Project CARE (Caregiver Support)

Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) is the only state-funded, dementia-specific support for caregivers who take care of loved-ones with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Project CARE is a coordinated delivery system that is responsive to the needs, values and preferences of families who take care of family member’s with Alzheimer’s disease.

Project C.A.R.E. Services

  • Offering persons with dementia and their caregivers counseling, care consultation, dementia-specific information, caregiver assessments, caregiver education, respite care and connections to strong social support networks
  • Connecting families with available community resources in an attempt to meet unmet needs of family caregivers including local support groups, supportive services, entitlement programs and other community 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
  • Assisting to implement the Dementia Capable State Plan spearheaded by the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) in collaboration with identified partners
  • If you are interested in learning more about Project CARE, please contact the State Project CARE Director  Dawn Oakey Gartman, 919-855-3462.

Project CARE Family Consultants

Family Consultant: Nancy Hogan
Phone: 828-251-7432
Physical Address: Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging
339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140
Asheville, NC 28806

Family Consultant: Karen Phoenix
Phone: 828-485-4267
Physical Address: Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging
1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

Family Consultant: Pat Mayhew
Phone: 980-314-7075
Physical Address: Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28202

Family Consultant: Bobbi Matchar
Family Consultant: Janeli Smith
Phone: 919-660-7510 or 800-646-2028
Physical Address: Duke Family Support
3600 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710

Family Consultant: Audrey Marshall
Phone: 910-395-4553
Physical Address: Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging
1480 Harbour Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409

Family Consultant: Rosalind Pugh
Phone: 252-355-0054 or 252-414-3230
Physical Address: Alzheimer’s North Carolina
300 E. Arlington Blvd., Unit 9B
Greenville, NC 27834

More Information on Project CARE and Caregiver Supports

Providing Dementia-Specific Services to Family Caregivers: North Carolina’s Project CARE Program
All on the Family: Informal Caregiving in America
Dementia-Specific Respite: The Key to Effective Caregiver Support
Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty: Lessons for the Future
Information & Assistance Toolkit
Wait a Minute! When Anger gets too Much


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