Caregiver Support Services


Orange County Caregiver Awareness, Respite, Education & Support (OC CARES) is proud to offer both individualized and community level supports to caregivers. Please reach out to the Aging Information Helpline at 919-968-2087 or for more information.

Caregiver Supports are now available both online and in person!  See details below in the ‘Individualized’ and ‘Community’ tabs for up-to-date information about upcoming program options. For more information and assistance email the Aging Transitions team or call 919-968-2087.

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DOWNLOAD the current Caregiver Programming flier (pdf) for program details, dates and times. REGISTER 1 day prior to the meeting. To register, call the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087. 

  1. Individualized
  2. Community

Activity Engagement Coaching

  • As we all continue to spend a lot of time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be challenging to find ways to keep loved ones with dementia engaged throughout the day.

    For caregivers connected to our various dementia support programs, we are now offering one-on-one consultations (via phone or GoToMeeting) where we can brainstorm together with you to identify enjoyable activities that are

    • Person-centered, i.e. tailored to your loved one’s current and past interests, likes, preferences
    • Meaningful
    • Appropriately modified to current level of cognitive ability, thereby reducing frustration and stress

If interested, please contact Lisa Meinert, certified Dementia Care Partner and Activity Professional or 919-245-4251.


  • An opportunity to speak with a caregiver or dementia support specialist (via phone or GoToMeeting) regarding your specific caregiving situation.

Counseling Services

  • Our team of social workers are available to work with older adults and caregivers for brief counseling services, free of charge. We can work with you on issues including anxiety, depression, caregiver stress and loneliness. Contact the Aging Helpline (919) 968-2087 or for more information.

Dementia-Caregiving Coaching

  • Our social worker and occupational therapist team are available to support you through challenging situations that may arise along the dementia-caregiving journey.

Memory Screenings

  • Schedule a time with an occupational therapist to complete a screening and learn more about you or a loved one’s specific areas of cognitive strength and challenge.

Options Counseling

  • Trained Options Counselors provide guidance to individuals as they make informed choices about long-term services and supports.

Music In My Mind

In-Home Assistance Resources