The mission of the Council on Aging is to provide and coordinate services to keep older adults living independently.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday to homebound adults who are unable to prepare meals and who meet eligibility criteria. All meals are low fat/low salt and meet the one-third recommended dietary allowance for individuals 60 years of age or older. Diabetic meals are available. Meals are delivered by caring volunteers who enjoy a friendly visit with our clients on a daily basis.
Partnership for Independent Living
Partnership for Independent Living social workers assist elderly residents in maintaining or improving their ability to feel independent, self-sufficient and confident by ensuring that needed in-home services are provided and monitored. This process begins with the caseworker visiting the homebound senior, taking the time to listen to concerns, analyze life situations and help to determine individual needs. The caseworker then works with the senior and his/her family and caregiver to help decide what available services will best meet the identified needs. Caseworkers assist in accessing those needed services and keep in regular contact to ensure sufficient care.
Sammy Williams Center for Active Living
The Sammy Williams Center for Active Living provides a place where older adults can participate in social, health and wellness, nutritional, recreational, educational and volunteer activities. Congregate Meals Program
This nutritious meals program meets five days a week at the Sammy Williams Center. Along with meals, other activities include speakers, shopping, picnics and Bingo. Transportation is provided to clients through Apple Transportation (part of Western Carolina Community Action), within specific geographic boundaries.
Council on Aging Thrift Shops
Our thrift shops are operated by staff and an army of volunteers, and generate income to offset some of the cost of providing programs to seniors. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.