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Great River Area Faith in Action & Live Well at HomeSM

One of our clients is a 95 year-old woman who came onto our program in March, 2006.  She began by receiving volunteer assistance  with vacuuming, and direction from our professional staff on where to go for assistance with her medications.  Over the years she then received volunteer assistance with  homemaking, friendly visiting, and adopt-a-grandparent.  In January of 2010, we began providing transportation to appointments and to church.  

In January, 2011 we began using Live Well at Home SM  with her. We did the Live Well at Home Rapid Screen© with her on a regular basis.  Her first score was a 3  with 2 risk factors --  thinking of moving to senior housing and living alone.  She worked with a support planner to create  a risk action plan to address her risk factors. She started to use safety measures to prevent falls, as she uses a walker and we also helped her with plans to move to a an apartment.  

In May, 2011 this woman did move to an senior apartment and has since purchased homemaking, nursing services to check her vital signs and set-up medications, and daily meals.  Since this move she is too busy with friends to continue with the friendly visitor service.  She continues to use transportation service for appointments and is part of our adopt-a-grandparent program.  Her most recent visit from the support planner in October 2012 reveals a  Live Well at Home Rapid Screen© score of 2.

The Great River Faith in Action Agency serves 15 communities in the  central Minnesota area. They are funded in part with Older Americans Act Title III funds from Central Minnesota Council on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Community Service/Community Services Grant Program. For more information  please contact:  www.gra-fia.org or www.cmcoa.org.