As the only state funded dementia-specific support for family caregivers, Project C.A.R.E. ("Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty") uses a family consultant model to provide comprehensive support to caregivers. Through the integration of dementia-capable services and the development of family-centered and caregiver-focused community care networks, Project C.A.R.E. helps create a seamless, coordinated delivery system that is responsive to the needs, values and preferences of Alzheimer’s families.
Project C.A.R.E. is Statewide Program
Recognizing the importance of reaching individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers throughout North Carolina, the Division of Aging and Adult Services is revising its approach to offer Project C.A.R.E throughout all 100 counties of the state. State-wide coverage meets the long-term program objective of providing support for the significant increase in the number of caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and thereby helping individuals and families avoid or delay use of more costly formal interventions, including placement in long-term care facilities.
The three Project C.A.R.E. Family Consultants (Dementia Capable Specialists) are located as follows:
Family Consultant: Nancy Hogan
Western NC Project C.A.R.E.
Land-of-Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging
339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140
Phone: (828) 251-7432
Central NC Office:
Family Consultant: Bobbi Matchar
Central NC Project C.A.R.E
Duke Family Support Program
Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-660-7510 or 800-646-2028
Eastern NC Office:
Family Consultant: Rosalind Pugh
Eastern NC Project C.A.R.E.
Alzheimer’s North Carolina
2245 Stantonsburg Rd, Suite C
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: (252) 355-0054 or (252) 842-2009
In addition, families in Mecklenburg County have access to trained Project C.A.R.E dementia specialists who provide supports through “Just One Call” at (704) 432-1111 or by contacting Patricia Mayhew, Adult Services Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Care Management: Offering persons with dementia and their caregivers (phone and face-to-face) counseling, care consultation, dementia-specific information, caregiver assessments, caregiver education and connections to strong social support networks;
- Information and Referral: Connecting families with available community resources in an attempt to meet unmet needs of family caregivers. This includes but is not limited to local support groups, supportive services, entitlement programs and other community resources.
- As appropriate, offering individual caregivers evidence-based and evidence-informed programs, as appropriate, such as REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health), and referring families to other resources;
- Partnering with each Area Agency on Aging (AAA) through its Family Caregiver Support Program for cross-referrals and co-outreach, training and education;
- Providing training and assistance to AAAs and the community-at-large to increase capacity to assist persons with dementia and their families;
- Enhancing partnerships with and among the various entities serving persons with Alzheimer’s disease and assisting their caregivers; and
- Assisting to implement the Dementia Capable State Plan spearheaded by DAAS in collaboration with identified partners.
National Program Recognition:
- 2008 National Program Champion – U.S. Administration on Aging
- 2005 National Best Practice Model for “Implementing Systems and Sustained Change in Long-Term Care” – U.S. Administration on Aging and RTI International
- 2005 National Innovative Program Clearinghouse Award – National Alzheimer’s Association
- 2005 National Model for Home and Community-Based Care Coordination – featured by the National Alzheimer’s Association at the Conference of State Legislators
- 2004 Geriatric Best Practice Award for “Developing Quality Caregiver Support and Respite Programs” – Southeast Regional Geriatric Best Practices Initiative
If you are interested in learning more about Project C.A.R.E., please contact Mark Hensley, State Project C.A.R.E. Director, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services.
Project C.A.R.E. Publications:
- "Providing Dementia-Specific Services to Family Caregivers: North Carolina’s Project C.A.R.E. Program", Dr. Chris M. Kelly and Dr. Ishan Canty Williams, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Vol. 26 No. 4, August 2007.
- "Implementing Systems and Sustained Change in Long-Term Care: The Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States (ADDGS) Programs", AOA-ADDGS National Resource Center, RTI International, Executive Summary and Full Report
- "All on the Family: Informal Caregiving in America", Anne J. Tate, Masters Thesis, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, January 2005.
- "Dementia-Specific Respite: The Key to Effective Caregiver Support", North Carolina Medical Journal, Jan/Feb 2005.
- "Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty: Lessons for the Future": Duke Aging Center Family Support Program, Project C.A.R.E. Policy Paper, June 2004.
- Working with Family Caregivers of People with Memory Disorders: A North Carolina Information & Assistance Toolkit
- Dementia Caregiver Tips:
- Other Duke Family Support Program educational resources utilized by Project C.A.R.E:
- Home Is Where I Remember Things: A Curriculum for Home and Community Alzheimer Care
- Pressure Points: Alzheimer’s and Anger
- You Are One of Us: Successful Clergy/Church Connections to Alzheimer's Families
- Steps to Success: Decisions about Help at Home for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
- Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Manual for Facility Staff
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