HENDERSON — Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments offers a number of services for older adults in a five-county region that includes Vance, Granville, Warren, Franklin and Person counties.

Eligible individuals can receive food, personal protective supplies and assistive items for the home.

These services are now supplemented by a grant received under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support COVID-19 related needs of adults age 60 and older in the Kerr-Tar region.

Area Agency on Aging Director Nancy Francis said the goal is to promote independence, health and safety of older individuals.

Food distributions include grocery boxes, produce boxes and frozen meals. Francis said Kerr-Tar is providing meals to more than 2,200 people per week in Granville, Vance and Warren counties with CARES funding.

The agency is distributing personal protective supplies such as face masks, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizers and gloves.

Home improvement projects initiated by Kerry-Tar include installation of ramps, grab bars, heating/cooling units, in-home security cameras and medical alert devices.

Minor home alterations can also be made, Francis said. For example, a bathroom may be enlarged and doorways widened to accommodate a person who is wheelchair bound.

Requests for services for an individual can be made by a physician, social worker or similar party. Flyers with referral information have been distributed throughout the area, Francis said, and can be found at doctors’ offices, senior centers and other locations.

For more information, call CARES specialist Mary Lynn Baldwin at 252-436-2040 extension 2036.