Resources for seniors, caregivers and families

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Protects and promotes the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.

National Council On Aging

A non-profit organization that advocates services, resources, and initiatives to improve the lives of older Americans.

 

Eldercare Locator

A public service of the US Administration on Aging connects you to services for older adults and their families.
 

Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Centers 

A Wisconsin resource where older adults (60+) and people with disabilities (18+) can get help accessing long-term services and supports to remain independent in the community. The ADRC helps people make informed choices about their care and provides accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.

 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance:  

Coordinates the Alzheimer’s Family & Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP) on behalf of Dane County helps families care for their loved ones at home who have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The program can help obtain and pay for goods and services needed to provide care at home. To see if you qualify, contact: Mary Severson, BS, CSW / Respite Grant Administrator

Mary.Severson@alzwisc.org  (608) 441-8420

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. This site contains links for additional resources regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia.

IRIS Self-Directed Personal Care
IRIS SDPC is an option for personal cares that are available to people enrolled in the IRIS program. Learn more at WI Dept of Health Services.

Family Caregiver Alliance

The mission of the Family Caregiver Alliance is to improve the quality of the life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care.

 

Veterans Benefits

The VA is responsible for administering benefit programs for veterans, their families, and their survivors. These benefits include pension, education, disability compensation, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivor support, medical care, and burial benefits.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Elder abuse
Information about whom to contact if you suspect a senior or adult-at-risk has experienced, is currently experiencing or may experience abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.

Advance care plan considerations

Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved ones. 

Understanding the types of senior living options
At some point, support from family, friends, and local programs may not be enough. People who require help full-time might move to a residential facility that provides many or all of the long-term care services they need. 

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a meal program across America that delivers nourishing and healthy meals to seniors in their homes.

Medical screening guidelines for adults (PDF)

Refer to this list if you are wondering when to schedule routine exams, screenings, labs, or how often you should get certain immunizations.  

Avoiding falls at home

Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. You can make many changes to your home that will help you avoid falls and ensure your safety.

Home safety tips (PDF)
Checklist of items and situations to be conscious of in your home to make it a safe place for you to live.