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In addition to economic support and health care, DHS provides many services to help Minnesota's seniors.

Adult protection

Minnesota strives to ensure safe environments and services for vulnerable adults and encourages reporting of suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults.

Deaf and hard of hearing

DHS serves people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deafblind as well as their families, providers, employers and businesses.

Gambling problems

DHS helps people with gambling problems and their families connect to treatment resources.

Home and community services

DHS works to help seniors find the services and supports they need to continue living in their homes for as long as possible.

Indian Elder Desk

The American Indian Elder Desk increases awareness and accessibility to services, including Wisdom Steps, for Indian elders in Minnesota.

Nursing homes

DHS works to ensure quality nursing home care is available for those who need it and offers help choosing and paying for nursing home care.


The Ombudsman for Long-Term Care is an independent consumer advocate who works with many others to enhance the quality of life and services for people receiving care.

Refugee assistance

This program coordinates services to assist refugees in making the transition to life in the United States.

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