Minnesota recently received a SCAN Foundation award for the statewide systems supporting people who care for older adults and noted some services delivered by Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA) and community partners.
The SCAN Foundation recognized Minnesota for providing such services as coaching to help people care for those with dementia; consultation, information and assistance through the Senior LinkAge Line, a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging delivered by Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging; and services that give caregivers a respite.
“Minnesota’s commitment to expanding innovative programs that support family caregivers and allow its residents to live more independently has made it a pacesetter,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, President and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, in a statement. “These actions are fundamental for states to prepare, particularly for the growing population of older Americans, and we commend Minnesota for leading the way.”
Minnesota is also noted for expanding the Return to Community initiative, which helps people in nursing homes to return to their homes with needed supports. Under 2017 legislation, Return to Community will provide a stipend to people who are caregiving to pay for respite or other needed help. This service is under expansion at MAAA, where Senior LinkAge Line staff play a key role in assisting these older adults.
The SCAN Foundation, based in Long Beach, California, is an independent public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence.