Search the Site




   
Meet the Living at Home Network Board of Directors and Staff

Program Overview
The Living At Home/Block Nurse Program (LAH/BNP) was initiated by local communities in 1981 out of a deep frustration with the disjointed nature of services then in place for elders. Community residents came together to discuss the needs of their senior neighbors and what emerged was a unique non-profit program model that coordinates volunteers and health professionals from the community to help their older neighbors stay in their own homes.

Early History
In 1981, six women in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota organized the first Block Nurse Program. In 1986-87 four other neighborhoods and communities organized their own Programs (two in St. Paul, one in Minneapolis, and one in Greater Minnesota).

At the same time, the Macalester/Groveland and West 7th neighborhoods of St. Paul were selected to implement the Living at Home Program as part 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).

Under the leadership of Marjorie Jamieson, RN, one of the original Program founders, the Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Inc. was established in 1987 as a Minnesota 501(c)(3) organization to:
- promote the LAH/BNP concept, philosophy and values nationwide and
- effect societal change that encourages and supports ongoing neighborhood based health and long-term care for seniors.

Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Inc., Elderberry Institute and Living at Home Network
In 1987, Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Inc. (LAH/BNP, Inc.) was founded as a technical assistance center to support the growing number of local Programs. With funding support from a number of local and national foundations, replication materials were created and disseminated, resulting in more communities with LAH/BNPs.

In 1991, based upon the demonstrated outcomes of the Program, the State of Minnesota agreed to partially fund seven existing sites and six new sites with annual grants of $20,000 each. Today this state funding for Minnesota Programs has been expanded to support thirty-one sites and constitutes approximately 36% of a typical Program's annual revenues. You can read more about our funding history by clicking here.

In 1997, Elderberry Institute was established as the education and outreach arm for LAH/BNPs. In 2002, to reduce confusion, "Elderberry Institute" was officially adopted as the new name of the LAH/BNP, Inc. organization. In June of 2010, Elderberry Institute was reorganized as the "Living at Home Network". Read more about the Network using the National Resource Center link at the top of this page.