Resources for Seniors

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Otter Tail County Public Heath employs a Coordinator on Aging. The Coordinator provides assistance to individuals age 60 and above in Otter Tail County who are in need of services.

The Coordinator is available to do home visits, meet with clubs or organizations, and do consultation by telephone or email.

There are no charges for the Coordinator’s services.

What does the Coordinator on Aging Do?

  • Information about area resources for seniors including financial assistance programs
  • Assistance accessing resources & programs
  • Help with completing applications
  • Assistance with making choices about housing
  • Senior Housing Tours
  • Help with completing applications
  • Assistance with making choices about housing
  • Senior Housing Tours
  • Help with completing Health Care Directives
  • Help with completing Power of Attorney forms
  • Medicare program education
  • Assistance with Medicare enrollment, Medicare plan choices and Medicare problems
  • Support Groups
  • Area Senior Resource Fair
  • Advocacy
  • Service Coordination
Funded under contract with the Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging as part of the Older American Act Program

Healthcare Directive Forms

This document goes into effect if you are sick or injured and cannot communicate.
The Health Care Directive form has two parts. In the first part, you name your health care agents. These are the people you trust to make decisions and carry out your wishes during a health emergency. They need to be willing to do the job (talk to them!), available, and to be able to make decisions during emotional situations.
The second part of the form allows you to make choices about certain procedures. To learn more about these procedures you can talk with your Doctor, attend health care directive classes, or do some research on your own.
It is very important to talk with your agents – and with all of your loved ones – about your choices and wishes for medical care. There are medical treatments that can extend life for a long time. Under what conditions would you prefer to have active treatment (machines, medications) stopped and replaced with comfort cares (pain management, repositioning)? Would your agents support your desire to be an organ donor if that was your choice? These are hard conversations to have, but it’s so important to have them.
This document should be updated as you grow older, as your health status changes, or if you need to change health care agents. The most recent document cancels the old one.
Having an updated, accurate health care directive that you have discussed thoroughly with your health care agents is a gift to the people you love. Your Doctor will thank you, too!

 


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