Elder Network was founded in 1988 in Rochester Minnesota. Our mission is “Individuals impacted by the limiting effects of aging have an optimal quality of life.” We are a local 501c3 nonprofit. We serve primarily three counties in Southeast Minnesota; Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona. However, our educational offerings and support groups are open to anyone that would like to attend. Elder Network has developed seven non-medical programs that support seniors and their caregivers. We are a well- respected organization providing non-medical elder care which isn’t provided by other organizations doing similar services. We are proud that we network with other organizations so that we are able to support seniors and their caregivers whether we do the service or we refer them to an organization that provides the services they require. Our outreach extends to all regardless of elder traditions, cultures or religions. These programs include Senior Advocacy, Education & Support, Companion Services, Respite Care In-Home, Peer Support, Friendly Visitors, and Transportation. Not all services are available in all counties.
Peer Support is for people 55 and older who are facing challenges in their lives, such as isolation, depression, relationship issues, anxiety, addiction, retirement, grief, major health changes, etc. Trained older adult volunteers make weekly home visits to provide a listening ear, support and encouragement for positive change. More information on meeting times and locations is available on the calendar.
Transportation is also provided by volunteer drivers to and from crucial health care appointments such as medical, dental, support groups, mental wellness, hearing and eye, etc. Please call us at 507-285-5272 for more information or to set up this service. This service is available in Olmsted County.
Companion Services provide a companion to assist in everyday task completion. The companion provides tasks that the clients would like someone to assist them with, so they can remain safely in their home.
These tasks may include:
- Planning meals together
- Watering plants
- Respite assistance and socialization
- Walking the dog
- And more!
We will help with a variety of tasks that make everyday life easier. Please call us at 507-285-5272 for more information or to set up this service.
The Visitors program provides weekly socialization through having someone in home conversing with and engaging an older adult. This helps avoid loneliness, isolation and supports positive mental wellness. Please call us at 507-285-5272 for more information or to set up this service.
Education and Support Groups
Education opportunities consist of evidence-based workshops, monthly aging education events, health fairs, community presentations and support groups. Please go to our Events and Calendar (link) for descriptions of programs and support groups being currently offered and their respective dates.
Respite Care In-Home
Respite Care In-Home provides relief for the caregiver to complete out of home duties and non-medical tasks, confident that their loved one is with a competent respite caregiver. Please call us at 507-285-5272 for more information or to set up this service.
Senior Advocates, licensed social workers familiar with the long term care system, are available to provide information and assistance to seniors and their caregivers navigating the sometimes difficult and convoluted care services matrix. These specialists can often help, even if you aren’t sure exactly what you need. Please call us at 507-285-5272 for more information or to set up an appointment. This service is available in Olmsted County.
Elder Circles are culturally diverse older adults gathering together in a facilitated meeting environment to learn more about each other culturally, religiously and traditionally. We discuss a variety of aging topics at these circles. Please call us at 507-285-5272 for more information or to find an Elder Circle meeting near you.
Not all services are available in all counties. Please contact us if you aren’t sure what you need. We are here to help.