Living at Home program celebrates 25 years in Mac-Groveland and Summit Hill neighborhoods in St. Paul

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Macalester-Summit Hill Living at Home Program (MSHLAH) is excited to be celebrating its 25th year providing services to the community. Started in 1987, for Macalester-Groveland seniors it expanded to include the Summit Hill neighborhood in June 2011.

The original Summit Hill Living at Home/ Block Nurse Program had served the Summit Hill community faithfully for 17 years but due to outside funding reductions, the Program discontinued service in June 2010.

The MSHLAH program provides support to neighborhood seniors who choose to remain living in their homes by offering accessible health, volunteer and caregiver support services. The programs estimated cost savings for keeping or delaying seniors from premature admission into nursing homes is around $1.4 million per year. There are 165 volunteers which are a vital component of the program to help our neighborhood seniors stay healthy and independent in the homes they love.

St. Paul Corner Drug is offering a $1:$1 match of up to $2,500 to support the pro- grams expansion of services into the Summit Hill area. Eager to donate? Please send to Macalester-Summit Hill Living at Home, 1600 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105.

A free blood pressure screening will be provided Monday April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the US Bank office at 1071 Grand Avenue. Staff will be there to answer questions about our services.

Macalester College volunteers will provide home chore services to the community Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.. If you are interested in having assistance with raking, gardening, painting trim, washing windows etc., or in receiving services, information about caregiver support group or wish to volunteer please visit the web site at www.mac-summithill.org or call 651-696-6882 and talk with Lynette or Kathleen.