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Care Partners of Cook County provides vital support and services to help clients and their families address the transitions of aging, serious illness and end of life with safety, dignity, and confidence.
News & Updates
Care Partners is Still Here, But Different
A message to Care Partners clients, partners and friends
Care Partners is evolving to help protect our clients, volunteers and staff and respond to the need for seniors to stay safely at home. Care Partners’ office is no longer open to the public. Staff are working remotely, and will return your calls and emails during regular office hours: M-F, 10 am to 3 pm. Memory Café is cancelled until further notice, but we are in the process of developing a virtual Grand Marais Caregiver Support Group for those caring for loved ones with dementia. The Tofte Caregiver Support Group continues to meet via computer or phone.
Telephone Support: Care Partners staff and volunteers will no longer provide in-person visits, but will focus on using phones, and other means to stay in close contact.
Rides will be carefully monitored. For now, we will provide rides only to important medical appointments after careful screening questions to make sure all involved are healthy and have limited exposure.
Delivering Supplies: Care Partners volunteers will assist as possible with delivering supplies to high risk individuals who need to stay safely at home.
Please call Care Partners at 387-3788 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, needs or concerns. We appreciate each one of you and are grateful to be part of a strong and caring community.
Links to COVID-19 information for older adults:
COVID information flyer for older adults in Cook County
COVID-19 related news from the Social Security Administration
Link to Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging's COVID-19 information page
The Quilt is Here!
This year's raffle quilt is here and on display at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais! Raffle tickets are $5 each and are available from Drury Lane Books, Care Partners Board members or staff. You can also check with a Care Partners volunteer or order by mail. The drawing will be held November 5th.
To order tickets by mail, include a check made out to Care Partners. Make sure to tell us how many tickets you'd like - you can make a note on the memo portion of the check. Mail check to: Care Partners Quilt, PO Box 282, Grand Marais, MN 55604. We'll mail your ticket stub(s) to you.
If you have any questions, feel to call us at 218-387-3788 or email us at email@example.com.
A BIG thank you to Carol Harris for once again creating and donating a beautiful work of art!
New Virtual Support for Local Caregivers
Even under the best of circumstances, caregiving can be a challenge. For many caregivers, COVID-19 adds yet another layer of stress as they deal with disruption to daily routines, and new worries for protecting the health of the person in their care. Social distancing makes self-care and connection more difficult. Caregivers are invited to give and receive support from others who understand the journey first hand by visiting our new monthly Virtual Caregiver Coffee. The group will meet on the 2nd Friday of the month from 10:00 - 11:30am beginning July 10. To get a link to the meeting or more info, please email group facilitator Nancy Koloski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Care Partners at (218) 387-3788. All are welcome!
Transportation Volunteers Needed
Care Partners needs volunteers to provide rides in Cook County and to Duluth. We are especially looking for drivers during the pandemic who are 1) not at risk of serious illness from Covid-19, 2) have larger vehicles that would allow better spacing with the passenger in the rear seat for social distancing and 3) willing to practice infection control procedures. Volunteers will receive a short training, complete a background check, and are reimbursed at $.60/mile with a minimum of $25 per trip. Volunteers choose their own assignments and the need is often not more than once or twice a week. Clients are mostly seniors and may or may not be symptomatic of Covid-19. Contact Christie at Care Partners for more information. Phone 387-3788, email email@example.com or click here.
Cook County Community Support Line
Cook County Public Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Cook County Emergency Operations Center, has launched the Community Support Line, a resource designed to aid community members in dealing with the changes and stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday - Friday 8am to 10pm
Saturday - Sunday 4pm to 10pm
Trained volunteers and staff will operate the Community Support Line, which offers callers of all ages a listening ear as well as information on coping skills and connections to additional resources. Use of the service is free and confidential.
Click here for a flyer with more information
Free Tax Preparation Help Resumes (with changes)
Need help with your taxes? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin a new system of tax drop-off and return for Cook County residents on Tuesdays, starting June 16th. Tax information including supporting documentation can be dropped off at the 4H Log Cabin Building (Cook County Community Center.) Your taxes will then be prepared off-site by our tax volunteers and returned for pick-up on a following Tuesday. Tax forms can be dropped off and picked up:
Tuesdays - June 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14
8am - noon and 1pm - 4pm
Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. This free assistance is available for Cook County residents aged 60 and over with basic tax returns only (not for small business or complicated returns.)
For more info about the tax assistance program (including a list of what to bring for supporting documentation) click here.
For additional questions, please call Diane Booth at 218-387-3015.
Grocery Shopping Assistance for Seniors
Care Partners and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) have partnered to assist elders in our county with ordering groceries. A Care Partners volunteer can help you develop and organize your grocery list, place your grocery order, arrange for delivery of your groceries, or assist you in picking them up. This person will connect with you over the phone to assure your grocery needs are met. Resources available to you also include printed photographs of the grocery store shelves and copies of grocery list templates to make your planning easier. If you would like grocery shopping assistance, call Care Partners at 387-3788 or click here to submit a request for more information.
Interested in helping Cook County seniors with their grocery shopping? Click here to let us know who you are and how to reach you. Thanks!
Health Care Planning, POLST, and End of Life
In the face of all the fears and worries brought up by the COVID-19 pandemic, it can actually be reassuring and empowering to plan for what you would chose if you became gravely ill. Completing a Health Care Directive can be a gift to your family, and vital to our local providers as they work to respond to COVID-19 in our community. Care Partners staff is ready to help you think through and document your wishes. Click here to learn more.
For advanced care planning information related to COVID 19 from Honoring Choices Minnesota, CLICK HERE.
Here's a video message about the importance of health care planning from Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Dr. Jenny Delfs:
Cook County's End of Life Doulas invite you to another gathering on Monday July 27 from 6-7 PM via Zoom to discuss all things about death, including our: journey, emotions, grief, needs, legacy and MORE.
This confidential meeting is open to everyone and there is no agenda!
Click here to join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81744740124
Death Doulas' email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the world-wide Death Cafe movement, click here.
Help with Spring & Summer Chores
The Caregiver Coffee group meets to share resources and discuss topics related to care-giving. Until further notice, the group will meet either by computer or phone. When it is possible to meet face to face again, we will resume at Birch Grove in Tofte on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 10 am. If you are interested in connecting with this group, please contact Care Partners. All are welcome!
Cook County Memory Cafe
Until further notice, the Memory Cafe will be postponed or meet virtually by computer or phone. When it is possible to meet face to face again, we will resume on the second Thursday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Hub/Senior Center in Grand Marais. Pre-registration is requested, but not required.
The challenge of living with memory loss can make social connections more difficult just when they may be most helpful. A Memory Café is a free, casual gathering where people with memory loss and the family or friends who care for them can come together in a safe, supportive, relaxed environment. Guests share conversations over a cup of coffee and games, crafts, music or other simple activities. Memory Cafés are not a form of respite care. Instead, they offer a place where both caregiver and care recipient can enjoy one another’s company and interact with others who share similar experiences. Click here for more info about Memory Cafes.
Interested in volunteering at a Memory Cafe? Click here to tell us who you are and how you might like to help. Thanks!
Dementia Friendly Cook County
Those with dementia and their caregivers are a vital part of our community. Care Partners of Cook County is active in promoting ways to help them feel welcome, comfortable and successful when encountering Cook County services, agencies, and businesses. Opportunities include classes in becoming a Dementia Friend, study programs for churches and schools, and trainings for retail businesses and agency staff.
Care Partners' staff and volunteers respect your privacy and will not share any information about you without your consent.