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
A caregiver is someone who provides support and care to a person who is chronically ill or disabled and needs help caring for themselves. You are the wife, husband, daughter-in-law, sister, brother, child, or friend who saw a family member or friend in need of care, and without even thinking, stepped in to offer support, comfort or care.
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 worried about leaving your loved one alone. There are ways to reduce some of those concerns by creating a safe environment for your loved one to thrive in. Additional equipment or slight home modifications 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. Providing assistance to a loved one can be very rewarding yet challenging work. Connecting with other Caregivers through a Call-in Program or Support Group will help strengthen you during challenging times.
Programs offered through the ADRC include the Alzheimers Family Caregiver Support Program, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, Powerful Tools For Caregiver Class, information and assistance connecting to private pay or publicly funded Long-Term Care programs (Family Care/IRIS). Call the ADRC for more information on these resources 715-528-4890.
Check out our brochures on the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program.
Powerful Tools For Caregiver Class
A 6-week class focused on self-care and reducing personal stress in a caregiving situation. Communication, behavioral support and learning from our emotions are important topics in the class. You'll leave this class withat great workbook, tools to find needed services, and strategies for reducing stress. There is a $10 suggested donation, which includes all learning materials. Classes are offered a couple times a year. Call the ADRC at 715-528-4890 for more information.
Watch this Powerful Tools for Caregivers Video and learn why this class is worth your time!
Wisconsin Family Caregiver Call-in Program
Family caregivers face many challenges in providing care for an older loved one. Successful caregivers recognize the importance of taking care of themselves so they can continue to give quality care.
The Call-In will take place the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 1-2:30 pm. There is no cost to participate and the phone call is free. Take a break just for you and join in! Please contact Lynn Scheinoha at the ADRC of the Lakeshore, 1-877-416-7083 to register.
24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900. The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900. The 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public.
Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-317-9362. Confidential over-the-phone crisis intervention for Florence County residents. Caring professionals will provide a supportive listening ear for people in our community who are experiencing emotional distress. Call anytime day or night.
Project Lifesaver: Are you caring 24/7 for a person who might wander? Project Lifesaver provides a personalized radio transmitter wristband for individuals who are at risk of wandering away from their homes. The transmitter signal can be used to locate people who have wandered, and the average rescue time is 30 minutes. Applications are available through the ADRC, the Florence County Sheriff's, Human Services, and Health Departments.
Wisconsin's Silver Alert: If your loved one over 60 years old is missing, and is believed to have a dementia or another permanent cognitive impairment which poses a threat to their health and safety, report the disappearance within 72 hours to your local law enforcement agency. If your loved one meets the criteria, the Department of Justice will issue a Silver Alert. If any of the 5 criteria are not met, a Missing/Endangered alert may be issued via the WI Crime Alert Network. Call 911 to report the individual's disappearance.
Education Resources for People Living with Dementia, Their Family Members and Other Caregivers
Dealing With Dementia
A new series of short films developed by WisconsinEye spotlights stories of those affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Wisconsin and provide resources for caregivers and communities. In the clips you meets some of the spouses, family members and friends who are jeopardizing their own physical, mental and financial health caring for those with dementia.
Home Alone Alliance: A Collaborative From AARP: Family Caregiving Video Series
Almost half of family caregivers say they perform medical/nursing tasks. These include handling prescriptions, helping someone climb the stairs with a cane, and caring for and cleaning wounds. Family caregivers often do these tasks with no training or help from health care professionals. The Home Alone Alliance is pleased to release its first series of family caregiver instructional videos.
About Alzheimer's - 5 short videos, additional resources
American Heart Association
Respite Care Association of Wisconsin
Caring for a Person with Lewy Body Dementia
National Alliance for Caregiving
Information & Support for In-Home Dementia Caregivers - site has 20 video clips that help Caregivers understand, plan for, and cope with dementia.
Well Spouse Association
Wisconsin Family Caregiver Support
Dementia Caregiver Video Series, Modules on Specific Topics