North Shore Health Care Foundation
Our mission is to benefit health care for those who live, work and visit in Cook County
Care Partners

Supportive Care
on the Journey of Aging or Serious Illness

A Palliative Care Program
in collaboration with the North Shore Health Care Foundation,
Cook County North Shore Hospital, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
and other community service organizations.

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the Care Partners Brochure
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September 2014 Newsletter or

Senior Rides Volunteer Training Help those 60 and over remain independent by becoming a volunteer driver. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage, choose their assignments and feel good knowing they are helping others.
Call for Dates Call Debi LaMusga at 387-3788 to register.

Care Partners Services

Palliative Care Coordination Focus on quality of life, planning and support for those with serious illness or at end-of-life.
Volunteer Visits Trained volunteers provide
companionship, presence at end-of-life, and respite for caregivers.
Caregiver Coaching Our trained Caregiver Consultant helps you assess your needs, reduce stress, gather support and cope with a loved one’s illness.
Resource Coordination Assistance finding resources that work for your goals.
Advanced Care Planning Assistance completing a health care directive and communicating your wishes to family.
Senior Rides Assisted transportation with trained volunteers for those over 60 in Cook County and to Duluth

Resources for Caregivers
  • Caregiver Support Group meets monthly in the Fireside Room, Congregational Church. Call Vicki Biggs-Anderson, 387-1913 for more information or Care Partners for a volunteer to stay with your loved one.
  • Group Respite Program is offered 1-2 times a month Congregational Church.. Caregivers will be able to safely leave a loved one for 4-5 hours to be supervised by trained volunteers. Group respite gives caregivers a longer break and creates an engaging opportunity for their loved ones and volunteers.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered twice a year. Learn to ‘thrive not just survive’ as a caregiver in this nationally-acclaimed 6-week course. Lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. The next class is offered Thursdays, September 18-October 23, from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
          Call 387-3788 for more information on any of these programs.

Become a Care Partners Volunteer!

Companion Volunteers share the gift of their presence? They provide companionship in the client’s home, at the Care Center, or the Hospital. Volunteers provide a compassionate presence at end-of-life, on-going friendly visits, phone check-ins, or caregiver respite. Training consist of three sessions of training in palliative care, caregiving, end-of-life issues, psycho-social and spiritual dynamics and procedures.

Senior Rides Volunteers provide rides to those 60 and over for medical, wellness, and social activites to Duluth or in Cook County. Volunteers receive a 2 hour orientation and are reimbursed for mileage.

Contact Kay Grindland at 387-3788 for more information.


The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. It expands the traditional disease-model medical treatments to include the goals of enhancing quality of life for patient and family, optimizing function, helping with decision-making and providing opportunities for personal growth. Palliative care extends the principles of hospice care to a broader population of patients who could benefit from receiving this type of care earlier in their illness. Palliative care is patient-centered, confidential and uses a team approach to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to indiviuals and their families.

For more information on palliative care visit:


Care Partners can be contacted at 387-3788 or .

Donations and correspondence can be sent to
     Care Partners
     North Shore Health Care Foundation
     PO Box 454, Grand Marais, MN  55604

The Care Partners office is in the lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Office hours are Monday - Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Jeannette Lindgren        Kay Grindland
RN Care Coordinator     Director
Debi LaMusga
Senior Rides Coordinator

Please consider making a health care directive!  For more information, click here.
For a health care directive form, click here.

This program is funded by generous donations from the community, the North Shore Health Care Foundation, the Cook County Community Fund, Operation Round-up, Minnesota Power, the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and through a Community Service/Community Services Development Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services and federal Older Americans Act grants from the ARDC Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging.

Care Partners Brochure
Care Partners July 2012 News
quilt raffle 2013
2013 Light Up a Life Form
Care Partners Update Jan 2013
Tree Cutting Poster 2013
Fall 2013 CP Newsletter

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