Additional Resources

 

Adaptive Equipment

Center for Independent Living “For Sale and Donation”

 

Advanced Directives

Power of Attorney for Healthcare

Power of Attorney for Finance

Supportive Decision Making Form (Download the form before completing it)

Guardianship Resources 

 

Advocacy

https://gwaar.org/advocacy-and-grassroots-resources1  

https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin  

https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/  

 

Assisted Living Options

When a person is unable to safely live in their own home, other housing options such as assisted living facilities may be needed. There are several types of assisted living options including Residential Care Apartment Complexes, Community Based Residential Facilities and Adult Family Homes. All options have 24-hour care and supervision available.

        Residential Care Apartment Complexes (RCACs):

  • Residential Care Apartment Complexes (RCACs) are adult independent apartments.
  • Private lockable entrance, kitchen with stove, private bathroom, sleeping/living areas.
  • Individual can receive up to 28 hours of assistance per week.
  • For a complete listing of Wisconsin RCACs visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/guide/rcac.htm

 

        Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs):

  • State licensed: 24-hour supervision, meals, medication monitoring, personal care, semi-private/private rooms or apartments.
  • May or may not have a private bathroom in each room.
  • Facilities generally have 5-25 residents.
  • For a complete listing of Wisconsin CBRFs visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/guide/cbrf.htm

 

       Adult Family Home (AFH):

  • State licensed: 24-hour supervision, meals, medication monitoring, personal care & private rooms.
  • Can accommodate 2 – 4 residents.
  • May include up to 7 hours per week of nursing care per resident.
  • For a complete listing of Wisconsin AFHs visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/guide/afhdir.pdf

 

Caregiving Resources

  • Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline – 1-800-272-3900 or live chat
  • Lorenzo's House: We are a nonprofit social impact organization designed to empower youth and families, living with younger-onset dementia.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Classes to help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative. These are scheduled by individual programs at different times throughout the year. 
  • The Respite Care Provider Training (RCPT): Offers a series of free courses for anyone interested in providing respite care as a career, a part-time job, or even a volunteer activity to individuals with varying disabilities and ages.  Learners can work at their own pace to complete the ten required online courses, stopping and starting as needed. 
  • United Way: 211 Wisconsin, in partnership with AARP, is offering direct and consistent contact to caregivers throughout the state. This project is intended to reach informal/unpaid family caregivers who are 18 years or older, who are providing care to those 18+. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this type of connection, call 211. 
  • Wisconsin Dementia Care Project Learning Center: Are you interested in learning more about dementia including Alzheimer's Disease? Are you a family or professional caregiver or do you play another role in the life of someone who is living with dementia? This program offers a series of online and classroom-style dementia courses, originally developed for and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The curriculum is appropriate for a variety of learners from beginning to advanced levels.
  • Wisconsin Family Connections Center: Provides support and services to parents and caregivers across the continuum of kinship care, foster care, and post-post permanency, including reunification, guardianship, and adoption. The WiFCC also serves as an excellent resource for professionals serving these families and caregivers.

 

Disability Resources

Social Security: Information on SSDI/SSI

Medicare: Information on Medicare

Access Wisconsin: Information on Medicaid and Foodshare

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training 

by KC Cullinan/Health Equity Consultant

Diversity Training

 

Emergency Preparedness

Ready Wisconsin https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/  

Buffalo County Emergency Management https://www.buffalocountywi.gov/172/Emergency-Management  

Pepin County Emergency Management https://www.co.pepin.wi.us/index.asp?SEC=4447DDA5-0FAA-4658-A253-C074D86865FE&Type=B_BASIC  

CPD: Emergency Preparedness Toolkit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/cpd/toolkit.htm  

 

Energy Assistance

Buffalo County residents: https://www.buffalocounty.com/165/Energy-Assistance

Pepin County residents: https://energybenefit.wi.gov/OnlineApps/OnlineApp/Default

 

Final Affairs Forum

          2023:

           ADRC 101: Presented by Bernie Rogers, Buffalo County Elder Beenfit Specialist 

           The Delicate Process Of Transferring Non-Titled Property: Presented by Mary Campbell Wood, UW Extension 

           Final Affairs: Presented by Attorney Kate Schilling from Greater WI Agency on Aging 

           Funeral & Cremation Planning: Presented by Kjentvet Smith Funeral Home 

 

          2021:

           Hospice 101: Presented by Amy Skoug/St. Croix Hospice  (Power Point

           Welcome To Medicare: Presented by Julie Fick/Elder Benefit Specialist  (Power Point)

           Funeral Planning: Presented by James Sedlmayr/Rhiel Funeral Home (Handout

           Legal Affairs Part 1 and Part 2 : Presented by Steve Schultz/Seifert & Schultz, S.C. (Handout

 

LGBTQ+ Resources

Dementia Resources for LGBTQ+ Community 

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality

I'm Coming Out: Coming Out as LGBT in Later Life

PFLAG

PFLAG Academy Online

The Pride of Caring: Mental Health and Caregiving  

The Pride of Caring: A Series for LGBTQ+ Caregivers  

Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf 

Sage: Advocacy & Services for LGBTQ+ Elders

SAGE x HearMe: on demand mental wellness app 

Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Grandchild

 

Medicare

Resources and Information 

 

Nutrition Resources

Senior Nutrition Program

Food Pantries

Commodity Food Program

Other Nutrition Resources

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (For Buffalo and Pepin County residents) https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wic/fmnp/senior.htm