Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging
Services Administered by the Area Agency on Aging
Home Delivered Meals
Older adults who are unable to manage meal preparation on their own may be eligible to receive hot, nutritious meals delivered to their residences Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays. Home delivered meals are available to individuals who are age 60 or over and homebound and the spouse of an older individual regardless of age. In some instances, services may be available to other individuals. Please consult the Provider Directory to locate organizations who offer home delivered meals in your community.
Many older adults and younger adults with disabilities are able to provide their own transportation and often drive many volunteer miles for family and friends who need rides to the grocery store or doctor. For all drivers, however, there comes a day when transportation alternatives are needed.
In most counties, the transportation system serves both the general public and the county’s human service agencies. In many cases, these agencies have programs to help people get to services when they do not have access to a vehicle.
Need help with paying for your rides?
If you are Medicaid-eligible, then Medicaid will support your ride to Medicaid-covered services. Contact your social worker or call your county Department of Social Services for assistance with these arrangements. In some limited cases, there may be other sources of transportation support for low income adults available through the local DSS.
For non-Medicaid sponsored transportation alternatives, there are many agencies across the state that provide general and medical transportation supported by the Home and Community Care Block Grant for Older Adults. Riders are encouraged to contribute toward the cost of the ride on a donation basis. Eligibility for this program is limited to people who are age 60 and older.
In-Home Aide services available through the Division of Aging and Adult Services are intended to assist individuals who have functional/ physical and/or mental impairments with essential daily activities in the areas of home management and personal care tasks, enabling them to be maintained in their home settings for as long as possible. The service may also give needed assistance and respite to many families who are involved daily with care giving responsibilities.
Congregate Nutrition is a service where a meal (typically lunch), offering one-third of the Recommended Daily Dietary Allowance, is provided in a group setting.
Family Caregiver Support Program
Eligible family caregivers are:
A caregiver of any age providing care for an older adult age 60 or older OR providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or related brain disorder
A caregiver (who is not the birth or adoptive parent), age 55 or older, raising a related child age 18 and under or an adult with a disability.
Families are the major provider of long-term care in America. In 2008, about 20% of adult North Carolinians reported providing care or assistance to a family member or friend with a long-term illness or disability.
The FCSP offers a range of services to support family caregivers. Specific services vary by county but generally include:
Information to caregivers about available services,
Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services,
Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and training to assist caregivers in the areas of health, nutrition, and financial literacy, and in making decisions and solving problems about their caregiving roles
Respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and
Supplemental services, on a limited basis
These services can work in conjunction with other State and Community-Based Services to provide a coordinated set of supports. Studies have shown that these services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress and enable them to provide care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the need for costly institutional care.
FCSP Serves the Caregiver.
Adult Day Care / Adult Day Health
Adult day care provides an organized program of services during the day in a community group setting for the purpose of supporting the personal independence of older adults and promoting their social, physical, and emotional well-being. Programs must offer a variety of activities designed to meet the individual needs and interests of the participants, including referral to and assistance in using other community resources.