I don't have the time.
My loved one needs me.
Who could possibly understand what I'm going through?
Sound familiar? If you are helping care for a loved one, the last thing you think of is yourself.
But here is a radical thought: You cannot pour from an empty cup.
That's right. Putting yourself first for even five minutes a day can make all of the difference for you AND your loved one. You will be a better caregiver if you take time for you. Now you are pouring from a full cup.
Start by connecting with those just like you. Learn from caregivers who understand your situation. Gather at one of the monthly events listed below sponsored by the Brown County Caregiver Coalition, a group of professionals dedicated to helping caregivers in our community.
We hope to see you at the next gathering.
Mug Club for Caregivers
Families, friends, partners, and other informal caregivers welcome*. Bring a friend!
@ ADRC (300 S. Adams St., Green Bay)
Download the Mug Club flyer for more information.
What Now? Grief, Loss, & Life After Caregiving
Families, friends, and partners experiencing the death of a loved one they cared for welcome*. Bring a friend!
@ ADRC (300 S. Adams St., Green Bay)
Download the What Now? Grief, Loss, & Life After Caregiving flyer for more information.
*If you need care for your loved one in order to attend these meetings, please call the ADRC at 920-448-4300.
Caring for a Person with Dementia?
Follow this link to the the Dementia- Caregiving for Dementia page on the ADRC website.
Take a look at what the ADRC has to offer for caregivers:
Classes run throughout the year.
- Caregiver Class Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Call the ADRC at 920-448-4300 for more information.
Watch this Powerful Tools for Caregivers video and learn why this class is worth your time!
A 6-week class focused on self-care and reducing personal stress in a caregiving situation. Communication, behavioral support and learning from our emotions are important topics in the class. You'll leave this class with a great workbook, tools to find needed services, and strategies for reducing stress. There is a $20 suggested donation, which includes all learning materials.
The ADRC has a number of ways to help employers provide support for their employees who are caregivers. Help them reduce stress and effectively balance work responsibilities and caregiving. Share this with the Human Resources department and ask them to call the ADRC to talk about these valuable services.
- Caregiving & Work: Finding the Balance
Onsite Lunch and Learn Sessions - 30 to 60 minute overviews of caregiving issues or introduction to the ADRC and how we can help. Held at the employer's location on their schedule.
Information & Assistance helpline - phone consultations, home or office visits, and family meetings to assess the situation and offer real solutions by linking families to community resources. The perfect complement to your Employee Assistance Program and it's free.
Educational Materials - Customized newsletter articles and/or payroll inserts or borrow books and videos from our library. There are a number of support groups in Brown County that meet at various times, days, and locations. Call the ADRC at 920-448-4300 for more information or go to Community Service Database - 211 and type in the key words box "Caregiver Support Groups" for a listing.
~Parkinson's Support Group - Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 12:30 p.m. for Parkinson's patients and their families and caregivers. Guest speakers, information, sharing and support. For more information contact the ADRC (920) 448-4300.
Call (920) 448-4300 to talk to or set up an office or in-home appointment with an Information & Assistance Specialist about your unique situation. We want to support and help you be the best caregiver you can be. Information & Assistance Specialist gather information on available service options and provide assistance with connecting to these services---- like respite care in area facilities, in-home care agencies, individuals for hire or assistive equipment like bath benches, raised toilet seats, canes and walkers. Click Help Finding Services in the list on the left for more information or Call (920) 448-4300.
- Information and Assistance
~Lending Library - A variety of books and videos are available for the public to check out. Topics range from caregiver wellness to health condition related information. Stop in at our offices at 300 S. Adams to take a look and check out a video or book!
- Caregiver Education - Available for organizations, groups, employers, churches
~Website Links - Click on Links from the list on the left, select Caregiving for a list of website links that have information helpful to caregivers.
~Presentations, newsletter articles, payroll inserts, lunch & learn at work, lunchtime caregiver booth are some of ways we can provide customized education and support, on topics important to caregivers.
Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention
The Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention is made up of many organizations working together to provide education and promote awareness for suicide prevention, and overcome the stigma of suicide. Go to their website Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention for more information. Scroll down for a link to their brochure.
Learn How to Save a Life with QPR
You may be in the best possible postion to prevent suicide. Much like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, the fundamentals of QPR* are easily learned and like CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, the application of QPR may SAVE a life. QPR is designed to teach you how to identify someone considering suicide and help them get the assistance they need. QPR consists of three life-saving skills...
How to QUESTION a person about suicide
How to PERSUADE the person to get help
How to REFER the person to the appropriate resources
*QPR, Question, Persuade, Refer training is available for your staff, organization member, church group, etc.
To learn more about the Coalition for Suicide Prevention or about QPR training, contact Tana Koss at 920-436-4360, ext: 1252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Services Database-211, where caregivers can search for local community resources day or night from their home or anywhere there is access to the internet.
- Web-based Resource Database for Brown, Door & Kewaunee County, Wisconsin
Forms require Acrobat Reader. Click the button to download the latest version FREE.
- Alzheimer's Association
Provides a comprehensive guide to caring for an individual with Alzheimer's Disease and caregiver support information.
- Alzheimer's Association Online Community
ALZConnected - Variety of message boards/forums including Caregivers Forum, Questions for the Care Consultant, Success Stories, Musings, and Medications/Treatments for Alzheimer's. Two Chat Rooms are available. Offers forum in Spanish (Discusiones en Espanol).
- Wisconsin Support Group Listing
Groups meet at a variety of times and in a variety of settings, are confidential, free, and open to the public. Check for a support group in your area.
- Alzheimer Association Workshops and Classes
Listing of workshops and classes for persons caring for persons with Alzheimer's
- The Alzheimer's Project
THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT shows there is now genuine reason to be optimistic about the future. Created by the award-winning team behind HBO's acclaimed "Addiction" project, this multi-platform series takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country's leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer's and on their families. Includes videos and a website full of information for caregivers and providers.
- Caregiver Videos About Dementia and Alzheimer's
Most of these videos are 5 minutes in length providing a fast, easy way to learn about behaviors of persons with dementia and how to respond in a way that reduces stress for both of you. Actors role-play actual situations and demonstrate tips and solutions. Videos are available in English and Español.
- Caregiver Corner
Flyer that lists services in Brown County, Wisconsin specifically designed to support caregivers.
- Caregiver Handbook
Booklet designed to help caregivers figure out what their needs are and provide an outline of resources available in Brown County, Wisconsin
- Mug Club...For Caregivers
Monthly gathering for anyone caring for a fmaily member, friend, neighbor, or loved one. Meets at the ADRC of Brown County and is sponsored by the Brown County Caregiver Coalition.
- What Now? Grief, Loss, & Life After Caregiving
Monthly gathering for families, friends, and partners experiencing the loss of a loved one they cared for. Meets at the ADRC of Brown County and is sponsored by the Brown County Caregiver Coalition.
- Caregiver Call-In Support Group
Free statewide telephone support group for caregivers. Sponsored by the ADRC of the Lakeshore.
- Caregiver Teleconnection
Website: This free, bilingual, and confidential program connects caregivers and family members to information & support through "tele-learning". Various monthly sessions, hosted by professionals and experts, give families the support they need, while connecting them to other caregivers.
- National Alliance for Caregiving
Offers reports, caregiving tips, publications and more.
- So Far Away Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers
Guide from the Naitonal Institute on Aging to help long-distance caregivers assist their loved ones, using 20 questions to cover common issues facing caregivers. Read it online, download a copy or order a print copy to be mailed.
- AARP Family Caregivers
AARP caregiving page. Valueable up to date articles and information.
- Prepare to Care A Planning Guide for Families
AARP Foundation guide available for download or online. Five Steps to a Caregiving Plan for Families. Designed to help families discuss and create a caregiving plan.
- Wisconsin Family Caregiver Support Program
Information for people caring for someone age 60 or older with Alzheimer's or related disorder. Also for persons age 55 or older caring for a disabled relative or is a grandparent caring for a child.
Classes, blogs and online support groups
- Children of Aging Parents CAPS
Newsletter, literature reference, online support group and links to other resources.
- Eldercare at Home: A Comprehensive Online Guide for Family Caregivers
Link to the American Geriatric Society's latest edition of this very helpful booklet. Easy to navigate on-line using a drop down box to select the chapter with the subject you are looking for. Subjects are wide-ranging examples are sleep problems, weight loss, mobility, choosing a nursing home, etc.
- Elder Care Online
Many online forums topics include: caring for yourself, spousal caregivers, family dynamics, caregiving and saving your back, family dynamics, finding humor, legal/financial matters, when caregiving ends, memorials, and more. Live Chats are held throughout the week, schedule of dates and times is posted.
- Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Advocacy for caregivers and quality long term care options for persons requiring support. Information source for professionals.
- Family Caregiver Alliance
Offers caregiver tips, information, policy issues, news and resources.
- Family Caregiver Support Network Caregiver Talk
Place where caregivers can discuss topics using a Discussion Board. Post and read inspirational, humorous, and uplifting caregiving stories.
- Strength for Caring
Offers sections just for caregivers, message boards, resource center, caring for persons with specific health condtions.
- Today's Caregiver
Short articles on caregiving, e-newsletter, magazine, care tips, links, information includes caring for persons with Mental Illness.
- Caregiving Video Series - Wide Range of Topics
If you prefer getting information by watching a video this website is for you. Video format listen, learn, be enlightened about topics important to caregivers. Topics such as stroke, falling, infection control at home, being a caregiver, advanced directives, etc. Easy to understand and specific information. Available in Spanish too.
HIPAA and Other Disclosures
- Financial Steps for Caregivers
Booklet from the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) website. Caregiving can have serious financial consequences. It's important to learn about how to take the necessary steps to avoid compromising your own financial future. The booklet is easy to read and practical. Great tips and easy to use tools that are practical for anyone trying to examine their finances and/or plan for the future.
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- HIPAA: Questions and Answers for Family Caregivers
This guide provides an explanation of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), which is a federal law protecting personal medical information. Guide produced by Next Step in Care- Family Caregivers & Health Care Professionals Working Together.
- Disclosures to Family & Friends
Website: Learn from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services when and who should receive personal information on your loved one.