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Community Dialogue on Family Caregivers

Appleton - January 29, 2018    


Women and Family Caregiving

  • Nearly everyone will be a caregiver at some point in life.
  • And nearly everyone will need a little help providing that care.

 

What is a "Caregiver"?

What are the Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout


Caring is not the hard part of caregiving.

Being responsible for someone else can feel overwhelming, especially if the role is unexpected or interferes with job responsibilities. This is why Wisconsin offers family members and other informal caregivers access to programming and education that can make being a caregiver more manageable.

Free, reliable, local
  

The first phone call that caregivers should make is to the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Wisconsinís ADRCs are open to everyone and provide free and unbiased information and assistance to:

  • connect families with in-home care providers and other caregiver resources in the area.
  • navigate through immediate crises and provide decision-making counseling so that caregivers can make informed decisions. 
  • refer families to professionals that provide legal advice and financial planning services, including information about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

Click here to find the county or tribal office in your community: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aging/offices

Did you know...

  • 15 to 20% of American working full- or part-time as estimated to provide informal caregiving to an adult family member, relative, or friend - a figure that is expected to rise over the next decade.
  • 66% of caregiver employees have gone into work late, left early, or taken time off during the day to deal with caregiving issues.
  • 20% of caregivers were forced to take a leave of absence from work.
  • 10% of caregivers quit or take early retirement.
  • For Wisconsin seniors, providing primary care for a grandchild is more common than you might think ... 
    • 26,800 grandparent-led (financially, logistically) households are responsible for their grandchildren living with them. Of these households:
    • 38% have no parents of the children present in the home.
    • 73% are under age 60.
    • 17% live in poverty (at or below the Federal Poverty Level).

Whatever your caregiving situation, wherever you are located ...

 

You are not alone. 


Find out more at:

www.wisconsincaregiver.org

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aging/offices

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aging/caregiver.htm