Aging and Disability Resources Unit
Welcome to the Aging & Disability Resource Center! We are a no-cost, single point of contact for information and assistance to residents of Waupaca County. We can help you sort through all of the options available and make informed decisions about:
- Maintaining your independence
- Choices for long-term care and related services
- Medicare benefits and other health-related benefits
- Social Security benefits
- Support services and resources in your community
Our Mission: To be a resourceful place of information and respectful provider of support for residents of Waupaca County who are elderly and disabled and their caregivers and to help them achieve dignity and quality of life through maximum independence and choice.
We provide unbiased information about the providers and services in your community, their availability, and costs. Our team of professionals will work with you to find the right fit of options for your individual situation and provide the information you need to make the best decisions.
Who We Serve:
- Older Adults
- Individuals with physical disabilities
- Individuals with developmental disabilities
- Individuals with disabilities transitioning from school to adulthood
- Individuals in need of mental health or substance abuse services or support
- Healthy adults who need assistance in planning for their futures
- Families or caregivers who want information about programs or service options
When faced with a long-term illness or disability, the path to finding necessary services and supports can be difficult. It’s easy to get lost negotiating the system or end up in a place that may not be the choice destination. There are so many services available. There are housing options: nursing homes, community based residential facilities, residential care apartment complexes, and independent apartments. There are services to help an individual remain in their own home: supportive home care services, home nursing care, hospice, various types of adaptive equipment, congregate and home delivered meals, minor repairs and home modifications. There are questions of affordability. How much will each option cost? Where does the money come from to pay for what I need? Do I have to spend all my savings? Will I have to sell my home? Do I qualify for any programs? What will my insurance cover? The path may become confusing and overwhelming.
While the current Long Term Care System provides quality assessment and services, the long term care network is often a complicated maze for people seeking services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The Aging and Disability Resource Center initiative, will build on the strengths of the current system and enhance opportunities for people to receive services in a seamless and highly responsive manner. More Information: www.youradrcresource.org.
The ADRC has trained staff with experience in the long-term care system. ADRC staff listen to callers to determine the problem and their needs. Staff provide individuals with current information on the broad range of services available to address their needs. ADRC staff provide unbiased options counseling to help individuals select the service(s) that most closely meet their needs and provide information on various benefits and funding sources to assist individuals with the cost of service(s). ADRC staff determine whether a caller is eligible for state funded long-term support services. The ADRC is the point of contact for crisis intervention services for persons with mental health needs, alcohol or drug abuse issues, elder abuse, neglect, and adult protective services. ADRC staff link individuals to community services through the provision of short-term case management services. The ADRC provides prevention and early intervention services to individuals in an effort to stave off or prevent the need for long-term support services. ADRC staff provide short-term assistance or follow up to individuals ensuring they are successfully linked to needed services.
Health & Human Services