MANKATO, Minn. ― Mayo Clinic Health System is distributing wellness kits to seniors across Southwest Minnesota who continue to be isolated due to COVID-19.
Mayo Clinic Health System staff were invited to submit cards, notes or drawings to go into over 350 kits. These kits also include resistance exercise bands, puzzle books, healthy recipes, note and greeting cards, stamps, and gratitude journals, among other things.
"Social isolation among seniors has continued to be a prevalent issue during the pandemic," says Laura Bowman, regional director of community partnerships for Mayo Clinic Health System. "The kits are a gesture to help seniors with mental well-being, as well as provide community resources so they know how to reach out if they need help."
Mayo Clinic Health System's Community Relations Team has partnered with community organizations across Southwest Minnesota to help distribute the kits. For example, Le Sueur County Public Health is assisting with distribution across Le Sueur County, Minnesota. Distribution began in March.
"It is wonderful to have connections within our communities to be able to do this sort of outreach," says Darlene Tuma, a nurse and adult health supervisor with Le Sueur County Public Health. "We all have a variety of resources, and working together to support our community members is very rewarding."
Other partnering organizations include Vine in Mankato; Meals on Wheels in St. James and Waseca, Minnesota; Heartland Senior Living in Fairmont, Minnesota; and Aging Services for Communities in various locations.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive highest-quality physical and virtual health care close to home.
Press ContactAmanda Dyslin