Note to readers: Every Friday during the fundraising campaign, the Times will be featuring submitted profiles of the agencies who receive support from the United Way of Crookston. Today’s featured agency is Lutheran Social Services).

    Your donation to the United Way of Crookston helps them to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community, by developing strategic partnerships with organizations like Lutheran Social Services (LSS) and their Respite & Caregiver, and Senior Nutrition programs.

    Home-delivered meals help seniors maintain good health and remain in their own homes, while the Meals-on-Wheels program provides a hot, nutritious meal for seniors age 60 and older who are home-bound and unable to prepare their own meals. A well-balanced meal can boost immunity and reduce the risks for many health-related conditions and prevent the need for nursing home or assisted living care prematurely.      

       Volunteers personally greet and get to know the seniors when they deliver the fresh, hot meals, and seniors enjoy the friendly, personal interaction. An added bonus is that family members gain peace of mind from knowing that someone is checking on their loved one. If the delivery volunteer notices anything of concern, with the senior’s permission, the senior dining manager can notify family members. Hot, nutritious meals are typically delivered daily Monday through Friday, with frozen meals are available for weekends, holidays and other closure days. Personalized delivery schedules available for weekends or holidays. Seniors can choose to have a hot meal delivered daily by a friendly volunteer or choose a combination of hot meals and frozen meals delivered on the days that work best for them.

    For most caregivers, the errands, tasks, and daily care they provide to an elderly family member are rewarding and a meaningful way to ensure that a loved one gets quality care. For elders, the care they receive enhances their health and well-being and brings comfort, companionship, practical help, and safety. However, caring for seniors can be stressful at times, both physically and emotionally. Respite means "time off." Every caregiver needs time off and support from people who understand.                 

    Through the Respite Caregiver program, LSS helps caregivers provide quality care for their seniors, while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. LSS respite care workers provide short-term, non-medical respite services to care, and positive social interaction for senior adults (60 years of age and older) in their own home so family members can take some personal time. Scheduling is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of caregiver.

    The United Way of Crookston’s capital campaign is currently underway. Find out how your gift can make a very real, and area-wide impact at unitedwayofcrookston.org, or email Wagner at lori@unitedwayofcrookston.org.