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Roger A. Reich, Executive Director

Minot Commission on Aging

One of the services that the Minot Commission on Aging (MCA) provides to older adults in Region II (seven counties surrounding Minot) is health maintenance or foot care. Health Maintenance is a Title III program provided under the Senior Citizens Act, which means it is a federal program. We have contracted with the State of North Dakota to provide this service in our area. As a federal Title III program, we are only permitted to request donations for these services, as is our nutrition program; no one is denied services because of their inability or unwillingness to pay. Our contract with the state only pays for part of the program; we write grants and use the donations we receive to keep the program going. With the added costs of hiring nurses, travel time, equipment expenses, fuel, and other miscellaneous expenses, the task at hand is sometimes difficult, but we believe it is necessary to maintain as much service as possible in our rural communities and we’ll continue to do our best.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak; we have contracted this service in most of our area with the First District Health Unit (FDHU). It was a perfect fit because most of the communities and counties we served had an FDHU county nurse in those communities. We had other contract nurses take on the increased workload that FDHU was unable to handle. Then COVID hit and everything we took for granted disappeared. During the darkest times of the epidemic, we had to close clinics, catering sites and only provide home-delivered meals (HDM) to many of our seniors, as they were the most vulnerable group of people. at risk during COVID. Fast forward two years and due to other commitments, FDHU has decided that they can no longer contract with us to provide foot care to our rural communities.

MCA has worked to maintain services for the elderly in the more rural areas of Region II. We have hired two nurses and entered into contracts with three others in the region. We continue to reach out to see if we can find other nurses to provide health maintenance services throughout Region II. Rebuilding our program is taking time and we appreciate the patience of our Foot Care clients and rural partners.



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