More than $9.5 million in new state grants will help aging Minnesotans stay in their homes longer through services such as caregiver support, housekeeping, retrofitting to prevent falls and other assistance.
Live Well at Home grants will go to 45 organizations to support aging Minnesotans. Research shows that people are happier and have better health outcomes when they can live in their homes longer, rather than moving into institutionalized care like nursing homes.
Projects funded in the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ latest round of grants include:
- Updating multiple assisted living units in Crookston to provide better accessibility and safety features for memory care residents.
- Reducing the racial gap in homeownership by preserving homeownership and generational wealth among older adults in Indigenous communities and communities of color.
- Expanding caregiver services in five west metro counties, including underserved Scott and Carver counties, with additional support in Hennepin, Sherburne and Wright counties.
“These grants are critical to the well-being of aging Minnesotans and the organizations that support them,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “Not only do most people prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible, but the services funded by the grants are also cost-effective and deliver better health outcomes.”
Among the nine Northern Minnesota grantees is Access North Center for Independent Living, Hibbing, which received $271,000. The project will help older adults with accessible entrances and improved accessibility throughout their homes. Access North also facilitates tub cuts, grab bars and other accessibility accommodations.
Another recipient is Aitkin County CARE, Aitkin, with $54,000. The grant will help older and disabled adults stay in their homes by assessing their need for help. Funds will also go toward emergency respite care, a chore program and food delivery, among other types of assistance.
Four programs in Northwest Minnesota received grants. One is the Villa St. Vincent/Benedictine Living Community, Crookston, which received $107,000. The project will fund improvements to entrance/exits and kitchen accessibility for four assisted living units. Infrastructure will improve care for those with dementia and physical disabilities, with a door alarm to prevent accidental elopement.
Three Southern Minnesota programs were funded, including Three Rivers Community Action, Zumbrota, with $159,000. Grant funds will enhance older adult programming to provide new long-term supports and services including homemaker, chore and respite help while also expanding the volunteer transportation program.
More than 20 Twin Cities programs were funded. One is Ebenezer Society Foundation, St. Paul, with a grant of $184,000. M Health Fairview and Ebenezer Society are renovating St. Joseph’s Hospital to become the Fairview Community Health and Wellness Hub in St. Paul. The Hub will provide wraparound services including mental health and substance use treatment, free food distribution and Ebenezer’s adult day care services.
Another Twin Cities program that received a grant is Rebuilding Together Minnesota, Minneapolis, with $156,000. Priorities include increasing the number of low-income older adults who receive home accessibility modifications; expanding outreach to Indigenous communities, communities of color and organizations working with Native American residents; and increasing outreach to veterans and veteran-focused organizations.
Seven Central Minnesota programs were awarded grants. These include Breath of Life Adult Day Service, Brainerd, with $59,000. Breath of Life will purchase a wheelchair accessible van, eliminating a barrier to serving people who use wheelchairs.
Another is the Lower Sioux Indian Community Morton, with $212,000. The grant will help improve elders’ physical wellness by supporting existing resources and adding two new physical health resources. Elders will have opportunities for social interaction twice a week, instead of twice a month. Goals include better nutritional health and less isolation through increased participation in a new elder congregate dining program.
Read the complete list of program recipients at https://mn.gov/dhs/media/news/#/detail/appId/1/id/604423