State should expand, not disband, resource centers
Wonderful Letter to the editor written by our very own Janice Erickson
When Tommy Thompson started Aging & Disability Resource Centers, he understood the importance of local “one-stop-shops” to help elders and people with disabilities and their families navigate services. He also initiated Family Care and supported the Senior Care prescription drug program.
Gov. Walker’s proposed budget would dismantle those programs despite the fact they are working, and help to delay nursing homing care. I’m very concerned about requiring that SeniorCare (the Wisconsin prescription drug program for people 65-plus) participants have a Part D plan primary to SeniorCare. This will be much more expensive since Part D has higher drug costs and monthly premiums.
I’m also concerned about the possibility of losing our Aging & Disability Resource Center. People can call or stop in, or be seen at home, for help in finding services for themselves, their aging parent, disabled spouse or child.
The governor’s budget proposal could reduce or break apart the services and contract with a statewide call-in service rather than have a Kenosha County in-person presence. Important services like benefit assistance, information and assistance, long term care options counseling, equipment loan closet, and transition help for children with disabilities could be reduced or lost.
ADRCs provide free, unbiased, up-to-date information that can help citizens save money and remain in their homes as long as possible. So why does this governor want to dismantle what Gov. Thompson started and made Wisconsin a model for the country? With the growth in number of older people we should be expanding, not disbanding ADRCs.
Contact your legislators to save SeniorCare and the ADRCs.
Family Services has the opportunity every year to reach out to the community to help make the families we serve holidays something special. There are so many events that we participate in and so many donors that make it possible to give the children a great holiday. We have so many pictures to share so everyone can see the awesomeness of Kenosha. Special thanks to Dean from Otto Nelson Moving for driving the truck to help pick up packages which were generously (year after year) donated by United Health Care Systems (Kenosha Medical Center and St. Catherines) .Some other donors were Cancer Treatment Center from Zion for providing a wonderful Grand Prize for the Holiday Event. Kenosha Animal Hospital , Andrea & Orendorff LLP, Birchwood Foods, Circa on 7th, Affiliated Foods Midwest to name a few businesses. The local churches that participated such as Our Lady of Holy Rosary, Messiah Lutheran, Light of Christ Anglican Church by donating and adopting families for Christmas. Kenosha’s Women’s Club, The Rotary, Uline, Monkey Joes and the C.A.R.E group from the Firefighters and Kenosha News. Not to leave out all the local families that make it a tradition every year to sponsor a family. This along with my great staff who turn into Elves and makes this event a great success. THANK YOU!! Carmyn Hough, Family Service Director. En