What is an ADRC? The place for information and assistance!
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. ADRCs are 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. These services can be provided at the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more convenient to the individual seeking help.
Are You Looking for Help? ADRCs are available in all Wisconsin counties.
Services Provided by the ADRC
An Aging and Disability Resource Center provides the following services and more.
Information and Assistance:
- Information about local services and resources
- Assistance in finding services to match your needs
- In-home care
- Housekeeping and chore services
- Home modifications, safety and maintenance
- Health (healthy lifestyles, management of chronic conditions, dementia, etc)
- Nutrition, home delivered meals
- Housing, including senior and low income housing
- Assisted Living, nursing homes and other long term care facilities
- Financial assistance (e.g., Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid and other benefit programs)
- Legal issues (guardianship, power of attorney, client rights advocacy)
- Abuse, neglect and financial exploitation
- Mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, crisis intervention
- Employment, vocational services, volunteer work
- Adaptive equipment
Long Term Care Options Counseling:
- Information about the choices you have when making decisions about where to live, what kind of help you need, where to receive that care and help, and how to pay for it.
- One-on-one consultation to help you think through the pros and cons of the various options in light of your situation, values, resources and preferences.
- Information about Wisconsin’s long term care programs and help connect you to resources in your area.
- Benefit specialists can help answer questions and solve problems related to benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, FoodShare, and private health insurance.
Information about Medicaid Long Term Care Programs:
- The ADRC can determine if you will be eligible for public funding for your long term care.
- The ADRC can help you prepare your Medicaid application, if eligible.
Health and Wellness:
- ADRC can connect you to wellness programs to help keep you healthy and independent.
Resources and Reports
- Board Orientation Guide, P-01813 (PDF)
- Considering a Move: The Cost Calculator Can Help, P-00546 (PDF)
- Next Steps: My Planning Guide, P-00498 (PDF)
- Next Steps: My Planning Guide, Hmong, P-00498H (PDF)
- Next Steps: My Planning Guide, Russian, P-00498R (PDF)
- ADRC Status Report 2011, P-00251-2011 (PDF)
- I&A Options Counseling Report 2012 (PDF)
- Demographics of Aging in Wisconsin
Please don’t hesitate to contact your local ADRC if you have questions or need help with any issue relating to aging or disability. Find an Aging and Disability Resource Center in your area.