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Home Care Resources in Anoka County

While home care allows people to safely remain in their own homes, it doesn’t mean they have to stay at home. Our caregivers can offer you the opportunity to enjoy some of the many events, activities, and great restaurants Anoka County has to offer. Our caregivers can accompany you to medical appointments as well as to parks, libraries, church services, theaters, museums, or to participate in one of the many activities at our senior centers. They can take you out to Bunker Hills park, Bass Lake or Eugene H. Hagel Arboretum, or attend a local concert with you.

Do you miss walking around a mall? A caregiver could also accompany you to one of the many local malls. For those who wish to stay at home, you can ask a caregiver to bring the community to you by bringing you a meal from your favorite restaurant or library books about a new subject you’d like to learn.

Local Resources

Anoka County Community Action Senior Programs: Anoka County is blessed with an active senior center offering a variety of on-site social, recreational, and education activities, as well as, day trips to local and metro attractions. New activities are being added daily, for the most up-to-date information stop in or call the senior center.

Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota: The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota provides support, education, training and other resources to increase knowledge and to support those facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Anoka County Veterans Service Center: Learn more about veteran benefits you may be eligible for by contacting the Anoka County Veterans Service Center at (763) 324-4500. They are located at Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue, Suite 216 Anoka, MN 55303.

Activities for Older Adults: Looking to stay active and have fun? Take a look at the Anoka County activities for older adults webpage.

About Jean Griswold

Our founder, Jean Griswold, was a care professional who became a visionary entrepreneur when she started the first non-medical home care franchise in the United States while running her own home care business.

Jean started at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Minister and Doctor Lincoln Griswold, informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died through the complications associated with malnutrition and dehydration because she had no support system to care for her. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. She was driven to act.

Jean Griswold was an extraordinary leader. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967 at the age of 36 but continued to work actively in her office until she was 79. She published a book, “Fears of the Elderly” in 2013.

Jean was born in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Douglass College and a master’s degree in personnel and guidance from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctorate from Holy Family University in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 she was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She won numerous awards, including the Spirit of Philadelphia Award, the Working Woman’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year honor, and the 2002 MS National Achievement Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jean passed away on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 86. She was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur, and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Home Care today.

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