Public agencies and private organizations throughout Milwaukee help local families to look after elderly relatives by offering support services for unpaid caregivers. Outreach programs, educational initiatives and temporary relief programs help friends and family members to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.
Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia directly impact thousands of families living across Wisconsin. If you are struggling to care for a loved one with dementia, you can turn to your local chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association for assistance. The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the organization helps Milwaukee Alzheimer’s caregivers to access education and support services through the Operation: Stronger Together program.
Alzheimer’s Association workshops and training programs are open to the public, including courses for caregivers such as Understanding Dementia and Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s. The Living With Alzheimer’s workshop for caregivers goes over the basics of how to cope with early onset and middle stage dementia, while the Savvy Caregiver series offers more in-depth information on how to provide at-home health care for your loved one. You can also attend Family Caregiver Conferences to hear from community experts about legal, financial and medical issues pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease.
Caregivers seeking emotional support can connect with their peers through local support groups offered in English and Spanish. Milwaukee residents can attend Alzheimer’s support groups that cater to men, women, or early stage caregivers. Online support is also available round-the-clock through Alzheimer’s Association Internet forums or by phone at 1-800-272-3900.
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging oversees local senior programs, contracting with city service providers to offer the best in health, housing, transportation and more. Interfaith manages the Family Caregiver Support Network, which provides free respite and home health services along with counselling programs and support groups for Milwaukee’s caregivers. For more information, visit the free Interfaith Caregiver Resource Center or contact the Milwaukee Aging Resource Center at (414) 289-6874.
In addition to providing a variety of medical and mental health services for veterans, the Milwaukee VA Medical Center also offers assistance for caregivers. Families who look after a veteran can make their lives a little easier by taking advantage of VA support services such as:
Peer support groups for families who care for a veteran Adult day care and home respite options for caregivers who can’t leave their loved one home alone Telehealth services and home-based primary care for veterans who have difficulty leaving the house Skilled home nursing care for housebound seniors with progressive, chronic or complex health conditions Homemaker and home health aide services to lend a hand with day-to-day activities around the house Home hospice and palliative care for veterans in their final weeks The National Caregiver Support Hotline at 1-855-260-3274 for caregivers who need help accessing VA services
Caregivers can find out about support services in their neighborhood through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which oversees state programs for family caregivers. The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides services for families who care for a senior over 60, while the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program offers assistance for Alzheimer’s caregivers. You can find out more about local dementia specialists, support groups, respite care and other services by calling the toll-free Family Caregiver Helpline at (866) 843-9810.
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