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Caregiver Respite & Long Term Care Support Program

Wilder Connect is available for adults with memory loss, Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders

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The Wilder Connect is a caregiver respite and long term care support program that provides 4-hours of engaging activities, personal care and healthy meals for adults, while offering respite and self-care time for their family and friend caregivers*. 

Please note: Safety protocols are in place during COVID-19.

When participants join Wilder Connect in Saint Paul, they can expect:

  • Personal support from professionally trained Wilder staff and volunteers, including assistance needed with hygiene.
  • A healthy, delicious lunch (served at noon).
  • Engaging physical, cognitive and social activities such as exercise, arts & crafts, lively discussions, games and more.
  • One hour of in-person music therapy every Monday and Tuesday.**
  • Provides rest and self-care time for caregivers.
  • Earn a free day by referring a family member or friend – ask about our referral incentive!

Wilder Connect is available on the following days:

  • Mondays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (first full weekend of the month)

Cost:

$115 per 4-hour day and includes all care, activities and meals.* 
Sliding fee scale is available based on household income.** 

Learn more and register:

Contact us at 651-280-2294 or wilderconnect@wilder.org for more information and to sign up for Wilder Connect!

Location:

941 Lafond Ave., 
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Printable map and directions to our new location.

*Caregivers and participants must arrange their own transportation.

**Made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

***Funded under contract with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Inc. as part of the Older Americans Act.

Struthers Parkinson's Care Network

We are a Struthers Parkinson's Care Network member. Our staff receive ongoing training, education, and care guidelines for people with Parkinson's Disease and their families. Visit the Struthers website for more information.

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Join a Caregiver Support Group

Meet caregivers for mutual support on your caregiving journey.

Wilder’s Caregiver Support Groups provides space for caregivers to feel less alone and receive mutual support from other caregivers. Meetups are available monthly for people caregiving for someone with dementia, someone with Parkinson's Disease, or for an older adult family member with any health condition. Or attend a coffee hour for a casual gathering of caregivers.

Caregivers: Join the CaregivingNow Group on Facebook

Caregivers are savvy members of online communities–but where can you go to connect with other caregivers online? This is a true community space–an online gathering place – where caregivers can come for humor, connection, information and friendship.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a special legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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