Elder Network - Rochester MNCOVID-19 Updates and Information

Where can I sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination?

  • The state is providing a vaccine locator map to help people connect with clinics and hospitals — with the important caveat that all are giving vaccines by appointment only and not all locations may be giving appointments at any given time.

  • The state has rolled out a new online tool to help Minnesotans determine when and where to get vaccinated. The “vaccine connector” will alert Minnesotans when they become eligible, connect them to resources to schedule an appointment and provide information on nearby vaccination opportunities.

    • Minnesotans will still have to make their own appointment to get a shot through a vaccine provider. The enrollment form asks for personal data including age, occupation and pre-existing health conditions. It also asks for race and gender information, but doesn't require enrollees to provide that data.

Can the COVID-19 vaccination make me sick?

  • No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Will the COVID-19 vaccination prevent me from getting COVID-19?

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

Commonly Asked Questions About Internet Access

How can I safely use the internet to access Elder Network's website and other essential resources?

  • Watch this video that was made by IBM to learn more about some quick steps that you can take to use the internet safely.

How do I learn how to use the internet to video conference with family, access online medical portals and appointments, order groceries online, and other essential tasks of my day-to-day living?

Commonly Asked Questions About Elder Network

What does Elder Network do?

  1. We have a mission of “Individuals impacted by the limiting effects of aging have an optimal quality of life.” We consider serving those who are directly impacted, as well as those that are surrounding that person, to be within our scope.

  2. We consider individuals 55 or better to be our primary target; however, caregivers are often much younger, and we serve them as well.

  3. We have a variety of programs, and the best option is to give us a call and describe your needs, so we can help fit a program to those needs. Our number is 507-285-5272.

How much does it cost clients to receive services?

  • We have a sliding fee scale based on income. Some services are at no cost, such as working with one of the Senior Advocates. Others such as the Companion program have fees attached, but remain very competitive so that everyone can access the services they need. The program coordinators can assist you with determining the costs for your needs.

What’s the difference between a volunteer and a companion?

  1. There are four programs that use volunteers. Generally these are 1 - 2 hours per week committments.

    • The Transportation program utilizes volunteer drivers to take clients to and from crucial medical appointments such as: doctor’s appointment, hearing, eye exams, mental wellness, physical therapy etc.

    • The Visitor program provides volunteers for socialization. Generally, these are home based activities such as conversation, cards, crafts, a walk, or other things that are generally weekly activities.

    • The Peer Support program uses trained volunteers to support an individual through a challenging time such as: dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, isolation, etc. by assisting with action planning and evaluation.

    • The Respite program utilizes trained volunteers to provide non-medical care for clients while the primary caregiver attends to their needs, socialization, or out-of-home tasks.

  2. The Companion program provides a companion to assist with tasks such as shopping, making meals, changing sheets, organizing a cupboard, and other tasks where the client will benefit from some assistance to do for themselves. Generally, this is a regularly scheduled service more than once per week for 2 or more hours per visit.

What counties do you serve?

  • We serve the counties of Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona with our direct service programs. We also have educational programs that are open to anyone that would like to come and learn about any of the topics we have. We have had individuals attend classes in Winona from Wisconsin and individuals from Dodge County attend classes in Rochester.

How do I get set up with transportation to my appointments?

  • Please call the transportation coordinator 507-285-5272. If you already are a client with Elder Network, we can generally accommodate transportation with a 48-hour notice. If you are not yet a client with Elder Network, we will need to complete an intake and assessment before we can provide any transportation services.

Where is Elder Network located?

  • The main office for Elder Network is in Rochester at 1130 ½ 7th St NW Suite #205. There is also an office in Winona at 51 W 4th St. Most of our work is done outside of the office environment, but there are regular office hours for the Rochester location. (office hours can link to the contact us page area where we list them

Can you provide me some legal advice?

  • We cannot provide legal advice. Our senior Advocates can assist with completing forms for assistance and can connect you to other legal firms that can support you with other questions.

Elder NetworkCan you help me move?

  • We are not a moving service. We can help with connecting you to resources for moving and help with completing paperwork for housing.

Is Elder Network hiring?

  • Please see our Employment Opportunities page for the most recent Job position openings.

  • Elder Networks always needs volunteers. employment Applicants are subject to background checks. Please click here for an application. (Gets to an application form)

How can I volunteer at Elder Network?

Do I pay the person who helps me directly?

  • No. You will receive an invoice if the service you are receiving is part of our fee for service programing. Otherwise, if you would like to make a donation to continue the programming that is not supported through fees, we are happy to take those at the Rochester office, 1130 ½ 7th St NW #205, Rochester, MN 55901


Senior Resources SE MN Area

A helpful list of resources. Elder Network does not endorse any of the following websites, but rather provides them for your convenience.


125 Live Rochester MN, Senior Center

Salvation Army Caring Partners

Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging is a private non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of persons 60 and over through funding and providing a variety of programs to support seniors' independence and well-being.

Family Service Rochester committed to improving lives by providing the highest quality service to all in need.

United Way works to unite people and resources to improve lives in Olmsted County.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Find Alzheimer's disease information — from understanding Alzheimer's disease to coping with Alzheimer's symptoms and Alzheimer's care.

"A Caregiver's Guide." Information on legal and financial planning, day to day care, hygiene and personal care, choosing health care providers and facilities, coping.

Family Caregiver Alliance offers updates on diseases, online support groups, excellent articles, and an opportunity to ask questions of leaders in the field of caregiving.

Additional Senior Resource Links

AARP in Minnesota

The Caregiver’s Home Companion is a monthly newsletter and national website dedicated to addressing the information, resource and community needs of family caregivers to the elderly. The newsletter is available both in print and online, and the website includes current news and information affecting caregivers as well as an archive of news, tips and non-medical caregiving advice. The website also offers community forums for caregivers to share their questions and experiences.

Information on the stages of caregiving. Managing stress. Solutions to caregiving situations.

Practical, relevant articles for family caregivers. One of the goals is to help caregivers manage stress, and learn to find time for oneself, even if just for a few minutes a day.

Connects people to resources and services/programs in Southeast Minnesota, including evidence based classes

Third Age lists helpful articles such as how to develop a caregiving strategy, monitor a parent's safety from a distance, and assess when to step in and offer aid to aging parents.  It also has chat rooms under its "Family/ Caregiving" section.


Allows user to research help available throughout Minnesota