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

Caregiver Conference: When Caregiving Calls

Northwood Tech - Rice Lake Conference Center

Friday, Sept 22, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us at the Northwood Tech - Rice Lake Conference Center for this exciting Caregiver Conference. This in-person event will include a movie-style live viewing of the Keynote Presentation with speaker Aaron Blight and a selection of the breakout sessions from the “When Caregiving Calls Conference” in New Richmond. Your registration includes lunch, snacks, on-site breakout session options, on-site resource fair, and access to additional recorded breakout sessions.

For full agenda and details for each location, please visit bit.ly/caregiver_sept2023

AddLIFE Transit Can Help You Get Around!

Affordable rides are available to adults living in Barron County living independently who are sixty-plus or have disabilities through AddLife Transit. Learn more!

Want to get Fresh Local Produce?

AddLIFE Transit is offering extended summer hours on Thursdays specifically for trips to the Country Lane Farmer's Market in rural Barron. Rides will be available until 6:00 p.m. Call today to reserve your ride!

(Farmer's Market Vouchers, Quest Card, & WIC vouchers accepted at the Market)

ADRC Program Information on Rice Lake Media

We are partnering with Rice Lake Community Media to get the word out about ADRC programs and events. Here are the most recent segments  with ADRC staff and program host James Wyngaard :


Trisha Witham, Dementia Care Specialist talks about signs and symptoms of dementia and some ways to try and protect against dementia.


Darby Smith, Nutrition and Transportation Manager discusses the importance of transportation to our older friends and neighbors.


Alisa Lammers, Caregiver Specialist and Health Promotions Coordinator, talks about Daybreak, a full-day adult program for people dealing with dementia and other cognitive disabilities.

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: 

Looking for programs or services outside Barron or Rusk County? Find your local ADRC. 

Become a Professional Personal Care Worker 

A Personal Care Worker (PCW) is a professional who assists people with day-to-day activities. For example, they help with household chores, hygiene, and mobility support. You can find PCWs working at assisted living facilities and in-home care agencies. Anyone that is 16 years of age or older can be a PCW. Part-time and flexible schedules. Required training and certification can be completed through the Healthcare Workforce Training Institute at www.healthcareworkforcetraining.com or 715-726-3849.

Learn more about it here and find out more about caregiving in Barron County at the monthly We Care meeting at 4:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday. Meetings are virtual; to join virtually, email alisa.lammers@co.barron.wi.us for the link. Questions? Call Alisa Lammers at 715-537-6225.

Registration is not required.

Volunteer with the ADRC!

It's good for you and your community!  Read about our volunteer opportunities, contact us or call toll-free at 1-888-538-3031.

Vaccines and Boosters!

Find out where you and your family members can get your vaccines and the latest booster with the vaccine locator! Visit vaccines.gov

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.