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Semcac’s Volunteer Driver Program is vital to many


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

As we grow older, it may become more difficult to get to where we need to go. The reasons for this can vary. Perhaps someone has never had a driver’s license or has had to give up driving due to medical reasons. It could be that a friend or relative that normally gives somebody a ride to appointments is out of town. It could be that it simply costs too much money.

No matter the reason, there are rides available for those in need. Semcac’s Volunteer Driver Program coordinates volunteer drivers with those who need transportation. It says on Semcac’s website, semcac.org/transportation, “We know that there are places that you need to be,” and their volunteer drivers will help you get there.

The website states, “Whether you have a medical appointment, need a ride to work, to daycare, to a local business, senior dining site or even a Semcac Contact Center, etc. we are happy to give you a lift!”

The Volunteer Driver Program, owned and operated by Semcac, offers rides for those on Medical Assistance, UCare and Blue Plus to medical and dental appointments. The program also provides rides to anyone who is 60 years and older to dental appointments, medical appointments and also to senior congregate dining.

Many of the volunteer drivers are senior citizens. According to Amber Duncan, Operations Manager at the Kasson, Minn., Semcac Office, “The majority of the volunteer drivers are senior citizens,” and she notes that there are currently “approximately 95” senior volunteer drivers.

This sounds like a lot, states Duncan, but with the program serving six counties, including Fillmore County, there is always a need for more drivers. The Semcac Volunteer Drivers use their own vehicle to transport those in need of a ride.

Rides will be arranged by Semcac dispatch offices and if the person is not on medical assistance, they will receive a monthly letter requesting a donation for the cost of their rides. The amount requested for donation is based on a sliding fee scale which goes by income.

If you are able, please consider becoming a volunteer driver. The qualifications to be a driver are a valid driver’s license, over the age of 21, proof of insurance and a good driving record. Volunteer drivers can choose whether they prefer to drive local trips or longer trips to cities such as Rochester, Minn., LaCrosse, Wis., or Minneapolis, Minn., for example.
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Study: Better health outcomes for seniors in Minnesota program

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A federal study released this week found better health outcomes for Minnesota seniors served by a popular, longstanding program combining Medicaid and Medicare benefits, a finding that holds promise as other states seek to improve health care for lo ..... 
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Fillmore County retirees donate record amounts of blood

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

By Hannah Wingert For many people, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile provides them with a way to help others. Such is the case for Marie Dambach and Richard Berg. Marie Dambach is 70-years-old and has donated over 20 gallons of blood to the R ..... 
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Chatfield’s “Golden Girls” still bust a move

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

They say “you’re only as old as you feel” and there are a group of ladies in Chatfield, Minn. that certainly do not feel their age when they are working out to the sounds of Elvis, The Big Bopper, Jerry Lee Lewis and other music from the 1950s ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 50 units

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 12, 2016 succeeded in collecting 50 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones: • Jos ..... 
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Deb Helgeson saves dogs with the help of HSNEI

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

DECORAH, IOWA – If it weren’t for concerned, caring individuals like Deb Helgeson, Bandit might not have made it through the winter. Helgeson, a United States Postal Service mail carrier originally from the Decorah-Burr Oak area, lives in Canton ..... 
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer supply

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer. Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especiall ..... 
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Fitch upgrades Thrivent Financial to AA+ (Very Strong) rating with stable outlook

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, May 6, 2016 – Fitch Ratings has upgraded Thrivent Financial’s Insurer Financial Strength rating to AA+ (Very Strong), the second-highest of Fitch’s 19 categories, and given the organization a stable outlook. Fitch cited Thr ..... 
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8th Annual Rhubarb Run promises miles of smiles

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are invited to kick up their heels Saturday, June 4, at 9 a.m. at Lanesboro’s family-friendly annual Rhubarb Run. Participants can choose either a 5K or a 1-mile fun run along the banks of the picturesque R ..... 
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