Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance

NOVEMBER IS FAMILY CAREGIVER MONTH! 


According to the 2020 Caregiving in the U.S. report, an estimated 53 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months.  That is an increase of almost 10 million people since 2015.  In Wisconsin, 580,000 family caregivers provide an estimated $6.9 billion worth of care annually.  These caregivers not only provide selfless care for their loved ones but they also make an important contribution to the communities in which they live.

 

The WFACSA is celebrating Family Caregiver Month this year with four theme weeks, focusing on the contributions of different members of the caregiver population. Each week we will host an event that focuses on different segments of caregiving.  (Click to go to the corresponding event page.)

 

Week 1:  Kinship Care/Relatives as Parents Program

Week 2: Employed Family Caregivers

Week 3: Caregivers Across the Lifespan:  From teenagers to seniors in their 80’s & 90’s

Week 4:  Long Distance Family Caregivers

Watch for daily Facebook posts on the Wisconsin's Family Caregiver Support Program’s Facebook page to participate in the "Challenge/Question of the Day" and get your name entered in a drawing for 2-$25 Amazon gift cards donated by Respite Care Association of Wisconsin! The more you play, the more times your name is entered! 

 


Governor's Task Force on Caregiving Submits Final Report

 

The Wisconsin Family & Caregiver Support Alliance is proud to support the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Caregiving which are spelled out in their recently issued report. Included in the recommendations are 16 proposals to support and strengthen the direct care workforce, increase access to needed care, enhance supports for family caregivers, and improve the quality of caregiving.  Read the full report to learn more.

 


The Alliance's 4th Annual Summit Successfully Completed

  

If you missed the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance's annual Caregiver Summit this year you can access the recordings from all three presentations by following the links below.  

 

       September 9 - Caregiving during COVID-19

       September 16 - Governor's Task Force on Caregiving overview

       September 23 - Employer Perspectives and Changes during COVID-19

 

Help us celebrate another year of collaboration as we continue to work on increasing awareness and support of family caregivers in Wisconsin. 


WFACSA Works to Support Family Caregivers During COVID-19 Crisis

Please refer to the document, Guidance for Family Caregivers for helpful strategies during the crisis.  For up-to-date and accurate information about COVID-19, please refer to the DHS COVID-19 Website and the CDC Website.