Resources for Caregivers

The Center for Positive Aging has compiled a list of website links that contains valuable information we hope will equip caregivers with the necessary information they'll need to help older adults and their families make informed decisions about the best products and services for their needs. Please note that this resource list is meant only for information purposes; it is not exhaustive or all-inclusive; and the Center does not endorse specific products or services. If you would like to suggest a new resource, please use the "contact us" menu above to e-mail us.


Administration on Aging (AoA)

The mission of the Administration on Aging is to assist elderly individuals with maintaining their independence and dignity in their homes and communities through comprehensive, coordinated, and cost effective systems of home and community-based long-term care across the U.S. AoA works in close collaboration with the Aging Network of states, Area Agencies on Aging, and local community service provider agencies- the most visible, trusted community resources for information access and services.


Visit www.aoa.gov to learn more about the Administration on Aging.


National Council on Aging (NCOA)

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. They bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA work with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.


BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help adults over 55 pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. However, many people don't know these programs exist or how they can apply. BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.


Visit www.benefitscheckup.org for more information about BenefitsCheckUp.



Project 2020: Georgia For a Lifetime (An Initiative of the Georgia Council on Aging)

In 2008, the Georgia General Assembly asked the Georgia Council on Aging to study the effects of this impending population shift on state and local governments, private and non-profit organizations and to make recommendations for both short-term and long-term action. The Georgia Council on Aging presents this Summary of the Recommendations made to the Governor in the Final Report for Project 2020: Georgia for a Lifetime on December 15, 2010.


Final Report (Full)

Final Report (Summary Recommendations)


Visit www.gcoa.org to learn more about the Georgia Council on Aging.



Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services (DAS)

The Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services assists older individuals, at-risk adults and persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers to achieve safe, healthy, independent and self-reliant lives. Services are rendered to: those aged 60+, adult victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation, medicare beneficiaries, are available to work a maximum of 35 hours a week June 1 - July 31, 2010, those with functional impairments, adults with disabilities, low-income people aged 55+ who seek employment, and caregivers.


Visit www.aging.dhr.georgia.gov/portal/site/DHS-DAS/ to learn more about DAS Programs.


DAS is Georgia's Adult Protective Services (APS) agency. DAS investigates abuse, neglect and exploitation of Georgians age 65 or older and adults with disabilities over the age of 18 who do not reside in a long-term care facility. In addition to conducting investigations, APS intervenes to reduce the risk of maltreatment. Examples of interventions include finding another residence for the abused person; arranging for medical assistance; educating caregivers as to proper care; finding a senior center to provide day services; and, if necessary involving law enforcement.


Call 404-657-5250 to contact the Division of Aging Services

Call 1-888-774-0152 report elder abuse.

The Facts About Adult Abuse and Neglect in Georgia



Georgia Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) is your Gateway to Information and assistance, referral to community services/ resources, and consumer eligibility screening. The AAA meet the needs of the following persons: Older persons; Persons with disabilities; Family members and caregivers of people who are older or living with a disability; Professionals in the fields of healthcare, education, social services and advocacy; Businesses of all sizes that care about the ways in which aging, care giving, and/or disabilities may affect their employees' daily lives; and Friends, faith communities, and volunteers who want to make a positive difference in the lives of older adults, caregivers, and/or people with disabilities.


Click here to locate a local AAA office.


Georgia Community Care Services Program (CCSP) helps Medicaid-eligible individuals who cannot live on their own. The program provides assistance in homes and communities and avoids placing the individual in a nursing home. Under CCSP eligible individuals can receive: Adult day health services; Alternative living services; Emergency response services; Home-delivered meals; and Personal support services such as light housekeeping, basic personal care and caregiver respite.


Locate a CCSP program near you.



Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) creates a caring network for at-risk individuals who need supportive assistance to remain in their own homes or communities. This alternative to nursing home placement provides comprehensive, preventative medical support with in-home and community services.


Locate a SOURCE program near you.


Georgia Home and Community-Based Services Program (HCBS) provides support to older Georgians so that they may remain independent and self-sufficient. HCBS has many services, but the most common are senior centers, congregate and home delivered meals, Information & Assistance, case management, adult day care and homemaker. HCBS is available to elderly people age 60 and older.


Click here for more information about the Georgia HCBS



Georgia Senior Community Service Employment Program provides part-time community service work and training for Georgia's unemployed low-income seniors age 55 and older and helps them obtain paid employment. Job counseling, career development assistance, and referral to needed community resources are among the services available to older persons who enroll in the Program.


Click here for Employment / Job Resources for Seniors.

To VOLUNTEER in your community click here.


Centers for Independent Living (CIL) CILs are grassroots, advocacy-driven organizations run by and for people with disabilities. CILs help promote the independence and productivity of persons with disabilities, and they often have expertise in assisting people with disabilities arrange for housing and support in the community. One of the CIL's core services is to provide disability-specific information and referral services.


Visit www.virtualcil.net or call 1-877-525-3400 to locate a CIL near you.



The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) supports family caregivers as its targeted client group rather than care receivers. This program is available to family caregivers, age 18 and older, of persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias, as well as persons caring for frail, older adults with chronic health conditions. Examples of caregiver services include: adult day care services, case management assistance, and temporary relief from their care giving responsibilities through respite services.


Click here for more information about the National Family Caregiver Support Program.


Georgia Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is a collaborative effort of the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to streamline access to long-term care. The ADRC initiative is part of a nationwide effort to restructure services and supports for older adults and younger persons with disabilities.


Click here for more information about ADRC.

Visit www.adrc-tae.org or call 1-800-677-1116 to locate a ADRC near you.



Georgia Elderly Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides persons age 60+ with legal representation, information and education in civil legal matters throughout the state of Georgia. It is required by federal law and funded primarily by the federal Older Americans Act. Program services include: Legal information; Legal counseling; Case representation; and Legal education sessions to help older Georgians prevent more costly, time-consuming legal problems.


Click here for more information about the Georgia ELAP.


Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks to improve the quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities. These facilities include nursing homes and personal care homes, often called Assisted Living\Personal Care. In addition, Ombudsmen serve residents who live in community living arrangements (CLAs) and intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation (ICF/MRs).


Visit www.georgiaombudsman.org to learn more the Ombudsman Program.



GeorgiaCares

GeorgiaCares is a private-public partnership, administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS). GeorgiaCares is a volunteer-based program that provides free, unbiased and factual information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. GeorgiaCares is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and SMP (formerly Senior Medicare Patrol).


GeorgiaCares local office: 1-866-55AGING (1-866-552-4464)

GeorgiaCares Brochure


The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a national program available in every state that offers free one-on-one counseling and assistance (over the telephone or in-person) to people with Medicare and their caregivers. Trained counselors provide answers to questions related to Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, prescription coverage and low-income assistance.


Visit www.healthassistancepartnership.org or call 1-800-MEDICARE to find a SHIP program.

Stop Medical Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud www.StopMedicareFraud.gov

Stop Medicare Fraud Brochure


GeorgiaCares SMP project is dedicated to promoting consumer awareness, preventing elder victimization, and working to implement community partnerships to prevent Medicare and Medicaid fraud, error, and abuse. The GeorgiaCares SMP project encourages Georgians to take an active role in protecting healthcare for current and future generations.


Visit www.mygeorgiacares.org to learn more about SHIP and SMP programs in Georgia.



Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (GHPCO)

The Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is Georgia's only statewide non-profit organization devoted to increasing public awareness of hospice and palliative care options while educating and improving the quality of the workforce in this sector.


The GHPCO is supported through membership dues, education revenues and private donations while continuously providing opportunities for public and professional education, networking, advocacy and techincal assistance.


Address: Five Concourse Parkway STE 3000 Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: 877-924-6073

Visit www.ghpco.org to learn more or to locate a provider.



Georgia Department of Veterans Services

The VA offers a range of services to veterans who need long-term care. For information and resources, contact the social department at any Georgia VA Medical Facility


Visit www.sdvs.georgia.gov/portal/site/SDVS/ or call 1-877-222-8387 for more information.

Learn about Benefits for Georgia Veterans


CLICK HERE to learn about Free Home Repairs/Modifications for Veterans 50+ in Metro Atlanta



Ask Medicare (Information you need to care for others!)

Ask Medicare was launched by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is a one-stop source of information and support just for caregivers caring for an aging, seriously ill, or disabled family member or friend, to help make their life a little easier.


Visit www.medicare.gov/caregivers for Medicare resources.


BenefitsCheckUp helps you find benefit programs that can help pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more.


Visit www.BenefitsCheckUp.org


Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

The Social Security Administration (SSA) launched a new strategy to inform relatives and caregivers of low-income Medicare beneficiaries about the "extra help" available to assist them with the cost of the Prescription Drug Program.


Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs! Depending on your income and resources, you may be able to get help paying for your premiums, annual deductible, and the cost of medications covered by your plan, with an average value of $4,000 per year.


www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp

Medicare Prescription Drug Extra Help Online Application

Find your Social Security Office here!

Local Social Security Office: 1-800-772-1213 / TTY: 1-800-325-0778 from 7am - 7pm

Click here for more Help Paying for Medicines



Medicaid Program

Medicaid is a health insurance program that pays medical bills for eligible low-income families including pregnant women and women with breast or cervical cancer, foster and adoptive children and for eligible aged, blind and/or those who have disabilities whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services. Medicaid is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and pays medical bills with State and Federal tax money.


Click here for more information Medicaid programs in Georgia


The Medicaid Reference Desk (www.thedesk.info) is a resource for people with intellectual disabilities and their families to learn about Medicaid and other public benefits, services and supports. Information about Medicaid programs, eligibility and services is provided for every state including Georgia. While this resource is intended for people with intellectual disabilities, it can be helpful to other consumers.


Medicaid State Waiver Program Demonstration Projects

States may offer a variety of services to consumers under an HCBS waiver program and the number of services that can be provided is not limited These programs may provide a combination of both traditional medical services (i.e. dental services, skilled nursing services) as well as non-medical services (i.e. respite, case management, environmental modifications). Family members and friends may be providers of waiver services if they meet the specified provider qualifications. However, in general spouses and parents of minor children cannot be paid providers of waiver services.


Click here to learn more about Georgia Medicaid waiver programs.



Money Follows the Person (MFP)

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a rebalancing initiative that was made possible by an eleven-year grant to states from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This grant is designed to help individuals who are institutionalized in nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities (ICF) for people with developmental disabilities return to their homes and communities.


Visit dch.georgia.gov to learn more about the MFP Georgia program.


Eldercare Locator (Find help in your community!)

The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.


Call 1-800-677-1116 to contact Eldercare Locator

Visit www.eldercare.gov to learn more about Eldercare resources in your community.



Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children provides over $9 million each year in equipment and services to the community at little or no cost to the recipients.


Click here to learn more about FODAC and their location

Click here to find out how to donate your used wheelchair to FODAC


Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide Home-Delivered Meals services to people in need. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The Meals On Wheels Association of America provides the tools and information its programs need to make a difference in the lives of others.


Home Delivered Meals Programs in the Atlanta Metro Area

Visit www.mowaa.org to learn more about MOWAA.


New Freedom Initiative

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) New Freedom Initiative web site is dedicated to providing visitors with information about one of the priorities of the Bush administration: eliminating the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in community life. The New Freedom Initiative provides a comprehensive, government-wide framework for achieving that goal.


Visit www.hhs.gov/newfreedom to learn more about the New Freedom Initiative.

Read more about the New Freedom Initiative Subcommittee on Caregiving.



Senior Safety - Caring for the Ones You Love

Resources include for Seniors & Health Safety, Scams and Crimes Against Seniors, Elder Abuse, Assisted Living and Nursing Home Safety and Kitchen and Food Safety.


Click here to access these valuable resources.


Next Avenue

According to Next Avenue website: "We're a group of public television people and journalists who, for the most part, are experiencing the very same things you are. Like you, we see both challenges and opportunities and we recognize that what we could all use right about now is an abundance of reliable information that can help us figure out what's, well, next."


Click here to learn more about Next Avenue.



8 Websites To Help Caregivers Manage Money

E-caring.com have compiled a list of 8 powerful websites that can help you manage your money better. "The best part? All these tools are all accessible 24/7, free, and easy-to-use—no MBA or Economics degree required!"


Click here to view these websites.


Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)

The Family Caregiver Alliance is a national organization the serves as a public voice for caregivers. FCA provides education and information to caregivers, and conducts research and advocacy. FCA houses the National Center on Caregiving (NCC) that is a great source of information for caregiving and other long-term care issues. The NCC in turn, offers the Family Care Navigation that allows caregivers to locate support services in their communities.


Family Caregiver Alliance: Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers.

Visit www.caregiver.org or call 1-800-445-8106 to learn more about FCA.



National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC)

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. The goal of the Alliance is to improve the quality of life of families and individuals receiving care and services. The Alliance has numerous brochures, booklets and other publications useful to family and other caregivers. Additionally, NAC's Family Care Resource Clearinghouse finds reviews and ratings of hundreds of books, videos, websites, magazines, fact sheets, and other resources addressing the range of issues and questions faced by family and caregivers.


Visit www.caregiving.org to learn more about the National Alliance for Caregiving.



eXtension

This website was created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cooperative Extension System. Here, caregivers and advocates can access a wide range of information and materials designed to help them learn about and provide supportive services to family and relative caregivers. Topics include disaster preparedness, military families, grandparents raising grandchildren, housing, and nutrition.


Visit www.extension.org/family_caregiving to learn more about eXtension.


Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)

Established in 1996 in response to a growing understanding of the need for enhanced services and supports for grandparents raising grandchildren, The Brookdale Foundation Group established the Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) to encourage and promote the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting due to the absence of the parents. Currently RAPP provides supportive services, primarily to relative caregivers caring for children outside the foster care system, through an extensive network of support groups across the country.


Visit www.brookdalefoundation.org/RAPP/rapp.html to learn more about RAPP.



National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC)

NTOCC has created information to help healthcare professionals understand how poor transitions impact care delivery and how you can help improve transitions in your facility. Join NTOCC as an individual subscriber or ask for your company to join as an Associate Member to be notified as new tools become available.


Visit www.ntocc.org to learn more about NTOCC.


Care Transitions Program

The Care Transitions Program based in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine would like to share the tools they have developed which have proven useful to many people to make transition or care "handover" from hospital to home go smoothly and to help to stay out of the hospital.


Visit wwww.caretransitions.org to learn more about the Care Transitions Program.



Johnson & Johnson Caregiver Initiative: Strength for Caring

The Johnson & Johnson Caregiver Initiative is a pioneer in the emerging field of family caregiver support and StrengthForCaring.com (SFC) is the cornerstone of this important program. SFC is a comprehensive website designed to provide family caregivers with a broad range of expert content and information, an emerging on-line community, daily inspiration, and much needed support.


Visit www.StrengthForCaring.com to learn more about Johnson & Johnson Caregiver Initiative.


This Caring Home

This Caring Home provides tips and tools to enhance home safety for persons with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. This CaringHome.org was funded by grants from several foundations to Weill Cornell Medical College, a clinical and medical research center located in New York City.


Visit www.thiscaringhome.org to learn more about This Caring Home.



Caring From a Distance (CFAD): For long-distance caregivers.

Caring From a Distance is a nonprofit organization created by men and women who personally struggled with the anguish, stress, and frustration of long distance care. Our strength lies in this shared experience and in bringing together our diverse backgrounds to help Caring From a Distance service and help unite the distance-care community.


Visit www.cfad.org to learn more about Caring From a Distance.


6 Key Tips for Caregivers Navigating the System on Behalf of Their Parents, Grandparents & Others

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