12/17/2018 12:36:12 PM
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Minnesota has an array of resources to keep in mind when gathering with family and friends during the holidays.
“As we spend more time together during this season, we may see changes in our loved ones we haven’t noticed before,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “This can be a good time to ask our friends and family members who are older or have disabilities about loneliness, struggles with daily tasks and safety. Fortunately, we have resources that can help address concerns.”
The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging offer these helpful resources:
The Minnesota Board on Aging website also has resources for people who are caregiving for family members and friends. These include The Caregiver Resource Guide, which includes checklists to plan for caregiving and tips for how people who are caregiving can take care of themselves.
The Own Your Future website includes resources to prepare and pay for your own long-term care.
Services are also available when maltreatment of a vulnerable adult is suspected. The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center is administered by the Department of Human Services and has a toll-free number at 1-844-880-1574 available 24/7 to report possible abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of a loved one. More information is available at mn.gov/dhs/adult-protection.
Vulnerable adults include any person 18 or older who:
“Being observant around our loved ones at this time of year and following up to ask for help can mean a healthier and happier new year,” said Piper.