[Contributed by Elizabeth Krijgsman] You may not know of the Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy [CCCP] in Siler City, but it is a wonderful place to donate medical items you no longer want or need. CCCP is a non-profit community-based organization committed to reducing health disparities by providing access to quality pharmacy services to the low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Chatham County.
They accept new and gently used medical equipment and supplies of all kinds, such as waterproof or disposable bed pads, adult underwear, urinals, disposable gloves, compression socks, bed risers—anything you can buy at the drugstore or medical supply store.
- They accept personal care items: soap, shampoo, body lotion, deodorant, etc.
- They accept unopened OTC [over-the-counter] medications of all kinds, and if only a tiny bit of the tube has been used, or most of the pills are still in the blister pack, they accept those too.
- And they also accept ALL CURRENT prescription medications (except opiates and other controlled substances), even if they have been opened! If you have two pills left in the bottle or the blister pack, that’s two more than they have now. Their licensed pharmacists will take your leftovers and add them to other leftovers to make up a supply for our less-fortunate neighbors right here in Chatham County.
Instead of turning these (sometimes very expensive) items into the pharmacy or the police for destruction, please consider taking them to the CCCP. They are doing wonderful work, and they will be so grateful. For questions, office hours, and location.
IMPORTANT: note that by state law, the prescription drugs must be personally delivered to the pharmacy by the person whose name is on the prescription. They cannot accept prescriptions medicines brought in by anyone on behalf of someone else.
Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy
127 E Raleigh St, Siler City, NC 27344
Phone: (919) 663-0177
You are no doubt thinking, Siler City?? What a lot of trouble! But Siler City is no farther than Southpoint or Costco, and the drive is prettier, with less traffic.
- The DMV office in Siler City is more accessible and less busy than the one in Carrboro. Combine your license renewal or application for official government REAL ID drivers license with a trip to the CCCP.
- Siler City also has a full-service post office with lot parking, very near a used book store: Paperbacks Plus, 208 E. Raleigh Street, 919-742-4033.
- Ask a friend or two to go with you, and make it a road trip. Stop for lunch in Pittsboro on your way home—or go exploring and find a place to eat in Siler City!
#1 Free Swim Party 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Swim and Croquet Club
Fearrington Cares is collaborating with the Swim and Croquet Club to have a Fearrington Cares Day at the pool! Club membership is not necessary on this day! Put on your sunscreen and splash with your neighbors! Floating “noodles” are available for use while at the pool and a hot tub and toddler pool are also available. You can also play croquet, ping pong, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and cornhole. Bring your towel for the pool and please do not bring glass into the pool area.
#2 Free Medication Consultation 10:00 a.m. – noon at the Fearrington Cares Center
Have you ever wanted to discuss a medication or medication interactions with a pharmacist? Han Su, Chief Pharmacist at 501 Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, will be available for FREE curbside consultations. Please bring a complete list of all your medications; alternately, you can bring your bag of medicines.
#3 Free Skin Cancer Screening 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center
The Dermatology and Laser Center of Chapel Hill is providing FREE skin cancer screenings by a dermatology-trained Physician Assistant, Leighanne McGill. If you have moles or spots that you are concerned about, this screening is for you!
Fearrington Cares has initiated a two-part program to assist Fearrington Village residents who need support when dealing with unexpected health problems. One aspect of the program is helping residents with medical appointments by:
- Consulting with you to plan for the upcoming appointment,
- accompanying you to the visit, and,
- taking notes for you, at your request. No notes will be kept at Fearrington Cares; they are written and left with you for review and planning. Ideally, a resident will call Fearrington Cares and speak with the nurse before making the medical appointment. If that is not possible, please call with as much notice as possible.
The second aspect of the program is working with discharge planners, at your request, to plan the smoothest possible return home after hospitalization or rehabilitation. Contact us as early as possible to maximize the assistance we will be able to provide. Whether your hospitalization was a planned event or an unpleasant surprise, Fearrington Cares has multiple ways to support your transition.
Consistent with any of our services, these two programs are provided at your request. In times of stress, many of us forget the numerous ways that Fearrington Cares can help. Please tell your neighbors about this program; word of mouth is the most effective way to spread the news! If neighbors remind neighbors to “Ask Fearrington Cares First” we will assist when we can and share helpful information about services we do not provide.
A Resident’s Perspective on MED-PAL
‘I wish to thank Fearrington Cares for the MED-PAL program. At one time I was the caregiver and took notes during medical visits. These days I face medical visits on my own and worry that I will forget to ask something important or write down instructions correctly. I contacted Fearrington Cares and Karen arranged for a nurse to go with me to a critical doctor visit, notes were taken, questions were asked (and answered) and a form documenting the conversation was completed and left with me. Fearrington Cares does not keep a copy of the form and I have referred to it several times. I highly recommend this confidential program.”
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