Caring for Loved Ones

VINE staff and volunteers work tirelessly to support family caregivers as they care for their loved ones. Our services are not intended to replace the traditional role of family caregivers. However, families and care receivers appreciate VINE's help in avoiding costly nursing home placement and improving quality of life. We regularly respond to calls for help in meeting needs for home modification, mobility, respite (especially caregivers for persons living with dementia), and caregiver coaching. With our help, family caregivers are supported and adult children are able to remain at work each day because VINE volunteers faithfully assist their aging parents with rides to medical appointments, help with shopping, respite, and friendly visits.

Caregiver Support

Caring for an elderly family member can be a rewarding experience. It can also become physically and emotionally exhausting. Caregivers need to know that by taking time for themselves, they will be better able to provide long-term care for their loved one. But how can you leave without knowing your loved one is in good hands? VINE staff is knowledgeable about local resources, facilitates support groups, offers skill building classes, and advises adult children who are involved in the care of their aging parents as long distance caregivers.

A caregiver support group is offered every fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at the VINE Adult Community Center. Respite will be available upon request. To receive more information about the caregiver support group call VINE at 507-387-1666 or email Mary Wichtendahl.

Care Receiver

Volunteer respite care provides caregivers time for medical appointments, errands and shopping, meetings with friends, and fun and relaxation. You will be assured that your loved one is secure in your absence with a trained respite volunteer who will come to your home and provide companionship and supervision.

Social Respite Program

  • VINE Adult Respite Center - Our daily group respite program offers interactive and social activities in a safe, caring environment. Family caregivers are welcome to participate or use the time to manage errands and take care of personal business. Together, participants and VINE volunteers enjoy a variety of structured, age-appropriate activities designed to promote social, intellectual, physical, emotional, and spirtual well-being and enhance the quality of life. 

In-Home Volunteer Respite

Respite Volunteers:
  • Receive professional training
  • Provide needed breaks to caregivers
  • Commit to a regular schedule - usually 2-4 hours per week
  • Befriend a homebound person
  • Vital community service
Respite Volunteers Do NOT:
  • Give medications
  • Complete housework
  • Provide skilled nursing care 
COSTS: Independent living at home is most often far less expensive than a permanent move to a facility. VINE’s caregiver support services are very affordable.  A member of VINE’s professional staff will visit with you to learn about your needs and discuss program costs. VINE accepts all major credit cards and can bill long-term care insurance. We work closely with county public health and will accept payment from public funding sources including Medicaid and state waiver programs. All service qualifications from your payer source will be reviewed and maximized. A sliding fee scale has been established to assure that those unable to pay full price for respite receive the help they need. 

Call Mary Wichtendahl, VINE’s Social Worker, at 387-1666 for more information.