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Closings and Cancellations

ADRC classes and events scheduled in all three counties are suspended until further notice. Nutrition and transportation services vary between counties-please see below.

Our ADRC offices are not providing face-to-face appointments at this time. 
Please note we are available for phone and e-mail contacts. For help and support, call Barron County (Barron Office) 715-537-6225, Rusk County (Ladysmith Office) 715-532-2176 or Washburn County (Spooner Office) 715-635-4460 or use our Contact Us form. 

If you are a caregiver, check out this list of links to a wide variety of helpful caregiver information resources

Barron County Programs and Services
This document summarizes the status of program areas.

Barron County Public Health wants to keep the community informed as to what is happening and how best to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19. Please share these as needed.

More Barron County Information

Rusk County Nutrition Program

Rusk County Grab and Go Lunch

Hawkins, Ladysmith and Sheldon provide lunch several days a week on "Grab and Go" basis as noted below. Meals must be ordered at least 24 hours ahead of time, and participants need to be registered in the Senior Nutrition Program. To order your meal and/or register, call the ADRC at 715-532-2176. When you call you'll get pick-up instructions to ensure the safety of you and our program staff. Suggested donation for those 60 and over is $3.50.
  • Hawkins: Tuesdays and Thursdays: pick-up between 11:00 a.m and noon.
  • Ladysmith: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: pick-up between 11:00 a.m and noon.
  • Sheldon: Tuesdays and Fridays: pick-up between 11:30 a.m and noon.
Dining @ Five
We plan to restart Dining @Five in June as a Grab and Go service! Pick up between 5-6:00 p.m. June 11th. Watch for more details!

Meals on Wheels continues as usual. 
  • Please plan ahead for potential future disruption in Meals on Wheels service. 
  • If you are sick, please understand that we will still be delivering to you but ask that you please meet us at your door for delivery.
  • No hot meals will be provided for the week of April 20-24, 2020 to Meals on Wheels participants. Other arrangements have been made to make accommodations for this week.

Washburn County Programs and Events

Due to COVID-19, our Aging and ADRC staff are not currently providing face-to-face appointments, but are still continuing to provide many essential services. We are available for phone appointments and encourage you to contact us directly by calling 715-635-4460. We can
then put you in touch with the right specialist to meet your needs. If you have any other comments or concerns, please contact Aging Director/ADRC Supervisor Linda Hand at 715-635-4460.

Home Delivered Meals are now available in Birchwood, Minong, Shell Lake and Spooner. Call 715-635-4460 to learn more.

Scam Alerts

Bad times can bring out the best in people, but it can also bring out the worst in people. To learn about what's happening, check the FTC website here. Scammers are trying to take advantage of this crisis. If you think you’ve been scammed, please do not be embarrassed or ashamed as it can happen to anyone. Please call your local Sheriff’s Department and report it. Save any letters or emails you’ve received and turn them in as well.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128. You can also report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission by calling 877-FTC-Help or go to For law enforcement help, call the Postal Inspection Service, even for phone scams. Reach them at 877-876-2455. You can also complain to the Senate Subcommittee on Aging Fraud hotline: 855-303-9470.

Other Service Providers

Given the evolving situation of the COVID 19 virus, we recommend you contact agencies and service providers directly to learn how their service delivery may be altered during this time.


CDC Recommendations

The ADRC encourages everyone to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) safety recommendations as they evolve. You can find information at  The 211 response line is also prepared to field general questions about the COVID-19 situation. They are up to date on all statewide information.

The CDC has identified those over age 60 and people with serious chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart, lung, or kidney disease are at higher risk for a more serious COVID-19 illness. The CDC recommends that if you are at higher risk of more serious illness from COVID-19 because of any of these factors, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. They recommend you:

  • stock up on supplies
  • take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • keep away from others who are sick when you go out in public, limit close contact, and wash your hands often
  • avoid crowds as much as possible
  • stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed during a COVID-19 outbreak in your community

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health provider. This is an ever-changing situation and we will continue to monitor and evaluate the best ways to meet the community needs while addressing all safety concerns. For general agency questions, please contact Jennifer Jako at 715-537-6225 or jennifer.jako@co.barron.wi.usThank you for your understanding.

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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. You can find the ADRC policy here.

Since current programs and events are suspended, we aren't taking new registrations now. But we do want to know if you're interested! Please use our Contact Us form or call us at 888-538-3331 to let us know.