Senior Centers

A Senior Center is a facility that provides older adults with services and activities that respond to their needs. Senior Centers provide resources for an entire community, including services and information on aging and assistance for family and friends who care for older adults.

North Carolina Senior Center Fact Sheet

Individual services include:

  • Information and referral
  • Case assistance
  • In-home assistance
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Job finding and training
  • Legal assistance
  • Health insurance counseling and claims assistance
  • Transportation
  • Volunteer opportunities

Group services include:

  • Group meals
  • Educational sessions
  • Cultural events
  • Health education sessions and wellness activities
  • Retirement planning
  • Self-help peer groups
  • Community service projects
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Recreational trips

Senior Center Certification Process

Senior centers are locations in the community where older adults can gather and participate in recreational, educational and health-promoting activities. The Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) assembled a task force for senior center development and to improve a standard for best practice in senior center operations.

This task force includes:

  • Senior center directors
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Older adults
  • The DAAS
  • The North Carolina Institute on Aging
  • The Center for Aging Research and Educational Services

This task force helps senior centers complete a self-evaluation, review independent site visitors and receive certification at the level of Merit or Excellence from the DAAS based on the recommendation of the site review team.

  • Centers of Merit meet all the requirements of the Home and Community Care Block Grant and are providers of high-quality services.
  • Centers of Excellence provide exemplary services and opportunities to their communities and serve as mentors and models to developing centers.

For more information, please contact Leslee Breen.

Application form for Site Visit Volunteer
Application form for Senior Center Certification
The SCOPE Self-Assessment Instrument
Policies and Procedures for Senior Center Certification
Instructions for Completing the SCOPE and the Documentation

Nursing Homes

All nursing homes must be licensed in accordance with North Carolina State law by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) Nursing Home Licensure and Certification Section. The DHSR regulates the number and location of nursing homes within North Carolina through the Certificate of Need program.

DHSR Nursing Home Licensure and Certification
Phone
: 919-855-4520

Contact

For more information about Senior Centers, please contact Rebecca Freeman or Leslee Breen.

Senior Centers Directory

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