Caregiver Support Services

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Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education & Support (OC CARES) is proud to offer both individualized and community level supports to caregivers. Please reach out to the Aging Information Helpline at 919-968-2087 or AgingTransitions@orangecountync.gov for more information.

Caregiver Supports have gone VIRTUAL due to COVID-19

Support groups, Memory Café, and Care Partner Collaborative have all gone online and most participants have been quick to adopt this new way to gather and stay connected. 

  • Activity Engagement Coaching: As we all continue to spend a lot of time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be challenging to find ways to keep loved ones with dementia engaged throughout the day.

    For caregivers connected to our various dementia support programs, we are now offering one-on-one consultations (via phone or GoToMeeting) where we can brainstorm together with you to identify enjoyable activities that are

    • person-centered, i.e. tailored to your loved one’s current and past interests, likes, preferences
    • meaningful
    • appropriately modified to current level of cognitive ability, thereby reducing frustration and stress

If interested, please contact Lisa Meinert, certified Dementia Care Partner and Activity Professional lmeinert@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-4251.

  • Caregiver Education Program: Preparing for a Telehealth Visit

    Many health care appointments have gone virtual, so how do you get ready for a “visit”? Join Nancy Ruffner, from NavigateNC (www.navigatenc.com), and discover helpful tips to prepare for your next telehealth visit.  

    Join on June 15 via GoToMeeting at 1:30-2:30 pm. Register one day prior to the meeting. To register, please call 919-968-2087 or email agingtransitions@orangecountync.gov. Contact Kim for more information.

  • Care Partner Collaborative: A social gathering for care partners and their loved ones experiencing cognitive and/or physical challenges. Our group has moved online, coming together each Wednesday at 11 a.m. via GoToMeeting. We continue to create a flexible space for sharing and connection, with all participants welcome to join in simple, enjoyable group activities according to individual ability levels. To register, please call 919-968-2087 or email agingtransitions@orangecountync.gov. Contact Lisa for more information.

  • Caregiver’s Support Groups::Virtual meeting with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and get answers to questions about dementia and other long-term disabilities. For more information or to register your interest to join, please call 919-245-2015, 919-968-2070, or register online at: https://server4.orangecountync.gov/wbwsc/Webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=AR and search keyword “Caregivers’ Support.”

    Register: 1 day prior to the meeting
    Location: Online or by phone via GoToMeeting
    Dates/Times:
    Monthly 2nd/4th Thu (Exception: Dec 1st/3rd Thu); (255005-02) 1 – 2:30 pm
    Monthly 2nd/4th Fri (Exception: Dec 1st/3rd Fri); (352755-03) 10:30am – 12pm


  •  Memory Cafe: A monthly opportunity for persons with dementia and their care partners to relax over a “virtual” cup of coffee and socialize.  Available via GoToMeeting. To register, please call 919-968-2087 or email agingtransitions@orangecountync.gov. Contact Kim for more information.

For more caregiver resources, sign up for the monthly Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter.

To see all of the Department on Aging’s new and modified programs, visit our COVID-19 Resources for Seniors page.

Caregiver Day of Care - November 14, 2020

Inviting Orange County family caregivers to join us for a time of self-care, wellness and appreciation at the Caregiver Day of Care. The event celebrates National Family Caregivers Month by recognizing and honoring the efforts and commitment of family caregivers in Orange County.

Caregivers will enjoy:All-day relaxation room with massage and aroma therapy

  • Wellness activities
  • Educational classes
  • Art workshops
  • Live Music
  • Raffles
  • Refreshments, lunch and more!

Fee: FREE

Note: Limited respite care, on a first come, first serve bases will be available during the Caregiver Day of Care. Registration to open Summer 2020.

Caregiver E-Newsletter

’Community News for Caregivers’ is a monthly email newsletter that provides information on upcoming events, relevant community topics, and related resources.

Sign up for the Community News for Caregivers

Caregiver Education Series: Caring Basic

A NEW monthly education series designed to provide information for individuals providing care and support for a friend or family member. Caregivers, join us to strengthen your skills and resilience, and bolster your ability to nurture and support those for whom you care. You may register for one or multiple sessions.

Instructors: Aging Transitions Team and Experienced Community Professionals
Register by: 1 week prior to event  /  Fee: FREE

Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill, NC

Topics and Dates:

  • Discharge Planning
    Monday, May 18, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Making the Most of a Doctor Visit
    Monday, June 15, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Care Partner Collaborative - Suspended - See virtual option at the top of the page

Join us as we come together weekly to co-create a space that welcomes and  supports people experiencing early-stage memory loss. In a warm and relaxed setting, we’ll share conversation, have lunch, and enjoy movement and other activities of our own design.

This gathering, which takes place at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, is part of a collaborative project that relies on the input of care partners, who are invited to participate on a limited basis. Through their involvement in various aspects of the collaborative, care partners gain connection, community,  comfort and confidence for their journey ahead.
 
Participation is free and registration is required. Please email Lisa Meinert or call 919-245-4251 to discuss eligibility details and whether this is a good fit for you and the person you are caring for.

Caregiver Support Groups - Suspended - See virtual option at the top of the page

Meet with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and get answers to questions about dementia and other long-term disabilities.

The group meets:

  • The first Tuesday of each month at the Passmore Center from 1:00 - 2:30PM
  • The second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Seymour Center, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

*Note that both groups meet the 1st and 3rd weeks in December

Download the Caregiver Support Group Schedule:
2020 Caregiver Support Group Schedule (PDF)

Dementia Education Collaborative

The Dementia Education Collaborative is designed to provide basic information about dementia to individuals with memory concerns, caregivers, family members, friends, and interested community members. 

CANCELED: Dementia Basics: What Can We Expect? 
Dementia Basics is a four-part series with topics regarding brain health, types and stages of dementia, communication, and preparation for the journey ahead. Download the Dementia Basics flyer.

April 1: Brain Health Basics
April 8: Types & Stages of Dementia
April 15: Communication
April 22: Planning for the Journey Ahead

Fee: FREE

Cedar Grove Community Center, 5800 NC Highway 86 N, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Wednesdays, April 1-22, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Register by: Fri., March 26, call 919-245-2640 or email mdagger@orangecountync.gov 

Dementia Friendly Businesses

A free education program for local businesses and organizations that provides them with awareness and resources to better support clientele who are living with dementia.

See a complete list of Dementia Friendly organizations

If you would like to request a Dementia Friendly training, email the Aging Transitions Team or call 919-968-2087

Memory Café - Suspended - See virtual option at the top of the page

We gather at Cup-A-Joe in Hillsborough on the first Tuesday of each month from 2:30 – 3:30 pm and at Bruegger’s Bagels on the second Monday of each month from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. This is a monthly opportunity for persons with dementia and their care partners to relax over a cup of coffee and socialize.

Memory Café on the Move

Fun opportunities for persons with dementia and their care partners to explore the community and connect with others.

Upcoming dates:

  1. Individualized

Office Consultations

  • An opportunity to speak with a caregiver or dementia support specialist regarding your specific caregiving situation.

In-Home Coaching

  • Our social worker and occupational therapist team are available to support you through challenging situations that may arise along the dementia-caregiving journey.

Memory Screenings

  • Schedule a time with an occupational therapist to complete a screening and learn more about you or a loved one’s specific areas of cognitive strength and challenge.

Options Counseling

  • Trained Options Counselors provide guidance to individuals as they make informed choices about long-term services and supports.

Music In My Mind

In-Home Assistance Resources