Caregivers Are Heroes
November is National Caregivers Month
You help Mom/Dad with appointments
Your spouse or partner can no longer help
You help your adult child with disabilities
You are raising your Grandchild
You are a Caregiver
Caregivers go about their work taking care of their loved ones quietly, willingly, and lovinging and often at great self sacrifice. They are heroes. Most all of us if we are not caregivers ourselves know someone who is caregiving. With the holidays approaching think about how you can help a caregiver you know. Offer to pick up their groceries when you shop or sit with their loved one so they can get away to shop. Make a meal, run an errand, rake leaves, take out the garbage, clean a room. There are so many ways you can help make this holiday season a little less stressful. If you are a caregiver - speak up, be specific and let your friends and family know how they can help.
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.
(To view information about ADRCs and the services it provides in American Sign Language click this ADRC-ASL link.)
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 online tool, available 24 hours a day-7 days a week. Anyone can receive the same 24/7 support via phone by dialing 2-1-1.
2015 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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