ADRC of Racine County, Wisconsin

 

Caregiver Support

 

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What is a Caregiver?

A family caregiver is someone whose life is impacted by meeting the needs of a family member or friend. Those needs could include chores, errands, supervision, or physical care. The ADRC caregiver support team also provides support to seniors who also need support and assistance.

Participate in the 2019 Wisconsin Caregivers Survey see:  

 

 

 

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Where to Start/Find Help

Through classes, support groups, written materials, and individual consultations, the Racine ADRC Caregiver Support Team provides ongoing support to family caregivers. If you are either the caregiver or care receiver and over age 60, or anyone caring for an individual with dementia, you are eligible for Caregiver Support Services. Call the ADRC of Racine County at 262-833-8777 for more information.  
 
Caregiver support includes:
  1. Information on community resources
  2. Encouragement to invest in one’s own health and well-being
  3. Facilitation of establishing effective communication skills
  4. Moral support through tough situations and decision-making.  

 

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Caregiver Support Brochure

 

 

 

 

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Information & Resources

 

Class Information 

Several evidence based classes are offered throughout the year

 

Newsletters    

 

ADRC Connections Newsletter

(Published quarterly - March, June, September, and December)

 

E-visit Newsletter For Caregivers 

(Published during the months there is not a Connections Newsletter)

  • August 2019 - Making the Most of Caregiver Support    -  New Memory Cafe Flyer

See the bottom of the page for an archive of previous caregiver newsletters or E-Visits with the main article highlighted.

 

Respite Care Information

Click for more information or call the ADRC

 

Support Groups for Caregivers

Printable list of Caregiver Support Groups

Telephone Support Group

Support Groups sponsored by the ADRC are offered a variety of days and times for caregivers who are over 60 or are caring for someone over 60. For more information please contact Marilyn Joyce at 262-833-8764 or by email at marilyn.joyce@racinecounty.com

 

First Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Yorkville United Methodist Church 
17645 Old Yorkville Rd (Just off of Highway 20), Yorkville  Map
 
Third Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Cross Lutheran Church
126 Chapel Terrace, Burlington   Map
(General parking in back of building.  Please enter through the West door.  Accessible parking and entry are in front.)
 
First Thursday from 10:30 am– 12:00 pm
Alzheimer’s Association Support Group 
Bethania Lutheran Church
4120 Wright Ave, Racine   Map
Park and enter at the back of the Church
 
Second Thursday 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Alzheimer’s Association Support Group 
Bethania Lutheran Church
4120 Wright Ave, Racine   Map
Park and enter at the back of the Church
 
First Friday from Noon-1:00 pm
Caregiver Connection” Telephone Group
Call 262-833-8762 to pre-register
 
Second Saturday   10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Living Faith (former Atonement) Lutheran Church 
2915 Wright Ave, Racine   Map
 

Other Area Support Groups:

Aurora Health Care http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/events/index.asp 

Search for Support Groups in the Kenosha,
Racine and Walworth region
 

Ascension All Saints : http://www.mywheaton.org/Events/?sid=2See 

Waterford Senior Living - Alzheimer's Support Group

4th Wednesday of the Month 2:00 to 3:00 pm
301 S Sixth St, Waterford
Call 262-534-4800 for more information
 
Statewide call-in caregiver support group occurs the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.  Click the call-in link for further information about this telephone support group.
 

Other Resources 

Information

  • Caring for someone with dementia?  Check out the Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP). Call the ADRC 262-833-8777 for more information about the program.                                              

  • Handout - Compassionate Communication

  • A Guide for Family Caregivers - Information that can answer questions and provide suggestions on how to respond to the most common symptoms of memory loss and dementia.  See the flyer here.

  • Caregiver Teleconnection - Monthly topic with helpful information and tips.  Website has recordings of past calls.  See online at: www.caregiverteleconnection.org or call for upcoming programs 866-390-6491 Toll Free

Online

  • Advance Directives Information (power of attorney etc.)

  • ALZConnected   Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be lonely and overwhelming. To help, the Alzheimer’s Association created ALZConnected, the first dedicated online social networking community where people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and others affected by the disease can share answers, opinions, ideas and support. ALZConnected launched last year thanks to the generosity of our donors. This free site, designed especially for the Alzheimer’s community, offers a safe place for people to connect with others in similar situations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year .

  • Google Hangout Support Group for Caregivers under 40  Are you under 40 and caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia? We've partnered with Hilarity for Charity to bring you our Google Hangout Support Groups this summer. The groups will focus on the unique needs of people under the age of 40 navigating their way through this disease while attending school, raising families of their own or developing careers.  Connect here

  • National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices http://aadmd.org/NTG  has developed a Family Support Network that includes resource information, an online support group, a newsletter and other resources.

  • Share the Caregiving   Have you been taking care of someone for a long time? Are you feeling burnt out? Do you feel you can’t do this alone anymore? Find out about a model program on how to create a unique caregiving family from friends, relative, co-workers, neighbors, and acquaintances. Visit the Share the Care website at http://www.SharetheCare.org/index.html , or contact the ADRC of Racine County at 262-833-8777

Video

  • Caregiving Techniques Video Training - "Safe At Home A Caregivers Guide" can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSUNMbQz59g                                                                                                         
  • Family Caregiver Alliance   An educational video―produced by Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) through a $25,000 grant from The Pat Summitt Foundation―offers caregivers of those with dementia simple, inexpensive options for making basic home modifications to help address problematic behavior when providing care at home.  See the website: http://www.videocaregiving.org/ brought to you by TerraNova films. There are many good caregiving techniques demonstrated here.

  • Family Caregiving Video Series by Home Alone Alliance - AARP.  See: https://www.aarp.org/ppi/initiatives/home-alone-alliance/

 

Topics/Articles of Interest - 

 

 

Newsletter Archives:

 

Caregiver E-Visit & Special Mailings:

 

2019

 

July 2019 - Minding Your Own Freedom
May 2019 - A Few Strategies for Ordinary Heros
April 2019 - Changing Relationships
February 2019 -  When Help is Not Welcomed
January 2019 - Express Yourself!
 
2018
November 2018 - November's Hero
October 2018 - Home Alone
August 2018 - The Caregiver Rollercoaster
July 2018 -  Wandering the Wilderness
May 2018 - "Patience is a Healthy Virtue"
April 2018 - "Sweet Cheer"
February 2018 - When Caregiving Ends
January 2018 - Prevention and Wellness
 
2017
November 2017 - Kudos to Caregivers
October 2017 - The Importance of Activity
August 2017 - An Invisible Epidemic
July 2017 - Joy in July
May 2017 -  Medical Care Decisions
April 2017  -  Plan B - A stress Reducer  -  Plan B  document
February 2017  - Love in the time of Caregiving
January 2017 - Safety and Sanity in Wisconsin Winter
 
2016
November 2016 - A job that takes courage
October 2016 - Managing Caregiver Stress
August 2016 -  Smile and the World is Better
Summer 2016  - Celebrate and beat the heat
Spring 2016 -  A visit with caregiver support
January/February-  Making the Most of Caregiver Support   Handout - Compassionate Communication
 
2015
 
October - Caregiver Support Team Receives Assistance
September - Its Wise to Socialize
August  - Family Caregiver - Prime Member of the Healthcare Team
July   - Memories - Sorting, Savoring, and Sharing
June - Obstacles on the Road to Balance
May - From Fiery Volcano to Soft Candlelight
April  - What is Patience
March - Decisions
February - Change the Frame
January + Handout  Germs: Those Little Things That Get Us Down
 
2014
December  - Family Meetings: A Huddle time for the Family Caregiving Team
November - November's Hero
October  -  Moving Safely Through Phases of Family Caregiving
September   When Home, Sweet Home Must Change
August - What's Your Plan B?
July - Home of the Brave - Courageous Caregivers
June   Med Management - Your Pharmaceutical Hat
May  - Diagnosis - Caregiver Burnout
April  -  It is My Choice
March  -  Sweet Cheer - Opening Your Heart's Windows
February  - Wandering Behaviors
January  - Medicare and Medicaid and Caregiving Family Needs
 
2013
December  - Celebration and Communication
November - Believe in Yourself!
October - The Person At the Center
September - A Caregivers Journey
August - Weeds In My Garden
July - Find Your Summer Escape
June - Tips for Caregiving Trips
May - "Mindful Caregiving"
April - The New "Hey Doc!"
March - Mad Isn't All Bad
February - "Help- Help!"
January - When the "Blues" take over
 
2012
December - Taming the Holidays
November - Here's to Your Health
October - Decisions
September - Safe at Home
August - Happy Trails, Traveling...
July -  Medication Management
June - Decision Making
May - Information Please 
April - Guilty!
March - Home Alone
February -When a loved one has died
January - Controlling the spread of infections
 
2011
December - Family Meetings
November - Caregivers Deserve ...
October - Stages of Caregiving