The Minnesota Department of Human Services is awarding more than $7.5 million in grants to programs throughout the state that will help older adults with needs ranging from transportation and grocery delivery to caregiver support, home improvements and much more.
Live Well at Home grants help older Minnesotans remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive settings. The latest grant funds are going to 53 organizations, benefiting Minnesotans statewide.
“Minnesota is a recognized national leader in helping older adults to remain independent,” said Acting Human Services Commissioner Chuck Johnson. “Through the Live Well at Home grants, we partner with local organizations throughout Minnesota to help older people stay in their homes and communities and to support family members and friends who provide most of the care for older Minnesotans.”
Since 2001, the Minnesota Legislature has appropriated funding for the Live Well at Home program. The latest recipients are listed below, organized by region:
- Assumption Community Service, Cold Spring, $195,110 for Rural Stearns Faith in Action to expand its home and community-based services beyond rural Stearns County communities to the St. Cloud metro area.
- CentraCare Health, Long Prairie, $662,015 to build a community gym and therapy pool in the Regional Community Well-Being Facility.
- Foley Area C.A.R.E., Foley, $70,095 for education, volunteer recruitment and other services to help older adults remain healthy and living in their homes.
- Helping Hands Outreach, Holdingford, $95,170 to open an adult day center, provide respite and support to area family caregivers and to develop community awareness and support for the adult day center.
- Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mora, $33,242 to develop a wellness center, offer health education classes and expand assistive living homemaking, PCA and medication management services to the community.
- Lakes and Pines Community Action Council, Mora, three grants including: $160,511 to expand and increase sustainability of its volunteer network that provides chore and home delivery services to older adults and people with disabilities throughout east central Minnesota; $238,370 to help older adults experiencing homelessness to stabilize housing and reduce their risk of being homeless again; and $313,037 to improve housing owned and occupied by older adults to allow them to age in place.
- Partners, Rothsay, $60,000 to sustain services in Rothsay, Carlisle and Foxhome and expand health promotion, service coordination and transportation.
- Paynesville Area Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Paynesville, $76,465 to continue providing and coordinating community-based services to older adults living the Paynesville School District.
- Pelican Rapids OAKS Living At Home Network, Pelican Rapids, $75,233 to strengthen caregiver and companion services and relationships with a diverse older adult population and to expand services in rural Pelican Rapids.
- Aitkin County CARE, Aitkin, $59,728 to expand access to in-home caregiver respite services and counseling services across Aitkin County.
- Argyle Hope Program Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Argyle, $97,966 to maintain and expand volunteer services for older adults, including its role as the primary resource for older residents to receive in-home services in the Argyle area.
- Arrowhead Economic Development Agency, Virginia, $85,232 for the Senior Care Consultation Program to expand home-delivered meals, screen and develop plans to reduce risk and provide community supports to fit needs.
- Care Partners of Cook County, Grand Marais, $80,118 to administer volunteer services such as companion and respite, transportation and chore assistance and for care coordination, chronic disease coaching and caregiver consultation.
- City of Stephen, $82,275 to expand, integrate and maintain community support services that help older adults remain in their home and community.
- Home at Heart Care, Clearbrook, $222,504 to create, manage and pilot an online digital transportation coordination model serving northwestern Minnesota.
- Lake of the Woods Senior Citizen Council, Baudette, $73,764 to renovate entries to the existing Brink community center to make them accessible year-round.
- Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, $54,366 to provide non-criminal legal services to elders in the five Minnesota Chippewa Tribe bands in the organization’s 11-county service area.
- Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area, Park Rapids, $182,710 to mobilize volunteers and other community resources to help older adults remain in the home of their choice.
- Northwoods Caregivers, Bemidji, $327,832 to increase caregiver support services for at-risk families and individuals, including Native Americans, LGBTQ and low-income older adults
- Tri-Community Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Newfolden, $85,262 to provide home and community-based services to older adults and caregivers.
- Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Crookston, $106,272 for the Caring Companion Program, which provides companion services for older adults eligible for public programs as well as affordable services for older adults who can pay themselves.
- Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, Winona, $203,416 to promote healthy aging for 2,500 high-risk older adults in 40 south central and southeastern Minnesota counties, support caregivers, prevent falls and improve self-management of chronic disease.
- Faith In Action, Red Wing, $53,059 to work to expand parish nursing, respite providers and caregiver support.
- Granite Falls Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Granite Falls, $92,154 to provide transportation, in-home respite care, caregiver support groups and to work with Granite Falls paramedics to serve a population that does not qualify for traditional home health services.
- Interfaith Caregivers Faith in Action in Faribault County, Blue Earth, $127,400 to expand access to services that allow older adults to maintain independence in their homes.
- LaCrescent Area Healthy Community Partnership, LaCrescent, $98,327 to support older adults in Caledonia with the household help, caregiver support and transportation services.
- United Community Action Partnership, Marshall, $80,000 to purchase a wheelchair-accessible minivan that will provide transportation by volunteers at an affordable rate.
Twin Cities metro
- CAPI USA, Minneapolis, $140,048, to help North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center Hmong older adults sustain independent living with caregiver support, transportation, social and educational activities, gardening, home food delivery and other services.
- Centro Tyrone Guzman, Minneapolis, $72,290 to use creative, culturally responsive strategies to help caregivers and service providers support the health and independence of Latine older adults.
- Como Park Living at Home Block Nurse Program, St. Paul and Falcon Heights, $91,783 to provide transportation, chore support, nurse home visits, respite, caregiver education and other services.
- DARTS, West St. Paul, $68,701, for transportation services, including a “Sunday Drive” service, to give caregivers respite, primarily in Dakota and Washington counties.
- East Side Elders, St. Paul, $137,900 to provide a variety of services, from chore and housekeeping to companion services, that allow older adults to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
- East Side Neighborhood Services, Minneapolis, $290,946 to help older adults in Hennepin County better manage chronic conditions and maintain independent living and to support caregivers.
- ESR, Inc., Cottage Grove, $10,131 to provide chore and homemaking services for older adults in the eastern metro area. Services are provided by adults with developmental and other disabilities.
- Family Pathways, North Branch, $317,648 to expand services for older adults in a five-county area, including increasing the number of caregivers receiving consulting and support services and increasing the number of people participating in social and in-home respite programs.
- Hamline Midway Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, St. Paul, $91,500 to expand such services as transportation, chore services, caregiver support, blood pressure checks, information and referrals and service coordination.
- Korean Service Center, Minneapolis, $196,169 for the Beyond Comprehensive Home Care project to help Korean and other immigrant older adults maintain their health and independent living.
- Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors Program, Minneapolis, $87,431 to help at-risk older adults live independently as long as possible and to assess needs of older Somali residents and plan enhanced services for them.
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, St. Paul, $400,000 to launch the Neighbor to Neighbor Companion Service, first along the Highway 10 corridor between St. Cloud and Brainerd.
- Lyngblomsten Services, St. Paul, $132,388, to provide in-home respite services for people caring for older adults with Alzheimer’, including virtual in-home services provided on a short-term basis from a remote location.
- Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care, North St. Paul, $123,682 to expand provider training on advance care planning, palliative care, hospital and care for veterans.
- Minnesota Stroke Association, Roseville, $35,143 to provide tools and resources for caregivers to help older adults remain in their communities.
- Neighborhood Network for Seniors, St. Paul, $71,653 to increase its volunteer corps that help to reduce burdens on family caregivers and provide services that remove barriers to older adults accomplishing activities of daily living.
- Nokomis Healthy Seniors Program, Minneapolis, $107,158 to help older adults in the greater Nokomis area of south Minneapolis remain independent with access to health, wellness and other services.
- North End-South Como Block Nurse Program, St. Paul, $91,838 to provide health wellness activities, volunteer chore and transportation services, caregiver support and other services.
- Our Lady of Peace, St. Paul, $99,192 to expand core home and community-based services in Highland Park and the southern half of the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood for older adults and their caregivers.
- Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis, $69,272 to implement the East African Caregiver Support Network in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood in south Minneapolis.
- Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, Minneapolis, $78,330 to expand capacity to help make homes of older adults accessible.
- Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis, $110,545 to expand its Health Outreach Program for older adults, including more linguistically relevant health screenings, so non-English speaking adults have greater access to free clinical services.
- Southeast Seniors, Minneapolis, $89,398 to provide companionship, in-home nursing on a sliding fee scale, transportation, chore service coordination, homemaking and other services.
- St. Anthony Park Area Seniors, St. Paul, $57,215 to continue providing services to older adults and enhance outreach and public awareness of its services.
- Urban Partnership, St. Paul, $97,389 to help older African Americans and other older adults find resources to prevent chronic illness, maintain healthy living and retain housing.
- Volunteers of America-Minnesota, Minneapolis, $399,296 to provide culturally specific caregiver support for Hmong, African-American and Somali communities, expand health and wellness programs, sustain a community health worker service for residents of Minneapolis Public Housing with chronic disease and provide education on Medicare and Medicaid systems.