Shoveling help can mean more than you think

Something as simple as a shoveled driveway can mean a lot to an older adult trying to remain independent in his or her longtime Eden Prairie home.

So, one of the Foundation’s 2018 grants went to the Household & Outside Maintenance (HOME) program of Senior Community Services so that the fear of traumatic injury due to winter falls and the associated financial burden could be alleviated for a number of Eden Prairie residents.

Here are the impacts of that grant, according to the final report provided this week by HOME:

With $2,000 from the Foundation for HOME’s Winter Fall Prevention program, the agency was able to serve 44 Eden Prairie older adults. Using volunteers who also interact personally with the older adults and alleviate isolation, HOME provided 196 jobs for these residents for a total of nearly 510 hours. Additionally, HOME provided 10 Eden Prairie older adults with Senior Partners Care services, which helps low- to moderate-income Medicare recipients limit their out-of-pocket medical expenses.

HOME says that one of the strongest indications of the success of its program is the personal stories it hears from those helped. The photo above is one of HOME’s staff members providing snow removal services for an older Eden Prairie resident.

While the gentleman receiving services wishes to remain anonymous, he expressed his deep appreciation for not having to move out of his home and into a senior facility. He told HOME that he grew up in orphanages and foster care, something he did not have fond memories of, and that having to move into a nursing home or assisted living would feel like going back into those systems. He wanted to remain in his community, and the Foundation’s support helped to make that a reality.

Thank you, Foundation donors. You are helping older adults in Eden Prairie live independently in the homes they’ve occupied as good citizens for decades.

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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