According to AARP and National Alliance for Caregivers, 7 million, or 29% of the US adult population provides care to someone who is aged, disabled, or ill. At DCSL we strive to provide resources for caregivers through the following supports:
Monthly Caregiver Support Group – Provides support and for individuals caring for loved ones
Respite Care – Provides a needed break for caregivers, this service is available to individuals providing care to loved ones at home.
Lending Library – Allows family caregivers to access resources and books on aging and caregiving.
Community Referrals – Helps family caregivers to connect with additional, local support agencies
The Family Caregiver Support Service for Durham residents, provides caregivers with assistance in obtaining information, making decisions and solving problems related to their responsibilities in caring for older adults.
Through this service, caregivers can access information on resources and services available within their community. They can receive counseling and participate in a monthly caregiver support group driven by the interests and concerns of participants.
We also offer free, in-home respite care services that allows caregivers to have a scheduled time of rest or relief knowing that their loved one is safe and cared for.
Caregiver education is offered in collaboration with Durham Cooperative Extension to provide caregivers with Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week educational program designed to provide the tools needed to decrease stress as they care for loved ones. This series helps caregivers learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance life, increase ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.
Dementia Care Services & Programs
Congregate Nutrition Program
Health Promotion Classes
Information and Assistance
Options Counseling Program
EATS (Pantry Services)
Congregate Transportation Services
Department of Social Services: Onsite Support