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Shawano County Caregiver Programs

Shawano County participates in the National Family Caregiver Support Program as a part of the Older Americans Act.

National Family Caregiver Support Program:

Caring isn’t the hard part of caregiving. When someone you love needs care, it’s natural to want to be the one to provide it. But when caregiving becomes difficult, it’s O.K. to ask for help. If you or someone you know needs help, there is a place to go in your community to get the information and services you need to better care for your loved one – and yourself.
The purpose of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) is to assist families and other informal caregivers in caring for loved ones at home for as long as possible. Research shows that caregivers experience high levels of emotional, physical, and financial stress which often leads to diminished health of the caregiver.

NFCSP funds are given to each county for developing programs and services to support caregivers. A range of services and support are offered to caregivers and include the following Five Core Areas:
  1. Information to caregivers about available services
  2. Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services
  3. Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training
  4. Respite care
  5. Supplemental services, on a limited basis
Funds and programs from the National Family Caregiver Support Program are intended to assist caregivers. By nature, the services will in turn improve the life of the care receiver, but the main focus of the NFCSP is to support caregivers. The first way Shawano County provides this support is through the Mug Club for Caregivers.

Mug Club for Caregivers:
Are you a caregiver who finds benefit from a relationship with other caregivers? Maybe you are interested in learning more about caregiving – how to keep yourself in a healthy frame of mind, how to find inner peace, how to approach others for support or even just information about the disease process your loved one has? Maybe you just need a friendly ear? Shawano County offers a caregiver support group called the Mug Club for Caregivers and it is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Human Services Building – W7327 Anderson Avenue in Shawano. For additional information, feel free to contact the Director of Aging at 715-526-4686, for a flier of our most current club meeting: click here

Respite and Supplemental Services:
If you are providing care to someone and need time away to yourself, respite and supplemental services (such as incontinence supplies) can be provided as a part of the NFCSP. There are eligibility requirements and you must enroll through Shawano County Human Services with the Director of Aging (715-526-4686). The Caregiver is the client and the care recipient must reside in Shawano County.

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program:
Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP) is a program created to enhance the lives of informal and family caregivers while helping people with dementia remain living in the community as long as possible.

Funds are available in each county for qualified individuals to provide temporary caregiver respite care and purchase goods and services needed to help care for someone with an irreversible dementia.

Families are eligible if three criteria are met:
  1. There is a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia by a physician.
  2. The person with dementia resides in a community or home setting (not a facility)
  3. The person with dementia and spouse have a gross annual income of $48,000 or less (costs related to dementia-related care may be deducted when calculating gross income)
Typical goods and services include:
  • Respite care or home care services (personal care assistance, meal prep, medication assistance and monitoring, homemaker services, yard work and snow removal, etc.)
  • Emergency response systems
  • Transportation expenses
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Home safety modifications
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Specialized clothing
  • Activities and hobby supplies
  • Legal expenses related to guardianship
  • Caregiver counseling services
  • Caregiver education classes
  • Individualized services as approved
You must enroll for this program through Shawano County Human Services with the Director of Aging (715-526-4686). The individual diagnosed with Dementia must reside within Shawano County. There is a limited amount of funds available.

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 evidenced-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. It is offered through a partnership with the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging and for information on their website, please follow this link:

Caregivers who take PTC workshops 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
Caregiver Presentation on Heart Health and Stress Reduction:
David J Ferguson, MD, NSCA-CPT, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Owner and Managing Director of IKOR presented on Heart Health and Stress Reduction in celebration of November 2021 Caregiver Month.  Please take a few moments to watch, enjoy and de-stress. Click here for a link to the presentation.

Contact the Director of Aging at 715-526-4686 for further information on available workshops.