Living at Home Network Reorganizes to Better Promote Neighborhood-Based Care for Elders
By: Press Release
Publish Date: 8/14/2010
For immediate release: August 3, 2010
Contact: Ghita Worcester, Board Chair, Living at Home Network
Mary Quirk, Board Vice Chair, Living at Home Network
651-255-0469 or 612-723-7946 (cell)
Amy McDonough, AARP (on behalf of Living at Home Network)
Nonprofit will support Minnesota’s unique model of
care that allows older Minnesotans to receive assistance in their homes and
(St. Paul, MN)
The Living At Home/Block Nurse Program, Inc.
today announced a restructuring that will help local neighborhood-based elder
care programs prepare for Minnesota’s demographic shifts.
This nonprofit, previously known as the
Elderberry Institute, is now renamed the
Living At Home Network (LAHN).
The renewed organization retains its original
mission of supporting this model of care, unique to Minnesota, of assisting
older people to continue living in their own homes as long as possible.
work is vitally important in this time of demographic changes and tough
said new board chair Ghita
“Minnesota is lucky to have a very solid
network of 43 programs around the state that help our elders receive quality
care in their homes and communities.
This reorganization will help bolster and coordinate those efforts.”
The restructuring included election of
a new board of directors and adoption of a revised budget, while maintaining
continuity in the mission, bylaws, and in ongoing management of fiscal agent
and grant reporting services.
purpose of the restructuring was to streamline the budget and prioritize services
in accordance with current financial realities; and to leverage more directly
almost 30 years of grassroots experience and expertise in neighborhood and
foundation resources have declined in recent years, while the number of
Minnesota elders has grown and their economic and health status is threatened
in many cases.
The budget for the LAHN
is smaller than before but more focused on providing services to assist the
independent community and neighborhood programs.
The LAHN board of directors is now
comprised primarily of representatives of exiting local programs – six members
representing Twin Cities-area programs and six members representing Greater
The board also
includes representatives from UCare Minnesota, AARP Minnesota and
Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging
“Local programs make it possible for older
people to stay happy and healthy in the homes they love, preventing expensive
institutional care for thousands of Minnesotans,” said Board member Mary Quirk
“This restructuring will help us ‘keep the
magic in the neighborhood.’
It is truly
almost magical when you see how neighborhoods can come together for a great
purpose like this.”
The first Block Nurse Program in the
United States began in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul in
At the same time, the
Macalester/Groveland and West 7th neighborhoods of St. Paul were
selected to implement the Living At Home project as
of the National Living at Home Demonstration Project. The two models ultimately
were merged to form the Living at Home/Block Nurse Program (LAH/BNP).
The model has been replicated in many
neighborhoods, cities, and in one county-wide program, and there are now 43
LAH/BNPs in Minnesota.
programs coordinate local volunteers, health professionals, and a wealth of
other resources to help their older neighbors stay in their own homes and
connected to their communities.
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