THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
Minot Commission on Aging (MCA) was established for the senior citizens of the city and the surrounding area by the City of Minot in 1973. From our humble beginnings serving Meals on Wheels in church basements, to our first senior center by the auditorium, to our present location, our main focus has been providing services for seniors.
Our programs have grown though, from providing meals on wheels a few days a week to now providing meals 5 days a week along with frozen weekend and holiday meals.
We started our Prairie Rose Home Service in the early nineties, which brings general services into the home of our seniors, these included: light housecleaning, laundry, shopping and bathing. We also provide health and foot care clinics within our region, the need for this service has tripled over the last 10 years. As we age it becomes harder to maintain good foot care, with the help of our nursing staff, seniors are able to receive better care at a very reasonable rate.
Many of our services are under the Federal Title III program and we contract with the state of North Dakota to provide those services in Region II. Because of federal law, we are not able to charge for the services we can only ask for donations to help offset the cost. No one is denied services because of the inability or unwillingness to pay. As with many federal programs our Title III programs are not fully funded so we use state, county and local dollars along with numerous grants to help keep these programs running.
We also are very lucky to have a great volunteer base that helps by delivering meals every day to our home bound clients. Not only are they getting a warm meal, but they also receiving daily wellness check. For many of our seniors this is the only person they might see that day, and these daily visits are the highlight of their day.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but we think the same can be said about of our seniors. They deserve the best care possible and part of that care should be to make sure they are safe and can remain in their homes for as long as possible.