Health aide company drops service

Seniors face uncertainty as care dries up


April 8, 2022

Jana Peterson

Senior Friend home health aide Debra Hendrickson, left, sits with Wayne "PeeWee" Francisco and his sister, Sheri Johnson, at his apartment at Larson Commons in Cloquet. The Senior Friend agency ended its longtime program of 24-hour care there due to staffing shortages. Losing the program means some residents probably won't be able to live there anymore.

Sometimes people just need a helping hand to live safely at home.

At Larson Commons - an affordable apartment building for seniors and the disabled in Cloquet - workers from Senior Friend Home Care have been that helping hand for years. Clients live in their own apartments, but they receive a range of services on a regular basis to make that independent living possible, and they know they can call the Senior Friend extension when they need someone to pop in. On Tuesday, Senior Friend had five employees providing a range of services to 15 people in the building, with staff available 24 hours a...

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