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News and updates on DHS efforts that support seniors.

State Fair booth to highlight Senior LinkAge Line's 20th anniversary

DHS is involved in several efforts at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, which begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and runs through Monday, Sept. 1. The Minnesota Board on Aging promotes the Senior LinkAge Line® and www.MinnesotaHelp.info® and DHS services and initiatives at its booth in the southeast corner of the Education Building, 1372 Cosgrove St., St. Paul This year the booth will highlight the 20th anniversary of the Senior LinkAge Line®. More information is in a story about DHS' State Fair booth.

SNAP applicants and recipients warned about scams

Applicants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be aware there is never a fee for applying for benefits, and to be on the lookout for online ads or suspicious emails falsely offering help filling out applications. The goal of such scams is to collect personal information from potential SNAP recipients, including credit card information. The federal agency that manages SNAP reports that there have recently been scams in which applicants are asked to provide cell phone numbers and are then automatically enrolled into an expensive service without warning. A “scam alert” provides regular updates about these illegal schemes and how to get assistance if an applicant has already fallen victim.

Nursing Home Report Card revamped for easier use

A more user-friendly Nursing Home Report Card with more detailed information (including daily payment rates) on Minnesota nursing facilities has been introduced by DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Nursing Home Report Card, at nhreportcard.dhs.mn.gov, helps consumers compare the quality of care in nursing homes across the state. More information is in a news release about the report card.

Staff share commitment to performance measurement

Top state leaders recently heard about efforts in the DHS Continuing Care Administration to measure progress toward such policy goals as helping seniors return to their homes after a nursing home stay and helping people with disabilities move to homes of their own. DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson introduced the team to her colleagues at Gov. Mark Dayton’s senior leadership meeting Oct. 9, calling Continuing Care’s work a model for the rest of the agency. More information is in a story about the performance measurements efforts.  

Projects funded to help older Minnesotans stay at home

Strategies to help Minnesotans stay in their homes and remain vital members of their communities as they grow old will be implemented this year through $2.3 million in state grants. Helping Minnesotans remain independent also saves the state dollars by making sure nursing home care is reserved for those who need more intensive services. More information is in a news release about the projects.  

SNAP participation extended to farmer’s markets

The University of Minnesota Extension Office, partnering with DHS, recently sent information to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in Minnesota to encourage nutritious and balanced diets. Along with providing healthy recipes and suggestions for how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diets, the mailing (PDF) also featured details about how to use Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at certain Minnesota farmer’s markets throughout the state. More information is in a story about the expansion.

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