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Are YOU a caregiver?

You may be a caregiver and not even realize it. About one in seven Americans take on the role of an unpaid family caregiver at any given time. Each year, more than 53 million people provide care to someone close to them. Read more national statistics and learn more about the current state of family caregiving here.

Do you regularly help someone who:

    • Is over 60 years old?
    • Has a disability, physical or mental?
    • Has a chronic or progressive health problem?
    • Has trouble taking care of themselves at home?

Do you do any of the following:

    • Prepare or deliver meals
    • Help with cleaning and laundry
    • Assist with grocery shopping
    • Schedule appointments
    • Drive to appointments
    • Provide personal care (bathing, dressing, feeding, etc.)
    • Set up medications and provide reminders
    • Pay bills and help with managing money
    • Act as primary or emergency contact person
    • Feel the need to check up on the person
    • Feel unable to leave the person home alone

If you answered "yes" to any of these, then you are a caregiver!

Most of us who do these tasks do not see ourselves as "caregivers". Family members and friends typically just pitch in and do what is needed to keep their loved one safe, healthy, and capable of staying in their own home. The problem is that when we do not identify ourselves as caregivers, we do not look for help when we need it. We do not know where to go for help or what resources are available.

Know that you can come to the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC). We can be part of your caregiving journey. Learn about our caregiver support programs and how we can help.

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Additional Caregiver Resources

NEW! Caring Better & Braver: A Podcast for family caregivers in Wisconsin and the La Crosse County area to support, inform, connect, and recognize the numerous family members, friends, and neighbors who are caring for another friend or loved one. This Podcast highlights a range of topics related to caregiving and features local resources that caregivers should know about. To listen, click on the links below.

Introduction [01:14]

Episode 1: Oasis Respite Program [24:42]

Episode 2: Merit Centre Adult Day Center [17:47]

Bonus Episode: ADRC Overview [01:06]

Episode 3: Try Tai Chi [20:54]

Episode 4: Self Wellbeing [28:42]

Episode 5: Respite Care Association of Wisconsin [22:35]

Episode 6: Medicare 101 [24:03]

Episode 7: National Family Caregiver Month [04:41]

Episode 8: Working Caregivers [27:37]

To access all Caring Better & Braver episodes via Anchor by Spotify, click here.


Caregiving can be a challenge, but it is easier when you are prepared. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class series that supports caregivers in taking care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver.


Six classes held once a week are led by ADRC's Caregiver Support Coordinators. Class participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources. Contact the ADRC by phone or email or check out our calendar of events to find out about upcoming classes and to register!

Faces of Caregiving: Real stories from family caregivers that highlights the diversity of backgrounds, needs and experiences. Click on image below to view short video [04:45].


Trualta: Get access to an online library of short courses, skills training, useful local resources, and support - all accessible on your computer, tablet or smartphone!


Trualta is an interactive eLearning platform available to Wisconsin caregivers for FREE. Contact us at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) if you have any questions or need assistance with registration. (Click on image to the left to go to Trualta website and register.)


Find more local resources for Wisconsin caregivers here!

    Are you a caring for a veteran? Find out more about VA Caregiver Supports here!

What is respite?

Respite is a break from your frequent caregiving demands and responsibilities.

Respite care is a service that provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. Care can be provided at home, in a healthcare facility, or at an adult day center. Having respite allows you time to rest, manage your own health and personal needs, attend a special event, go on vacation, or meet up with friends.

Caregiver Support Coordinators at the ADRC can help you discover respite options!

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin is another great resource for locating respite providers, accessing grants to help pay for respite care and more! Click here to visit their website.

Recognizing Burnout & Managing Stress

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. You may not always recognize the signs of burnout in yourself, but someone close to you probably will. Be open to feedback from your friends and family about how you appear to be coping.

Warning signs of burnout:

    • Being on the verge of tears or crying a lot
    • Feeling helpless or hopeless
    • Overreacting to minor nuisances
    • Feeling constantly exhausted
    • Losing interest in activities you enjoy
    • Decreased productivity at work
    • Withdrawing from social contacts
    • Increasing use of alcohol or stimulants
    • Change in eating or sleeping patterns
    • Inability to relax
    • Scattered thinking
    • Feeling increasingly resentful
    • Being short-tempered frequently
    • Increased thoughts of death

Try these techniques to reduce stress:

    • Ask for help. It is okay. You do not have to do everything. Start by asking other family members or friends to give you a break.
    • Get connected. Reach out to people who can share your joys and frustrations. Attend a support group to meet other caregivers who are experiencing similar situations. Consider seeking professional counseling.
    • Take regular breaks, even if it is only 5-15 minutes. Tune out, take some deep breaths, lay down, listen to a favorite song, savor a tasty treat, journal, meditate, look at the clouds, close your eyes and listen to the sounds of your environment.
    • Take care of your health. Try to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and get good sleep.
    • Stay involved in hobbies and activities you enjoy. Try not to be discouraged if you cannot spend as much time with your hobbies as you used to.
    • Find respite care providers. Start with home care agencies and adult day centers. Contact the ADRC for information about providers in your area.

Create your own self-care plan using this downloadable checklist! (Click on image below)


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