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 AgingTransitions@orangecountync.gov for more information.
Caregiver Supports are now available both online and in person! See details below in the ‘Individualized’ and ‘Community’ tabs for up-to-date information about upcoming program options. For more information and assistance email the Aging Transitions team or call 919-968-2087.
For more caregiver resources, sign up for the monthly Community News for Caregivers e-newsletter.
DOWNLOAD the current Caregiver Programming flier (pdf) for program details, dates and times. REGISTER 1 day prior to the meeting. To register, call the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087.
Tips for Caregivers from Caregivers (PDF)
This publication provides the top ten tips experienced caregivers would give to new caregivers in their own words. It is meant to be an accessible document with quick takeaways for anyone who may find themselves in a caregiving position.
Activity Engagement Coaching
- It can sometimes 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 offering one-on-one consultations where we can brainstorm with you to identify enjoyable activities that are meaningful, person-centered, and appropriately modified to the current level of cognitive ability.
- Schedule an opportunity to speak with a caregiver or dementia support specialist regarding your specific caregiving situation.
- Our team of social workers are available to work with older adults and caregivers for brief counseling services, free of charge. We can work with you on issues including anxiety, depression, caregiver stress and loneliness. Contact the Aging Helpline (919) 968-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Our social worker and occupational therapist team are available to support you through challenging situations that may arise along the dementia-caregiving journey.
- Schedule a time with our MOCA Certified staff to complete a screening and learn more about you or a loved one’s specific areas of cognitive strength and challenge.
- Trained Options Counselors provide guidance to individuals as they make informed choices about long-term services and supports.
Music In My Mind
- To learn more about Music in My Mind Orange County or to become a part of our team of volunteers and organizers, contact the Aging Helpline at (919) 968-2087 or email@example.com
In-Home Assistance Resources
- Information about where and how to hire help at home
- Aging in Place Support (see In-Home Assistance)
’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 e-newsletter.
Download the current Caregiver Programming flier (pdf) for program details, dates and times. Register 1 day prior to the meeting. To register, call the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087.
- Caregiver Education Series: A monthly presentation from the Aging Transitions team and community professionals on helpful topics for caregivers.
- Care Partner Collaborative: A social gathering for care partners and their loved ones experiencing cognitive and/or physical challenges. Creating a flexible space for sharing and connection, with all participants welcome to join in simple, enjoyable group activities according to individual ability levels.
- Caregiver Support Group: Meeting with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and get answers to questions about dementia and other long-term disabilities.
- Hello! Care Partners: A weekly virtual social time for people living with mid-stage dementia.
- Memory Cafe: Join us for a free, fun, low stress social engagement opportunity for people living with dementia and their care partners. Contact Kendall Kopchick (919-245-4278 or Kkopchick@orangecountync.gov) for more information or to register.
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.