Quality Social Daycare, Information & Referral Services, Support Groups
The primary service is a peaceful and serene social daycare program for the participants and their caregivers every weekday from 10am-4pm. MARCC is located at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield, Wisconsin. While the participants are attending MARCC, their caregivers have personal time to keep appointments, shop, go out to lunch, spend time with friends, or get some rest. Information and referral services are provided for families about other services and resources. MARCC hosts two support groups on-site. The Parkinson’s support group meets during the afternoon of the third Thursday of every month. The Alzheimer’s support group meets during the evening of the last Thursday of every month.
A daily charge is made for daycare services. Special funding and scholarships are available for those who find paying for the services a financial burden. Evaluation and assessment are also available through the services of the Aging and Disability Resource Center.
The program is funded through daily charges, United Way funding, donations, memorials, and gifts. The funds raised by the Garden Tour are used to provide scholarship funds for the individuals unable to pay. No individual is denied participation because of need for funding.
Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5.2 million individuals in the United States, over 2000 in Wood County alone. Parkinson’s disease affects both men and women in almost equal numbers. In the United States, it is estimated that 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, joining the 1.5 million Americans who currently have Parkinson’s disease. Many of these diseases affect families for a long period of time and families are committed to keeping their loved ones home as long as possible. MARCC’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for the families through some free time of caregiving and to offer socializing opportunities for the participants in a safe and welcoming environment.
Staffing the program are Director Marilyn Seidl-Kramer, Program Assistants Sue Jansen, Joe Zellner, and Jackie Burrill, and a faithful group of volunteers. Marilyn has been the director since 1995 and has a bachelor’s degree in social work and geriatrics. (Marilyn is also the Elder Abuse in Later Life Specialist at the Personal Development Center.) A high ratio of staff and volunteers is maintained to ensure close attention for each participant. All meals and snacks are eaten together in a family setting.
If you are interested in learning more about the services or volunteer opportunities, we invite you to stop in and visit. Our families find that MARCC is a happy, relaxed environment that includes a lot of laughter, acceptance, and love. For more information, call 715-384-8478.
Marilyn Seidl-Kramer, Director
Marilyn Seidl-Kramer has been the director of the Marshfield Area Respite Care Center since 1995. Marilyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in social work and gerontology.
Marilyn coordinates two support groups for caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at MARCC at 6:30pm. The Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1pm in the Community Room at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Marilyn is also currently the Elder Abuse in Later Life specialist with Personal Development Center, also a United Way agency. She was recently nominated for a Justice award from the State of Wisconsin for her long-time service to those in crisis in the Marshfield community.
This picture of Marilyn and a participant epitomizes the loving care that she provides daily in her work as director. Marilyn directs MARCC’s program to make participants feel loved and needed.
Volunteering is an integral part of any community; this is especially true for the Marshfield Area Respite Care Center. Volunteers allow us to offer the best services to our participants and their caregivers. The skills required of our volunteers are that they care about the participants, can play simple games, exercises, visit, give reassurance, and do crafts with simple skills like cutting, pasting, coloring, tying ribbons, etc.
Please contact us at 715-384-8478 if you are interested in vounteering. We look forward to meeting you!
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"Marshfield Area Respite Care Center is a “win-win” arrangement for us. Martha looks forward to going, receives personal attention, and is encouraged to do activities she enjoys and would not do at home. We get time to take care of things knowing she is safe and receiving excellent care."
- Marshfield Area Resident
March 27, 2015
Marshfield News Herald
144 N. Central Ave.
Marshfield, WI 54449
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Marshfield Fire and Rescue and Marshfield Police Department for their gift of compassion for the final care of Bill Collins. I am especially grateful for their empathy shown to Wil and myself as we were in shock at Bill’s sudden passing.
For over thirteen years, I was Bill’s caregiver. He thought of me as his sister and treated me like family.
Originally from Chicago, it didn’t take long for Bill to consider Marshfield as his home. Bill also had an extended family during this time at the Marshfield Area Respite Care Center (MARCC). Bill participated in their United Way social program for those with dementia. Bill looked forward to attending MARCC to socialize with friends. His favorite activities were playing Yahtzee, holding Marilyn’s dog, Stewie, and being the drummer on music days. He fondly remembered to bring candy for everyone. Bill was never afraid to give a hug.
While Bill attended MARCC, I was able to keep myself healthy by exercising at the YMCA and just have time for myself. I needed a break to rejuvenate my energy to continue to be Bill’s caregiver.
I want to thank MARCC’s director, Marilyn, and her staff for their loving care for Bill. I know Bill will always be remembered by his MARCC family.
Marshfield is a wonderful, caring community.
Marlene Gaffney/MG Manor Adult Family Home
Our daily charge is $36 per day or $18 for a half day.
As a United Way agency we work with families, on an individual basis, that need financial assistance. MARCC accepts participants through Caregiver Funds through the Aging and Disability Resource Center and Community Care of Central Wisconsin. Scholarships are also available to families in financial need.