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. For starters, remembering the importance of respite to avoid burnout is of great value. There are several supportive home care agencies and assisted living facilities that may be of help. Many of you are understandably fearful of leaving your loved one. But, there are ways to reduce some of those fears by creating a safe environment for your loved one to thrive. With additional equipment or slight home modifications, it would be an added support to keep or regain a sense of independence for him or her. Other things to consider are tips to managing medications and having a personal emergency response device for added security. Last but certainly not least, joining or connecting with a support group will provide continual caregiver support.

SUPPORTIVE CLASSES OFFERED BY THE ADRC:


Powerful Tools for the Caregiver

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational series designed by Stanford University, available in 36 states. 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 throughout the year; pre-registration is required. For a schedule and/or registration, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center, 262-605-6646 or 1-800-472-8008 or select the red button.

Workshop Information and Registration

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.