Green County Caregiver Coalition
Our mission is to support, educate, and advocate for those who give and receive care.
Our Start: The Green County Caregiver Coalition was formed in 2011 to address the needs of family caregivers as they continue to support their loved ones. With over 600,000 family caregivers identified in Wisconsin in 2009, the number will continue to grow as our population ages. The Coalition is comprised of community members from a variety of different organizations who share a commitment to improving the lives and supporting family caregivers throughout all stages of their journey.
To achieve our mission the coalition developed three goals:
Objective: Assess and share results of caregiver needs assessment with public
Updates: Results from the survey of 50 caregivers in Green County showed that of the respondents, the majority were female, aged 46 to 65, and had been a family caregiver for up to five years. Their care recipients are generally over the age 76 (64%) and are being cared for by their adult children (48%). Over half report it is their first time caring for a family member and one- third has the care recipient living with them. Seventy percent are working either part or full time.
Three main caregiving challenges or difficulties surfaced in results, which included:
- Communication with professional service providers
- Work- life balance
- Stress management
Following was a focus group with 10 participants to address these major concerns, where distinctly a fourth challenge was identified as the importance of and potential stressors within the familial relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient.
Objective: Develop, offer, and sustain a caregiver specific support group
Updates: As indicated by the Coalition’s 2011 Survey Results the need for a support group specific to caregivers was evident in Green County. Therefore, a Caregivers Support Group was started. It meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. It is a place for caregivers to share their experiences, learn about resources available, and find out you are not alone. Professionals from the Monroe Clinic and the Aging & Disability Resource Center work together to facilitate the group.
In 2013, the group was granted another opportunity with funding from the Monroe Foundation and is now able to offer on-site respite for care recipients. More details are to follow about eligibility and openings for respite on site. For other respite resources in home please contact the ADRC at 608-328-9499.
If you have questions about the Caregivers Support Group please call Deanna Truedson at 608-843-3402.
Objective: Coordinate and offer various educational opportunities for caregivers
Updates: Updates coming soon on this goal.
Caregiver Coalition Members
The coalition is open to any person with a passion and concern about caregiving and caregivers in Green County. This includes individuals who are or were family caregivers, representatives from non-profit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, and the community-at-large.
Current members include representatives from:
Aging & Disability Resource Center
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance
Aster Retirement Community
Azura Memory Care
Behring Senior Center
Green County Health Dept
Lena Living Center
New Glarus Home
Pleasant View Nursing Home
Senior Behavioral Sciences, Southwest Health Center
Southwest Family Care Alliance
St. Clare Friedensheim
Swiss United Church of Christ
If you would like to join our coalition or have questions please call the Aging & Disability Resource Center 608-328-9499. We also could accompany you to your first meeting.