NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center recently received re-certification as a Senior Center of Excellence, the highest certification given by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS). The re-certification will run from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2022.
Every five years, the in-depth recertification process is performed by a DAAS site review team to strengthen the capacity of senior centers by providing a set of measurable indicators of best practices. The certification process improves the quality of senior centers, recognizes excellence that exists, and provides a guide for developing activities and services that respond to consumer needs.
“The site team was impressed with the Senior Resource Center’s wide range of programs, advocacy efforts, and support from New Hanover County and the Volunteer Older Citizens Action League,” said Senior Resource Center Director Amber Smith. “As a state-certified Center of Excellence, we will continue to grow the great programs and services that support our aging community.”
To be certified as a Center of Excellence, the center must demonstrate best practices in five major operational areas: outreach and access to services; programs and activities; planning, evaluation, and input from older adults; staffing; and operations and physical plant. They must provide exemplary services and opportunities to their communities and serve as mentors and models to developing centers.
The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center has been a Center of Excellence since 2001. It is one of 86 Centers of Excellence in North Carolina and there are 163 senior centers throughout the state.
The Senior Resource Center is a place where older adults can gather and participate in recreational, social, educational, and health-promoting activities. To learn more, visit src.nhcgov.com.
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