Columbus County Department of Aging

We are committed to provide services that promote wellness, encourage independence and enhance quality of life for all persons 60 years or older.

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IN HOME SERVICES 

In Home Care for Adults - one has to receive Medicaid and have a medical condition that requires the direct and ongoing care.  In Home Aides are placed in the homes by the R.N at the agency after Carolina Center for Medical Excellence in Raleigh has made a home assessment to determine eligibility. Referrals have to be made by a Physician. Service is to assist and not to replace the help available from family members and community resources. This program serves the needs of 50 or more clients daily.

Title III B is an in home aide service program for 60 years or older persons who are not Medicaid recipients who have personal care needs.  Funds are limited and the referral waiting list is very long. The program has a waiting list. Caregiver’s Respite Program – relieve caregivers – limited funds.

Community Alternatives Program CAP/DA- Medicaid in home service designed for persons who are nursing home level of care.  The aim is to allow the individual to return to or to remain in the community and live as independently as possible. Private Insurance (Private Pay) the in home services may be provided under some private insurance companies and by private payment.   Veterans Administration and Hospice contract with the Dept. of Aging for these services. All referrals must be directed to Multi Purpose Coordinator, Sabrina Evans.  

 INFORMATION AND REFERRAL /  ASSISTANCE
 
Information is provided to persons 60 years or older by Aging Information & Assistance Supervisor, Judy Ward. Provides information to older adults about programs or services available to them in the county.  Some times assistance may be needed in meeting these needs.  An assessment may be necessary.   Referrals are made to the appropriate agencies and follow up is made if necessary.  A registration form is required for this program.  Ms. Ward is the County Coordinator for Senior Health Information Insurance Program (SHIIP) A Nutritional Supplement Program is operated by AI&A Supervisor.  It is sold to the older adult at a reduced price to enable those who need the nutrition but were financially unable to purchase at regular price. Operation Fan Program is coordinated by I&A Supervisor.  This program is during the hot months of the year, fans are purchased with fund provided by the Utility Companies and Churches and Volunteer Organizations. Fans are distributed to the older adults who have no means of cooling their homes.  

Needy Program is an assistance program during the winter season, for heating bills for emergency situations, emergency food program during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday, funded by donations from private sector, clubs, churches and organizations.   Eligibility:  60 years or older.   E-mail judyward@columbusco.org 

TRANSPORTATION
 
No funding for Congregate Meal Transportation.. Medical Transportation (for dialysis senior citizens only) is available through funds from N.C. Dept. of Transportation.  Coordinators are Judy Ward at the Dept. of Aging and Charles Patton-Transportation Director - 641-3929  The Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance Program, it is for persons who are elderly or disabled and do not receive Medicaid.   Medicaid recipients are to contact Dept. of Social Services 642-2800 for their medical transportation.  

LEGAL SERVICES  TAX ASSISTANCE
 
Legal Aid of NC assistance is available by referral.  Call Judy Ward or Jean Powers for information and assistance with appointments.      TAX ASSISTANCE – Jan-April – Public Library - call for information – 910-640-3116

REVERSE MORTGAGE INFO: www.nchfa.com/Homebuyers/HOreversemortgage.aspx  910-733-0440 ext.206  

SENIOR CENTER OPERATIONS 

There are seven senior centers in the county which operate 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and Friday 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday’s. These centers provide community involvement and opportunities for older adults to become physically active, mentally challenged, emotionally supported and socially involved.  Each center has a nutrition site for congregate nutrition.  There’s Exercise Equipment available for the seniors to use with a physician's permission.  They are always planning trips and outings for the seniors with minimum cost.  The craft, etc. classes are offered to the seniors 65 or older without charge.  The local Community College provides instructors. Centers locations:

Whiteville Jean Powers Coordinator, jpowers@columbusco.org 
Bug Hill (Nakina)   Jenny Godwin Coordinator, jgodwin@columbusco.org
East Columbus   Warriette Hardy Coordinator, whardy@columbusco.org
Fair Bluff Michelle Dippel, Coordinator, mdippel@columbusco.org
Tabor City   Susan Prince Coordinator, sprince@columbusco.org
Bolton   Catherine Spaulding, Coordinator
Chadbourn Ruby Shelly Coordinator, rshelley@columbusco.org

 Medical Equipment is available for loan to our seniors at each center with no charge if returned undamaged. 

(RX required from physician) 

NUTRITION 
 

Congregate Meals are hot meals provided at noon hour in 7 sites in the county, 70,000 meals are served in the program year.  These meals are 1/3 the daily recommended dietary allowance for older adults 60 years or older. Persons 60 years or older may attend any of these sites for a nutritious meal and nutrition education and appropriate supportive services to enhance their independence.

 A registration form must be completed and signed on the first visit. There is no charge for the meal but a contribution is suggested to share in the cost and help serve additional persons. No one will be denied a meal because they are unable to share in the cost.  This program supervisor is Pat Harrelson.  Home Delivered Meals are served out of four of the nutrition sites. Meals are delivered to homebound persons by volunteers. Routes established only in areas with available volunteers.  Persons who are 60 years old or older, home bound and only able to go out for medical appointments are eligible.  A home assessment is made on each individual, eligibility is determined   by the Nutrition Supervisor, Pat Harrelson, pharrelson@columbusco.org There is no charge but a consumer contribution would be appreciated, the service will not be denied if failure to share in the cost.

SITE LOCATIONS:  Whiteville, Bug Hill, Tabor City, Fair Bluff, Bolton and Chadbourn. 

HOME SAFETY- RAMPS & RAILS 

This program is coordinated by Judy Ward and is designed to assist persons 60 years or older with conditions which are a risk to their health and safety.  Materials only (not labor) are furnished for this program while funding is available, (grab bars, hand rails, ramps, smoke detectors, etc.)  A home assessment is required and registration form signed and completed.  No charge for this service but contributions accepted. All contributions are put into the program to help with materials. This is not a Home Repair Program.   

MEDICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MAP)
 
The Medication Assistance Specialist will assist uninsured individuals with obtaining medications free or reduced price by applying through the drug companies for discounts. Income is a factor in eligibility.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM    *Medicare D recipients in “do nut hole” can be assisted also.

Funds made possible by the Office of Rural Health and Community Care - Coordinator – Patsy Eason, peason@columbusco.org  

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

All programs have a need for volunteers.   Anyone willing to give their time can call 640-6602 and will be directed to program coordinators. Delivery of Meals, serving meals, friendly visits, instructor for craft classes, some office duties, etc.  

Volunteers are always welcome at all Senior Centers. Collaboration with RSVP – Melody Prevatte – 910-7141 ext 294


Contact Us

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday
8:30a - 5:00p

Amanda Harrelson

Director
aharrelson@columbusco.org
827 W Washington St (PO Box 1327)
Whiteville,  NC  28472
(910) 640-6602 Voice
(910) 640-6646 Fax

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