Keystone offers a variety of programs designed to keep seniors living in the community. Programs include homemaking, care management and more.
Aging with Dignity and Choice
We all benefit when our community is strong. In-Home services fosters a strong community with neighbors helping neighbors.
Holistic approach to aging
Our holistic approach to supporting people as they age includes offering support services as needed so seniors can continue to thrive in their community. Keystone offers programs for active seniors to remain healthy and social and when the time comes and more supports are needed, Keystone offers Meals on Wheels, In-Home Services and Care Consultation.
Keystone’s In-Home Services help seniors “age in place” with dignity, connection and choice. Keystone has a comprehensive selection of In-Home Services to support seniors and caregivers in the place they call home. Providing services that are flexible and tailored to the needs and desires of the individual is at the core of what we do.
Locally prepared delicious and nutritious meals are delivered by a neighborhood volunteer. Meals on Wheels can be designed to meet the specific needs of each participant. Learn more about Keystone’s Meals on Wheels program.
Highly trained and experienced social workers provide critical services to help seniors navigate their health, economic and social needs. Social workers work with the senior and family to asses needs, set goals and make referrals to programs and services accordingly. Read more about Keystone’s Care Management services.
Our homemakers help seniors with household chores. Keystone’s homemakers are a dedicated and thoughtful group of individuals who take special care of the homes they clean and enjoy adding a little time to chat during the visit. Not only do they provide cleaning, but they will also do laundry, cooking and organizing.
Homemaking Provides Respite
Keystone’s homemakers also provide companionship to give caregivers a much needed rest. This might be in addition to cleaning services or as a separate service.
Volunteers Fill in Gaps for Needs
Neighborhood volunteers help seniors maintain their homes and access the community by providing occasional chore services, spring and fall yard clean up, transportation to appointments and even dog walking.
Block Nurse Services
Keystone offers Block Nurse services in St. Paul’s West 7th neighborhood. Keystone Block Nurse services are coordinated by senior care managers and provided by licensed staff from Recover Health. Services available include in-home nursing care to monitor and treat health conditions, in-home therapies and home health aides to assist with daily care. Contact us for more information about our in-home services.
Meet Sister Kathleen and Sister Bernadette, Keystone Homemakers
Providing support to aging seniors is so much more than a job
Sister Kathleen and Sister Bernadette are School Sisters of Notre Dame who serve as Homemakers at Keystone. They help homebound seniors do household chores, which helps them remain living in the community. For them, the task feels more like a calling than a job.
“Many of the people we serve are isolated and have no one to help them. Our care is about helping people maintain their dignity and keeping them in their own home as long as possible,” says Sister Kathleen.
Keystone’s Programs are Essential:
As you know, the Governor Walz issued an Executive Order directing Minnesotans to “Stay At Home” through April 10th. Keystone is an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this information, we will continue to operate our food shelf, crisis services, meals on wheels and case management programs that support our most vulnerable residents in St. Paul. The executive order also defines “workers” and “personnel” as employees, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This clearly allows our dedicated and wonderful volunteers to continue serving at Keystone during this time. We will have more limited staff in our buildings but remain committed to offering vital support to those who need it.
Programs that are available to the community:
Meals on Wheels deliveries are continuing and staff are modifying operations to ensure safety of the staff, participants and volunteers.
Food shelf operations, including Foodmobile distributions, have been modified to ensure the safety of staff, participants and volunteers but are open Monday – Friday to provide vital food support to people in the community.
Express Bike Shop is open for service repair only. In accordance with the Minnesota stay at home guidelines, bicycle repair shops have been identified as an essential service. To limit person to person contact we ask that you call ahead 651-644-9660 to schedule a bike service repair appointment. Full information is available at exbike.com.
Our youth afterschool programs and active senior programs are canceled as well as any large gatherings in our community centers. AARP Tax Assistance is also canceled until further notice.
We are actively monitoring the situation and will implement any additional strategies when necessary. Stay tuned for updates as things are rapidly changing.
How you can help:
You might be wondering how you can help neighbors during this uncertain time. Here are the top ways you can support your community today:
Give food and household items to keep our food shelves stocked. Click here to see our most needed items and where you can drop off your contributions.
Your time supporting vulnerable people in our community is needed more than ever. Sign up today.
We are so grateful for your care and support!
Healthand Safety Precautions during this time
As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. We are relying on facts to inform thoughtful decision-making in an ever-evolving situation. Keystone is committed to providing services in safe, healthy environments for all of our participants, volunteers, and staff. During this time of heightened awareness, we are maintaining our thorough cleaning and food safety standards and expanding them as necessary.