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You raise a family. You contribute to community. You are a member of a church. You run a company. You vote. Your recipes are coveted. You are a neighbor. You are opinionated. You are a friend. You are educated. You lead a book club. You can fix any small engine. You are the best storyteller.
And then you entered your “golden years” and what you are, became what you were. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You are all of those things, and so much more. In fact, the saying older and wiser couldn’t be truer, and who you are yesterday, today, and tomorrow deserves to be preserved, honored and enhanced well into your golden years.
Not only are we an aging nation, we are a wise nation. Our aging population has experienced much growth and change over their lifetime. The values, wisdom, and sacrifices made by this generation of citizens shaped who we are, what we do, and what we believe. Simply, their contributions shaped what we know life to be today. And it is time we harness that wisdom for the collective.
We want to explore a more proactive approach to preserving and enhancing the lives of our aging population. Who we are, what we know, and what we can contribute remain into our elder years. We invite you to join us in exploring how respect, decision-making authority, freedom, and contribution to community can remain the standards of aging.
At Inclusa, we want to explore a model of support that helps elders not only maintain who they are, but enhance who they will become.
Inclusa was recently featured in the Merrill Foto News to celebrate the relocation of the Merrill office. The article detailed:
On Monday, Dec. 23, ambassadors of the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce joined the staff at Inclusa in merrill, to welcome them to the chamber and celebrate their new location.
Previously known as Community Link Incorporated, Inclusa has been serving people in Lincoln County since 2011, while located at 1401 E Main St. Changing names in an expansion effort, Community Link became Inclusa on Jan. 1, 2017 and has now recently moved location to 101 E Main St., Merrill.
According to a press release from Inclusa “Inclusa is a managed care organization providing long-term care support and services to eligible elders and adults with disabilities. With a special emphasis on supporting Life. Defined b you, our program helps members live independently in the communities they call home.”
Tricia Lazare, Community Resources Manager of Inclusa keeps her definition of Inclusa simple. “Here at Inclusa we serve elderly and disabled people who qualify for long-term care. Out goal is to help all of our members live the lives that they want to.” said Lazare.
With their expansion in 2017, Inclusa went from serving four counties in Wisconsin to serving 62 counties.
According to the Inclusa press release, “Inclusa is values-based organization leveraging nearly two decades of experience and expertise to provide person-centered and community-focused long-term care services and support to approximately 15,000 members in 62 counties under a Family Care contract with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We partner with local providers and community resources to connect members to the supports needed to be an active participant in every day life, and to build a shared vision of Inclusive communities for all.”
Authored by: Jared Schmeltzer, Reporter
Self-Determination is a theory of motivation which focuses on individuals having control over their lives and exercising the basic rights of citizenship, freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
A Self-Determined life encourages choice, risk, and responsibility, and is associated with greater independence and improved quality of life. Self-Directed Supports(SDS) is one option available to support Self-Determination, supporting the person to be more involved in directing services in the way that works for them.
Commonunity® is built from the belief that everyone deserves the right to control his/her life and actively participate in full citizenship. A Self-Determined life fosters unity in the common good for all where everyone can consider: I can do anything I want to. I can be anything I want to be.