Helping a Loved One?

Know Your Options. Let's Talk.

Your job taking care of your loved one may be just beginning, or maybe you're at the point where you need to stop and take a break just to rest and take care of yourself. If you are caring for a parent or loved one over sixty, or an adult with a disability, please contact your local ADRC or call 1-888-538-3031 for help and support. There is no charge for the consultation.

Visit our Dementia section for specific information about with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Caregivers Provide All Kinds of Support

Maybe you don’t think of yourself as a caregiver, because “it’s not that bad yet.” But when the support you provide helps your parent or other loved one stay independent, you are already a caregiver. That sort of help includes:

  • Calling regularly

  • Providing rides

  • Checking on medical concerns

  • Helping pay bills

  • Cleaning the home

  • Handling yard work

Maybe you're ready to consider an Adult Day program. Caregivers and family members often benefit from the opportunity to share and learn from others experiencing similar concerns. Find current information about local support groups in your county’s resource guide or contact the ADRC. No matter where you are on the caregiving path, you can get help at your local ADRC.

Our online resource guide provides information by county about a variety of resources.

Save Time, Money and Energy

We’ve Done the Research.

You’ll get free, comprehensive, unbiased information and assistance from our staff and our Resource Directories on a full range of subjects, including:

  • Health Insurance/Assistance

  • Senior Centers/Senior Dining

  • Medicaid/Medicare

  • Food and Nutrition

  • In-home Help/Home Care

  • Home Repairs

  • Memory Issues/Alzheimer’s/Dementia

  • Vision

  • Lifeline/Personal Emergency Response System

  • Housing

  • Transportation

  • Social Security/SSI/Legal/Benefits

  • Energy/Utility Assistance

Working With Family

Sometimes one of the biggest hurdles to change comes from within a family. Our specialists have years of experience working with all sorts of families, living all across the country.

A consultation with the ADRC staff provides an “outside voice” and often paves the way for your loved one to make decisions that improve safety and quality of life. Consultations can be set up with the individual and/or caregivers by phone or video conference.

Please note: If your loved one doesn’t live in Barron, Rusk or Washburn County,

Learn On Your Own

We have a variety of books, brochures and DVDs available on loan. Topics range from caregiver wellness to specific health conditions. You can also find many good resources on the Wisconsin ADRC Information and Assistance page.

Additional caregiver information links include:

You Can Meet the Challenge

Caregiving is a two-sided coin. While you experience the satisfaction and rewards of helping someone else, you may also feel stress, frustrations and guilt, compounded by concerns about the future.

Contact us for help on your caregiver journey.