Many residents of Madison, Wisconsin, are faced with the task of having to care for a family member. This strenuous job can cause a lot of stress for the caregiver. Madison support groups are available to these residents, ensuring they get the emotional support they need during this trying time. There are numerous groups available so each person can find a time to attend that best fits their schedule.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers a full list of family caregiver support programs. The department partners with numerous city and statewide organizations in order to bring the most current and up-to-date information to residents of the area. Educational classes, such as the six-week caregiver class, are offered. There are also support groups, seminars, and a program called Share the Care, which brings in multiple family members or members of the community. The program can be contacted at (608) 228-0713. Joan Litwitz is the coordinator.
A list of Wisconsin’s Family Caregiver Support Programs can be found at wisconsincaregiver.org. The website provides numerous resources to those who need to find information to help them better manage their position. Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., a specialist can be reached who will point people in the right direction of the information they need. The number to speak to a specialist is (866) 843-9810.
The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County can be reached at (608) 261-9930. The agency’s coordinator will discuss options and services available. These services include: • Personal care training
• Referrals to respite care
• Referrals to support groups or counseling sessions
• Supplemental services
• Information services
• Assistance with access to services
• Monthly newsletter
Parkinson Disease is one type of illness that can debilitate a person, requiring them to seek care. Caregivers helping someone with Parkinson disease will be in charge of many aspects of their lives, from helping them get dressed to making sure they eat, and much more. The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association lists several support groups for caregivers in this situation.
The groups are not located directly in Madison, but are in the nearby area. One group meets in Monona, less than 15 minutes away. It is held at the Daisy Cafe from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., every first Wednesday of the month. A Lewy Body Caregiver Support Group meets roughly 45 minutes away from Madison, in the city of Janesville. It is held at the American Red Cross at 10 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
The Aging and Disability Resource Center provides details on support groups in the area for a number of purposes. A caregivers’ support group meets at the Sherman Glen Apartments on the first Thursday each month. It runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those that would like to go can contact Cortney Doescher-Hino at (608) 243-5252.
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