Aging in Place Support Services

Orange County’s Stay at Home Order Extended through May 8th, 2020 READ the full press release.

Activities at both Orange County senior centers are suspended.


See our New and Modified Programs, Services and Resources for older adults during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond here and view the many resources below that do not require in-person services.

We offer a number of resources to help older adults live independently, safely, and comfortably in their homes and communities, such as:

Resource Guide

Staying Safe at Home

  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Falls Prevention Awareness Week: September 20 - 26
    Falls are a leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older, but they are not an inevitable part of aging. There are proven ways to prevent them. NC will celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Week September 20 – 26. Join the OCDOA as we explore ways to prevent a fall.


    Home Safety Chats: Join occupational therapist Marie Dagger for the inaugural Home Safety Chat on Tue, Sep 22 at 10 am.  This 30 min program of education and Q&A will discuss grab bars in this first session with further topics on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.  Contact Marie for further information and registration 919-245-4279; Marie Dagger. Download the Home Safety Chats flier.

    Fee: FREE
    Date: Tue, Sep 22 (342205-04)
    Time: 10 am
    Link: Program ID will be emailed

    5 Ways to Prevent a Fall at Home: How can we prevent a fall?  Occupational Therapist Marie Dagger and UNC Injury Prevention Coordinator Lindsay Bailey will discuss key areas to focus on as your work towards staying safer at home.  Questions and discussion encouraged!

    Date  Thu, Sep 24
    Time:  1 pm
    Link: Program ID will be emailed

    Falls Risk Screening: Are you concerned about falling?  Contact Occupational Therapist Marie Dagger for a 1:1 appointment to discuss your falls risk.  Results are confidential, but can be shared with your doctor upon request.  Appointments are available via phone or video call.  In-home follow-up available post COVID-19.  Contact 919-245-4279 or mdagger@orangecountync.gov

    Balance: A 6-week balance training class, designed to improve your balance and prevent falls, includes strength training, functional movement, and progressive balance exercises, and is for seniors with balance problems.  It fills quickly, so sign up early.  At the conclusion of the first class, instructor will determine appropriateness for continuation in class.  Instructor:  Charron Andrews, physical therapist assisted by UNC student volunteers interested in careers working with older adults.

    FEE: $36 for 6 sessions
    DATES: Tue, Sep 8 – Oct 13 (352117-04)
    TIME: 10 am
    LINK: Program ID will be sent before class

  • Handy Helpers
  • Home Safety Assessments
  • Home Safety Chats: Join occupational therapist Marie Dagger for the inaugural Home Safety Chat on Tue, Sep 22 at 10 am.  This 30 min program of education and Q&A will discuss grab bars in this first session with further topics on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.  Contact Marie for further information and registration 919-245-4279; Marie Dagger

         Fee: FREE
         Date: Tue, Sep 22 (342205-04)
         Time: 10 am
         Link: Program ID will be emailed

  • Ramp Installation Resources (PDF)
  • How to Choose a Medical Alert System (Consumer Reports article)
  • Stay Up and Active: Help Lower Your Risk for Falls (PDF)
  • Making Seniors Homes Safer: Staying Safe While Social Distancing UNC Trauma Talk podcast.Find out what home safety modification services are available for you and/or your loved ones in the Triangle and how Orange County Department on Aging is taking an innovative approach to make access to these services easier for seniors.

In-Home Assistance

Staying Connected

Housing Information

Food Resources

Mental Health Resources

Music In My Mind

Options Counseling

Call the Aging Helpline (919) 968-2087 to learn more about any of these support services.