Support and Companionship on the Journey of Aging and Serious Illness

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.

Care Partners works in collaboration with the North Shore Health Care Foundation, North Shore Health, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and other community service organizations.

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 carepartners@boreal.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

Grocery Shopping Assistance for Seniors

grocery-bagCare 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

harbor-sunsetIn 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:

Upcoming Events

Help with Spring & Summer Chores

ChoreWe are hopeful that Care Partners Chore Volunteers can still get out and help seniors with clean-up around their yard and garden in June and July. 

If you’d like to help as a volunteer, give us a call or click here

If you are a senior who could use help, give us a call or click here

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15, 2020

WEAADEach year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could be used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, abuse occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are reported.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic circumstances affecting elder abuse and neglect. 

For more information and online resources, click here

Ongoing Events

Caregivers Coffee

coffeeThe 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

coffee-335663_1280Until 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

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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.

Confidentiality

Care Partners' staff and volunteers respect your privacy and will not share any information about you without your consent.