Chore

HOW WE HELP?

Chore helps seniors to continue living in their homes; thereby enhancing their quality of life, reducing demand for public and private care facilities, and contributes to the strength and vitality of communities.  We connect seniors with volunteers or independent contractors who assist them with household projects, such as yard maintenance including snow removal and lawn care, housekeeping, and minor home repairs.

Chore relies on the generosity of volunteers who are willing to share their time, talent, and skills.  Program volunteers are recruited from schools, businesses, churches, civic organizations, local governments, and families.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Am I eligible?
You are eligible to participate if:

  • You are 60 or older;
  • You have low-to-moderate income
  • You need chore services.
  • You live in Scott or Carver counties

Dakota county residents, please contact DARTS, Chore provider in Dakota County:  

Eligible seniors are encouraged to contribute towards the cost of providing the service based on a sliding fee scale and the nature of the work performed. Seniors are responsible for supplying all materials unless other arrangements are made.

To help ensure the safety of participants, volunteers are interviewed and evaluated, and background checks are conducted as necessary.

How do I apply?
To apply for Chore, eligible seniors can request services by contacting the Program manager, and are required to complete and sign the Chore intake sheet (NAPIS) which includes “activities of daily living” to determine level of service needed, release of liability form and Notice of Privacy Practices.

Scheduling An Appointment
Please call Monday–Friday. Scott County (952) 496 – 2125.

INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING CHORE

If you are interested in supporting the CHORE program, we have many ways in which you can get involved. Currently, the CHORE program is funded through a combination of grants and individual donations, and could not operate without community support. As our population ages, the need for community partners and individual gifts will increase proportionally. 

Volunteer support is another need. We offer free training support, and also welcome individuals who have special skill sets in home maintenance. All service, church, youth groups, and other community members who are interested in supporting elderly neighbors within Scott and Carver counties are welcome to provide a one-time task or many participate in the “Adopt-A-Senior” model, in which they provide ongoing assistance to a senior. Independent contractors are also recruited to provide ongoing services, and may receive compensation. All workers are screened with background checks and references to ensure safety for tasks completed in the senior’s home.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging offers a A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors :

Scott County Human Services – www.co.scott.mn.us
Carver County Human Services – www.co.carver.mn.us
Dakota County Human Services – www.co.dakota.mn.us

Other Aging in Place resources – www.aginginplace.org

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