About Us


Mission: Council on Aging in Union County is an independent, non-profit agency supporting people 60 and over in their efforts to remain healthy, active, and in control of their own lives. The agency connects clients with the services they need to live independently for as long as possible.

Vision: To be the community resource for aging issues by maintaining programs to adequately satisfy the needs of older adults and their caregivers.

Tax Information: 990

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Council on Aging in Union County is a private, nonprofit agency striving to promote a quality of life and supportive services for adults 60 years of age and older living in Union County. As a focal point on aging, the agency’s purpose is to postpone or prevent institutionalization, respecting independence and dignity and the right to choose in reviewing options for care. Formally organized in 1972 and chartered in 1973, the agency received its first Older Americans Act funding in 1974.

  • Council on Aging (COA) in Union County began providing services in 1974.
  • COA is a non-profit 501© (3) agency.
  • COA is licensed by the NC Division of Facilities Services (DFS).
  • COA is a member of the National Council on Aging
  • COA is a member of the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services.
  • COA is the coordinating site for the SHIIP program in Union County.
  • COA is a United Way member agency.
  • COA has 10 full time and 10 part time employees

Board of Directors

Harris High  – Board Chair

Don Helms – Vice Chair

Sam Goodwin – Treasurer

Ann Helms – Secretary

Barry Edelman

Constance Finch

Sandi Ives

David Nunnery

Jeremy Smith



In-Home Caregiver

Basic function of work to be performed by employee: Assist older adults in making it possible for them to stay in their own homes safely, maintain or improve their level of personal care and household management, assist in completing household chores such as changing bed sheets, cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, with the intent to keep the home safe. May also need to provide personal care, helping clients in and out of the shower safely.

Hours: Employees work a set schedule of clients between the hours of 8:30 to 5:00, Monday through Friday. We do not work nights, weekends, or holidays.


  • Assist with personal care for frail/at risk clients (to include bathing, grooming, and dressing)
  • Do light housekeeping and laundry (to include vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, cleaning kitchens & bathrooms, changing bed linens, taking out trash, checking mail, and any other tasks assigned by supervisor)
  • Provide respite for primary caregivers
  • Shop for food and other necessary items
  • Plan and prepare light meals
  • Perform other tasks as assigned
  • Complete all paperwork in a timely manner

Special Skills Needed: Ability to function independently and responsibly and respond well to supervision. Must be in good health, well groomed, able to lift groceries, vacuum, sweep, and mop. Must be able to read service plans and complete documentation accurately. Must have a valid NC driver’s license, and reliable transportation.

Special Qualities Needed: Must be mature, flexible, compassionate, honest, and dependable.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Required experience:

  • in home care: 1 year

Required license or certification:

  • Driver’s License

Pay/Benefits: $9.50/hour & paid mileage 40cents/mile

Full-time employees: After 90 days, full time employees are eligible for health insurance and receive 10 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 10 holidays per year.


Aging Statisitcs

  • Union County ranks number 1 in the death rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the state.
  • 89% of Union County residents 65 and older own their own homes.
  • 28% of persons age 65 and over in the state of NC live alone and 82% own their homes.***
  • As of January 2017, there are 30,233 Medicare beneficiaries in Union County.*
  • In 1940, the life expectancy of a 65-year-old was almost 14 additional years; today it is almost 21 years.
  • In Union county, 30% of the population are over the age of 60. By 2035, 48% of the county’s population will be age 60 and over.^
  • In the next two decades, 75-84 will be the fastest aging group of persons age 65 and older. After 2030, the fastest aging group will be persons age 85 and older.**
  • By 2018, the state as a whole will have more population 60 and over than age 0-17.**
  • Union County rakes 3rd in the state for the fastest growth in the over age 65 population with 140%.**
  • In the state, 100,472 grandparents age 30 and over are responsible for grandchildren under 18. 1.4% of them are age 65 and over.***

* North Carolina Department of Insurance
** North Carolina Coalition on Aging
*** North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
^ North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services County Aging Profile

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