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Eldercare Agency Now Assisting with Ramps and Other Services for the Seriously-Ill 65+
First Ramp Project Just Completed in Rutherfordton, N.C. 

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Michael Keck can now safely leave his home thanks to a ramp provided by the CFF Eldercare Home Care Agency. ©Heidi Owen

Forest City, N.C. - March 17, 2023: The Carolina Foothills Foundation’s (CFF) Eldercare Home Care Agency is now assisting with ramps, life alert, home-delivered meals, and home care to seriously-ill individuals ages 65 years old and older in Polk and Rutherford County. 


The agency just completed its first portable ramp in Rutherfordton, N.C. for Michael Keck and his wife Karen, enabling him to have egress from the back of the house. The Eldercare team also repaired the Keck’s front ramp and Michael is finally able to leave his home safely.

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©Heidi Owen


“The need for these services in our area is extreme and Eldercare is here to help. We encourage people to contact us for assistance and to take advantage of these services if you need them,” emphasized Heidi Owen, CFF Eldercare Home Care Agency executive director.


The agency provides extra support for seriously-ill patients ages 65 and older to enhance their ability to remain in their own homes. Qualifying patients must also live in a private home, not a facility, in Rutherford or Polk County and need home care assistance from a certified nursing assistant, meal assistance, and/or assistance obtaining a medical alert system. Additional services are also available.


Anyone interested in learning more can call the Carolina Foothills Eldercare Home Care Agency at 828-222-4375 or visit Fees for service are on a sliding scale and no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay.


The Eldercare Home Care Agency is funded by The Carolina Foothills Foundation and all proceeds from the Carolina Foothills Eldercare Resale Shop in Forest City, N.C., formerly known as the Hospice Resale Shop. Donations to the program, which are tax deductible, are also encouraged and accepted.


About the Carolina Foothills Foundation

The Carolina Foothills Foundation (CFF) is a 501(c)3 community-based charitable organization that provides funds and other support to meet the many health challenges that people face in Rutherford and Polk Counties. We provide direct support and empower carefully selected non-profits to impact individual and community wellness in the areas we serve, which are eldercare, youth development, and wellness. Services are available 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more, call 828-222-4375 or visit Find us on Facebook at

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