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How Can I Catch a Break?

This section of the Star Gazette is a resource for family and friends helping an older adult. We hope you find this section useful, and if you have a caregiving story to tell, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Colleen Fritsch at DARTS, 651-234-2222 or

How can I catch a break? A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to call and let us know what resources you need to help you in your caregiving journey. Judy called and asked how/where can she get a caregiver break. Here are some options available: DARTS (651 455 1560) provides respite volunteers who will stay with your elder for a few hours each week. These volunteers cannot provide hands-on care, but they do provide companionship for your loved one and peace of mind for you. There is a charge for this service, but it is on a sliding fee scale. Home Instead Senior Care (952-882-9300) also provides non-medical companionship and care for Hastings residents, also for a fee. If you are seeking longer respite care, for instance overnight or for a weekend, Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community (715-262-5661) offers that service. I hope this helps.

Any other questions? We're here to help! Just call Colleen Fritsch at 651-234-2222 and I'll do my best to find an answer to your concern.

Caregiver education and resources you might find helpful

Aging in Place Caregiver Workshop: Aging in Place Midwest ™ is offering this unique workshop through Hastings Community Ed. You will learn how to 1)Care for, work with, and honor your aging parents, 2) Prioritize changes that may need to be made 3) Understand the best senior living products, services and remodeling options and 4) Create an Aging in Place Plan. This workshop will be offered twice on Tuesday, April 30, either from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $19 per attendee. Contact Community Ed. to register, 651-480-7674.

Memory Loss Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the private dining room at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-404-1383 for more information.

Vision Loss Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the activities kitchen at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-404-1383 for more information.

If you would like information about Advance Care Directives or help completing one with your loved one, contact Rev. Peter Morlock, Advanced Care Planning chaplain at Regina Medical Center. He can be reached by calling 651-404-1376.

For a resource guide for service providers who can help in your caregiver journey, please stop by the Hastings Senior Center in the Tilden Community Center, or go online to: ty-eldercare-resources.

If you would like to submit a question or concern about your own caregiving experience, and get direct, one-to-one information and advice from a licensed social worker and eldercare advisor, please visit or call 651-455-1560.