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Due to COVID-19, CAPES (Caring for Aging People Education & Support) is now virtual. We have expanded funding through the CARES Act and would love to speak with you regarding your needs!

Care Management, Respite & Support

Buncombe & Madison Counties

If you are caring for an aging loved one, you are not alone. In WNC there are approximately 56,000 caregivers. Caregivers are often family members providing unpaid care for a spouse, parent, or other relative. They, like the person they are caring for, deserve service, education, and advocacy including: respite (time away), wellness & support, access to resources as well as supplemental items for health and safety..

CAPES – CARING FOR AGING PEOPLE EDUCATION & SUPPORT

The CAPES group is held every 3rd Tuesday of the month via Zoom from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at no cost.

​Education: Session topics include dementia, legal issues, coping with stress, self-care, community resources, and making difficult life choices. 

Support: Share and listen to others as we navigate our caregiving journey, together!

Meeting ID: 848 6164 0427
Passcode: 125598

CAREGIVER WELLNESS

Self-care means tending to your own needs for physical, emotional, and day-to-day well being. Over 50% of caregivers said their health worsened after becoming a caregiver. It takes practice, perseverance, and patience to make yourself a priority. Take some time today to do something just for yourself.

30 Minute Presentation about Caregiver Burden

CAPES Wellness Guide

Land of Sky Caregiver Resource Guide


CARES Program – COVID Support in Buncombe and Madison Counties

HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED TAKING CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONE?  
Does your loved one live in Buncombe or Madison County? Do you need help with respite so you can have a break? 

For more information please contact Jennie Pressley or call (828) 277-8288.


Resources for Caregivers

Types of resources:

  • Respite is time for you away from your loved one. Respite services can provide someone who stays with your loved one in your home or a place for your loved one to stay for short periods of time (adult day services).
  • In-Home help can include:
    • ​Personal care
    • Home Health
    • Companion and/or chore help
    • Home repair
  • Adult day services can provide a place for a loved one to spend time so you can take a break away. Your care recipient can also benefit from the social interaction, stimulating activities, and a different environment. These services are available for private pay or, if you are eligible, a subsidy. 
  • A long-term-care ombudsman program provides information, directories, education, and advocacy services regarding nursing homes and assisted-living residences. 
  • The County Department of Social Services provides low-income assistance, applications for Medicaid, and adult protective services. 
  • Home-Based Primary Care – Healthcare designed for you – delivered at home. Home-Based Primary Care is a grant funded program designed to take care of people at home. Our goal is to make care as convenient as possible for you, keep you as healthy as possible, and, above all, try to make life as good as it can be. HOME-BASED PRIMARY CARE WILL HELP YOU:
    • Meet your goals for a happy & healthy life.
    • See a doctor in your home.
    • Get help with accessing and organizing your medications.
    • Make sure your home is safe.
    • Arrange and pay for minor home repairs or safety services.
    • Receive physical or occupational therapy.
    • Stay on top of your health through regular check-ins with a Care Manager.
    • Get respite care for caregivers.
    • Find community resources for food.

COVID-19 Resources

If you are caring for someone, you are not alone. The CARES act can help.

Does your loved one live in Buncombe or Madison County? Do you need help with respite so you can have a break?

Funding comes from the Family Caregiver Support Program and Land of Sky Regional Council and through MAHEC’S Home Based Primary Care program. For more information for Buncombe County Care Management, please contact Juanita Igo.

For more information about the CAPES group, or care management in Madison County, please contact Jennie Pressley.

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