Common Resources for Caregivers

Often, your caregiving journey begins with the realization that an older adult in your life needs assistance with tasks such as grocery shopping, paying bills, cooking, or yard work. You may decide to take on these tasks yourself. Or, there are organizations that can help you as a caregiver to provide these services. Below is a list of services that are commonly used by caregivers. To find the names and contact information for agencies that provide these services in the Twin Cities East Metro, call 651-280-CARE (2273) or email caregiving@wilder.org.

Adult Day Services

What are adult day services?

Adult day services are community-based programs which meet the health, social, recreational and therapeutic needs of elderly and disabled adults. Often, adult day services operate between the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Others are open for extended hours to assist working caregivers. The types and intensity of services vary depending on each program.

When do I use adult day services?

Adult day services can provide much-needed social interaction for your older adults. Some even provide personal care services such as bathing and on-site health care. Adult day services are especially helpful for working caregivers who need someone to provide care while they are at work. They can also be a source of important respite for caregivers.

How do I find adult day services?

If you live in the Twin Cities East Metro, call (651) 280-CARE or email caregiving@wilder.org.

Chore Services

What are chore services?

Chore services provide older adults assistance with household chores and minor home repairs. This includes outdoor chores such as lawn mowing, leaf raking and snow shoveling. It may also include indoor heavy cleaning (washing walls, cleaning basements, etc.), minor home maintenance, as well as routine indoor housekeeping.

When do I use chore services?

Chore services are helpful when the person you care for is able to remain living independently, but s/he could use assistance to complete certain household tasks. Many nonprofit organizations and faith communities provide chore services free of charge or on a sliding fee scale.

How do I find chore services?

If you live in the Twin Cities East Metro, call (651) 280-CARE or email caregiving@wilder.org.

Elder Law Attorney

What is an elder law attorney?

Elder law is an area of law that focuses on the legal needs of older adults. These needs generally include retirement planning, life insurance, medical costs, and estate planning. Attorneys who specialize in elder law usually have expertise in matters related to:
  • Medicare, Social Security, veterans disability and other government benefit programs
  • Powers of attorney, which provide a person with the ability to make medical or financial decisions on another person's behalf
  • Health and personal care planning, including medical care directives, long-term care plans, and end of life decisions
  • Retirement planning
  • Insurance
  • Wills and trusts
  • Financial planning
  • Quality of life and independence
  • Elder abuse

When do I use an elder law attorney?

It is best to seek an elder law attorney’s services before illness or incapacity becomes an issue. They can help older adults draft legal documents detailing exactly how certain situations should be handled if the person is not able to make decisions on his or her own.

How do I find an elder law attorney?


If you live in the Twin Cities East Metro, call (651) 280-CARE or email caregiving@wilder.org.

Home-Delivered Meals

What are home-delivered meals?

Programs such as Meals on Wheels provide affordable hot meals delivered direct to an older adult’s door. Most programs deliver every weekday, and many can provide frozen meals for the weekends and holidays.

When do I use home-delivered meals?

When grocery shopping and/or meal preparation becomes challenging, home-delivered meal programs can help ensure that an older adult has at least one, well-rounded and nutritious meal each day. Most programs offer meals tailored to specific dietary and cultural needs.

How do I find home-delivered meals?

If you live in the Twin Cities East Metro, call (651) 280-CARE or email caregiving@wilder.org.

Home Health Care

What is home health care?

Home health care is a personal care and health service that helps older adults remain living in their homes. Home health care is provided by Home Health Aides or Personal Care Attendants who are supervised by a Registered Nurse.

When do I use home health care?
When you need extra assistance with any of the following:

  • Bathing, dressing, using the bathroom and other personal cares
  • Medication monitoring, wound care and health education
  • Therapeutic care, including physical, speech and occupational therapy

How do I find home health care?

If you live in the Twin Cities East Metro, call (651) 280-CARE or email caregiving@wilder.org.

Respite

What is respite?

The word "respite" means to take a break: to have a respite from the daily challenges of caregiving. Respite can take place in the older adult's home or temporarily in another setting, such as an adult day health center. It can be planned for a few hours or for as long as a weekend. However, respite services do need to be planned in advance.

When do I use respite services?

Respite services offer you time away to get some rest, to do something you enjoy, or to complete errands or tasks. Respite for the caregiver can mean:
• Time to get out of the house, visit with friends, or have some quiet time alone
• Time to go to the store, library or run errands
• An evening out or a weekend getaway
• Time at home to do some tasks while someone else is being the responsible caregiver

How do I find respite?

Friends or family members can be respite providers, depending on the needs of the older adult – as long as you ask for help. Or, if you live in the Twin Cities East Metro, call (651) 280-CARE or email caregiving@wilder.org.

Support Groups

What are support groups?

Caregiver support groups provide opportunities for caregivers to share their experiences and provide emotional support for one another. Groups are typically led by a trained facilitator and meet regularly. Groups can be organized by the type of caregiving relationship (e.g., adult child) or by the older adult’s condition (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease).

When do I use a support group?

Support groups can help you feel you’re not alone in your situation. Often, knowing there are others who are sharing experiences similar to yours can reenergize you and others as a caregiver. Support groups can also provide advice for issues that may arise.

How do I find a support group?

If you live in the Twin Cities East Metro, call (651) 280-CARE or email caregiving@wilder.org.
 

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