Family Caregiver and Senior Advocate Program

This program provides information, resources and referrals for services to seniors and their caregivers. These services reduce caregiver stress and provide older adults with information and access to services to assure they can "age in place" successfully. Areas the advocate may assist with include application assistance with financial programs, homecare and support group resources, healthcare directive completion, food programs, issues related to caring for someone living with dementia.

Advocates can assist in many different ways including converstions via phone, home visit or a family meeting.

The Wabasha County Senior Action Team is pleased to invite you to participate in a pilot project that is designed to help you identify ways to make your home safer so you can… Stay independent. Enjoy peace of mind. Protect your health.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes:

A free class to assist the caregiver care for themselves while caring for older adults/spouse. The class meets once a week for six weeks and participants receive a caregiver handbook with very helpful information. 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers for Businesses Classes:

A free class as described above however meets once a week for six weeks for only 90 minutes usually during lunch break or in the mid afternoon. This class has been proven to prevent and reduce work absenteeism.  Check back for future dates.

Eligibility Criteria:

Caregivers must be caring for a person over the age of 60. One person within the caregiving/senior circle must live within Goodhue, Rice or Wabasha Counties.

Matter of Balance Classes:  A free class to address ones fear of falling and improve strength and balance through excercise.

For more information:

Carla Pearson, LSW
Senior Program Coordinator
Cannon Falls and Faribault
800-277-8418 Ext. 328
Nicole Pelzl, BS
Senior Programs Specialist
Goodhue, Mazeppa, Pine Island, Wabasha, Wanamingo, and Zumbrota
800-277-8418 Ext. 262 

Funding for this program provided by:

Older Americans Act (Title III), Southeastern MN Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Faribault, United Way of Goodhue, Rice and Pierce Counties, Community funds of Pine Island, Wabasha, Greenfield and Cannon Falls, Area civic organizations, such as American Legions, Lion Clubs, VFW's, etc., Donations from area businesses and individuals

We continue to solicit additional required matching funds from other local agencies, grants, civic organizations, businesses and individual donations.