Resources are available through Scott County and the State of Minnesota to help seniors live well. Click on the tabs below to browse resources by topic.
Adult Protection: This County department is authorized to investigate the abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults who reside in a community setting, and to provide protective services and community support. To make a vulnerable adult report, call the Common Entry Point at 952-496-8959.
Assessments through Home & Community Care: MnCHOICES assessments help people make decisions about long term care needs. This service uses the expertise of social workers and nurses to help people stay in their homes by helping them find resources to make it possible. Call Home and Community Care Intake at 952-496-8556.
Home and Community "Waiver" Based Services: The goal of the Home and Community "Waiver" based services is to help seniors and their families know the resources available to help them. We offer assistance through phone consultations, in-person service assessments, and support planning. To learn more, call Home and Community Care Intake at 952-496-8556.
- Alternative Care (AC) funds are for people with modest income and assets who choose community living rather than a nursing home.
- Elderly Waiver (EW) funds are for people eligible for Medical Assistance who need nursing home levels of care but choose community living.
Food & Nutrition Support from MN DHS: The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers a variety of food programs help people with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals.
Help at Your Door: Help At Your Door is a nonprofit serving seniors and individuals with disabilities across Minnesota’s seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Their grocery assistance (including ordering and delivery), home support and transportation services provide help with in-home tasks and chores.
Income Maintenance/Financial Assistance Resources: Browse a general list of programs and resources supported by Health & Human Services staff.
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA): This state-managed program provides cash assistance to help adults who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pay for their basic needs. Some people who are blind, have a disability or are older than 65 but do not get SSI because their other income is too high may also be eligible for MSA if they meet the income limit.
Minnesota Housing Support: Formerly known as Group Residential Housing (GRH), this state-funded Housing Support program pays for room and board for seniors and adults with disabilities who have low incomes. The program aims to reduce and prevent people from living in institutions or becoming homeless.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Helps low-income people eat a more nutritious diet by supplementing their food budget.
Tax Preparation through AARP: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax preparation help to anyone, free of charge, with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low-to-moderate income.
Telephone Equipment Distribution Program (TED): This state-sponsored program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. Request a large print application for the program at 1-800-657-3663 (phone), or 866-635-0082 (VP), or 888-206-6555 (TTY).
Scott Volunteers Program: Scott County's official volunteer program offers a broad variety of opportunities to stay engaged in your community. Bring your seasoned expertise to an Advisory Board, help residents in need, and more.
Senior Community Services & Employment Program: This provides part-time community service jobs for people 55 years of age or older who meet income guidelines.
Health Insurance: Learn how to find and apply for affordable health insurance through MNsure, the statewide health insurance marketplace.
Medical Assistance (MA): Medical Assistance (MA) is Minnesota’s Medicaid program for people with low income.
Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO): The Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) combines separate health programs and support systems into one health care package. It is a voluntary program for people ages 65 or older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.
County Immunization Clinics: Scott County Public Health provides immunizations to residents who do not have health insurance coverage for immunizations.
Mental Health Center: The Mental Health Center provides mental health services for individuals who are experiencing problems or coping with mental health concerns. To learn more, call Scott County Mental Health Center Intake at 952-496-8481.
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency: Minnesota Housing is the state’s housing finance agency. For more than 50 years, they've worked to provide access to safe, decent and affordable housing and to build stronger communities across the state. They can also provide products and services to help Minnesotans fix up homes.
Twin Cities Senior Housing Guide & Resources: The “Senior Housing Directory” is a comprehensive listing of all senior housing in the 11-county metro area surrounding St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Scott County Veterans Service: This county department assists veterans, their dependents and survivors in securing benefits provided by law because of their service in the Armed Forces. To speak with Veterans Service staff, call 952-496-8176.
Scott County Senior Resource Directory (PDF): Provides descriptions of services designed to meet the continuing needs of our senior population. Following each description in the directory is a list of service providers as well as resource numbers and/or websites for each option.
Minnesota Board on Aging: The Minnesota Board on Aging works in collaboration with Minnesota's area agencies on aging and their contracted partners to offer services and supports that help older Minnesotans across the state to age well and live well. At the link, you can browse even more resources vetted by the state.
MinnesotaHelp.Info: This state-sponsored website acts as an online public information and referral portal for all things related to living in Minnesota. It is especially helpful for seniors.
Senior Linkage Line: The State of Minnesota has a helpful phone line to help seniors and other Minnesotans get information on how to take advantage of statewide programs and resources. If you're in need and prefer to talk with an expert over the phone, call 1 (800) 333-2433.
United Way 2-1-1: United Way provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. You can also reach them by phone at 651-291-0211.