There is a new resource for caregivers of people with dementia. The “Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers, offers guidance for family members, friends, and loved ones so they can offer the best support and also stay healthy themselves.
While the guide was produced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (hence the name), the information and vast majority of the resources are relevant and available to anyone, not just Wisconsinites.
The release of this toolkit is timely. At coming holiday gatherings, families may notice potential dementia symptoms among family members they haven’t seen in a while. The guide offers practical information about how to plan for and manage this disease along with important tips on self-care for caregivers.
This new resource complements the Dementia-Friendly Employer Toolkit, which provides tools and information for employers to understand and support employees with caregiving responsibilities.
With more than one in six working Americans providing temporary or ongoing care to a family member, resources like this are increasingly important for employers.
Cheryl participates in a number of national and regional initiatives that align with The Alliance’s mission of controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.
Prior to joining The Alliance, Cheryl was a program manager at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.