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Giving Thanks to Caregivers this November

Easter Seals Adult Day, Waukesha, Chris' Story, LEO Program

Did you know that 45 million Americans, or 21% of the adult population provide unpaid care to an older adult or a person with a disability 18 years or older?  As National Caregiver month winds down, the need for respite and quality services for caregivers and their loved one continue on. 

Easter Seals is proud to announce that last week we relocated our Waukesha Adult Day Program in the heart of downtown Waukesha, at 201 Wisconsin Avenue.

Our respite program provides vital support services for caregivers to help their loved one, but to also provide them the necessary respite to allow them to work, run errands or experience a well deserved break

Through Adult Day, specialized After School and summer and weekend respite programs, Easter Seals helps alleviate some of the stresses that accompany caregiving.  They also offer the individuals who attend our programs opportunities to further their independence and give them more access, inclusion and choice in the community.

See how Easter Seals has helped individuals like Chris and his caregiver, his brother Steve.

After years of unsuccessful attempts in programs for Chris, a young man with autism, his family had no other alternatives, but to keep him home.  Chris did not have access to any programs that could assist him with skill-building, nor was he interacting with anyone other than his immediate family.  He also began to struggle with isolation when his father passed away, followed by his mother a few years later.

His brother, Steve, became the sole, caregiver for Chris, yet he needed to continue to work.  Steve reached out, looking for an agency that could support Chris’ individual needs.  He had not received any type of outside  services for years, and often struggled when he first enrolled in our program. 

Chris was not used to having to wake up and follow a schedule, to have to go to work, or to have to attend any type of structured program.  By assessing his individual needs, it was determined that Chris could benefit from working part of the day, and attending the Life Enrichment Opportunity (LEO) program where he could continue to skill-build through peer interaction and focused staff support.  The LEO program is a supplemental support program for individuals who may benefit from working on social skills, and for those transitioning into and out of the workplace. 

As staff worked with Chris, he began to enjoy his day and his struggles gradually decreased while his successes increased.  Through the Leo program, Chris had the opportunity for his contributions and his abilities to be discovered.   He was able to learn how to work through challenges while interacting with his peers and further develop his skills.  Today, Chris is a cheerful, pleasant young man who has made great strides and who demonstrates that when given the opportunity, we can all be successful.

To learn more about Easter Seals and their quality programs, please visit www.eastersealswise.com

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