$6.4 million going to organizations providing services throughout the state
The Minnesota Department of Human Services last week announced the newest recipients of grants that will help older adults maintain their health, independence, and community involvement.
By 2020, Minnesotans over age 65 will outnumber schoolchildren for the first time ever. The Live Well at Home grants announced today total $6,443,793 and will go to 45 organizations across the state to help this growing population of older Minnesotans stay in their homes for as long as possible. That’s what most people prefer, said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead.
“These grants help diverse communities throughout Minnesota provide services that help older Minnesotans navigate their everyday lives,” Harpstead said. “This can include familiar services such as transportation and caregiver assistance or creative approaches that support people in new ways.”
Some notable projects and services funded in this round of grants include:
• Robotic companions with artificial intelligence as a new approach to lessening social isolation and depression among older adults in Minneapolis and Worthington.
• Opportunities for youth to develop work skills by doing chores for veterans, American Indian elders and adults with disabilities in eastern Aitkin and western Carlton counties.
• Livestreaming a Spanish-
language program on healthy eating, exercise, appropriate use of medications, and the health care system in Austin.
• Help for older adults who are homeless to find stable housing in Mora.
• Outreach to LGBTQ older adults in Hennepin County.
Here are the latest Live Well at Home grant recipients, listed alphabetically by region.
Assumption Community Services, Stearns County, $231,381 to expand programs and services throughout Stearns County and the St. Cloud metro area.
Foley Area C.A.R.E., Foley, $70,629 for education, volunteer recruitment and other services to help older adults remain healthy and living in their homes.
Granite Falls Living at Home Block Nurse Program, $92,000 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.
Habitat for Humanity, Douglas County, $192,269 to help very-low-income patients by making safety modifications to their homes after they receive medical care.
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mora, $123,200 for its wellness center and to offer health education classes and to expand assistive living homemaking, personal care attendant, and medication management services to the community.
Paynesville Area Living at Home Block Nurse Program, $78,801 to continue providing and coordinating community-based services to older adults living in the Paynesville school district.