Support for Family Caregivers

by | Oct 31, 2023 | Blog, Caregiver Information, Monthly Theme

November is a month where we take time to recognize, praise, and support the caregivers in our community. November is National Family Caregiver Month, and for that reason, we celebrate our caregivers, the sacrifices made, and the work they do. We celebrate the comfort, the help, and the compassion that they bring to those around them. We take time to address the new realities that our family caregivers face with their loved ones as they work toward finding the “new normal” in their daily routines.

Family caregivers come from a variety of avenues, they might be caring for a parent, sibling, grandchild/ren, or child with special needs. Family caregivers can also come from outside the family – a neighbor, a friend from church, or a member of a club the person belongs to. Family caregivers can live with their loved one, elsewhere with their family, or in a different city or state all together.

Family caregivers manage health emergencies and juggle priorities, appointments, employment needs, and often suffer from isolation. Here at ADRC, we want you to know that we are here to support you in this role. Below is a list of the caregiver support we offer locally:

The Mug Club Caregiver Support Group
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. This support group provides an opportunity for family caregivers to develop a mutual, self-help support system in a comfortable and confidential setting. Meetings are held online from 10 – 11 a.m. or in person at ADRC from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Parkinson’s Support Group
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3 – 4 p.m. here at ADRC. This support group is geared for the person with Parkinson’s as well as their caregiver. During our time together, we’ll share stories, exercises, games, and more.

Men’s Support Group: Support for Men Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from
9 – 10:15 a.m. at Bay View Family Restaurant. Join this group to share successes and challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia.

Trualta
Connect with Trualta to help you manage challenging situations at home. Get access to an online library of short courses, skills training, useful local resources, and support, all accessible on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
The workshop can help caregivers identify and manage stress as well as help manage difficult feelings due to losses, schedule changes, and increased responsibilities. Learn effective communication tools and several relaxation techniques that can help ease the challenges of caregiving.

Mug Club Caregiver E-Newsletter
This monthly email is filled with useful caregiver tips, articles, and/or upcoming events that you might be interested in attending.

Grant Programs
Available to qualifying families to help offset the cost of caregiving and to support you in your caregiver role.

If you are interested in more information about any or all of these programs, please contact Teri Bradford, Caregiver Specialist, at teri.bradford@browncountywi.gov or
(920) 448-4320.

Thank you for all that you do! Take some time out this month to celebrate the selfless work that you do on a regular basis.

Additional Information & Support

We are here to help you and your family with a wide variety of community resource options. For assistance by phone, or to make an appointment, contact us.

(920) 448-4300 | WI Relay 711

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