New and Modified Programs, Services and Volunteer Opportunities offered in response to COVID-19

For information about our volunteer programs and opportunities, call the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087, email Shenae McPherson or call 919-245-4243.

Programs and Services:

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities: Would you like to share your skills and gifts with older adults in Orange County? Email Shenae McPherson or call 919-245-4243. 

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Bracelets Available: Be Sure Your Final Wishes Are Followed In Case of an Emergency
How can a loved one make their wishes known to Medical Personnel when no one is around? Orange County Emergency Services in partnership with Orange County Department on Aging is providing a FREE new process in which the residents of Orange County are able to communicate with Emergency Responders during a critical life event. 

The Electronic DNR – Do Not Resuscitate bracelet was created as a means of informing emergency responders (law enforcement, EMS, Fire) physicians and emergency department staff that the patient has a DNR and/or MOST-Medical Order for Scope of Treatment form that is current and active even when the event occurs away from home.

*As stated by N.C. Law, a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form is a medical order signed by a physician alerting emergency responders that a patient does not want to receive resuscitation in the event of a cardiac arrest. A Medical Order for Scope of Treatment (MOST) is a Physician’s order that outlines a plan of care and allows the patient to keep control over medical decisions during a critical life event with specific instructions for Emergency Medical Providers and other Healthcare entities.

For more information regarding the DNR Bracelet, contact Kim Woodward, Operations Manager for OCEMS, at 919-245-6133. 

To schedule an individual appointment to load your bracelet contact the Orange County Department on Aging, Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087. *You must have a completed and signed original of your DNR and/or MOST form prior to scheduling an appointment.*

Emergency Plan & Serious Illness Plan: When we make health decisions ahead of time and put those wishes in writing, we bring peace of mind to our families and to ourselves. The Project EngAGE End of Life Choices Senior Resource Team has created a document to aid in beginning your process for emergency planning during this COVID-19 health crisis. This form is not intended to be or to replace your advanced directives document, but is to be used as a tool to provide additional information for quick access should you need it. Access the form here.

Seymour Tech Remote Learning: We are offering FREE remote technology courses via Zoom. Find the schedule and sign up for these remote learning courses at www.seymourtechcenter.org. Find the course you want and simply click to enroll for each class.

Supplemental Advanced Directive for Dementia Care (SADD): Final Exit Network’s Supplemental Advance Directive for Dementia Care (SADD) is available for individuals to use. But please remember that this directive is not for everybody. It is only for relatively knowledgeable users of advance directives, those who have given plenty of thought to this issue and who have made up their minds: they would choose self-deliverance by VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking) over being spoon fed for years after they cannot or would not otherwise eat. Download the SAAD form.

Supplemental Food Box Program: A FREE monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program food box is available for qualifying for Orange County residents, age 60 and over who meet income requirements. Contact us for information or to apply

Tax Assistance - Virtual Services: The Orange County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) has transitioned to a Virtual Service providing assistance with 2019 tax returns for some taxpayers. The tax filing deadline for both Federal and NC State returns has been delayed to July 15, 2020. To learn more visit our VITA website.

Telephone Reassurance:  As we continue to enforce social distancing, and social gatherings aren’t possible, we want to make sure you’re doing okay. Would you like a daily phone call just to check on you? We are actively enrolling new Orange County adults age 55 and over. If interested, contact us today!

The Orange County Department on Aging can connect you with a variety of volunteer opportunities through our Volunteer Connect 55+ Volunteer Program. You can become a community resource leader through our Project EngAGE 13-week senior leadership program, assist with tax preparation through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), provide Medicare counseling through SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance and Information Program), help teach computer classes at The Seymour Technology Center, and so much more!