Division on Aging has resources for grandparents

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Division on Aging wants to help grandparents living in Bladen County.

“We have some good resources available through the Lumber River Council of Governments,” said Kelly Robeson, Division on Aging director in the Mother County.

To qualify for the help, residents must have grandchildren residing in their home.

“This has to be just the children and the grandparents living in the home — not the whole family living in the house with the grandparents,” Robeson explained.

To find out what resources are available to such families, Robeson may be contacted at the Division on Aging.

With sweltering temperatures outside, Robeson also reminded folks the organization has ways to help families stay cool.

“We have about 15 fans box fans left,” she stated.

Qualifications for receiving a fan include being at least 60 years old, a resident of Bladen County, and a Progress Energy customer. A photo ID and a copy of a Progress Energy bill are required for pickup.

The fans are part of Progress Energy’s Heat Relief program.

Four County had a similar program and donated 35 fans, but Robeson said they have all been given away.

The Division also has resources available to people of any age. Caregiver classes are being held at the site and are open to anyone interested.

For additional information on any of the resources available at the Division on Aging, contact Robeson by phone at 910-862-6330 or stop by the Division office. The Bladen County Division on Aging is located at 608 McLeod St. in Elizabethtown.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing ccarroll@bladenjournal.com