Caregiving may be one of the most important, and challenging, roles you’ll ever take on. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey — starting to plan; taking care of a family member in your home, in a facility, or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities — having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier.
AARP developed this family caregiver guide with you, the caregiver, in mind and as a starting point to help you find the services and support you might need throughout your journey.
To order a print copy of this online guide, call the toll-free AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line at 877-333-5885 and indicate which state(s) you would like to receive. A copy will be mailed to you.
- Central Savannah River Area Agency on Aging (706-210-2000 | 866-552-4464 toll-free)
- CSRA Area Agency on Aging serves as a hub for aging issues in eastcentral Georgia by providing older adults, persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers with care and services that will allow them to maintain dignity and independence in their communities.
- Middle Georgia Regional Commission (478-751-6160)
- The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Middle Georgia. The organization provides information and referral for a variety of programs serving older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities.
- Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) (866-552-4464 toll-free)
- ADRC designs and manages resources for older adults, persons with disabilities and caregivers. This government program can provide an overview of aging, disability and caregiver services in the state.
- Georgia’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (866-552-4464 toll-free)
- Long-term care ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and supportive living facilities. They provide information about nursing home residents’ rights and long-term care issues. They work to resolve concerns of long-term care facility residents statewide.
- The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (229-928-1234)
- The Rosalynn Carter Institute of Caregiving’s Care-Net program promotes interaction between professional and family caregivers to further support and provide information to caregivers in Georgia.
- Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) (404-657-2700)
- The Georgia Department of Public Health’s mission is to protect the lives of all Georgians. The DPH is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability and promoting health and well-being among citizens. It is also charged with preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.
- Georgia Medicaid (404-656-4507)
- Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® programs provide health care for children, pregnant women, and people who are aging, blind and/or disabled.
- Global Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) (866-754-4325 toll-free)
- GPT is a nonprofit organization that offers telehealth technology to schools, hospitals, clinics and health systems and brings much-needed health care resources to urban and rural communities with a focus on underserved areas.
Home- and Community-Based Resources
- Meals on Wheels Association of Georgia
- Meals on Wheels Association of Georgia is a nonprofit statewide network of senior nutrition providers allied in passion to end senior hunger.
- Regional contacts:
- AARP Foundation’s Benefits QuickLINK
- Find public benefits that can help you pay for food, medicine, health care, utilities and more by using AARP Foundation’s Benefits QuickLINK tools.
- Georgia Food Bank Association
- The Georgia Food Bank Association is a network of seven regional food banks working together to address hunger in their communities.
- SNAP (404-370-6236 | 877-423-4746 toll-free)
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides monthly nutritional assistance to people who have low income and limited assets to pay for food. SNAP also provides nutritional education.
- Georgia Drug Card Program (888-214-7721 toll-free)
- Georgia Drug Card is the statewide free prescription drug assistance program available to all Georgia residents to help uninsured and underinsured people afford prescription medication.
- Georgia Senior Legal Hotline (888-257-9519 toll-free)
- The Georgia Senior Legal Hotline, a division of Atlanta Legal Aid Society The Georgia Senior Legal Hotline provides greater access to highquality legal services for Georgians over age 60. The hotline assists older Americans without regard to income; it targets the economically and socially vulnerable.
- Georgia Bar Military Legal Assistance Program (800-334-6865 toll-free)
- This program, cosponsored by Georgia Legal Services and the State Bar of Georgia, provides free or reduced-fee legal services to service members and veterans by connecting them to State Bar members who off er assistance.
- The Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, Inc. (706-424-7557, ext. 1)
- The center is a not-for-profi t law fi rm dedicated to increasing and preserving property rights of low- and moderate-income Georgians by providing fi nancial assistance and legal services.
- Office of the Attorney General: Elder Abuse (404-656-3300)
- The Office of the Attorney General of Georgia has special laws to protect residents 65 years of age and older, disabled adults, those who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and residents of long-term care facilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Specific Audience Resources
- AARP Caregiving Guides
- AARP offers free caregiving guides for specific audiences, including guides for military families and LGBT individuals. The guides, also offered in Spanish and Chinese, are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan.
- Atlanta VA Health Care System Caregiving Support (855-260-3274 toll-free)
- The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a number of services for veterans and their caregivers. Whether you and the veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to talk to, contact the VA to learn more about the variety of family caregiving services it offers.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support (855-260-3274 toll-free)
- As a family caregiver, you play an important role in caring for the veteran at home and in the community. Each VA medical center has a caregiver support coordinator available to assist you with enrolling in a program local to you.
- My Health eVet (877-327-0022 toll-free)
- With My Health eVet, veterans can schedule appointments online, refill prescriptions, view their health records and send secure messages to their health team.
- Community Connections
- AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to find or give help. Organize online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas and help those in need. Create the Good
- Create the Good
- Create the Good connects you with volunteer opportunities and project ideas to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.
AARP Resources for Family Caregivers
- AARP Family Caregiving Website (en español: aarp.org/cuidar)
- AARP’s Family Caregiving website is your one-stop shop for tips and tools to help you care for a loved one. It has valuable information about handling medical issues, health records and advance directives, home safety, financial and legal issues, caregiver life balance and much more.
- AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line (877-333-5885 toll-free, en español: 888-971-2013 toll-free)
- Connect with a real person and learn how to access local resources via our toll-free family caregiving hotline.
- Community Resource Finder
- Community Resource Finder, a joint service from the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, is a database of dementia- and aging-related resources powered by Carelike. The online tool makes it easy to find local programs and services.
- I Heart Caregivers
- Join the thousands of family caregivers who have shared their experiences through AARP’s storytelling initiative, I Heart Caregivers. Your story will help AARP continue to fight for more support for family caregivers.
- AARP HomeFit Guide
- The AARP HomeFit Guide can help individuals and families make their current or future residence age-friendly. It can also help elected officials, policymakers and local leaders learn about and advocate for the types of housing features and designs that communities need so that their residents can live safely and comfortably and thrive.
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