Caregiver Services

When older adults need help, family members and friends often step in. These caregivers buy the groceries, pay the bills, mow the lawn, escort to medical appointments, and sometimes even bathe, dress, and feed the loved one. Caregiving can be rewarding, exhausting, educational, and bewildering.

See the many ways DARTS supports caregivers below. Watch as we grow our resource library for caregivers and tell us what you'd like to see next.

Could you use an expert's answer about your own caregiving situation? Check out our online caregiving advisor form, submit a question or concern, and get direct, one-to-one information and advice.

Are you caring for an older loved one in Dakota County, MN? View and download an Eldercare Resources directory here.

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Coaching and Counseling for Caregivers

DARTS provides caregiver coaching and geriatric care management through Eldercare Partners, a collaboration of Twin Cities nonprofit organizations (including DARTS). Family consultants/coaches focus directly on the needs of family caregivers, so they have the skills, training, and emotional support to stay balanced and confident throughout their caregiving journey. Read more »

Respite

DARTS is here to help someone caring for an aging or frail loved one by providing Respite Care, or a period of relief from 24-hour caregiving. Read more »

Caregiver Educational Programs

DARTS offers both community education programs and on-site education for businesses to learn about resources and next-steps in the caregiving process. One-hour sessions include:

Critical Issues in Aging

Housing Decisions -- Housing decisions take on new dimensions as people age.  Learn the pros, cons, and finances of staying at home, independent senior housing, home services, assisted living, and nursing homes. Read more »

Workplace Eldercare Seminars

How could eldercare education support your company's productivity? An average of 20 percent of any company's workforce is also providing up to 20 hours a week of eldercare services to an aging family member or friend. That means extra absences, loss of mindshare, and potential decrease in productivity. If education now could help your employees balance handling of family care and emergencies with work responsibilities; manage stress and protect their health; and learn about available resources, wouldn't that be a good investment for your operation? Read more »

Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver Support Groups.  Meeting other caregivers who truly understand what you are going through can be an invaluable source of support. DARTS brings you and other caregivers together to discuss concerns with knowledgeable professionals and to learn from others who are walking down the same road. DARTS service coordinators lead the groups. Read more »