Caregivers

Caregiver Newsletter

The Brown County Caregiver Coalition recognizing the added stress for caregivers at this time has put together a newsletter with helpful tips and resources to support you.

May Caregiver Newsletters

Click these links to read May Newsletters. Listed is one important topic in each issue.

May 4 Newsletter – Guardians of Older Adults with Disabilities FAQ Sheets

May 11 Newsletter – Eleven simple ways to find joy in your life.

May 18 Newsletter – Positive Thinking give you strength.

June Caregiver Newsletters

Click these links to read June Newsletters. Listed is one important topic in each issue.

June 3 Newsletter – Gratitude can change everything.

June 10 Newsletter – The importance of asking for help.

June 28 Newsletter – Emergency Preparedness Checklist

The Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving Seeks Comments on the Draft Policy Proposals

The Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving is asking for public input on draft policy proposals to help support and strengthen the direct care workforce, increase access to care, and improve the quality of caregiving in Wisconsin.

The task force would like feedback from people in Wisconsin with a wide range of perspectives and experience, including family caregivers, paid direct professionals, people receiving care, communities of color, and people living in urban and rural settings.

You will find the Draft Policy Proposals at this Draft Policy Proposals link.

Written Comments will be accepted through July 14 using a survey, available online at this Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving website link.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshops

Virtual Via WebEx*

Take care of yourself.   Get a recharge and learn tools to help you focus on taking care of yourself so you can be the caregiver you want to be.  There’s even a class to address the unique needs of caregivers of adult children with special needs.  The workshop meets for 2 hrs a week for 6 weeks.  An optional 7th week is available to cover how ADRC can help you navigate your caregiver journey.

Learn to

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve communication
  • Set goals
  • Cope with anger, guilt, and depression

$30 covers all materials (scholarships available)

Upcoming Classes

Caring for an Adult with Special Needs
Tuesdays, Sept 15 – Oct 20, 6-8 pm

Family Caregivers
Tuesdays, Oct 27 – Dec 8, 5:30 -7 pm

Registration required.  Call 920-448-4300

*To Participate you need access to the internet and computer or tablet/iPad.  Equipment may be available to borrow, ask at registration.  WebEx instruction is available, one-on-one to walk you through it so you are comfortable.

 

 

Caregiving is a Labor of Love

Caregivers can be many different persons:

  • The adult son who stops by to check on his aging parents on the way home from work.
  • The mother of a disabled child who stays home to provide 24 hour care.
  • The neighbor who gives an elderly friend a ride to the doctor or store.
  • The wife who learns to give medications and manage medical equipment to help her terminally ill husband stay at home.
  • The Grandparents who unexpectedly finding themselves raising their grandchild.

It is a labor of love and can be very rewarding, but also very isolating and exhausting.  It’s a whole new world of doctor’s visits, medical conditions, financial decisions, equipment, home maintenance or repair, the list goes on.  You are overwhelmed and not even sure what to ask for.

ADRC is Your Partner through Life’s Changes

You don’t need to know the right question – just tell us your story. Tell us about your struggles, wants and needs and we’ll take it from there. We want to partner with you and the person you care for through this journey. ADRC is your unbiased resource for answers and solutions.

ADRC staff will pull together resources and help you weigh your options. We do this over the phone, in our office or come to your home.

Call today 920-448-4300 and let’s get this partnership going!

Examples of Resources to Choose From

Here are a sample of some of the resources available to you.

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Personal Care

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Medication Management, etc.
  • Etc.
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Respite Care

  • Visiting
  • Companion Care
  • Adult Day Care
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Dementia Care

  • Dementia Care Specialist are trained to understand your unique needs.
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Homemaker and Chores

  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Yard Work
  • Snow Removal
  • Repairs
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Support Groups

  • From general caregiving issues to chronic conditions, support and ideas. This Support Groups link has more information
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Financial

  • Programs to help ease financial stress.

Grandparents: Becoming a Parent Again

Becoming a grandparent is one of the most exciting moments in your life.  You cherish the special bond you have with your grandchildren.

However, if you are one of the millions of grandparents caring for a grandchild full-time, then you know being a grandparent is overwhelming.

ADRC is here to help you through this journey.  Call 920-448-4300 today. We’d love to talk to you about services that can help you and your family.

 

Caregiving & Work: Finding the Balance

ADRC has a number of ways to help employers provide support for their employees who are caregivers. Help them reduce stress and effectively balance work responsibilities with caregiving. ADRC is the perfect partner to your EAP program.

Employers call the ADRC 920-448-4300 today. We’d love to talk to you about these valuable services.

Caregiving

AFCSP & NFCSP Programs

Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP) and National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provide financial support to family caregivers who qualify. 

Caregiver Corner

A listing of services specifically designed to support caregivers offered by the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

Caregiver Handbook

Designed to help caregivers start to think about what their needs are. Provides a brief outline of available services.

Grandparents: Becoming a Parent Again

Guide to getting started on the journey of parenting grandchildren.  ADRC is here to help.

Caregiver Guide

UCLA Caregiver Alzheimer – Dementia Videos: Actors role-play behaviors and show tips on how caregivers can respond to them. Practical ideas and solutions to everyday situations. Most videos are 5 minutes in length.

On-line Support Options for Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting teleconference or on-line support groups during this time for Family Caregivers.

There are a number of options for caregivers of persons with dementia, including male caregivers and Spanish speakers.  Click the button below for registration information.

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