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Posted on: August 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Orange County to launch caregiver respite program

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Orange County Department on Aging, announces the expansion of their Aging Transitions support services for caregivers and persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Beginning Wednesday, September 6, the Aging Transitions will launch “R Place” a robust social engagement program based on the Respite for All model that runs on volunteer-power!   

Once a week volunteers, friends living with dementia and their caregivers will have the opportunity to recharge, reconnect and recreate!  R Place is exactly that … “our place” to come together in community to provide a judgement-free environment for socialization and mental stimulation where all can thrive and caregivers are provided a much needed respite. 

R Place takes place every Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. 

The program is free with a suggested donation of $20 per day. Enrollment is required, as space is limited to 14 participants.

In addition to the weekly respite care program, in-home assessments and consultations are available to care partners dealing with behavioral, activity and/or safety challenges. Aging Transitions also offers various Memory Cafés, support groups for caregivers and training for those who provide paid caregiving services. Referrals for direct services can be made through the Aging Helpline at 919.968.2087.

R Place is part of a larger network of respite programs adopting a successful volunteer-based model of care promoted by the Respite for All Foundation (RFA) to support individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia as well as their caregivers. To learn more about RFA, please visit


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