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.

 

 

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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                                                                                                            

Archive of previous caregiver newsletters or E-Visits with the main article/caregiving topic highlighted
can be accessed at this link.

 

Respite Care Information

Click for more information or call the ADRC

 
Looking for a way to stay connected when we cannot meet in person? Join fellow caregivers for a time to relax, chat and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea from the comforts of home. All caregivers welcome! Available by video conferencing or phone. Facilitated by Dementia Care Specialists & Leads from the ADRCs of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth County. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 9:30am-10:30am. Register by calling Afton 262-741-3273 or email akehl@co.walworth.wi.us

 

Support Groups for Caregivers

For caregivers who are over 60 or are caring for someone over 60 and caregivers (of any age) for people who have dementia.  Contact the ADRC with questions.

Due to current public health concerns regarding COVID-19 in Racine County, the ADRC is happy to address your questions/needs over the phone.  For your safety, as well as that of Racine County staff, walk-ins and in person meetings like support groups are not allowed at this time.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  

 

Support Groups

Virtual/Telephone Support Groups - Now Available! 

1st Friday -  Noon - 1:00 pm

2nd Wednesday - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

3rd Thursday -  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm *Begins 11/19/20

For our support groups we have started using Zoom which also offers a call in option. We are learning new ways to share all the time!
Contact Ruth Stauersbol at 262-833-8764 to receive call-in/virtual group information.

 

Other Area Support Groups: 

Due to current public health concerns regarding COVID-19 in Racine County Please check to see if these offerings are current or are perhaps virtual.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a listing of support groups on their website https://alz.org/wi as well as information 24/7 by calling their number 800-272-3900

Aurora Health Care https://ahc.aurorahealthcare.org/events/index.asp 

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

Ascension All Saints:  https://healthcare.ascension.org/Events?_ga=2.161646268.1407229733.1573587678-734517850.1557349393

 
St Monica's Senior Living - Memory Care Family Support GroupFlyer
1st Tuesday of the month at 6 pm
3920 N Green Bay Rd
Poppy Room  (Main Entrance)
RSVP to Joan: 262-321-7138
 
Waterford Senior Living - Alzheimer's Support Group
4th Wednesday of the Month 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Main Entrance, 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/

 

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