Services

Information & Assistance

This program helps older individuals and their families obtain information about available services. Our staff helps connect older adults with local, state and national programs.

Contact the Eastern Chatham Senior Center at 919-542-4512 or the Western Chatham Senior Center at 919-742-3975.

You may also obtain information in our Caregiver Resource Guide


SHIIP and VITA

The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance. The counselors offer free and unbiased information regarding Medicare health care products. Open enrollment is October 15-December 7 every year. Call Susan Hardy for general information.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. January through April only.


Pharmacy Assistance Program 

NC Med Assist 1-866-331-1348

Needy Meds 1-800-503-6897

Partnership for Prescription Assistance 1-888-477-2669

Healthcare Ready-This site can help locate open pharmacies during disasters.


Home-Based Programs

Aide Service

We assist older adults in maintaining their independence by providing sub-contracted, State-certified nursing assistants to assist with personal care, perform in-home tasks and meal preparation.


Meals on Wheels

Volunteers provide a brief visit and a hot meal for home-bound older adults who are unable to attend congregate meals at one of our senior centers.

Frozen Meals are also available in certain situations. If someone doesn't live on one of our regular meal routes, family members may come by the designated Senior Center to pick up frozen meals.

Shelf-stable meals are provided (when available) when there in an emergency situation or weather disaster. 


Assistive Equipment Loan Program

We provide assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, shower transfer benches, bedside commodes and hospital beds. The Council gladly accepts donations of equipment.

Recommended times to pick up and drop-off equipment are Monday through Wednesday 8-3pm. Call 919-542-4512 ext 232 to leave a message.


Minor Home Repair

We install assistive devices, such as grab bars and make minor home repairs including repair of steps and constructing railings.


Emergency Meals and Incontinence Supplies

We have a food pantry of canned and non-perishable food.  We also can supply adult incontinence supplies when available.We gladly take donations for both programs.


Wellness Programs

Senior Center Meals

A nutritious noontime meal and community fellowship is provided daily, Monday through Friday, at both Senior Centers. You may sign up to join us for lunch for an optional donation or $5.50 for guests.Call a day ahead to let us know if you are coming.


Activities

Click Here to see the full list of activities offered at our Senior Centers. A variety of programs and activities are offered, such as health screenings, games, nutrition education, and art classes.


Exercise

Establish a regular exercise routine with low impact aerobics, Tai Chi, Yoga, and chair aerobics classes. Senior Centers house equipment including weight stations, treadmills, free weights and stationary bicycles. Membership is available to the general public aged 55 and older.


Health Education & Disease Management

Nutrition education, health screenings, healthy lifestyles and diabetes support are some examples of the education and disease support programs offered at the Centers. Please check the calendar for the specific support groups (Diabetes, Parkinson's, Caregivers) and their meeting times.


Caregiver Support

Caregiver Support

This program provides respite and support for 24-hour caregivers. Our caregiver support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00pm at the Eastern Senior Center in Pittsboro.

Click here to read Jessica Bryan's Caregiver Blog​


Music and Remembrance

We now understand that music plays a big role with people with memory problems.We have a program where elders listen to personalized music playlists, created with input from themselves as well as family, friends and staff. These playlists are loaded onto iPods so elders can connect with the music they love, with the goal of improving their overall health and well-being. We also accept donations of new and used iPods, iPads and iTouch's, iTunes Gift cards and new headphones for this program. 

See Music and Remembrance in Action at our Eastern Chatham Senior Center


Sitter List

​Companion sitters typically work for sick or elderly clients who need custodial supervision and possibly care in the home. They provide many services, such as cleaning and meal preparation, that the client can no longer perform herself/himself. Some who are appropriately certified can also provide personal care. In offering this list of private sitters, the Chatham County Council on Aging is not endorsing any of these individuals, nor guaranteeing the quality of their services, nor overseeing their work. These individuals are not employees of the Council on Aging nor are they acting on behalf of the Council. We offer this list merely as information on persons who have indicated that they are available for employment in the home caring for older adults. Before listing an individual, the Council only requires that a State criminal background check has been completed and indicated no prior criminal record. 

If you are looking for a local caregiver to provide assistance and caregiver relief, please take a look at our Sitters List.

In considering a use of a sitter, we encourage you to:

  • Conduct interviews with several potential sitters;
  • Ask for references, including other clients who have used their services [these other clients should have given their permission to be contacted];
  • In checking with references, ask about the sitter’s reliability (e.g. Do they show up as promised? Do they do what is appropriately asked of them?), trustworthiness, caring attitude, and other traits and areas of performance important to you;
  • If you are seeking someone to provide personal care, you may want to double check with the State’s Health Care Personnel Registry at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/hcpr/index.html. The Health Care Personnel Registry Section operates under state and federal laws for unlicensed health care workers and their employers. It is designed to list certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and indicate if there are any pending investigations or substantiated findings related to them ; and
  • Explore the internet for additional tips on assessing and using a companion sitter or caregiver in the home.

Transportation

The Council on Aging provides transportation to and our from Senior Centers for congregate lunches, activities and grocery shopping. We also have a Medical Transportation program where we can provide rides to and from medical appointments for a reduced fare. Click here for the medical transportation guidelines. Or call 919-542-4512 ext.222 to speak with our medical transportation receptionist.

Catering Menu & Facility Rental

Our Siler City Senior Center has a great commercial kitchen and makes famous chicken salad, pies, cakes, cobblers and a host of entrees. Let us do the cooking for your next gathering. You can claim the credit, we won't tell. Call 919-742-3975 and ask for the kitchen.

​Click here for our menu.

Western Chatham Facility Rental Info. (170 capacity) call Faye Tillman 919-742-3975 ext. 232

Eastern Chatham Facility Rental Info. (110 capacity)  call Pat Nevels 919-542-4512 ext. 229

Both facilities are alcohol free.


"No Meds, Go Med" with NC Cooperative Extension's Phyllis Smith. Learn how a Mediterranean diet can reduce your medications. Once a week for 6 weeks, starts August 28th, 2:00pm at the Pittsboro Senior Center. Join us!                           Contact Allison Andrews to reserve your seat at 919-542-4512 or allison.andrews@chathamcoa.org 

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