ADRC of Racine County, Wisconsin

Caregiver Support

Through classes, support groups, written materials, and individual consultations, Senior Services provides ongoing support to family caregivers. Such 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

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. Situations where either the caregiver or care receiver is over age 60 are eligible for this service. In addition, anyone over 55 who is caring for a relative under 18 years of age can obtain information and support from the Caregiver Support Program.

 

Newsletters    

 

New!  ADRC Connections Newsletter click to view or choose tab at left

 

E-visit Newsletter

 

January 2017 E-visit

 

 

 

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

 

 

Upcoming Class/Conference Flyers:

 

Classes offered - contact Elizabeth at 262-833-8762 for more information:

Caregiving Relationships,
Healthy Living with Diabetes,
Living Well with Chronic Conditions,
Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and
Stepping On.  

You can also check the Calendar (see tab at the left).

 

Local Flyer "Share the Care"

Telephone Support Group

Caregiver Worksheet

 

Alzheimer's Association - Area Programs:
 
What is Alzheimer's Disease - Short Video
 
New Program!  -  Memory Café
Share your stories and socialize with others who have worries about their memory. 
Third Thursday of each month   
1:30—3:00 pm  Old Settlers Bowling Center
1500 15th Ave. Union Grove, WI
RSVP to Wendy Betley at 414-479-8800

 

Care Consultations with Alzheimer's Association Staff - times available at the ADRC offices.

 

Caregiver Support - News and Announcements 

 

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

 

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 .

 

Caregiving Techniques

 

Video Training - "Safe At Home A Caregivers Guide" can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSUNMbQz59g

Family Caregiver Alliance - 01/16/2014

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.

Home Safety Checklist

 

Please see pages 24 and 25 of the Family Caregiver Handbook for other important tips regarding safety in the home: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/Publications/22-277.pdf            

 

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 Aging and Disability Resource Center of Racine County at
262-833-8777 Local Flyer for Share the Care

 

Support Groups for Caregivers

Printable list of Caregiver Support Groups

 

Support Groups sponsered 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 262-833-8764or by email at marilyn.joyce@racinecounty.com

 

Second Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Yorkville United Methodist Church
17645 Old Yorkville Rd (Just off of Highway 20), Yorkville
 
Third Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Burlington Senior Center Eppers Room
209 N Main St, Burlington
 
First Thursday from 10:30 am12:00 pm
Alzheimer’s Association Support Group 
Bethania Lutheran Church
4120 Wright Ave, Racine
Park and enter at the back of the Church
 
Second Thursday 6:007:30 pm
Alzheimer’s Association Support Group
Bethania Lutheran Church
4120 Wright Ave, Racine
Park and enter at the back of the Church
 
First Friday from Noon-1:00 pm
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
 

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 Area Caregiver Support Groups:
 
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Second Thursday
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Community United Methodist Church
455 S Jefferson St  
Waterford, WI  
Lower level, back of building, Enter in pre-school door
 
Aurora Health Care : http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/events/index.asp
Search for Support Groups in the
Kenosha,
Racine and Walworth region

 

Caregiver Support Group
4th Wednesday 
Burlington Wellness 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Questions Call: 767-8313

 

WFHC All Saints : http://www.mywheaton.org/Events/?sid=2See See also “Senior Advantage Program”:
http://www.mywheaton.org/all-saints-hospital/senior-advantage-racine-wi

 

 

From the Alzheimer’s Association Newsletter - Sign Up for a 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

 

 

Newsletter Archives:

 

Caregiver E-Visit & Special Mailings:

 

2016

 

November 2016 - A job that takes courange

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 Recieves Assistance

 

 

2015

 

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 Firey Volcano to Soft Candelight

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 Managment - 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