We are committed to developing mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations that educate, serve and support the health and well-being of older adults and their caregivers.
If your organization is interested in discussing potential ways LSS can partner with you, please contact us at 1.800.582.5260.
Innovative new partnerships
LSS is expanding its collaboration with other service organizations, particularly in the area of health care and wellness. We are partnering with health care entities, churches, counties, local organizations, and volunteers to bring new types of non-medical services to life. By tracking measurable outcomes we are finding creative ways to reduce costs and hospital visits while increasing social interaction and quality of life for older adults statewide.
Community Companion Service
In 2018, LSS launched a Community Companion partnership in cooperation with Medica. The program’s mission is to support an older adult’s transition to life at home after a hospital stay and reduce future emergency-room visits and hospitalizations.
After an older adult is discharged from the hospital, they are referred to LSS by Medica and paired with an LSS Community Companion.
Community Companions are trained to work with older adults to develop personal health records. They help set health goals, monitor appointments, make medication notes and more. The companion also performs a home safety assessment, provides nutrition tips and helps find other services that may be needed.
Friends in the Kitchen
For many people aged 55 and older, preparing meals every day can be overwhelming. Not knowing how to cook, having a fixed income or limited mobility are common barriers to healthy eating. Too often, older adults rely on quick meal options that are highly processed, full of sodium and lacking in nutrition.
To support area older adults, and in partnership with the St. Peter Food Co-op, LSS launched a free cooking class called ‘Friends in the Kitchen’. Each class provides participants with flavorful, healthy meal choices they can cook at home. During classes, participants taste the food and learn how to make it. The meals, designed to be both freezer-ready and shareable, avoid using processed ingredients. They can also be made with limited mobility at a cost of just $4.00 per day.
Due to the great success of this creative class in St. Peter, Friends in the Kitchen has expanded into Bemidji, Winsted and Mankato.
LSS has developed a prescription meals program in conjunction with health-care agencies in several areas of the state. The goal is to reduce hospital re-admissions and emergency-room visits by ensuring that older adults have access to healthy meals once they leave the hospital. Following hospital discharge, participants receive a “prescription” to receive a set number of meals from LSS Meals on Wheels or LSS dining centers. LSS and the cooperating medical facilities are also conducting follow-up studies to determine the program’s impact.
Adult and Community Education — offering caregiver workshops, training and speakers.
Associations and Organizations (like the Alzheimer’s Association, the Area Agencies on Aging and a number of government-based agencies) — working in cooperation with LSS to refer older adults to the service providers which can best meet their needs.
Attorneys and Legal Professionals — partnering closely with LSS’ Guardianship Options team to offer the best in person-centered services for individuals who are not able to make decisions for themselves.
Churches and Faith Communities — developing partnerships that help congregations strengthen their service ministry.
Financial Advisors and Estate Planners — working through its Guardianship Options and Pooled Trust services, LSS partners with financial professionals to ensure that an individual’s financial affairs are managed in a manner that is professional, appropriate and in the client’s best interest.
Employment Programs — providing training and supervision to persons entering and re-entering the workforce. LSS’ Senior Nutrition, Guardianship Options, and Senior Corps provide a variety of employment opportunities for participants to do meaningful, paid work.
Farmers, Caterers and Food Distributors — partnering with farmers, caterers and food distributors, LSS Nutrition services provides nutritionally-balanced meals for its dining centers and Meals on Wheels programs.
Public Health Services — cooperating with public health agencies, senior housing and other nonprofits, LSS Nutrition and Senior Companion services work to serve older adults in their communities.
Schools and Youth Groups — placing Foster Grandparent volunteers in school settings as mentors, LSS helps to provide a consistent presence in children’s lives and helps children stay focused on their task of learning.