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    

 

ADRC Connections Newsletter 

 

 

E-visit Newsletter For Caregivers

 

May 2018 - "Patience is a Healthy Virtue"

 

Important News about Your Medicare Card - Click Here

 

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  Beginning June 8th

Powerful Tools for Caregivers   

Stepping On   Beginning August 10th - Racine

                        Beginning September 20th - Burlington

You can also check the Calendar (see tab under services).

 
 
 
Know your way around a tablet computer? Become a volunteer coach for the new
Sip and Swipe Cafe Tablet training program
 

 

Local Flyer "Share the Care"

Telephone Support Group

Caregiver Worksheet

 

Alzheimer's Association - Area Programs:
 
What is Alzheimer's Disease - Short Video
 
Alzheimer's Association programs and classes in Racine and Kenosha for 2018 - Flyer
 
Share your stories and socialize with others who have worries about their memory. 
Third Thursday of each month   
1:30—3:00 pm  Parkside Cafe
1400 Highway 11, Union Grove, WI
New members RSVP to 414-479-8800
 
Social Engagement Opportunities

 

Care Consultations with Alzheimer's Association Staff - times available at the ADRC offices. Contact Felicia at 262-833-8761 to request and appointment at your convenience.

 

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 .

 

The information in “A Guide for Family Caregivers” can answer questions and provide suggestions on how to respond to the most common symptoms of memory loss and dementia.  See the flyer here.

 

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

 

          

 

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

 

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, and a newsletter.  See the most recent edition:  

March 2017 Caregiver News.

 

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

 

Third 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
Cross Lutheran Church
126 Chapel Terrace, Burlington
(General parking in back of building.  Please enter through the West door.  Accessible parking and entry are in front.)
 
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
Caregiver ConnectionTelephone 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
 

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:

 

 

2018
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
 
 
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 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