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.  The ADRC of the Lakeshore offers professional, unbiased information about support services and options that can help you—the caregiver—and the person you are caring for. 

  • Caregiver Support Groups

    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.


    Kewaunee County Caregiver Support Groups:

    • Early-Stage Support Group:
      Each meeting will host two groups simultaneously in separate meeting rooms:  One group for individuals affected by dementia and/or memory loss (early stage).  One for the family caregivers of individuals affected by dementia.  (Assessment necessary prior to first session.)
      Location
      :  Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore
                       810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee  WI  54216
      Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00AM
      Please RSVP by calling 1-877-416-7083

      Location:  Santa Maria Nursing Home
                       430 Clay Street, Green Bay  WI  54301
      Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:15 - 4:15PM
      Please RSVP by calling Cathy Rekitzke 920-432-5231

    • Mug Club (Caregiver Club):
      This is an opportunity for caregivers to meet other caregivers, share their experiences, gain support in providing care for your loved ones and enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
      Location:  St. John's Lutheran Church
                       700 Heritage Road, Luxemburg, WI  54217
                        Church Education Wing
      Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:30 - 10:30AM

    • Understanding Grief:
      This is a monthly support group for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one.  Topics include common reactions to grief, memories, coping, adjusting to new roles, self-care, traditions and finding hope.
      Location:  Door County Library
                        107 S. 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI
      Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 - 1:30PM
      Location:  Kewaunee Co. Administration Building
                        810 Lincoln St, Kewaunee, WI
      Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30PM
      To register or for more information call Unity at 800-990-9249

Manitowoc County Caregiver Support Groups:

    • Early-Stage Support Group:
      Each meeting will host two groups simultaneously in separate meeting rooms:  One group for individuals affected by dementia and/or memory loss (early stage).  One for the family caregivers of individuals affected by dementia.  (Assessment necessary prior to first session.)
      Location
      :  Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore
                       1701 Michigan Avenue, Manitowoc  WI  54220
      Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00AM
      Please RSVP by calling 1-877-416-7083

    • Family Caregiver Support Group (Caregivers Only):
      This is an opportunity for all caregivers to meet other caregivers, share their experiences, gain support in providing care for your loved ones.
      Location:  Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore
                       1701 Michigan Avenue, Manitowoc  WI  54220
      Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00PM
      Please RSVP by calling 1-877-416-7083

    • Family Caregiver Support Group (Male Caregivers Only):
      This is an opportunity for all male caregivers to meet other male caregivers, share their experiences, gain support in providing care for your loved ones.
      Location:  Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore
                      1701 Michigan Avenue, Manitowoc  WI  54220
      Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00 - 10:30AM
      Please RSVP by calling 1-877-416-7083

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.  Topics include tools to:
    • Reduce personal stress
    • Communicate feelings and needs
    • Use community services
    • Deal with emotions such as anger, guilt and depression
    • Make tough caregiving decisions


  • Caregiver Outreach Presentations

    We offer community presentations on the issues related to caregiving to raise awareness and educate the public about available resources.  For more information call us at 1-877-416-7083 or send us an email by clicking on Contact Us.  We will respond to all messages within one business day.

  • National Family Caregiver

    The Purpose of the Program and How it Works

    The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), established in 2000, provides grants to States and Territories, based on their share of the population aged 70 and over, to fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.

    Families are the major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that caregiving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Many caregivers who work and provide care experience conflicts between these responsibilities. Twenty two percent of caregivers are assisting two individuals, while eight percent are caring for three or more. Almost half of all caregivers are over age 50, making them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health, and one-third describe their own health as fair to poor.

    The NFCSP offers a range of services to support family caregivers. Under this program, States shall provide five types of services:

    • information to caregivers about available services,
    • assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services,
    • individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training,
    • respite care, and
    • supplemental services, on a limited basis

    These services work in conjunction with other State and Community-Based Services to provide a coordinated set of supports. Studies have shown that these services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress and enable them to provide care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the need for costly institutional care.

    Eligible Program Participants

    While the Aging Network has always been involved with meeting the needs of both care recipients and family caregivers, by creating the National Family Caregiver Support Program, Congress explicitly recognized the important role that family caregivers occupy in our nation’s long-term services and supports system. As of the 2006 Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the following specific populations of family caregivers are eligible to receive services:

    • Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older;
    • Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders;
    • Grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to children under the age of 18; and
    • Grandparents and other relatives (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to adults age 18-59 with disabilities.

    Each family caregiver presents his or her own unique needs and preferences for the types of programs and services they wish to receive at any given point in time. Further, the programs and services that are available vary from state to state and community to community. Fortunately, a number of national organizations and programs exist to help inform and support program development and innovation. Please see resources and links below for additional information regarding research, technical assistance and support for program development. 

  • Alzheimer Family & Caregiver Support Programs

    The Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program or AFCSP is a program created by the Wisconsin legislature in 1985 in response to the stress and service needs of families caring at home for someone with irreversible dementia.  To be eligible, a person must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and be financially eligible. 

    How does the AFCSP program work?  Funds for AFCSP are made available in each county to assist individuals to purchase services and goods related to the care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  Up to $4,000 per person may be available, depending on the county’s priorities and the person’s need for services…In some instances, the funds are used within the county to expand or develop new services related to Alzheimer’s disease, such as respite care, adult day care or support groups or services. 

    What types of goods and services does the program purchase?  Allowable services are those which are necessary to maintain a person with Alzheimer’s disease in the community, typical services have included in-home help, respite care, adult day care, and transportation.  Goods provided have included nutritional supplements, security systems, specialized clothing, incontinent products, home delivered meals, home adaption, specialized equipment.

    What are the income and asset limits?  A couple may have a joint income of $40,000 or less.  But if a couple’s income is more than $40,000, the costs related to Alzheimer’s can be subtracted from the gross income.  If the net income is less than $40,000, the couple would be eligible.  Assets are not counted for AFCSP.  Only the income produced by the assets would count toward the $40,000 limit.

    Do I need a doctor’s statement?  Yes, the person must be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or any of the other irreversible dementias.  The AFCSP coordinator for the county must have a written statement from the doctor.

    Can I find out more about AFSCP?  Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore: phone 920-683-4180 or Toll-Free, 1-877-416-7083.

    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.

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