Caregiver Support

Life Span Educators provide educational programming and resources to caregivers across the state. It is our goal to support family caregivers by providing the tools and resources they need to be successful in their own self-care, provide them opportunity to connect with other caregivers and the knowledge to utilize the community resources they need to be care for their loved one.

Here are a few examples of Extension’s Family Caregiver Programs:

Outagamie County Caregiver Chats:

An organized space where family caregivers gather to socialize, give and receive support, and learn about available resources and tools. When possible, respite care is provided free of charge. 

Caregiver How-to Sheets:

These are county specific handouts designed for family caregivers. The How-to Sheet provides information on where to access support programs, potential funding sources and local resources. 

Employed Caregiver Survey:

The purpose of the Employed Caregiver Survey is to address the growing needs of employees who are adult caregivers. This confidential, web-based survey process produces a report which defines the scope and needs of employed caregivers and makes recommendations for assistance. Data gleaned from the The “Employed Caregiver Survey” will provide a solid foundation for the establishment of future caregiver educational programs and outreach for an organization that uses it. If you are an employer and interested in utilizing the Employed Caregiver Survey, please contact Dr. Kristin Litzelman at litzelman@wisc.edu

Powerful Tools for Caregivers:

In some counties across the state, Extension Educators partner with local agencies to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC). PTC is a 6-week, evidence-based program that provides participants with an opportunity to build knowledge and skills that will help them

  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve Self-Confidence
  • Manage Time, Set Goals, and Solve Problems
  • Better Communicate Their Feelings
  • Locate Helpful Resources
  • Make Tough Decisions

To find a program near you, go to: https://wihealthyaging.org/workshops

 

For more information on Life Span programming for Family Caregivers, please contact Sara Richie, Life Span Outreach Program Manager, sara.richie@wisc.edu 

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