Helping older adults and their caregivers age well at home.
An Unpaid Family Caregiver is any identified family member, friend, or neighbor who has a significant personal relationship with, and provides a broad range of assistance for anyone who is over the age of 60.
Are you the person that helps with:
• Buying groceries and/or preparing meals
• Physical care
• Managing medications
• Making appointments
• Spending time, sometimes at work, to handle a crisis or is the designated “on-call” person.
In small doses, these tasks can be manageable. Juggling caregiving demands with the demands of your own life on an ongoing basis can be challenging.
Here is how we can help!
Let us walk beside you as you manage and live your life while caring for another person. You will develop you own caregiver support plan and connect with resources in the community
Come and share your story with others in a professionally facilitated, safe, confidential environment. Share concerns and feelings regarding your role as caregiver and learn from others. Join an in-person or virtual caregiver club – contact one of our aging care staff for more information.
Education and Information:
This personalized service equips caregivers with knowledge, skills and tools to achieve a balanced lifestyle while caring for another person. Attend a class, or book a 1-on-1 session with one of our professionals. Our dedicated team is here to help you navigate the challenges of caregiving, whether it’s medical, emotional, or practical. You’re not alone on this journey.
- Caregiver Essentials
Understanding the impact of providing care to an older adult and getting help finding community resources.
- Healthy Eating
Identify some healthy eating habits and how to plan healthy meals and snacks.
- Stress Awareness
Identifying your stressors and learning what actions to take to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
- Diagnosed with Dementia: Now What?
This class will cover care planning for caregivers and discuss what Dementia is and how it affects the diagnosed and those around them.
- Caring Through the Holidays
This class focuses on what caregivers may be going through around the holidays.
- Making Memories
Focusing on what is still possible instead of what is no longer possible between Caregiver and those who need care
- and many referrals and connections to other area services.
Upcoming education sessions can be found here.
Performance of light housekeeping tasks provided in person’s home and possibly other community settings. Task may include assistance such as preparing meals, shopping for food and other personal items, answering or making phone calls/other electronic communication or doing light housework (including but not limited to laundry and floor care in kitchen & bathroom).
Our volunteers offer “sunshine calls” to isolated older persons to ensured continued well-being of the individual and social contact. Participants receive phone calls over four weeks from volunteers trained in empathy and communication.
- The volunteers work with each participant to better understand the individual needs and customize the number of calls per week, typically between 2 and 4.
- During these calls, volunteers let the client guide the conversation with topics, like gardening or new recipes, that they want to talk about.
- After four weeks, participants are given the option to continue receiving one check-in call per week
These calls are a source of connection for both the older adults and the volunteers.
These Family Pathways Aging Services programs are sponsored, in part, by the Federal Older Americans Act through a contract from Central Minnesota Council on Aging under an Area Plan approved by the Minnesota Board on Aging. Further support comes from local donors, cost share participants, and Family Pathways Thrift Store revenue.