“I wish I had known about ______ when my loved one got older.” 

Being a caregiver as a spouse, child, or friend of an aging adult can take a toll on everyone – your life is simply not the same. Because this can happen to anyone, access to information is key to navigating aging in a positive way.


DARTS provides Caregiver Counseling which allows for informal education and support based on your specific needs. Services can be conducted over the phone or offered in person at a location of your choice.

Through the guidance of a social worker, get expert direction on resources from planning options and decision-making, to family conversations.


It takes a village to provide support across generations. Family meetings bring family and friend support together to discuss concerns about helping the older adult in their life. Knowledgeable professionals help bring individuals together toward a common goal.

Respite Volunteers

Sometimes, caregivers need a break. Our respite volunteers can provide some relief during a packed schedule. Respite can provide stress relief from 24 hour care and allow a break for both the care receiver and caregiver.

In-Home Aging Guidance

Starting August 2019, the In-Home Aging Guidance Grant is to help older adults (60+), who make up 14% of Dakota County residents, be connected to the resources to stay active in the community regardless of economic or physical barriers (US Census Reporter).

Older adults can reach out to DARTS (651-455-1560) and a Service Coordinator will offer a free in-home consultation. Family members or friends and neighbors can also contact DARTS about their aging friends, and options can be provided for support.  

“With more residents desiring to stay in their homes and communities, this will be an important initiative to reach out to people and help them stay where they most want to live,” said Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen A. Gaylord.

Caregiving Support Groups

What happens when caring for a loved one gets too difficult on your own? What happens when your life shifts, and you no longer have the same responsibilities that once filled your free time? These questions are faced by many spouses, adult children and close friends experiencing the caregiving process.

DARTS knows many caregivers and former caregivers need more support these days. We are here to help you on this journey.

Click the link below to find a caregiver support group near you.

Sponsored by Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapels

Changes for April 2020

Due to current health concerns regarding COVID-19, all caregiver support group meetings will be replaced with conference calls.

Click here for more information.

To receive conference call numbers and access codes, please call one of the following numbers by noon of the scheduled date. You may also call with questions or caregiver support at any time.

Sandy Ostby 651-234-2249

Vicki Patterson 651-234-2255

DARTS Main Number 651-455-1560

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