Helping Older Minnesotans Stay at Home 02 Aug 12

Strategies to help Minnesotans stay in their homes and remain vital members of their communities as they grow old will be employed this year with a total of $2,296,787 in funding appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature.

Officials say helping Minnesotans stay in their homes and communities also saves the state dollars by making sure that nursing home care is reserved for those who need more intensive services.

Among projects being awarded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Community Service/Community Services Development Grants are several that support informal caregivers, friends and family members whose help is critical to supporting people 65 and older to remain in their homes and communities.

Fourteen projects are being funded including:

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, based in Mankato, is awarded $177,634 to improve access to transportation for veterans, older adults and people with disabilities by connecting consumers to rides and other transportation options from a variety of providers and programs in a 27-county area in southwestern Minnesota.

Vine Faith in Action of Mankato is awarded $244,595 to provide services such as caregiver support, respite, chore and home modification services to about 900 elders in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Brown, Sibley, Le Sueur, Watonwan and Waseca counties.

Great River Area Faith in Action, based in Becker, is awarded $293,998 over a three-year period to expand its Living Well at Home program into Princeton and St. Cloud, implement a respite program in Becker and begin a chronic care management services program in Sherburne and Wright County.

More information on Community Service/Community Services Development Grants is available at www.dhs.state.mn.us/cssd.