CareLink, founded in 1979, is an Arkansas nonprofit headquartered in North Little Rock that services elderly people in the counties of Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline. The organization provides information and assistance to seniors and their families to help them overcome the challenges of aging, included among the many services are in-home care, Meals on Wheels, family caregiver assistance, pet assistance and urgent needs.
But despite the many ways in which CareLink is available to help folks navigate later life, it’s still quite a secret to many.
“Most people either don’t know that we exist or that we have offerings beyond Meals on Wheels,” says Meredith Hale, director of marketing and development. “As one of eight Area Agencies on Aging in Arkansas, we are the go-to source for aging-related information and services in Central Arkansas.”
It’s a selfless and service-oriented vocation that the organization and its diverse team have chosen, but it is also these very attributes that make Hale and her colleagues the proudest.
“It’s not about us; it’s about you or your aging loved one — making sure they have access to the information and resources they need to live safely and independently in their homes,” she says. “That’s what it’s all about. Whether we are providing answers to questions, giving peace of mind to long-distance family or building a friendship with a homebound senior, we are there.”
The loss of complete independence is one of the most difficult parts of getting older, especially without the right support system to lean on. CareLink knows how hard that can be for aging Arkansans and their loved ones and wants to be part of the solution. Enjoying the beauties of life doesn’t have to stop at retirement or old age and doesn’t have to result in leaving the comfort of home.
“Our information and assistance specialists are ready to answer any question about aging,” Hale says. “All you have to do is give us a call. Aging is a natural part of life. You should know your options and know who to call when the time comes. As long as growing older is around, so is CareLink.”
(501) 372-5300 • CareLink.org