Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging
Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is one of 16 Area Agencies on Aging in the state of North Carolina.
is to empower senior adults, family caregivers, and individuals with disabilities residing in Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties to live independent, meaningful, healthy, and dignified lives through a comprehensive plan of services and linkages with community based programs.
There are six standards which the Area Agencies of North Carolina meet. They are listed below with examples of our work.
- Management and Staffing: The AAA is staffed in positions supported with aging funds to fulfill the goals and objectives for the region.
- Planning: County planning committees for services to the elderly are in each county in the 5-county region.
- Funds Administration and Quality Assurance: It is the responsibility of the AAA staff to monitor all contractual programs, including the standards associated with the services and the budgeting necessary to provide the services.
- Information Brokerage: The Area Agency on Aging plays a lead role in assisting individuals, communities, health care facilities, public officials and others in becoming aware of and knowledgeable about aging issues of older adults and caregivers.
- Program, Resource and Systems Development: It is a major role of the AAA to engage in activities that promote a system of care for older adults that is accessible.
- Advocacy: The AAA assures that the individual and collective interests of older adults, their caregivers and families and individuals with disabilities will be safeguarded and recognized. The Senior Tar Heel Legislature is instrumental in advocating along side the AAAs to make elected officials aware of these interests.
The Area Agency on Aging has Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Staff dedicated to monitoring the rights of residents in institutionalized settings, both skilled nursing and adult care homes. They deal with complaints associated with Residents Rights.
The Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging is guided by a four-year Regional Area Plan on Aging, and supported by the Regional Aging Advisory Committee (RAAC).
The NC Division of Aging and Adult Services approved the Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging Area Plan covering July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020.
State Fiscal Year 16-17 Area Plan Update
NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina. Accessible via an easy-to-remember, three-digit number, families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services and resources within their community.