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Caregiver Information

Shawano County Caregiver Programming

Shawano County offers several different options to assist caregivers in maintaining their caregiver roles.

National Family Caregiver Support Program:
Are you an in home caregiver for a loved one or for someone with memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease? Could you use a break but it is unsafe for your loved to be at home alone? You could be eligible for our Caregiver Support Program. The services are varied and based upon your needs so it may include respite, transportation, lawn care, snow removal or equipment.
  • Shawano County resident 60 years and older.
  • Shawano County residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia (regardless of age).
  • Shawano County grandparents or relative caregivers 55 years and older who are the primary caregivers of children 19 years and younger.There may or may not be financial criteria depending on the specifications of the program.

Mug Club for Caregivers:
Are you a caregiver who may find benefit from a relationship with other caregivers? Then the Mug Club for Caregivers may be the option for you. The Mug Club is a a support group for anyone providing care for other individuals with a need to learn coping skills, resources or just bonding with others who understand.

We will meet the first Tuesday of the Month from 5pm – 7pm at the Fellman Center – 607 E Elizabeth Street Shawano. Call Heidi Russell, Director of Aging at 715-526-4686 for more information.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers © (PTC) is an educational workshop for people who are taking care of a family member or friend. It was developed by Legacy Health Systems at the University of Oregon, Portland and is based on the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program created by Dr. Kate Lorig and colleagues at Stanford University. PTC is an evidence-based curriculum which means it has been studied and found to have significant positive results for people who take the workshop. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is designed specifically to support the family caregiver and improve his or her well-being - it does not teach hands-on care or focus on disease or other conditions. See program brochure.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: For Parents of Children with Special Needs is a separate program adapted from PTC and is designed to support a parent or parents who are caring for a child of any age (minor or adult) who has special health or behavioral needs. It provides the same caregiver support curriculum while focusing on the unique challenges of parents caring for a child of any age with health or behavior challenges. See program brochure.

Caregivers who take PTC experience:
  • Greater self-efficacy (confidence in one’s ability to accomplish something a self-identified goal)
  • Better emotional well-being
  • Increased use of self-care behaviors
  • Increased awareness and use of community resources
Contact Heidi Russell, Director of Aging for further information at 715-526-4686.

All information above is from the Website for Wisconsin Institute of Healthy Aging – Powerful Tools:
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