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About Our Partnerships

LSS Older Adult Services 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 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 ServiceWomen holding hands.

In 2018, LSS launched our Community Companion service 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  and paired with an LSS Community Health Worker.  

Community Health Workers 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.

Learn more about our Community Companion service.

Friends in the KitchenWoman cooking with pots

For many people age 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.

Prescription MealsElderly women dining.

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. 

Caregiver Support & RespiteCaregiver Respite Day Out

Day Out Respite

Caregivers, who spend each day caring for a loved one, often find it challenging to balance errands, appointments and general daily tasks. There are caregivers in your community who could use a break. Your congregation or community group can partner with LSS Caregiver Support & Respite Services to offer Day Out Respite for your neighbors—a few hours of respite for caregivers who need a break.

LSS Caregiver Support & Respite Services offers Day Out Respite through partnerships with churches and other community groups. We provide a four-hour block of time, where a loved one can come and engage with a small group of individuals, and caregivers can leave to take care of errands and self-care needs.

Partner sites offer a meeting space on a weekly basis with access to restrooms. They may also donate refreshments and assist with finding individuals to participate in the Day Out Respite service. Services are led by trained employees and volunteers. Some geographic areas have funding available to supplement the cost of service. Individuals using the service are then asked to pay an income-based contribution towards their service. In other areas partner sites can cover these costs with grants or donations.

Call for more information or to schedule a meeting with an LSS Caregiver Support & Respite
Services employee. We will provide an initial overview of service offerings and more detailed
information. Together we can tailor design a service with you, the Community Partner, to create
the best experience for your Day Out Respite participants.

To get started, please email caregiverservices@lssmn.org or call 866.787.9802.

Continuing Partnerships

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 Meals, 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 Meals provides nutritionally-balanced meals for its LSS Bistro community dining centers and LSS Meals on Wheels services.  

Public Health Services — cooperating with public health agencies, senior housing and other nonprofits, LSS Meals 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.