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Family Caregivers: Are you a Caregiver?

You are a caregiver if you provide any type of care, whether it is physical or emotional for someone who may be an elder, or someone who is suffering from a physical or mental illness, a disability, a child, some type of chemical dependence, or other conditions.

What makes you a caregiver?

You are a caregiver if you do one or more of the following tasks for a spouse, a child, a parent, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a relative:
  • Stopping by every few days to help tidy up their house or apartment
  • Helping them to do a load of laundry occasionally
  • Assisting with personal care such as taking a bath
  • Taking them to the store or running errands for them
  • Cook a meal
  • Assist with paying bills
  • And other tasks
Family Caregiver Support Brochure  pdf

Caregiver Coach

Need some help? You are not alone!

When your loved one is diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as Alzheimer's disease or other related dementia, a new chapter opens in your life as you begin your role as a caregiver.
You may ask yourself:
  • What are my roles and responsibilities as a caregiver?
  • Is there help for me in the community?
  • How do I deal with stress and burn-out?
  • Where can I find support and assistance?
  • How can I maintain balance in my life?

The Caregiver Coach can help you answer these questions and connect you to the appropriate support and services. The Caregiver Coach Program is FREE to caregivers and/or care-receivers, age 60+, who reside in La Crosse County (and soon in our 4 county region of Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties).

For more information about the Caregiver Coach Program, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 608-785-5700 or 800-500-3910.

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  • What is Respite?
    Respite is a break for caregivers and families from their daily or frequent caregiving responsibilities or demands.

    What is Respite Care?
    Respite Care is a service in which temporary care is provided to the person needing care so the caregiver would have some time to themselves to take care of their own needs, have fun, or simply to relax.

    Caregiver Newsletters (pdf)

For more information:
Links to other Caregiving Resources


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