The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home and community based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and require the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community.
Essential Community Supports (ECS)
Essential Community Supports (PDF) helps people 65 and older pay for home and community based services. This is a free program for all who meet eligibility requirements.
Alternative Care Program
The Alternative Care Program helps people 65 and older pay for home and community based services. People need to meet the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community, as well as meet certain financial criteria.
Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO)
The Minnesota Senior Health Options Program (MSHO) is a health care program that combines separate health programs and support systems into one health care package. It is for people ages 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. People can choose to join MSHO or stay in their current MA program. MSHO enrollees are assigned a care coordinator who will help them get their health care and related support services.
Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+)
Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+) provides eligible seniors, age 65 and older residing in participating counties, their acute care, home care, Elderly Waiver services and the first 180 days of care in a nursing facility for enrollees who enter a nursing facility after enrollment. MSC+ is similar to MSHO in the long term care services it covers but does not include Medicare services or Medicare Part D drugs. Seniors enrolled in MSC+ must obtain their Medicare Part D drugs through a separate Medicare prescription drug plan. Enrollment in MSC+ is mandatory.
Care Call provides a telephone contact to those who may have little or no other community / family contact on a regular basis. Care Call volunteers place a call to those requesting the service, to check on their welfare and provide reassurance. Calls are placed on requested days at a time prearranged between you and the volunteer. Care Call volunteers will send someone to your home to check on you if you do not answer your telephone as expected. To arrange a Care Call, call 320-253-9349 or 800-333-2433 to speak with a Sherburne County Senior Advocate.
Central Minnesota Council on Aging
Central Minnesota Council on Aging is a non-profit organization and designated by the Minnesota Board on Aging as the area agency on aging serving Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright counties. The Central Minnesota Council on Aging is committed to maintaining the highest level of independence with older people by developing and coordinating community care, reducing isolation and improving access to services.
Minnesota Senior Living
Minnesota Senior Living discusses services available for seniors living in Minnesota, outlines helpful state programs for seniors and allows users to find assisted living facilities in every county, city and township in Minnesota.
Senior LinkAge Line
Senior LinkAge Line is a statewide program that links callers with their local Area Agency on Aging. This is a free telephone information and assistance service which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community resources and services. If you are calling for information on the needs of a friend or family member outside of your living area, your call will be transferred to the most appropriate Area Agency on Aging. The Senior Linkage Line may be contacted by calling 800-333-2433.