Senior, volunteer column: Community Connections
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) along with its sponsoring organization, Volunteer Services of Carlton County, wishes you and yours a Happy New Year!
With the New Year, we want to share some programs at Volunteer Services designed to provide support for those caring for loved ones. The Family Memory Care Program is a service for caregivers living with a spousal family member with memory loss. Kristine Dwyer, our consultant, is trained to meet with families and assess their situation and talk about any concerns. She then helps educate about memory loss and works with the family to develop a plan of support. If you or someone you know is caring for a spouse with memory loss, please call our office. We can connect you with the appropriate services.
Whether or not you are a caregiver, you may have questions about how long it is safe to stay in your home. The Minnesota Board on Aging has established a website, (www.mnlivewellathome.org), an assessment to help seniors know and understand their risks of staying at home. The Live Well at Home counseling quiz is a seven question rapid screen to help you learn your risks. You can go online and take this yourself or call our office. We have a trained professional who can help administer the quiz and take the next steps to help you stay in your home as long as possible. Both of these programs are funded by ARDC — Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging — as a part of the Older American Act Program under an area plan approved by the Minnesota Board on Aging.
As you age, there are people who can care for you as you care for a loved one. You are not alone and we want to help you with any transitions.
Volunteer opportunities through RSVP
+ Chore Services: Volunteers are needed for snow removal, house cleaning, home maintenance or odd jobs. Location is Carlton County and Duluth.
+ Clerk for Thrift Store: Sorters are needed with a commitment of two hours or more, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturdays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
+ Community Memorial Hospital: CMH has volunteer opportunities including mail delivery, receptionist, gift shop attendant, friendly visiting and wheelchair escort.
+ Drivers: Drivers are needed for transporting individuals to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other personal business. Time is flexible, Monday through Sunday. Mileage reimbursement is available.
+ Guardian: Volunteer guardians are needed for adults with disabilities. Time commitment can be up to two hours per month. No experience is needed, just the desire to advocate for an adult person who may not be able to represent themselves.
+ Meals on Wheels Drivers: Drivers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Carlton County area. Days are flexible, Monday through Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
If interested in volunteering, please call Volunteer Services at 218-879-9238 and ask for Bernadine.
Are you interested in assisting seniors or homebound individuals as a home health aide or being a homemaker? Call Deb Lindamood for more information at 218-879-9238.
Community Connections writer Bernadine Atchison is the RSVP director and can be contact at 218-879-9238.