Non-Medicaid Home and Community Based Services include a range of solutions to help older Georgians live safely, healthily, and independently in their homes and communities.
The Home and Community Based Services program is mandated through the Older Americans Act. It assists individuals age 60 and older and their caregivers. (Note that consumers may be eligible at 55 years old for some programs such as senior employment and kinship care.)
The Division of Aging Services administers, contracting with 12 Area Agencies on Aging, to regionally manage the program and consumer case management.
Kinship Care Programs (Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children)
♦ Education and Support
♦ Case Management
♦ Access to Respite
(services to provide a brief period of relief for caregivers, exs: summer camps and child care)
♦ Information about Special Services
(Exs: Legal Assistance, Tutoring, Respite, etc.)
♦ Home Modification and Repair
♦ Home Management Training
(training in self-help and self-care skills, training in daily living skills)
♦ Material Aid
(Limited Availability: payments to or on behalf of an elder for housing/shelter, transportation, utilities, food, etc.)
♦ Mental Health Counseling
♦ Community and Public Education
♦ Home Sharing
♦Senior Community Service Employment Program(Click here) (Adults who are 55 or older and who meet income eligibility requirements can receive training, on-the-job experience in community settings, and assistance with securing private employment through SCSEP services.)
♦Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP)
CDSMP is an evidence-based, train-the-trainer program developed by Stanford University to help promote the empowerment of persons with chronic conditions or those caring for persons with chronic conditions to be able to live well and not be consumed by the condition. Participants of a Live Well CDSMP Workshop meet for 2-1/2 hours, once a week, for six weeks and learn techniques to deal with the common symptoms shared across various conditions (pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, depression, difficult emotions, tense muscles, and stress/anxiety).
♦Livable Communities Initiatives Special initiatives help communities build their capacity to meet the needs of a growing aging population. Livable Communities efforts relate to housing, community mobility, environmental health, civic engagement, and more.