About Home Health Agencies and Private Home Care ProvidersHealth, HomeHome health agencies provide skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services requiring doctor’s orders to individuals who meet the Medicare definition of “homebound”. In addition, home health aides are available to assist the patient with bathing, dressing, and light housekeeping in his or her home or apartment as long as they are receiving the skilled care.
About Personal Care HomesCommunity, Health, HomeIn Georgia, personal care homes are residential facilities that provide assistance to individuals that are 18 years of age or older with housing, food service, and one or more personal services for two or more adults who are not related to the owner or administrator by blood or marriage.
Abuse and NeglectHealthOlder people and adults with disabilities are especially vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. If you suspect that you or someone you know is being abused or neglected, it is very important to seek professional help. Please contact Empowerline to discuss the signs that you see.
Adult Day ServicesCommunity, Health, HomeAdult day services are designed to meet the individual needs of frail adults that have some type of physical or cognitive impairment to remain in the community rather than move to a personal care home or enter a nursing facility.
Advance DirectivesHealthAll adults, regardless of age, can prepare for end of life decisions and have the documents in place that allow others to know and act on our decisions under these circumstances.
BRI-Care Consultation (Care Support)Community, Health, HomeBRI-Care Consultation is a telephone-based information and support service for adults with health challenges and their family or friend caregivers. BRI-Care Consultation provides ongoing help to find practical solutions to concerns about health and care. You don’t have to leave your home to use Care Consultation.
Caregiver Resources – DementiaHealth, HomeCaregivers and their families are often looking for good Internet resources. Identified here is a selected list of Web sites for family members and others caring for persons with Alzheimer’s. The list also contains links to resources on caring for the caregiver. Each site is unique and aimed at providing
current, practical, and expert advice.
Community Options CounselingHealthCommunity Options Counseling is a coaching process that supports informed decision-making regarding long-term services and supports. It is a core function of Empowerline, the Atlanta region’s Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), and offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to helping individuals understand what service options are available to them.
Coordinating Care for Adults with DisabilitiesHealth, HomeWhether staying at a family home or living in a residential setting, Empowerline can help connect you to options to support your loved one’s daily living needs. Community living support provides supervision and support for people to successfully live in their family homes or other residential settings.
COVID-19 ResourcesHealth
Details of My Final Arrangements / Planning GuideHealth, HomeA guide to help you think through some important issues as you consider and put in place your final arrangements. Use this guide to help navigate end of life arrangements, know your rights, and what to do when a loved one dies.
Disaster Planning Toolkit for People Living with DementiaHealth, HomeThis Disaster Planning Toolkit for People Living with Dementia is made up of seven tip sheets and checklists for persons living with dementia, their families, and others who interact with them, including friends and neighbors.
Disaster Preparedness For Seniors By SeniorsHealthEmergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. What would you do if your basic services—water, gas, electricity or communications—were cut off?
Do I Need a Will? Helpful Guide for WillsHealth, HomeThis is helpful guide on the subject of wills developed by Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. This is general information on the subject of wills. It is not meant to provide legal advice or legal counseling.
Elder Abuse Fact SheetHealthAs they age, older adults may need assistance from others with getting to and from medical appointments, managing their finances, preparing meals, personal care and performing other activities that enable them to continue living in their homes and communities. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of older adults experience abuse from the very people they trust to provide them with this much-needed assistance.
Eligibility, Process, and CostCommunity, Health, HomeThe services available to you depend on many different factors, including your age, where you live, and your assets and income. Based on these requirements, some services may not be available to you, or may be available to you for a cost.
End-of-Life Care and ConsiderationsHealthWe will all die eventually, but for many of us dying may be a lingering process, rather than the sudden event commonly experienced in previous generations. Because we die differently now, there are different issues we may want to consider.
Future Planning, Now – WorksheetHealth, HomeMany successful people achieve their dreams through a combination of hard work, planning, grit, and supportive friends and family. Similarly—as you age—that same recipe for success, can be applied to your own life, setting you up to live your best life. Use this worksheet to gauge where you are currently in your future-planning process. Once you have completed the activity, tally up your score to see how Empowerline can help you.
Georgia Advance Directive for Health CareHealthThe effect of the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care Act on the Georgia Living Will and Georgia Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Laws.
Helping Older Adults Weather the Storm Before, During and After DisastersHealth, HomeThe tips provided in this fact sheet will help older adults and their caregivers prepare for disasters. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, chemical spills, wildfires and other man-made and natural disasters can have long-lasting and sometimes permanent effects on communities and the older adults who live in them.
Kinship CareCommunity, Health, HomeMost of the circumstances when grandparents (or other relatives or friends) become full-time caregivers of children are hard for both the kids and the older adult. Maybe the parents have passed away, have struggles with drugs or alcohol, or live in prison.
Long-term Services & Supports PlanningHealth, HomeI want to stay in my home, but daily tasks are becoming more difficult for me. Are there services that can help? It can be scary when you find yourself or a loved one struggling to manage daily life.
Nursing Home ChecklistCommunity, Health, HomeEmpowerline, a service of the Atlanta Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging, has prepared this check list to help you make decisions about nursing home care. If you or a member of your family must enter a nursing home, visit the facility ahead of time. Quality of care, cost, services provided, and physical layout vary greatly.
Nursing HomesHealth, HomeA nursing home is a public or private residential facility that provides a high level of long term personal or nursing care for persons who are unable to safely care for themselves in a community setting. These state licensed facilities offer the most extensive care a person can receive outside of a hospital setting.
Older Adults and Elder AbuseCommunity, Health, HomeWhile it can be difficult to quantify the precise number of individuals who experience elder abuse, the National Center on Elder Abuse cites research indicating that approximately one in 10 older adults have experienced some form of elder abuse.
Older Adults and Medication SafetyHealthAs they age, older adults may develop health conditions that can be treated with over-the-counter medications, or those that have been prescribed by a physician. In recent years doctors have increasingly prescribed medications that are commonly referred to as opioids. While prescription opioids can help alleviate chronic and debilitating pain, they can be misused, leading to injury and death.
Personal CareHealth, HomeLet’s face it, no one wants helps with bathing or getting dressed. It’s not quite like that short scalp massage you receive from the hairdresser, but it may be a necessity if you have injured yourself, are weak from a recent surgery or illness, or have a disability.
Personal Care Home ChecklistHealth, HomeIf you are considering a move to a personal care home or assisted living community for yourself or a loved one, be sure to visit the home and speak to the residents and staff before moving in. There are more than 600 licensed personal care homes in the Atlanta region.
Personal Health Record (PHR) / Health Information Form for AdultsHealthA PHR is a record controlled by the individual and may include health information from a variety of sources, including multiple health care providers and the patients themselves.
Planning for Long-Term CareHealth, HomeWhen it comes to your home, your health, and your finances, you want to be in the driver’s seat. That’s why it’s so important to plan now for retirement and any future care you may need. Planning for long-term care is one of the smartest decisions you can make, and it’s a gift for your family too.
Powerful Tools for CaregiversCommunity, Health, HomeMore than 44 million people in the United States are providing either full-time or part-time unpaid care for a family member or loved one over the age of 18 who is ill or has a disability. The impact on those caregivers is huge — physically, emotionally, and financially.
Request a SpeakerCommunityLooking for engaging, relatable speakers for your next event? Our trained corps of senior volunteers give educational presentations relevant to older persons.
Resources for CaregiversCommunityDo you find yourself helping out an adult who has a chronic or disabling condition? If so — whether you’re a family member, friend, or neighbor — you are a caregiver.
Respite CareHealth, HomeStressed? Overwhelmed? Carrying the world on your shoulders? We understand. Caring for your aging parents, family members, or persons with disabilities can be exhausting.
Speaker TopicsOur dynamic group of well-informed, passionate speakers offer their expertise and time free of charge on a variety of topics that help people improve and sustain the quality of their lives.
Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing HomeCommunity, Health, HomeThis official government booklet explains how to find and compare nursing homes, pay for nursing home care, nursing home resident rights, and alternatives to nursing home care. It’s helpful to plan ahead, consider all your long-term care options, and make good financial plans early.