Helping seniors in their homes for 27 years
Helping seniors for over 27 years in Itasca County, the Home Visitors program is based on a simple concept - visiting Itasca County seniors in their home and helping them access the services and community resources they need. Home Visitors assure that seniors can access help for mental health difficulties, assistance for living conditions and social service needs such as help in their home, transportation, isolation and more.
“We are pleased to continue to support the important work of the Home Visitors with a total grant of $7,500,” says Sarah Copeland, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Interim Director of Operations. “They reach our seniors where they are at and help them access what they truly need while continuing to educate us all about the issues facing our elderly citizens.”
Home Visitor Program is free of charge
“The Home Visitor Program is now operating through ElderCircle. We all believe this to be a great fit for everyone, especially the seniors we serve,” notes Renee Bymark, Executive Director of ElderCircle. “We understand how difficult this time can be for seniors, and those who care for them. ElderCircle helps seniors stay in their homes, and live independent lives, but today, with quarantine situations, and often other underlying health problems, staying in your home can take on a whole new meaning.”
[PHOTO: Renee Bymark (center) accepts grants from Mary Jo Gibbons (left) and Cathy Sayward (right)]
The Home Visitor Program is dedicated to caring and respectful service to seniors. “They hold an essential place in the community,” states Kasey McCarroll, with the Home Visitor Program. “Our service is free, our structure light and flexible, and our approach adaptable to the needs of each person.”
Advanced age frequently brings physical and social losses and emotional pain. Home Visitors help prevent deterioration and crises that are harmful to the individual and costly to the community. Some of their services include:
Educate seniors about community resources - Home Visitor staff research and help seniors find community resources that fit their needs.
Assess overall well-being - Assess seniors for strengths, risk factors and safety concerns.
Strengthen support network - Identify positive relationships in the senior's life that can be used to strengthen their support network.
Supportive counseling - Provide counseling including grief, loss and mental health concerns.
Assist with paperwork and practical needs - Help with paperwork relating to housing needs, financial assistance, health insurance, health care directives and more.
Caregiver support - Explore supportive options for the person who is caring for a senior citizen.
Follow-up visits - After the initial visit, they may follow-up as often as needed to help the person achieve their goals.
Group education - Educate groups in the community on issues of aging.
Grant funding is provided from the Edgar and Hannah Hetteen Fund, Nashwauk Area Community Fund and Barzen Fund.
Contact ElderCircle and Home Visitor
During this uncertain time, balancing the health and well-being of our loved ones and ourselves can be confusing. If you are or care for someone over 65, please feel free to contact ElderCircle or the Home Visitor Program. They can answer your questions, and are happy to help you. ElderCircle’s phone number is (218) 999-9233. Kasey McCarroll is the Home Visitor contact, and her number is (218) 999-9233 ext. 287. You can also reach Kasey via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you appreciate the work they do in our community, consider leaving a gift in your will or estate plan. The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation holds the ElderCircle Fund, an endowment that supports the dedicated people and programs of ElderCircle. Anyone can donate to the ElderCircle Fund. For more information, visit our website at www.gracf.org or schedule a visit by calling (218) 999-9100.
The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the good work we do, and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?” For more information, schedule a visit by calling (218) 999-9100.