Caring For Someone

Are you caring for a loved one?


"There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers". - Rosalyn Carter

Simply put, a caregiver is someone who provides support and care to a person who is chronically ill or disabled and is not able to care for themselves. You are the wife, husband, daughter-in-law, sister, brother, child, or friend who saw a family member in need of care, and without evening thinking, became their caregiver.

While caring for your loved one there are many things to consider. Remembering the importance of respite to avoid burnout is of great value. Funding may be available to help cover costs.

You may also be concerned about of leaving your loved one alone. The ADRC may be able to help find ways to reduce some of those concerns. We have resources and information to:

  • Provide extra helping hands into the home (other family members and/or paid caregivers)
  • Access additional equipment
  • Make slight home modifications
  • Manage medications
  • Access personal emergency response devices for added security
  • Provide extra helping hands into the home (other family members and/or paid caregivers)
  • Connect with a support group
  • Access caregiver classes
  • Create a safe environment for your loved one to thrive

Contact the ADRC at 262-605-6646 to learn more about the resources above and how you might be able to pay for services.

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If you are a caregiver, sign up for updates on events, trainings and tips to support you and your loved ones.

Supportive Classes Offered by the ADRC


What kind of Health Education programs do you want?

Your opinion can make a difference! The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) is asking you to take a 5-minute survey to let us know about your interest and ability to participate in evidence-based programs. Our evidence-based programs are important to avoid injuries and prevent or manage health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and more. Thus, we want to make sure these programs are easily available to everyone and need your valuable input to better understand the barriers that keep people from participating. Please help us by taking this short survey.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational series designed by Stanford University for family caregivers. The program provides caregivers with tools and strategies to take care of themselves while caring for others and better handle the unique caregiver challenges they face. Class participants will develop a wealth of self-care tools to:

  • Reduce personal stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Communicate more effectively in challenging situations
  • Find balance in your live
  • Deal with difficult feelings
  • Make tough caregiving decisions.

Caregivers will benefit whether helping a parent, spouse, friend, or someone who lives at home, in a nursing home or across the country.

Classes are offered in both English and Spanish throughout the year; pre-registration is required. For a schedule and/or registration, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 262-605-6646 or 1-800-472-8008 or select the red button below.

Herramientas Poderosas para Cuidadores 

Herramientas Poderosas para Cuidadores – HPC, un taller de seis semanas y dos horas de duración, es un programa educativo de autocuidado desarrollado por la Universidad de Stanford para los cuidadores familiares. HPC proporciona herramientas y estrategias de autocuidado para manejar mejor los desafíos únicos a los que se enfrentan los cuidadores.

Los temas incluyen la reducción del estrés personal, el cambio de la autoconversión negativa, la comunicación eficaz en situaciones difíciles, el reconocimiento de las emociones y los sentimientos difíciles, y la toma de decisiones difíciles sobre el cuidado.

Cuidadores van a beneficiara si están ayudando a sus padres, esposo, amigo o alguien que vives en casa, en casas de enfermedad o a través del país.

El tamaño de la clase es limitado y se requiere la inscripción. Se necesita un computadora, iPad o tableta, así como acceso a Internet. El personal se pondrá en contacto con usted antes de la clase para darle una breve orientación sobre Zoom.

Clases estan ofrecenda en Ingles y Español durante del año. Para obtener el programar, llame al Centro Recursos para los Adultos Mayores y Discapacidades a 262-605-6646 o 1-800-472-8008.

Workshop Information and Registration

A Roadmap for Care

Someone in Your Life has Dementia: A Roadmap for Care is a one-hour program offered virtually and in-person from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every other month (even months). Anyone caring for an individual living with a form of dementia would benefit from this presentation by Susan Johnson, Dementia Care Specialist. The presentation will help prepare and guide caregivers, while building confidence for the road ahead. It will address common caregiver concerns, such as:

  • Whether recently diagnosed or not, what do you need to know about caring for someone living with dementia?
  • As the disease progresses, how do you know what to expect and what your person needs? 

For more information, contact Susan Johnson at 262-605-6602; to register click here.

Trualta

If you are a family caregiver, it can be hard to find the right resources. Even harder when you don’t have any time. Trualta’s collection of professional content is designed for the family caregiver to make it easier to manage caregiving at home, 24/7/365. 

Trualta is a free online learning platform for family caregivers.  With lessons as short as 5 minutes, Trualta makes it easy for you to fit caregiver training in whenever it works for you. Trualta provides practical caregiver tips and techniques that you can start using right away. With Trualta, you can also learn alongside other caregivers in your area and learn from others’ experiences.

Discover ways to connect with your loved one and be confident that you’re doing your best.

To participate, caregivers must have a computer, iPad or other tablet and internet access. To register, click here, call 262-605-6650 or email Margaret Ricchio. You will receive an email with a link to register.

Savvy Caregiver

This bold and innovative program is designed specifically for family caregivers of persons living with dementia.

The Savvy Caregiver Training Program provides over twelve hours of face-to-face training with dementia experts, a caregiver manual and access to additional online caregiving tools. The participant will gain:

  • Knowledge to manage activities of daily living
  • Skills to assess the abilities of your family member and adjust your approach as needed
  • Confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals.

For more information and to register, call Susan Johnson at 262-605-6602.