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Caring for aging senior? Here’s where to find help.

December 2, 2018

Ah, Christmas. A time for loved ones and eating and gifts and giving.

It is also a time for visiting with family we haven’t seen for a while. While you are together for the holidays, keep your eyes open for signs that all is well in their world.

Seniors, maybe this is a good time to sit down with your adult children and have a heart-to-heart talk with them. Share your concerns about maintaining your house and ask them to help you keep control of your life.

Boomers, are you becoming increasingly worried about your parents staying in their house, but you have no idea where to turn? It is particularly difficult if you live far away.

There is a place to get help, and it is free.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC): Doesn’t that name sound exactly like what you want? A resource. In Wisconsin, every county and every tribe has a connection to an ADRC.

Call them, talk to them, meet with them. If you can’t get in to their office, they can come to you for a home visit. Free. They will even do a conference call to include out-of-state family members.

They will speak with you, listen to your story, and can also give you options to consider. They don’t make decisions for you; they guide you. The choices are yours. They are unbiased, and they aren’t family.

In keeping with the Twelve Days of Christmas, let me share just twelve of the multitude of tools you can find help with at the ADRC:

    Help cut the “red tape” with assistance filling out Medicare forms, Medicaid, Social Security, Senior Care Enrollment, housing and utility issues, forms, forms, forms.
    Options for home delivered meals and locations of community meal sites
    Connections for help with chores, companionship, health care, in-home personal care
    Help getting your affairs in order: Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, Financial Power of Attorney
    Help preserving your family’s nest egg, your financial resources
    Connections to support groups
    Useful suggestions about choosing an assisted living/nursing home facility
    Timely information – if you eventually must go on Family Care or Medicaid, there are things you need to have in order, otherwise you may not get your long-term care as soon as you need it.
    Respite help for the main caregiver
    Safety – is the home safe? What extra steps that you can take to ensure you can stay in the house longer?
    Solutions for transportation if driving has become a challenge
    Directory of services for seniors, and so much more.

They will make it easy for you.

The ADRC is there to help you Live your Best Possible Life. Whether you are facing the challenges of aging and/or disability or caring for someone who is, they’ve got what you are looking for. Free.

Make the Aging and Disability Resource Center your first step to take and first call to make. What a wonderful gift.

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