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Chatham Council on Aging receives grant to assist caregivers

Posted Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Council on Aging has been awarded a $15,000 grant to provide caregiver support and respite care services for residents who are caregivers for family members living in Chatham County. The Council received the grant from the Home Health Foundation of Chapel Hill Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation.

“This important grant will allow us to continue operating our Caregiver Support Program for several more months. We currently are at maximum capacity because we have had significant increases each year in the number of families needing caregiver support,” according the Angel Dennison, director of the Chatham County Council on Aging.

“This grant demonstrates the capacity of community foundations to support the vital work of local organizations in providing services to people with caregiving needs. The program helps individuals who choose to remain in their homes and want to avoid being placed in a long-term care facility.”

An estimated 1,000 Chatham residents provide full-time, 24-hour care without pay for their family members. The Council on Aging’s program provides limited temporary respite care for these family caregivers, either through in-home aides or through adult day care services.

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