2016 contract awards help provide support to caregivers in Southern Minnesota
Social Service of Minnesota (LSS of MN) has long been committed to making life
better for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers. This
year, with help from contract awards by the Minnesota River Area Agency on
Aging (MNRAAA), more caregivers will receive respite and support while loved
ones in their care will experience positive social interaction essential to
Lutheran Social Serve of Minnesota
contract awards for caregiver supports, LSS of MN Caregiver Respite Services
will move forward with plans to expand caregiver services and provide monthly
caregiver discussion groups. Now, caregivers in Brown, Jackson and Sibley
counties can find a supportive network of people to share experiences and
information. Visit http://www.lssmn.org/oa/caregiver/locations/ for a complete list of support groups by location.
are so thrilled to receive these awards from the Minnesota
River Area Agency on Aging,” said Tara Giese, senior program manager of Caregiver
Support and Respite for LSS of MN. “Caring for a loved one can be a physically and
emotionally demanding role. Many times, caregiving is a 24/7 commitment with
little to no breaks - time off to recharge is essential to maintaining a
balanced life. These awards help make it possible for our
staff and wonderful volunteers to provide respite care and support, affording
caregivers much needed time to run errands, attend appointments and, most
importantly, rest. We are so appreciative of MNRAAA’s
recognition and support of our work.”
funds from MNRAAA will also strengthen efforts to recruit AmeriCorps volunteers
to offer in-home respite care, helping caregivers provide quality care for
their loved ones while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Minnesota’s Department of
Human Services reports that 736,000 Minnesotans, or one in six people, provide
regular care or assistance to a friend or family member who has a health
problem, long-term illness or disability. In
2015, LSS of MN Caregiver Support and Respite provided 11,069 hours of respite
care, 2,045 counseling sessions, support groups for 577 attendees and 1,200
consulting sessions to caregivers in Minnesota.
For a comprehensive list of all services for older adults, visit www.lssmn.org/olderadults or call
the Senior LinkAge Line at 1.800.333.2433.
Lutheran Social Service of
Minnesota offers a wide variety of human support services relating to the
basics of life — food, shelter, safety, physical and emotional wellbeing. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in
St. Paul, serves one in 65 Minnesotans yearly with operations in 300 Minnesota
communities, and employs 2,300 people. For comprehensive information about the
organization’s statewide services, visit www.lssmn.org.
About Minnesota River
Area Agency on Aging
As the designated area agency
on aging for 27 counties in southwest Minnesota, MNRAAA is a catalyst in
building communities where seniors live with dignity, mutual respect
and shared responsibilities across generations and cultures. Additional
information can be found by visiting http://mnraaa.org/.
Note: MNRAAA funding provides Caregiver Respite Services in
Brown, Jackson and Sibley Counties. Caregiver Services in Brown County are receiving partial funding from the
United Way of Brown County Area.