• Living Well With Chronic Pain
    ElderCircle and Fairview Health have teamed up to offer a FREE virtual six-week course entitled “Living Well With Chronic Pain.” This class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who know the experience of living with pain. You will learn: Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep Appropriate exercise
  • Light Up a Life Link
    Light Up a Life will be held by Zoom only on Thursday, December 9th at 5:30 pm. Care Partners staff and Pastor Enno Limvere from the Grand Marais First Congregational UCC will lead participants in a time of reflection and connection, with the opportunity to share brief stories and memories of loved ones who have
  • Help Wanted – Caregiver Consultant
    Care Partners of Cook County in Grand Marais Minnesota is seeking a part-time Caregiver Consultant to support family caregivers through caregiver coaching and dementia education. The Caregiver Consultant listens to each client—assessing needs and goals, providing education, and coaching. We will provide training in the process. They work closely with staff, volunteers and other providers
  • Help with Heating
    Are you aware of a senior who struggles to afford heating or who may need help repairing a broken furnace? The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home energy costs for low-income households. Services include payment of energy bills, help with energy shutoffs or necessary fuel deliveries, education on efficient and safe use of
  • Drive-Thru Flu Shots available September 23rd
    The Minnesota Department of Health strongly encourages Minnesotans aged 6 months and older to receive the flu vaccine. According to the DHS, getting an influenza vaccination is especially important this year because: The decrease in following COVID-19 prevention measures such as masking indoors and maintaining a six-foot distance is likely to result in wider circulation
  • Free at-home COVID test is now available
    There are plenty of reasons for coughing, sneezing, and sniffling right about now, what with wildfire smoke, seasonal allergies and plenty of dust in the air. Then there’s the Delta variant of COVID and news of breakthrough infections, even among those who have been fully vaccinated – a particular worry for Care Partners volunteers who
  • Conversation Starters
    I was telling a dear friend who recently visited about our wonderful volunteers…and about our hope that more people will join them, especially in our Chore and Companion programs. She expressed some worry about whether or not she’d be up for the task. “I don’t know if I’d be comfortable visiting with an older adult,”
  • Volunteer Update from Christie
    Wasn’t it wonderful to awaken to the sound of rain this week? I am totally blaming the dry weather for my garden’s far-less-than-perfect state – although something tells me my less-than-perfect track record for watering and weeding might also be a contributing factor! Speaking of gardening, I did a little “digging” into our records recently
  • The Ice Cream’s on Us!
    The Annual Care Partners Ice Cream Social will return on Sunday, August 29th, from 2-4 pm at Sydney’s Custard in Grand Marais! No frills, just those wonderful sundaes and a chance to re-connect with our clients, volunteers, and community. We especially want to celebrate the wonderful work YOU have done to continue to assist our
  • Masks again mandatory for indoor visits and rides
    Due to recommendations by the CDC and Cook County Public Health, mask use by both clients and volunteers is now required for all indoor visits and rides through Care Partners. While the vaccines work really well, given how contagious this new variant is, and how prevalent it is throughout the state, we want to take
  • Legislative Changes May Help Volunteer Drivers
    Minnesota recently passed legislation to help address two major issues facing volunteer driver programs. First, some auto insurance carriers were increasing volunteer driver insurance rates, treating them like cab, Uber, or Lyft drivers. Secondly, some volunteers ended up paying income tax on mileage reimbursement received over the IRS-set rate of 14 cents per mile. The
  • New Incident/Accident Report Form
    Thanks to your diligence in following safety protocols and best practices, most Care Partners visits, rides, chores and deliveries “go off without a hitch.” However, if you or a client is injured or experiences an acute medical incident during a Care Partners service, or if you are involved in an incident with your vehicle while
  • Tech Support for You and Your Clients
    Do you or a client need a little help figuring out how to manage technology? Perhaps your client wants to scan, archive, and/or share family photos electronically, or maybe use a smart phone to record stories for their children and grandchildren. Maybe they would like to video chat with friends or family but don’t know
  • First Aid and Infection Control Supplies
    Care Partners has a variety of free supplies available for volunteer use, including: first aid kits absorbent pads to protect car upholstery disposable emesis (vomit) bags masks hand sanitizer face shields disposable gloves and more… Supplies can be picked up at the office or we can deliver them to you – please give us a
  • Care Partners is Hiring!
    Care Partners is seeking a Caregiver Consultant to support family caregivers through coaching, dementia education, support group, and classes. Hours are flexible depending on availability and interest. The Caregiver Consultant listens to each client—assessing needs and goals, providing education, and coaching. Training in this process will be provided. They also work closely with staff, volunteers and other