Project CARE (Caregiver Support)

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

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 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 the 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

WESTERN OFFICE
Family Consultant: Nancy Hogan
Email: nancy@landofsky.org
Phone: 828-251-7432
Physical Address: Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging
339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140
Asheville, NC 28806

FOOTHILLS OFFICE
Family Consultant: Karen Phoenix
Email: Karen.phoenix@wpcog.org
Phone: 828-485-4267
Physical Address: Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging
1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

SOUTH CENTRAL OFFICE
Family Consultant: Ashley Stevens
Email: Ashley.Stevens@mecklenburgcountync.gov
Phone: 980-314-7801
Physical Address: Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211

CENTRAL NC OFFICE
Family Consultant: Bobbi Matchar
Email: Bobbi.matchar@duke.edu
Family Consultant: Janeli McNeal
Email: yaneli.smith@duke.edu
Family Consultant: Natalie Leary
Email: natalie.leary@duke.edu
Phone: 919-660-7510 or 800-646-2028
Physical Address: Duke Family Support
3600 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710

SOUTH EASTERN OFFICE
Family Consultant: Audrey Marshall
Email: audreym@capefearcog.org
Phone: 910-408-6365
Physical Address: Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging
1480 Harbour Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

NORTH EASTERN OFFICE
For Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, contact:
Family Consultant: Lynne Raisor
Email: lraisor@accog.org
Phone: 252-426-5753, ext. 226

For Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson counties, contact:
Family consultant: Amanda Biggs
Email: abiggs@mideastcom.org
Phone: 252-414-3230
Physical Address: Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging
1501 North Market Street, Suite A
Washington, NC 27889

 

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
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