We help providers stay informed of trends in housing, wellness, caregiving and health care. We assist organizations in using evidence-based programs and other emerging best practices. And, we help organizations design services and establish sustainable business models—a big challenge faced by many serving older adults.
When working together, organizations within the aging network have the potential for significant collective impact. Our education, training and one-to-one consultation help increase provider effectiveness.
The funding landscape for nonprofit organizations is ever changing and financial sustainability is increasingly difficult for organizations in the aging network. MAAA works to alleviate this strain. Through funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Eldercare Development Partnership and federal resources, we provide the following assistance:
Workshops on sustainable business practices
MAAA partners with a variety of organizations, including the Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Wilder Research and others, to offer workshops aimed at increasing the knowledge and honing the skills of home and community-based service providers. The workshops focus on budgeting, calculating true program costs, strategic financial planning and program evaluation. As a result, providers are better positioned for success in a competitive environment. For information, contact Nan Just.
Live Well at Home (LWaH) proposal consultation
The Department of Human Services makes grants under its Live Well at Home program for projects that expand the options for affordable long-term care services and supports.
Fiscal Year 2017 Live Well at Home grants request for proposal will be issued in March 2016.
MAAA provides technical assistance and consultation to Live Well at Home applicants, such as:
- Providing information about service gaps and needs
- Suggesting additional partners for the proposed project
- Suggesting improvements to proposed project ideas and concepts
- Discussing plans for sustainability after Live Well at Home funding concludes
- Reviewing draft applications with written feedback
- Connecting applicants to other resources in developing the proposal
To learn more about Live Well at Home grants and how we can assist, contact Nan Just.
Services delivered at home and in community settings must first help older adults achieve their goals for well-being. Fee-for-service payers, foundations and health care provider partners want to know that their investments produce desired outcomes for older adults within a value framework. MAAA helps organizations design and deliver services that are person-centered and that meet expected business requirements.
Evidence-based health and wellness programs
We provide training and support to help community organizations implement evidence-based health promotion programs, such as A Matter of Balance and Living Well with Chronic Conditions. Learn more about these evidence-based programs.
Live Well at Home
We provide training on Live Well at Home, which is a four-step, simple process designed to help older adults manage seven key risks to stay living independently in their communities. The steps are:
- Know your risks
- Make your choices
- Take action
- See results
We convene provider forums to exchange best practices for adopting the tools; for example, how to frame conversations with older adults about their goals for community living and address their particular risks.
Caregiver assessment tools
MAAA can help you provide these services to caregivers in your community:
- TCARE (Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral) supports family caregivers in identifying strengths and needs through a formal assessment and a plan tailored to the caregiver’s unique situation.
- Family Memory Care is an intervention aimed at helping caregivers living with a family member with memory loss. It includes an assessment, two sessions with the caregiver and four family sessions, leading to reduced stress for the caregiver and increased support from family.
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week, once weekly, caregiver education series. The sessions address self-care, stress reduction, communication, listening to emotions and mastering decisions, thereby helping caregivers better care for themselves while caring for others.
Assessing a caregiver’s strengths and needs is important in determining the right service or support for each caregiver.
- Nationally, the Caregivers Count Too toolkit helps providers effectively assess the strengths and needs of family caregivers.
- The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving website offers resources and information to help providers choose appropriate tools.
- Providers can find a Minnesota-specific assessment resource at MN Caregiver Minimum Assessment, which has the recommended seven domains of a caregiver assessment, stress/burden and depression measures, the Live Well at Home Rapid Screen, and a caregiver plan with goals.
Metro area caregiver provider collaborative
MAAA provides administrative support and co-convening of the Metropolitan Caregiver Service Collaborative, connecting professionals who work with family caregivers in the Twin Cities metro area. Get information on caregiver assessments, evidence-based programs and recent research.
Working Caregiver E-News
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging creates and distributes Working Caregiver E-News. The newsletter provides resources and information for employers, human resource professionals and employee assistance program staff, as well as working caregivers. The multiple-sourced resources focus on topics that affect both employers and employees. For additional information or to submit news items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twin Cities Aging Network
MAAA believes that the knowledge and skills of community-based aging services providers can be valuable assets in achieving the triple aim of health care reform: Improve population health, improve patient care and improve affordability of care.
With support from the Administration on Community Living, we convened 12 metro aging service providers and 2 consortiums to form the Twin Cities Aging Network. This group is paving the way for connecting service providers with health care entities to improve care for older adults and provide a funding stream through health care payers. Besides leveraging the network’s collective expertise, members are building knowledge in these areas:
- Methods and measures for pay for performance
- Legal and operational structures
- Service menus and value propositions
- Information-sharing technologies and privacy requirements
- Credentialing requirements
- Marketing research and strategies
A pilot project to test the feasibility of integrating older adult services with health services is being developed. For more information about the network and availability of learning workshops, contact Kate Houston.
Health care partnerships
As part of advocating healthy aging for older adults, MAAA facilitates connections between health care and community providers to pursue and practice innovations using the strengths of the aging network. We offer:
- Education to health care providers about the variety of community services and resources and how to connect with the aging services network
- Facilitation to test promising approaches for patient referral and use of community services
- Workshops promoting best-practice tools for optimal care coordination, dementia care, and use of aging and disability resources for health care and community-based care coordinator audiences
For more information, contact Kate Houston.