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You may be a caregiver and not know it!

Are you an Informal Caregiver? You may be a caregiver and not even realize it. Many families just pitch in and do what needs to be done to keep their loved one safe, comfortable and cared for. You probably are so are so busy every single day that you never stop to think about the stress you are under. The ADRC is here to help. Every family's situation is unique. We want to support and help you find the right type of help.

If you say "I do that" to any or all of these examples you are a caregiver:

  • Cook and do laundry for someone who needs help
  • Stop by every few days to tidy up their house or apartment
  • Help a family member get dressed, take a shower or take medicine
  • Help with transferring someone in and out of bed, help with feeding tubes or injections
  • Makes medical appointments, drives to the appointment and talks with the doctors to help others understand what the person needs
  • Spends time at work handling a crisis or making plans to help a family member
  • Is the designated "on call" family member for problems.

Nearly half (48 percent) of family caregivers are caring for someone who lives in his or her own home, while an additional 35 percent are sharing a home with the loved one they are caring for. Some are caring for a spouse or partner, many for a parent — all working to help that person stay at home for as long and as comfortably as possible. Your caregiving role might involve simply stopping by to check in every few days (if you live separately) or assisting with everything from bathing and meal prep to medication management and administering injections.

Your caregiving role might involve simply stopping by to check in every few days (if you live separately) or assisting with everything from bathing and meal preparation to medication management and administering injections.

Caregivers often feel all alone or isolated as they take on more and more responsibility. Their social lives move into the background. A support group is a good place to meet other family caregivers who really know what you're "living" every day. The ADRC of La Crosse County also offers "Information & Assistance"-phone consultations, home or office visits, and family meetings to assess the situation and offer real solutions by linking families to community resources. We can connect you to these services. Services that might offer relief are respite care in area facilities, in-home care from local agencies or even adaptive equipment like bath benches, raised toilet seats, canes and walkers.

Take the first step and call us. We will offer support while you decide what is the best plan for your loved one. The ADRC can be a part of the caregiving journey.

What makes you a caregiver?

You are a caregiver if you do one or more of the following tasks for a spouse, a child, a parent, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a relative:

  • Stopping by every few days to help tidy up their house or apartment
  • Helping them to do a load of laundry occasionally
  • Assisting with personal care such as taking a bath
  • Taking them to the store or running errands for them
  • Cook a meal
  • Assist with paying bills
  • And other tasks
Family Caregiver Support Brochure  pdf

What is Respite?

Respite is a break for caregivers and families from daily or frequent caregiving responsibilities or demands.

What is Respite Care?

Respite Care is a service in which temporary care is provided to the person needing care so the caregiver would have some time to themselves to take care of their own needs, have fun, or simply to relax.


To Help Manage Caregiver Stress:
  • Accept help.
  • Focus on what you are able to provide.
  • Set realistic goals.
  • Get connected.
  • Join a support group.
  • Seek social support.
  • Set personal health goals.
  • See your doctor.


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