotans and other adults to remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive living arrangements.

“Helping people stay in their homes and communities as they age is a major focus for the department,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “Partnering with community health care organizations allows us to do an even better job serving Minnesotans who need assistance.” 

Jesson said the projects also help to meet needs identified throughout Minnesota in the department’s 2012 Long-Term Services and Supports Gaps Analysis, which gathers local information about current capacity and gaps in services and housing needs to support older adults. The survey found the state’s top service gaps to be in chore services, companion services and transportation.
Projects being funded are:

  • Store to Door is receiving $331,775 to support two projects: overall service delivery improvements to increase capacity to serve elderly clients over the next several years; and extension of food shelf grocery delivery to homebound elderly people into two additional communities in its Ramsey and Anoka county service areas.
  • North Shore Health Care Foundation is awarded $82,244 to fund the Care Partners’ Caregiver Support Program, which reduces caregiver stress through peer support, self-care disease education and group respite.  
  • West Central Minnesota Communities Action Inc. will use $268,400 to provide exterior painting and construction to make 300 low-income households safer and more accessible.
  • Helping Hands Outreach of Stearns County is awarded $52,310 to expand to West Brockway, making homemaker, chore, transportation and caregiver support services available to 453 older adults who are at risk for long-term nursing home care and spending down their assets to be eligible for Medical Assistance.
  • Granite Falls Living at Home/Block Nurse Program is receiving $81,375 to expand, integrate and maintain essential community support services that enable older adults to remain in their own homes.
  • Lao Advancement Organization of America, Inc., is awarded $230,787 to expand the Lao Senior Quality of Life Program in Anoka and Hennepin counties to include in-home and on-site respite and adult day services for elders. Bilingual staff and culturally preferred activities will be included. 
  • Family Service Rochester is receiving $210,937 to establish and staff an office in Byron with social workers and volunteers who will provide chore, transportation and homemaker services to enable older adults to live safely in their own homes.
  • Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area will use $143,442 for an evidenced-based rapid screen assessment that identifies older adults living in the community who may be at moderate or high risk for health and safety issues. A certified geriatric care manager will be provided to help older adults make informed choices regarding their living situation.
  • Aitkin County CARE, Inc. is receiving $82,069 to provide more direct, immediate contact to older adults and adults with disabilities who are moving home from a skilled nursing facility.
  • DARTS is awarded $81,100 to improve home livability for more than 300 older adults in Dakota County by using a home safety assessment and making home modifications to existing dwellings. 
  • The Neighborhood Involvement Program is receiving $250,000 to expand its chore and in-home health and safety services for people receiving Elderly Waiver services and older adults in Southeast and Northeast Minneapolis and to develop services for older adults recently discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation center.
  • LifeCare Medical Center of Roseau County is awarded $24,994 to develop a community care team of health professionals to help health care home patients by providing effective communication and care coordination for older adults who are at higher risk of hospitalization and placement in long-term care facilities.
  • Bethesda Health and Housing, based in Willmar, will use $11,390 to purchase equipment for an evidence-based rehabilitative and exercise program for older residents with chronic medical conditions, physical limitations or pain.
  • The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, based in Duluth, is receiving $250,000 to expand access to care coordination and care transition, volunteer chore services and light maintenance, transportation and evidence-based health promotion and disease management interventions.
  • Essentia Health of St. Louis County is awarded $285,000 to implement and evaluate a standardized approach to early dementia diagnosis and care designed to reduce cost and improve outcomes for patients and families.
  • CommonBond Communities is receiving $94,664 to provide evidence-based health promotion programs for fitness, balance, movement and chronic disease self-management for about 1,450 older adults in 31 CommonBond senior housing communities and surrounding neighborhoods in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties.
  • ElderCircle of Itasca County will use $251,000 to expand the Itasca County Family YMCA to include: an active living center catering to older adults; space for ElderCircle’s adult day stay program; new ElderCircle offices; and an aging services information center to increase opportunity, independence and quality of life for Itasca’s older adult population.
  • Korean Service Center is receiving $169,809 for the Supporting Aging Residents at Home project, which is designed to expand, integrate and maintain such supports as in-home clinic service, escorts for clinic visits and a Korean model of home care. Korean Service Center serves Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
  • The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is awarded $200,097 to develop adult day services in Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard and Itasca counties to support tribal elders.
  • The Lutheran Home Association, based in Belle Plain, is receiving $450,000 for an automated, comprehensive health technology resource center for people who support those with dementia and/or chronic conditions.  The goal is to become a centralized state technology resource center for the use of health monitoring technologies for these populations.
  • MVNA is awarded $248,998 for home-based palliative care consultation teams to help 150 Hennepin County residents age 65 and older with chronic diseases continue living in the community.
  • Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota is awarded $189,999 to introduce Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment to the entire Bemidji service area.  Trained facilitators will meet with clients who are approaching end of life within 18 months  to develop their treatment plan, which then becomes a medical order for the patient and is honored by each health care center the client enters.
  • Jewish Family Service of St. Paul is receiving $250,000 to screen older adults and caregivers for depressive symptoms and provide evidence-based intervention, education and treatment. In a targeted outreach, the service will also engage older Somali adults and their caregivers with depression screenings and intervention efforts.
  • Lake Region Healthcare Clinical Pharmacy Services is awarded $107,372 to use and study the benefits of medication therapy management via telehealth and home visits in the Otter Tail and Grant counties.  This will offer older adults the convenience of shorter travel time for quality care.

More information about the grants is available on the DHS website.

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