This is a world where a lot of information comes at you and it can be hard to know where you can find a reliable, trustworthy place to start. When looking for resources and assistance for older adults or disabled adults, your local Aging and Disability Resource Center, or ADRC, is the place to start.
All counties have an ADRC there to help as you search for ways to stay independent, or a place to turn when looking for your loved one. The ADRCs are designed to be the first place to go when needing resources and unbiased information related to aging or living with a disability.
The State of Wisconsin defines all the Aging and Disability Resources Centers as "friendly, welcoming places where anyone - individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals working with issues related to aging or disabilities - can go for information tailored to their situation. The ADRC provides information on broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly-funded long term care."
Every day the ADRC receives a variety of questions:
? Where can I find someone to help my elderly mother clean her home?
? I'm not really sure where to go to help my son find employment. He has a disability.
? My mom recently died and my dad lives alone - now what?
? I want to do something meaningful in the community. Can I volunteer?
? I received a letter from Medicare. I don't understand what I need to do.
? My doctor has told me that I need to do more to maintain my strength and balance.
Who comes in the door of an ADRC of central Wisconsin? A wide variety of individuals with an even greater assortment of situations come through the door.
An ADRC works with individuals, families, neighbors, guardians and professionals. Regardless of your financial situation, we can help connect you to resources and information to empower you to make the best choices for your life.
The ADRC is here to help. To contact the ADRC of central Wisconsin, call 1-888-486-9545 or visit www.adrc-cw.com
Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Aging and Disability Resource Centers Customer Page, www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/LTCare/adrc/index.htm.