Community alternatives program offers services for Chatham County residents who are aging or disabled

Pittsboro, NC – Of Chatham County’s 73,000 residents, one in four is 65 years or older. Across the state, more than half of residents age 60 and over are caregivers or are being cared for.

Many people are affected personally or know someone with a family member or friend who is aging and/or disabled and is facing nursing home placement, but they wish to remain 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.

Individuals interested in learning more about the program may contact Shvaughn J. Ross, SW, Lead CAP Case Manager, at (919) 542-8265 or , or Jana Wiley, SW, CAP Case Manager, at 919-742-5641 x 4269 or . More information, including eligibility requirements, can be found online at chathamnc.org/cap.