Staying at Home & Community Services
Are you looking for practical information about coping with aging challenges in order to take care of yourself or someone that depends on you? North Iowa Sage Link empowers older adults and their families to access information when they need it and when medical workers are not always there.
Sage Link connects you and your family to resources in our North Iowa Community as well as national experts. Click on the item that interests you below and Sage Link will connect you to the right source.
Are you looking for a place to start if you or your loved one is having trouble getting along at Home?
The Elderbridge Information and Assistance Program offers free information on community services. Callers will speak with trained, empathetic Information and Assistance Specialists who will assess their needs, answer questions, explain what programs are available, and assist them in securing the assistance they need.
Information and Assistance is a bridge between people who need services and the agencies furnishing those services. Accurate information, respectfully and courteously conveyed, often means the difference between getting the help needed and feeling lost and powerless.
Studies show that people seeking services call seven to eight different phone numbers before finally finding one where someone can help them. Or, they simply give up before getting the help they need. Calling the Elderbridge Information and Assistance Program can eliminate guessing and misdirected calls.
1190 Briarstone Drive
Mason City, IA 50401
Call (800) 243-0678
to speak with one of our trained specialists today.
Or click on https://iowa.myresourcedirectory.com
Local Quick List
Staying Connected While Staying At HomeRemember that despite the potential negative effects of social isolation, the COVID-19 outbreak demands we all practice it to protect our health and well$ Try out some of our tips or come up with creative ideas of your own to use technology to help you stay connected.
MercyOne North Iowa Emergency Resource Listhttps://www.mercyone.org/northiowa/_assets/documents/community_benefit/covid-19_emergency_resource_list_north_iowa.pdf
Bob Ritz - MercyOne COVID-19 Updatehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhrIkP-JKiU
CDC Instructional Videos on Proper Handwashinghttps://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html
Is Your Loved One’s Home Safe? Home Safety Checklist
Most at-home injuries are caused from hazards that are easy to overlook, but easy to fix. Click here to download our Home Safety Checklist.
Anyone, regardless of age or income, can enjoy fresh, nutritious gourmet-style meals prepared in our own kitchen 365 days a year. Seniors, new parents, adults recovering at home – anyone unable to shop or cook – can have lunch and dinner delivered every day of the week including weekends and holidays. And unlike many such programs, we have no waiting list.
Telephone Reassurance is a free service offered by Good Shepherd designed to keep seniors in their homes with the knowledge that someone will check on them. “We guarantee participants that everyone will be contacted once a day,” said Mike Svejda, Good Shepherd administrator.
The Salvation Army Adult Day Health Center, with a management contract with Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, provides a warm, caring community – based program for adults who are limited in their ability to function independently and need a safe place outside the home during the day.
The Salvation Army Adult Day Health Center
747 Village Green Drive
Mason City, IA 50401 — (641) 424-0800 — Fax: 641-421-2019
Open: Monday-Friday, 7 am to 5:30 pm
The City of Mason City contracts with Cerro Gordo County Transit to provide door-to-door paratransit service for elderly and disabled customers who are unable to use regular fixed route public transit.
North Iowa Council of Government NIACOG serves as the Regional Transit Authority for the eight county area (includes Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth counties). For more information about the service click on the link below.
Website: View Brochure
Call: 641-428-6208 or 800-297-4719
Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults
Baby, It’s Cold Outside! When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. Like most things in life, it is better to be prepared. Here are a few precautions everyone should take, especially older adults, this time of year.
Expert Information from Healthcare Professionals Who Specialize in the Care of Older Adults. Precautions to Take.
Website: Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults PDF
AARP: Immediate safety steps to take for when someone falls.