Family Care - IRIS 2.0 - ADRC are Changing Your Testimony is Vital
The first Department of Health Services (DHS) Family Care - IRIS public is requesting testimony to hear from consumers and stakeholders regarding program changes. Don't miss this opportunity to have input and be heard about what is important to you. The budget - Act 55 has dramatic changes in store for these programs such as moving from a local model for ADRCs to regional consortiums or one state-wide entity. Same with Family Care and IRIS from the eight non-profit MCOs to for-profit Integrated Health Agencies (IHAs) operating in five regions or one IHA operating state-wide. DHS is charged with providing a concept paper on how these changes will be implemented. Your input is vital to assure that seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers needs and personal choices are not lost. There are a number of ways to share your testimony and it will be accepted until Friday, October 30, 2015. Go to the Advocacy page for more details about how you can participate and about the budget changes that may affect you or someone you care for. Brown County Memory Cafe Opens!
The Memory Cafe provides a fun, comfortable environment where people with early state memory loss along with their companion and/or caregiver can relax, engage, and enjoy the company of others who are on the same journey.
The Memory Cafe will be open the 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay.
Register for your cafe experience by contacting Renee Erickson, 920-412-9960 or renee.erickson@edu.
The Memory Cafe is sponsored by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, The ADRC of Brown County, NEW Curative, and the Alzheimer's Association. Funding is provided by The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation along with private sector donations. Self-Care for Those Who Give: Managing Stress & Burnout in Family Caregiving
Are you caring for a loved one or family member?
Are you better at taking care of others than you are at taking care of yourself? Join the ADRC and the Brown County Caregiver Coalition for this rare chance to see a national speaker, Paul Wesselmann (The Ripples Guy). Paul will share ways to gain a sense of control, even if the stress cannot be eliminated from your life.
Date & Time: Thursday, October 15th
Presentation 5:30-7:00 pm with refreshments from 7:00-7:30 pm
Location: ADRC, 300 S. Adams St., Green Bay
Registration: Free event!
Space is limited, so please call the ADRC (920-448-4300) by October 6th to reserve your spot! Deadline extended to Friday, October 9. Answers and Solutions
Come down and see the ADRC newly remodeled Addlife/Welcome Center. The remodeling, a result of years of planning and input from consumers and accessibility experts. The goal was a welcoming, comfortable environment for everyone, whatever their "abilities" are. Many new accessibility features were incorporated into the plan. Read about our new additions/accessibility features, and don't forget to stop by & see the changes for yourself! We hear all too often, "I wish I would have known about the ADRC sooner." Help us get the word out about how your ADRC helps seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers make connections to services so they can Live their best possible life.
Watch this ADRC video and find out why Answers and Solutions Do Start Here. Then stop by or give us a call.
Staff are dedicated to learning each person's story to provide them with options, advice and/or help connecting to services personalized to their unique situation. The ADRC serves as a clearing house for information and access to a wide range of services and their costs, including;
in-home supportive and nursing care
housekeeping and chore services
memory screening, dementia care
nutrition and home-delivered meals
assisted living & nursing homes
financial assistance through Medicare, Medicaid, FoodShare and
many other aging and disability benefit programs.
As the single point of access for publicly funded long-term care, ADRCs provide eligibility determinations and enrollment counseling for the state's (publicly funded) managed long-term care services. The ADRC provides consumers and their caregivers with the information they need to make cost effective and informed decisions and will advocate for them if they are denied services.
In addition four AddLife Centers (Green Bay, De Pere, Denmark, and Pulaski) offer a wide variety of educational, social and recreational activities. Presentations are offered from professionals on topics ranging from chronic conditions and taking medications to organizing your home and American History. Activities including cooking demos, cards, Wii Bowling, exercise classes, day trips, and more. At the Green Bay AddLife Center an exercise room with treadmill, stationary bikes, and weight equipment is very popular and offers a place to work out with peers. Or make a reservation and have lunch with friends any weekday at any of the centers.
Check out the links on the left to see the wide variety of the information we gather and the activities available for you to enjoy. Scroll down to subscribe to the AddLife News to keep up with what's happening and read interesting articles that pertain to you and your life.
We'd love to talk to you, call 920-448-4300, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff is available via phone, in our office or your home during business hours or by special appointment outside of our hours.
Like us on Facebook and get valuable information about caregiving. Post a question and read responses from other caregivers and professionals who will share their knowledge and experience. www.facebook.com/adrcbrowncountywiCommunity Services Database-211The ADRC in partnership with United Way 211 and the Crisis Center maintains this comprehensive data base of community services thatis a valuable on-line tool, available 24 hours a day-7 days a week.
2014 Year end ADRC-Crisis Center-211 Trends, Unmet Needs Report - This report uses data collected through a collaborative effort between the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Crisis Center and 211 of Brown County, WI. The intent is to demonstrate patterns of need in the Brown County community and to educate policy makers and the public about potential services gaps in order to mobilize change. The ADRC, Crisis Center, and 211 of Brown County represent agencies that have a mission to respond to consumers who are searching for needed services. All three agencies provide reliable, unbiased information and links to community providers who have valuable services to offer.
Poverty in Brown County: Progress Report 2015- This report is a result of year long work by the Bay Area Community Council, (BACC) Self Sufficiency Workgroup, which met with local experts to assess current conditions and opportunities. It updates progress since the 2007 BACC produced "Poverty in Brown County: The Urgency of Moving People to Self-Sufficiency". The 2007 report called for action in five areas - children, health care, housing, neighborhood services, and transportation. The updated report outlines what has happened in each of those areas since 2007 and provides recommendations based on conditions in 2015. Poverty continues to be a concern in Brown County as it has increased since 2007. "Poverty is affecting working people and their children, along with seniors who despite Social Security are ending up in poverty due to high expenses primarily medical costs" states Devon Christianson, ADRC Director. The updated report highlights the significant progress that has been made in addressing poverty since 2007, but stresses more needs to be done to remove the barriers that prevent people from getting out of poverty. The progress report will be discussed by several community groups this fall. The BACC report "Poverty in Brown County: Progress Report 2015 can be viewed online at bayareacommunitycouncil.org, Resources page. ADRC- AddLife programsoffer the opportunity for you to take a self-educated, proactive, and personal approach to your health and wellness. They Add-Laughter, Independence, Friends and Energy to your life!
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