History of Southeast Seniors
Southeast Seniors was founded in 1988 as the Prospect Park Block Nurse Progrm by Wanyce Sandve and a group of Prospect Park residents. It was patterned after the St. Anthony Park Block Nurse program in St. Paul. The founders were concerned about older neighbors who could not find the help they needed to stay at home. A Board of Directors, comprised of neighbors, helped get the organization up and running.
In 1993, after the two other neighborhoods of Southeast Minneapolis, Como and Marcy Holmes, expressed an interest in expanding the program to their neighborhoods, a new Board of Directors was elected to represent all three neighborhoods, and a new name selected - Southeast Seniors, a Living at Home Block Nurse Program. We currently serve all people over 65 who live in the 55414 zip code around the University of Minnesota.
Southeast Seniors is part of the Living at Home Network. 32 other similar programs exist in Minnesota. Southeast Seniors provides services that serve as a bridge making it possible for older people to stay living at home when facing health problems, loss of mobility, and other challenges. Our staff work with each person and their families to determine what services will offer the best care so they can remain safely at home.
We also work with AccentCare, a Medicare-certified home care agency, to create a care plan that keeps people at home for as long as possible. When someone comes home from the hospital, a nurse can come into the home to help with wound care, medications, monitoring nutrition, weight and other issues that could create a safety hazard.