Family Care

June 02, 2016 | Funding Resources

Family Care is a program in Wisconsin that offers eligible seniors a wide variety of long-term care services, making it possible to remain at home and connected to the community.

As a Family Care member, your loved one will have support from a Care Management Team comprised of a care manager and nurse. Once enrolled, the team will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your parent’s needs, abilities, preferences and values.

Together you will look at:

  • What they are able to do
  • Supports they have in their life already
  • Needs they currently have
  • What is important to them
  • Their outcomes and goals

Your loved one’s team will then develop a personalized plan to meet these outcomes and goals. With this program, you will continue to choose your own physicians while Family Care provides you with the added long-term care support you need. Your Care Management Team may make suggestions and may assist in some coordination, but you and your doctor will continue to be responsible for managing your health and medical care decisions. You will continue to use your Forward Heath Care/Medical Assistance card to obtain needed medical care.

Some of the benefits available within the Family Care program include:

  • Adaptive aids
  • Adult day care
  • Home health
  • Home modifications
  • Meals delivered to your home
  • Personal care
  • Prevocational services
  • Occupational, physical and speech therapy
  • Self-directed supports

The list above contains only a small fraction of the benefits available through Family Care to keep you independent as long as possible. You and your team work together on managing your long-term care needs and services with some attention to maintaining health and preventing health problems. This program provides additional independence because managing your health and medical care still remains with you.

Family Care is a good fit for people who:

  • Desire better choices about the services and supports they need to meet their needs
  • Like having a personalized plan of support designed around their needs and preferences
  • Like the option of self-directing their own supports and services
  • May want to work and gain knowledge from benefits counseling to make informed decisions regarding future vocational plans
  • Are looking for creative solutions that focus on the whole person
  • Have cognitive or behavioral challenges that require specialized care plans
  • Want one place to go to where they can learn about community resources and government programs and receive clear information about all of their options
  • Want to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible

Enrollment into the Family Care program is conducted through your county’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). For more information about eligibility or to enroll, call your local ADRC at (866) 992-6600.