Have You Heard about our Safe at Home Kits?

The COVID-19 pandemic created unique challenges as we worked to provide home safety and accessibility modifications for older adults in a safe and effective manner. One positive thing that came out of the pandemic was the launch of our Safe at Home kits, which made it possible for us to continue to provide services that would benefit older adults when we could not safely send staff or volunteers into their homes.

The kits are provided free of charge to low-income older adults and include a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, no-slip bath treads, dawn to dusk lightbulbs and nightlights, grabbers, mini-flash light, batteries, kitchen fire extinguisher, reusable masks, sanitizing wipes, and an application for Safe at Home services. These kits are funded under an award with Trellis as part of the Older Americans Act and through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Live Well at Home program.

Our Safe at Home kits have been enthusiastically welcomed, and they have an immediate positive impact on the safety, health, and well-being of low-income older adults we are able to serve through this component of the program. The kits also help to raise awareness which will lead many of the homeowners to ask for additional help needed to remain safely and independently in their own homes.

If you are interested in volunteering to assemble and/or distribute kits or if you would like to request a kit, please email Tom at tom@rtmn.org.

Please note that our Safe at Home kits are only available in the 7-County Twin Cities Metro and in Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles, and Pipestone Counties in Southwest Minnesota.  In order to be eligible to receive a kit, you must be a low-income senior (60+).

Thanks for Joining Us at the Breakfast!

We would like to send a special thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Breakfast on April 18th at the Center for Changing Lives!  More than 100 people attended, and Minnesota Housing Finance Commissioner Mary Tingerthal and Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Claire Wilson shared their thoughts about how we can help seniors and individuals living with a disability remain in their homes and neighborhoods.  We also raised more than $11,000 to help homeowners in need!

Minnesota Department of Human Services Awards Grants to Help Seniors

The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to programs throughout the State that will help older adults with needs ranging from transportation and grocery delivery to caregiver support, home improvements and much more.

Live Well at Home grants help older Minnesotans remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive settings. The latest grant funds are going to 53 organizations, benefiting Minnesotans statewide.

“Minnesota is a recognized national leader in helping older adults to remain independent,” said Acting Human Services Commissioner Chuck Johnson. “Through the Live Well at Home grants, we partner with local organizations throughout Minnesota to help older people stay in their homes and communities and to support family members and friends who provide most of the care for older Minnesotans.”

We are thrilled to be awarded $78,330 to expand our capacity to help make the homes of older adults accessible.  We are very grateful for our partnership with the Department of Human Services!

The Department of Human Services released a video about Live Well at Home grants, and it includes our own Tony Sjogren!  You can check it out here.