Adult Caregiving Resources

Leave options:

  • Community Service Leave (Option A) provides eligible employees up to 24 hours of paid leave per calendar year (prorated for part-time employees) to apply to absences involving volunteer service for a community service organization, including elder care facilities or senior centers as long as the service meets the following criteria:
    • The organization is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) or human service organization;
    • The service is charitable and directly meets the needs of citizens of North Carolina;
    • The service is being performed in North Carolina; and
    • The service occurs during regularly scheduled work hours.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave “provides eligible employees of covered employers with unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons,” including “to care for a spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition.”
  • Faculty Serious Illness, Major Disability, and Parental Leave policy allows up to 60 calendar days of paid leave for a faculty member to care for their domestic partner in the event of the domestic partner’s  serious illness.

Caregivers at Carolina is “a model program to support the retention of physician scientists in academic medicine by addressing family caregiving demands.” Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the program provides supplemental funding to support research assistance to early career physician scientists who have substantial caregiving demands at home and are currently funded to conduct clinical research

Human Resources offer several Elder Care Programs as benefits.

Guidance Resources, the same company that supports the Employee Assistance Program, offers care referrals, counseling about long-term care and paying for elder care, and dealing with caregiver stress. (To register, enter the Organization Web ID TARHEELS and complete the remainder of the boxes with your desired username and password and other requested information.)

UNC’s Center for Aging and Health includes a Geriatrics Specialty Clinic, which “can serve you [or your loved one] as your primary medical care provider, as your specialist, and as a consultant through your current primary care provider. We provide comprehensive care with a focus on your independence, quality of life, family support and helping everyone live as well as they can for as long as they can.”

The Partnerships in Aging Program (PiAP) is a campus-wide program at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill … [that] understand[s] later life in the 21st century as a time for continued growth and invigoration. We want to challenge stereotypes that frame aging as an experience of diminishment and loss. By collaborating with organizations and institutions we nurture dialogue about the personal and societal meaning of having a long life, and advance civic engagement as a way to bring about a new kind of aging. PiAP provides expertise and resources to UNC faculty, students, and community partners seeking to reframe the aging experience, together. Its events page lists offerings by the Orange County Department on Aging, on topics ranging from planning to age at home to downsizing to faith and aging.

Community Resources: Handout (pdf download)
Area Agencies on Aging (pdf download)

Aging in Place

Alamance ElderCare

  • “Non-profit human services committed to improving the lives of those striving to meet the challenges of aging.”

Charles House Center for Community Eldercare (Orange County)

  • “Provide[s] quality, personalized care to elders and respite for their caregiving families.”
  • The Daytime Eldercare Program “accommodates up to 36 participants per day, in a therapeutic social engagement model of care” which allows caregivers “much needed respite.”
  • Through CORE (Caregiver Orientation, Resources, Education), Charles House staff also provide one-on-one counseling about how to care for an aging family member.
  • In conjunction with UNC Wellness Center-Meadowmont, it also hosts a Caregiver Support Group.

Chatham County Council on Aging

  • Non-profit agency serving older adults in Chatham County
  • Provides programming to support independent living and health
  • Hosts events for socializing and learning
  • Maintains a list of sitters specializing in adult care (home page)
  • Fact sheet (pdf download)

Duke Elder Family/Caregiver Training (DEFT) Center

  • Provides training and support to caregivers, currently focused on caregivers taking loved ones home after a significant hospital stay (at Duke hospital)
  • Links caregivers to local resources

Durham County Aging and Adult Services

  • Administers an array of services including Adult Protective Services, Adult Care Facilities & Family Care Home, Adult Day/Health Care Programs & PACE Program, Community Alternative Program for Disabled Adults (CAP-DA), Crisis Services, Guardianship, In-Home Care & Home Delivered Meals, Non Emergency Medicaid Transportation, Special Assistance In-Home

Institute for Family Caregiving

  • “A collaborative of experienced family caregivers, long-term care experts, and current and former care recipients. IFC produces customized workshops, presentations, and materials that emphasize best practices for family members performing in the caregiving role.”
  • The Empowered Caregiver: a “hub for information, ideas, and guidance geared to folks who are caring for an elderly, sick, or disabled loved on.”

North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry

North Carolina Seniors Health Insurance Information Program

  • Federal, state-based program to assist seniors (65 or older) with information about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Supplement Insurance and long-term care insurance.
  • Staffed by trained volunteers
  • Accessible online, via toll-free phone number (855-408-1212), or in person (check local county Department/Council on Aging)

Nursing Home Compare

  • Part of the website
  • Database of “detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country”
  • Educational information about selecting and evaluating nursing homes

Orange County Department on Aging

  • “One-stop resource where older adults and caregivers can meet their social, mental, physical, financial, and day-to-day practical needs,” including individual counseling about health insurance options through North Carolina’s Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, monthly seminars about Medicare, and resources for prescription assistance programs
  • Aging services to support aging adults and caregivers
  • Educational, social, and volunteer opportunities and programming

Orange County Senior Centers

  • Two locations in Orange County
  • Offer wide array of classes, programming, and services focused on senior citizen needs and interests

Resources for Seniors (Wake County)

  • “Mission is to provide home- and community-based services so that disabled and senior adults can maximize their independence for as long as possible while remaining in their homes.”
  • Provides information and resources for direct care, support services, caregiver support, and information.

Triangle J Area Agency on Aging

  • Regional service branch of NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), serving Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties.
  • Provides information about adult care services, assisted living, disability services, and caregiver support plus much more.
  • The Ombudsman Program “gives long-term care facility residents and their families a voice. Ombudsmen advocate on behalf of long-term care facility residents to uphold residents’ rights and address quality of care and quality of life issues through information, education and mediation.”

We are always interested in adding new resources. Email us if you have a suggestion!

  • Duke’s Nasher Museum offers “engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors who live with memory loss, and also their families and care partners.”