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Get Help to Live Independently and Stretch Your Money at Your Local ADRC

Contact us for a free, confidential consultation to get unbiased information about local resources for individuals ages 60 + and adults with disabilities. Your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) staff knows how to help you find what you need to make decisions about independent living and your quality of life. 

Confidentially-at no cost, with no pressure. You make the decisions. 

Local Information, Personal Choice 

Review our comprehensive resources directories or set up a personal consultation to help find out what makes sense for you. Choose what you need to stay as independent as possible, as long as possible, while stretching your dollars as far as possible. Learn about options including: 
  • Healthy living 
  • Getting rides 
  • Benefit eligibility
Looking for programs or services outside Barron, Rusk or Washburn County? Find your local ADRC

You're Welcome Here

We welcome everyone to the ADRC, regardless of race, age, color, national origin, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or socioeconomic, marital or military status. Your ADRC respects the diversity of our customers, employees, and communities.

Speaking Up Is Important

If you think that your voice doesn’t matter, think again!  It is only because people were willing to speak up that our state budget includes permanent AND expanded funding to support Dementia Care Specialists in Aging & Disability Resource Centers across the state. Currently there are 19 positions covering approximately 54% of Wisconsin’s age 60+ population.  This is great, and even though our ADRC secured a grant in 2014 for a Dementia Care Specialist, we believe that every person in Wisconsin should have access to the expertise these positions provide. 

In addition to the expansion of Dementia Care Specialists, the state budget also provides additional funds to support transportation services for persons age 60 or better and those with a disability. At this point we aren’t sure how much of the additional funding will come to Barron County, but we are optimistic and thankful that the need for an increase was recognized by our legislators. The budget doesn’t solve the overarching concern of long term sustainable funding of transportation, but at some point compromise has to occur for the greater good.

As with any budget there are disappointments but it doesn’t serve any of us to dwell on those things. It just means we have to step back, celebrate our achievements, roll up our sleeves and find a new approach to solving problems. 

In the meantime, it’s important to contact your legislators and say “thank you” for supporting the Dementia Care Specialist and the additional Transportation funds. In Barron County, your legislators are:
Senator Janet Bewley, (608) 266-3510, Sen.Bewley@legis.wi.gov  Room 126 South, State Capitol, Madison WI  53707
Representative Romaine Quinn (608) 282-3675  Rep.Quinn@legis.wisconsin.gov  Room 323 North, State Capitol, PO Box 8953, Madison, WI  53708  

ADRC Board Seeks New Members
The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Barron, Rusk and Washburn Counties (ADRC) is currently looking for people interested in serving on the governing board. The mission of the ADRC is to provide older adults and people with disabilities the resources needed to live with dignity and security, and stay as independence as possible and have a high quality of life. The ADRC helps people make the most of their own resources, stay independent and delay or prevent the need for potentially expensive long-term care.

The governing board serves in an advisory & policy-making role and is not involved in day-to-day operations of the ADRC. Board members must represent one of the customer groups we serve. Are you qualified to represent any of the following?
• Persons age 60 or better 
• Adults age 18-59 with physical disabilities
• Adults with intellectual/cognitive disabilities
• Youth who will soon be receiving adult services
• Family caregivers or legal guardians for any of above
Qualified applicants must be interested in preserving the ADRC’s mission and advocating for programs and services that help fulfill it. No experience on governing boards or advisory committees is necessary.
Application deadline is November 30, 2017. You can fill out the application here. For more information, please contact the ADRC at 715-537-6225.