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Community Alternatives Program offers Services for Residents who are Aging or Disabled

Post Date:02/21/2020 1:25 PM

Did you know that of Chatham’s 73,000 residents, one in four is 65 years or older? Or that statewide more than half of residents age 60 and over are caregivers or are being cared for?

Chances are you or someone you know has a family member or friend who is aging and/or disabled and is facing nursing home placement but wishes to remain in at home.

The Chatham County Public Health Department has a program called the Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults, or CAP/DA, which provides services that can help maintain these family members in their home. CAP/DA is a Medicaid supported program that includes case management, in-home aide, respite care, telephone alert system and other CAP approved services.

CAP participants speak often of how much the program has meant to them. One CAP participant shared that the program gave her and her family “peace of mind,” noting, “Our stress level dropped, making room for quality time again. The quality of my life has been forever changed.”

These services can make a big difference for families supporting loved ones in need of care.  Certain eligibility requirements apply to the program and the availability of CAP slots is determined by the State.  Anyone interested in learning more about the program should contact Shvaughn J. Ross, SW, Lead CAP Case Manager, at (919) 542-8265 or shvaughn.ross@chathamnc.org, or Jana Wiley, SW, CAP Case Manager, at 919-742-5641 x 4269 or jana.wiley@chathamnc.org. You can also find more information, including eligibility requirements, online at www.chathamnc.org/cap.

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