Caregiver Support Services


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 for more information.

Caregiver Supports have gone VIRTUAL due to COVID-19

Support groups, Memory Café, Care Partner Collaborative, programs and services are available online, virtually, or by phone or email. Check out the "Individualized" and "Community" opportunities under the tabs below and get connected to the services you need today! For more information and assistance email the Aging Transitions team or call 919-968-2087. 

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

  1. Individualized
  2. Community

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 or 919-245-4251.


  • An opportunity to speak with a caregiver or dementia support specialist (via phone or GoToMeeting) regarding your specific caregiving situation.

Dementia-Caregiving 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