Grandfather looking at and laughing with seven-year old granddaughter.Older adult woman and man standing outside a two-story colonial home.Older woman in a senior living facility talking with her visiting daughter.Young man with Down's Syndrome in office building lobby.Middle-aged woman in a wheelchair outside on a path looking at fall leaves with her small dog on a leash.

Welcome to the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Barron, Rusk & Washburn Counties

ADRC Updates

For help, support and current program and service information, use our Contact Us form or call us. Please note, our ADRC office services vary.

  • Toll-free all locations (888) 538-3031

  • Barron County (Barron Office) 715-537-6225 (Offering in-person, phone, or virtual meetings)

  • Rusk County (Ladysmith Office) 715-532-2176

  • Washburn County (Shell Lake Office) 715-635-4460

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

Three-year Aging Services Plan Update

Right now ADRCs are developing final plans. We will post drafts or final plans as they become available. We invite you to review them and/or attend the public hearing in your county.

Aging Plans

2022-2024 Barron County Aging Plan Final Draft

2022-2024 Rusk County Aging Plan Final

Public Hearings
Barron County: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 10:30 a.m., Room 110, Barron County Government Center, 335 E Monroe Ave, Barron, WI

Rusk County: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m., Rusk County Government Center, 311 Miner Ave E., County Board Room, Ladysmith, WI

Washburn County- Monday, October 11, 2021, 8:30—9:00 a.m., Washburn County Board Room, Washburn County Services Building, 1st Floor 304 2nd Street, Shell Lake, WI 54871. Washburn County Public Hearing Flyer

Looking for Barron County Centenarians - Residents Born 1921 or Earlier

Barron County residents born in 1921 or earlier will be honored by the ADRC through a commemorative video montage. If you are a Centenarian or know a friend or family member who is 100 years or older, please contact Jennifer at the ADRC at 715-537-6209 or jennifer.jako@co.barron.wi.us . The deadline is Friday, October 22nd to ensure we can include everyone. We are hoping Centenarians can share a photo, a quote or message, some fun history or and stories for the video.

“The annual Centenarian Celebration provides an opportunity to honor local residents, thank them for their contributions, and recognize the value of their wisdom,” said Jennifer Jako, ADRC Director. “We appreciate the perspective and insight they bring to our communities.”

Stepping On Workshop

If you are interested in participating in our next fall prevention workshop, Stepping On, please contact Alisa Lammers at alisa.lammers@co.barron.wi.us or 1-888-538-303.

COVID-19 Information

Check the Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 web page for the latest information.

To find out where you can get vaccinated, visit this vaccine locator.

Local Information, Personal Choice

Resources for Independent Living

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.

Check with 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, including guidelines for fully vaccinated people. You can find more information about vaccine eligibility and testing on the CDC home page. 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.

Barron County is looking to find better ways to help people. We are looking to create a one stop shop, where many different resources and services are available to you under one roof. Things like mental health services, food share, energy assistance, WIC, housing, alcohol and drug abuse services, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Public Health, Family Resource Center, Workforce Resource and more. Please take the survey here .

Barron County COVID-19 Safety Guidelines


Are there COVID-19 safety precautions you should take?
Since we cannot guarantee zero risk of COVID-19 spread while attending our services, the following COVID-19 safety precautions are recommendations from Barron County Public Health and the CDC:

  • Consult with your provider to determine if participation is right for you

  • COVID-19 vaccination is recommended before you attend

  • Do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19

  • Face coverings and social distancing are recommended if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19

What COVID-19 safety precautions will we be following?
We understand that we serve the older adults and people living with disabilities who are at greater risk for COVID-19. We will be following guidance from Barron County Public Health and will be staying up to date with the most recent CDC guidelines and recommendations. The following are safety precautions we will be following, and will be subject to change as new information is released:

  • Staff and volunteers will be expected to follow the current CDC guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing

  • Proper cleaning and sanitizing will occur

  • Tables will be distanced to accommodate all, according to CDC guidelines

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, socioeconomic, marital or military status. We respect the diversity of our customers, employees, and communities. You can find the ADRC policy here.