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Caregiver Support

You are a caregiver if you are a spouse, adult child, other relative or friend who helps, cares for or is concerned about an older adult or disabled person. Because of caregiving duties you may feel stressed, frustrated, guilty or concerned about how you are going to handle future caregiving needs.

An ADRC-CW Caregiver Support Coordinator offers professional, unbiased information about support services and options that can help you—the caregiver—and the person you are caring for. Caregiver Support Coordinators offer office, in-home and phone consultations about community resources and options available to you. These include respite care, financial resources and care options as well as information about ways to reduce stress and take care of you.

Support Groups & Programs

Wausau Area Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group
Primrose Retirement Community
2100 Townline Road
Wausau, WI 54403
This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, call Nicki at 715-370-0431.

Wisconsin Rapids Area Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin
220 3rd Ave. South Suite 1
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
This group meets the second Thursday of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call Anita at 715-423-7400.

These groups provide a great opportunity for caregivers and family members to share and learn from other experiencing similar frustrations and concerns. Occasionally, speakers are brought in to provide valuable information and resources. Respite care is available. To locate a support group in your area, contact a Caregiver Support Coordinator.

National Family Caregiver and Alzheimer Family & Caregiver Support Programs
Limited financial assistance is available annually to individuals providing care to others. Call us for more information about this program and status of the funds.

Powerful Tools for Caregiver Classes
This six- week course is designed to provide caregivers with tools to increase self care and give them confidence in handling difficult situations, emotions, and decisions. Click here to learn more about this class.

Project Lifesaver of Wood County
In partnership with the Wood County Sheriffs’ department, we provide information and enrollment for adults in Wood County who are at risk of wandering due to cognitive impairment or medical condition. Please click here for more details.

Awareness & Education

ADRC-CW Caregiver Support Coordinators are available for community presentations on the issues related to caregiving to raise awareness and educate the public about available resources. Our coordinators also have a variety of books and DVDs about caregiver wellness that can be loaned out free of charge.

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