Scott Semo and his family used his experience with a childhood head injury to advocate for change in the home care system. Semo died in December. He was 52 and lived in Roseville.
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa stated, “Scott’s story has been a powerful driver of progress in our home care campaigns. Over the past eight years he has repeatedly revealed to Minnesotans the intimate difficulties of depending on state and federal systems for in-home care. His ready willingness to share his challenges with news outlets and state negotiating teams has grounded some of the more difficult moments in our movement to protect and improve home care services.”
Semo’s mother and caregiver Delores Flynn is a leader in SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa.
Semo sustained a head injury at age 2 ½. He was a graduate of Totino-Grace High School and attended Stout University and Century College.
He showed and trained Portuguese Water Dogs, and enjoyed traveling to dog shows around the country. He was an active member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of the Twin Cities. Semo developed several pet products; had a patent on one and was in the process of getting patents on his other pet products. He was writing a book when he became very ill.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, father and stepmother, brothers and their families, other family members and caregivers. Services have been held. Memorials preferred to the Ronald McDonald House at Gillette Hospital St Paul, PWD Foundation or the family.