ElderNetwork
 

Our Programs

Peer Support: The goal of this program is to match trained peer volunteers with seniors who need encouragement to face life's changes, such as:

  • Moving from a long-time home or farm
  • Receiving a life changing medical diagnosis
  • Retiring, which can cause a lost or decreased sense of identity
  • Experiencing the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or friend

These and other changes in life may lead to feelings of confusion, loneliness, and isolation--even depression in the most severe cases. Our peer volunteers listen with regard for the individual’s feelings, in a non-judgmental manner during weekly in-home visits. Clients are free to share their feelings with volunteers who assist in finding answers and solutions to their problems.  Finding resolutions for their challenges provides the client with feelings of restored empowerment and peace of mind.

Our services are offered to people age fifty-five or older and provided by their peers, thereby eliminating age gap and making conversation easier. Our volunteers receive training in how to provide spiritual care to older adults and when to make a referral.  Our volunteers also receive training in communication and active listening skills, normal aging, counseling techniques, death and dying, mental health issues and more.

  • A volunteer is assigned to visit each client for up to one hour per week
  • Call the Elder Network office for more information
Respite Care: A trained volunteer allows the caregiver to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. The volunteer spends one to four hours per week with the care recipient, providing companionship, conversation and the assurance of their security.
  • Contact the Elder Network office to learn more

Caregiver Support: Personalized service from one of our three registered nurses is designed to empower family caregivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to develop and enrich their role as caregivers. Services provided are:

  • Assessment to determine level of care needed
  • Goal setting and follow-up
  • Care plan
  • Contact the Elder Network office to schedule an in-home appointment

The Gathering: The Gathering is an adult care program designed to benefit family caregivers. It is a group respite program which provides the opportunity for care receivers to interact with others in a secure and stimulating environment. This program affords caregivers valuable time away from their responsibilities in order to schedule appointments or to have time for themselves.

  • The Gathering meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • A donation is requested to supplement the costs of lunch and care 
  • Please contact Elder Network at least 24 hours in advance to make a reservation

Peer Volunteer Time Log

*All Fields are Required*

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Topics

1 - Loneliness, Isolation
2 - Loss, Change, Grief
3 - Anxiety, Stress
4 - Depression
5 - Poor Self-Esteem
6 - Family Discord
7 - Relocation
8 - Health Concerns
9 - Incurable Illness
10 - Financial Concerns
11 - Read / Play Cards
12 - Coping Well
13 - Reminiscence
14 - Spiritual

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*Security Question: What day comes after Thursday:


 
Our Volunteer Services
 
 

Elder Network
420 12th Avenue East
Suite 32
PO Box 232
Alexandria, MN 56308

Phone: 320.763.9084
Email: eldernet@embarqmail.com