Helping Seniors Maintain Good Health
Local programs offer a combination of activities and services to help seniors maintain and restore good health. These include: exercise programs, health education classes, in-home health assessments, blood pressure checks, rides to medical appointments, access to affordable in-home nursing care and much more.
Local programs provide information and support to family and friends who provide care for a senior, including assessment of caregiver burden, identifying supportive services, care planning and coordination, on-going support.
Creating Elder-Friendly Communities
Our state-wide organization helps local communities develop and sustain top-quality, affordable services designed to meet the specific needs of each community.
Live Well At Home Providers
As Live Well at Home (LWAH) providers, staff at our local programs can assist at-risk persons manage identified risk factors, buy help, and use other community services and supports in order to live at home. The provider uses the Live Well at Home model that includes the Live Well at Home Rapid Screen©, risk management strategies, evidence-based interventions, and follow-up assistance. The scope of practice includes: screening of risk factors for moving from home permanently and into a nursing home or assisted living; assessment of needs and community living goal; education, counseling and coordination support for the Live Well at Home Rapid Screen© risk factors; ability to direct older adults and family caregivers to home and community-based services, supports, and funding streams; assistance in using self-directed services option and/or to buy help at home and ability to problem-solve and follow-up.
Key elements: *Planning and professional support for community living *Use of coaching and risk management approaches for service *Use of evidence-based/informed programs to lower risk factors *Use of self-directed purchasing for buying help including employing personal workers *Conducting follow-up and review of results
The provider can help with: *Increasing the time living at home for at-risk older adults *Increasing the time family caregivers provide care and support to at-risk person *Improving health outcomes that could result in less use of hospital, Emergency Room (ER), and skilled nursing facilities *Older adults using private dollars to buy less expensive help early on *Delay a permanent move to assisted living and/or nursing home
Transportation for Health Related Appointments
Our local programs use a network of volunteer drivers to help seniors get to medical appointments and other destinations that are essential to maintaining health and independence. This service is especially important in greater Minnesota where residents must travel long distances to receive needed services. Rather than the curb to curb service offered by a taxi or bus, these volunteer drivers can ensure that the senior is safely escorted from their home, to the appointment and back home again. A suggested donation is set by the local program based on the cost of providing this service. Contact your local program for details.
Local programs link volunteers with seniors and caregivers to help with household chores.