Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please give us a call at 320-763-9084 or fill out our online form if you would like more information or have additional questions.

  • Elder Network fills a very important role in our community and that is providing meaningful social connections. Loneliness and social isolation can happen to people of all ages, but seniors can be especially affected. Elder Network wants our volunteers to be successful and we believe that the following steps help to ensure that success.
    • We provide all new volunteers with training either in-person or virtually. The topics deal with issues that seniors must face in their daily lives. This training is two sessions, each session two hours in length.
    • We also provide a monthly volunteer meeting for those volunteers who want to participate. This meeting includes general Elder Network updates, team building and problems solving and a guest speaker. We invite guest speakers who can address topics not only concerning the elderly, but also other topics as well.
    • We believe that consistency is vital in forming relationships and friendships. Therefore, we have the same volunteer visiting their client each week.
    • Elder Network’s Director is involved in all aspects of our Programs. We also have three Program Coordinators who manage their specific programs and are available to assist the volunteers and clients with problem solving, support, and questions.
  • Volunteers receive training in different topic areas such as communication, memory loss, spirituality, grief & loss, and reminiscing. Training sessions are held in person or virtually depending on the volunteer’s schedule. We provide all the tools you need to be successful in communicating and connecting with your client.
    • The Visiting Program provides volunteers for socialization which may include activities such as conversation, cards, games, crafts or a walk. The visits are generally once a week for an hour.
    • The Respite Programs utilize trained volunteers to provide non-medical care for clients while the primary caregiver attends to their needs, socialization, or out-of-home tasks.
  • If you are concerned about the time commitment, perhaps you are a snowbird, give us a call and we can talk about it. We have volunteers who can fill in when you are gone or perhaps YOU can fill in for someone else!
  • Our Visiting, Connections, and iPad programs are provided at no cost. We have a sliding fee scale based on income for the Respite Program. No one is denied services because of an inability or unwillingness to pay.

Senior Resources


MN Senior LinkAge Line

The Senior LinkAge Line is a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging in partnership with Minnesota's area agencies on aging.


Douglas County Senior Services

The Douglas County Senior Services in partnership with community organizations and volunteers, responds to the evolving needs and desires of the seniors.


Douglas County Social Services

Douglas County Social Services is responsible for assuring the well-being of Douglas County residents by providing a variety of social services.