MEDICAL DECISIONS & ADVOCACY
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Senior LinkAge Line
Free service. Available to help older adults locate needed resources, answer Medicare questions, receive application assistance, etc. Services are provided over the phone or in-person at the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud, MN.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Provides legal services for persons over 60 and their families on such issues as Social Security, supplemental security income, Medicare, Medical Assistance, food stamps, housing and utility problems, health care directives, fuel assistance, and veterans benefits.
(320) 253-0121 and 1-888-360-2889
Ombudsman - Minnesota Department of Human Services
Regional ombudsmen and volunteers work to enhance the quality of life and services for people receiving long-term services and supports.
651-431-2555, toll-free at 800-657-3591
Find an Ombudsman in your area
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
St. Cloud (320) 252-1670
Read the latest resources and blogs about Medical Decisions and Advocacy
How to Create A Caregiving Plan
By: Karin Pauly, founder of Caring for NancyI’ve spent a lot of time lately reflecting on what caregivers are going through. And, I’ve wondered what would be most helpful for you at this time. During times of uncertainty and chaos I recommend focusing on the basics ─...
Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare Open Enrollment By: Karin Pauly October 15 through December 7th It is that time of year again – and whether you need to enroll yourself or for a care receiver, it is never a bad idea to brush up on terminology, to understand what is available and the changes...
Driving and Your Loved One
When is it time to stop driving and how do you approach it? By: Karin Pauly Begin with understanding that for many of us, driving is important because it represents independence and control. We drive to engage in social activities, go to work, and take care of daily...
Helping You Navigate the Medicare Cost Plan Transition
Helping You Navigate the Medicare Cost Plan Transition by Megan McClure You may be hearing that the Medicare Cost plans are going away and that you may have to change your plan for 2019. I have been getting a lot of questions lately, and as an experienced Medicare...
Preparing for an Emergency: Make Sure You and Your Loved One are Ready
Preparing for an Emergency: Make Sure You and Your Loved One are Ready by Mike Trullinger, Operations Battalion Chief/Public Information Officer Emergencies happen, so how should you prepare for an emergency for your loved one? Are you ready if an emergency happens...