“As a family, we have had various issues in meeting the needs of our parents to stay in their home. I was the primary caregiver and then other family members stepped up. Along with that came burnout, inter-family communication struggles, disagreements etc. About that time, my sister learned of the Powerful Tools for Caregiver Classes being taught by Carla Pearson, LSW of Three Rivers Community Action in Faribault. My sister attends regularly and is excited about every session. The wealth of information provided is so valuable to our family. We have been provided with the tools and resources necessary to move forward. “ - Inez Thomas
This program provides information, resources and referrals for services to seniors and their caregivers. These services reduce caregiver stress and provide seniors with information and access to services to assure they can "age in place" successfully. Areas the advocate may assist with include assistance with new Medicare laws, financial assistance, nutrition assistance, information on healthcare directives and living wills, fall prevention, emergency preparedness, and food programs.
- As Senior Linkage Line Advocates and State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselors, advocates assist seniors in their homes with forms and questions regarding their insurance and other financial issues that impact their ability to remain independent.
- Advocates also meet with family members and caregivers to identify and assess their needs and help them develop a plan to meet those needs.
- Connect caregivers and seniors with information, resources, services, support linkages, and follow-up.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes:
A free class to assist the caregiver care for themselves while caring for older adults/spouse. The class meets once a week for six weeks and participants receive a caregiver handbook with very helpful information. Check back for future dates.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers for Businesses Classes:
A free class as described above however meets once a week for six weeks for only 90 minutes usually during lunch break or in the mid afternoon. This class has been proven to prevent and reduce work absenteeism. Check back for future dates.
Caregivers must be caring for a person over the age of 60 or be over the age of 60 and caring for a grandchild. One person within the caregiving/senior circle must live within Goodhue, Rice or Wabasha Counties.
For more information:
Senior Programs Coordinator
800-277-8418, ext. 328
Family Advocacy Services Specialist
800-277-8418, ext. 112
Funding for this program provided by:
Older Americans Act (Title III),Southeastern MN Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Faribault, United Way of Goodhue, Rice and Pierce Counties, Community funds of Pine Island, Wabasha, Greenfield and Cannon Falls, Area civic organizations, such as American Legions, Lion Clubs, VFW's, etc., Donations from area businesses and individuals
We continue to solicit additional required matching funds from other local agencies, grants, civic organizations, businesses and individual donations.