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Elder Network

Serving those 55 years and better and their caregivers.

aka Elder Network   |   Rochester, MN   |  http://www.elder-network.org

Mission

Individuals impacted by the limiting effects of aging have an optimal quality of life.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Kathy Scheid

Main address

1130 1/2 7th St. NW, Suite 205

Rochester, MN 55901 USA

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EIN

41-1704390

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Seniors' Rights (R25)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Caregiver Programming

Elder Network conducts an intake with each client before registering them into the program. They then call ahead to schedule appointments through the Elder Network office, working closely with their Paid Companions to match their schedules. Elder Network provides Caregivers with support through Caregiver Coaching (one-on-one, couples, or families), Paid Companions, In-Home Volunteer Respite, Family Meetings, REACH Coaching for caregivers of a patient with dementia, Caregiver Education (Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Caregiver Burnout Workshop, Emergency Planning Caregiver Training Workshop, etc.), Caregiver Support Groups (Various In-Person Caregiver Support Groups-Plainview, Lake City, Wabasha, Rochester; Caregivers of Those Caring for Another with Memory Concerns-in person in Winona, Virtual When Caregiving Ends Grief Support Group, Virtual Caregiver Support Group, Virtual Mindfulness Group, and others), connection to free, online caregiving training through TruAlta, and more!

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Older adults
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Elder Network conducts an intake with each client before registering them into the program. They then call ahead to schedule appointments through the Elder Network office, providing a week or more advanced notice of rides. Fees are incurred for each ride, and clients pay through monthly invoicing. Clients who are able to transfer themselves without a licensed, assisted lift, are able to ride in this program. We do support clients in both rural and urban Olmsted County, as well as those who use assistive devices. Volunteers use their own vehicles to provide transportation to and from medical appointments for clients. They support rides of seniors 55 years and better, as well as their caregivers. The rides connect a senior with support to attend necessary medical appointments, as well as non-medical appointments to essential locations in the community. Clients receive an arm assist, if needed, as well as a call the night before their ride to confirm the ride details and connect.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
Caregivers
Economically disadvantaged people

A community service for people age 55 or older who are facing challenges in their lives, such as: isolation, depression, anxiety, retirement, grief, major health changes, etc. Trained volunteers make weekly home visits to provide a listening ear, support, and encouragement. Friendly Visitors meet weekly for 1-2 hours to provide visiting to these isolated seniors. An intake is conducted at the start of services, and a senior meets with a volunteer and the Program Manager to ensure they are a good match. Once the match is made, the volunteer will work directly with the client to schedule weekly meetings, which can be in-person, over the phone, or via Zoom. Clients are supported weekly through this program, and monthly invoicing through a sliding fee scale allows support of clients with affordable fees.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
Grandparents
Economically disadvantaged people

Senior Advocates are experienced social service professionals who provide information, referral and assistance to seniors and their caregivers. These specialists can often help, through Medicare health insurance counseling, assistance completing forms and applications, connection to home services in the area and navigation of systems for long-term care services and supports. Advocates connect callers to caregiver supports, Memory Cafes, and other evidenced-based classes that can help caregivers make their way through this sometimes challenging season of life. These specialists can often help, even if you aren’t sure exactly what you need. This service does not have a set fee, and services are provided on a voluntary contribution basis.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Seniors
Older adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Elder Network is actively recruiting volunteers and clients to support the Technology Assistance Program. This program provides access to iPads and mobile hotspots for clients in need of assistance with technology access and education. Volunteers are matched with clients to provide weekly or semi-monthly support, direction, and education on how to access applications on the iPads to enable them to complete tasks of daily living, such as grocery shopping, emailing their landlord, accessing their medical portal, engaging in telehealth visits, joining a Zoom support group, etc. Volunteers dedicate 1-2 hours, weekly, with clients to educate them on technology, and staff offer support on an on-going basis as well. Clients also receive assistance from staff and volunteers to support their needs for set-up, application installation, software updates, and questions regarding use. This program supports clients in understanding how to safely access applications that use the internet.

Population(s) Served

PEARLs, also known as the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives. This is a treatment program designed to reduce symptoms of depression and improve quality of life among adults aged 60 years and better, including those with epilepsy. The program consists of six to eight in-home counseling sessions that focus on the following goals: solving problems, becoming socially and physically active, and scheduling enjoyable activities. PEARLS is meant to be affordable and accessible for anyone who needs it. PEARLS counseling sessions are offered on a sliding fee scale or may be free of charge, with monthly invoicing. Participants may be eligible if they are 60 years and better, and have minor depression, major depression, and/or epilepsy. An initial intake will be completed at the start of the program to assess whether or not a participant is eligible to participate in PEARLs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Caregivers
Seniors
Older adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Caregivers
Seniors
Older adults
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, Getting contact information/actionable information from those who attend community events

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Elder Network

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Therese White

Community Member

Term: 2023 - 2026

Therese White

Think Bank

Tyler Broberg

QRealty

Tiffany Olson

Mayo Clinic

Erin O'Brien Bussian

Experience Rochester

John Anderson

Adedayo Dosumu

Mayo Clinic

Michael Rogers

Mayo Clinic

Tammy Harnack

Aging and Care Coordination, Olmsted County

Laurie Mangen

Keller Williams Realty

Mary Doucette

RN, CNP, Honorary Board Member

Mary Pat Jewison

Community Member, Past President

Courtney Sebo Savica

Savica Law, Attorney

Tricia Schilling

MSW, LICSW, Olmsted Medical Center, Honorary Board Member

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.