Elderly Services

Sherburne County Health and Human Services provides case management and support services to persons with disabilities and/or chronic conditions with the goal of assisting individuals to live as independently as possible in the least restrictive setting.

Alternative Care Program

The Alternative Care Program helps people 65 and older pay for home and community based services. People need to meet the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community, as well as meet certain financial criteria.

Elderly Waiver

The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home and community based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and require the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community.

Essential Community Supports (ECS)

Essential Community Supports (PDF) A state program for people 65 and older who want to stay in their own home or apartment and have modest needs.

Home & Community Based Waivers

Minnesotan residents with disabilities or chronic illnesses who need certain levels of care may qualify for the state’s home and community based waiver programs. Waivers are intended to promote community living and independence by providing health care and support services based on individual needs. Waivered services are used to supplement, not replace, other funding sources such as insurance, Medical Assistance or Medicare.

Long Term Care Consultation/MNCHOICES

The first step in determining eligibility for any of our senior programs is a face to face assessment of your individual needs through the Long Term Care / MnCHOICES process.

Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+)

Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+) provides eligible seniors, age 65 and older residing in participating counties, their acute care, home care, Elderly Waiver services and the first 180 days of care in a nursing facility for enrollees who enter a nursing facility after enrollment. MSC+ is similar to MSHO in the long term care services it covers but does not include Medicare services or Medicare Part D drugs. Seniors enrolled in MSC+ must obtain their Medicare Part D drugs through a separate Medicare prescription drug plan. Enrollment in MSC+ is mandatory.

Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO)

The Minnesota Senior Health Options Program (MSHO) is a health care program that combines separate health programs and support systems into one health care package. It is for people ages 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. People can choose to join MSHO or stay in their current MA program. MSHO enrollees are assigned a care coordinator who will help them get their health care and related support services.

Personal Care Assistance

Personal Care Assistance (PCA) services help a person with day-to-day activities in their home and community.

Additional Resources

Central Minnesota Council on Aging

Central Minnesota Council on Aging is a non-profit organization and designated by the Minnesota Board on Aging as the area agency on aging serving Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright counties. The Central Minnesota Council on Aging is committed to maintaining the highest level of independence with older people by developing and coordinating community care, reducing isolation and improving access to services.

Minnesota Help

Minnesota Help is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota identify resources such as human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of aid and assistance within Minnesota.

Senior LinkAge Line

Senior LinkAge Line is a statewide program that links callers with their local Area Agency on Aging. This is a free telephone information and assistance service which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community resources and services. If you are calling for information on the needs of a friend or family member outside of your living area, your call will be transferred to the most appropriate Area Agency on Aging. The Senior Linkage Line may be contacted by calling 800-333-2433.