Georgia Care Consultation

Care Consultation was developed in several local and national research projects conducted by the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in collaboration with a number of partner organization, including several chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association in Cleveland, Ohio. In the fall of 2010 the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving was awarded a grant from the AOA to implement the program in three Area Agencies on Aging regions in Georgia. These regions are Atlanta Regional Commission, Legacy Link, and Heart of Georgia Altamaha.

Care Consultation is a telephonic program designed to serve persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias as well as their caregivers. Clients will participate in telephone sessions with a Care Consultant over a period of 12 months at no charge.

The Key features of Care Consultation:
• Empowers clients to manage care and in decision making more effectively
• Assists clients in finding simple and practical solution that are not overwhelming or confusing
• Assists clients in locating services and understand insurances
• Facilitates effective communication with doctors and other health care providers
• The Care Consultants sustain a long-term relationship with their clients
• The program is both standardized and personalized
• The program focuses on preventing crises by helping clients prepare for change and plan for the future

Scientific research data collected in previous Care Consultation sites revealed a variety of benefits in using Care Consultation:
• Improved care
• Reduced hospital admissions
• Delayed nursing home placement
• Fewer emergency department visits
• Decreased symptoms of caregiver depression
• Reduced caregiver stress and burnout
• Reduced relationship strain
• Decreased embarrassment and Isolation
• Improved access to information

Counties to be served:

Legacy Link
Banks County
Dawson County
Forsyth County
Franklin County
Habersham County
Hall County
Hart County
Lumpkin County
Rabun County
Stephens County
Towns County
Union County
White County

Atlanta Regional Commission

Cherokee County
Clayton County
Cobb County
DeKalb County
Douglas County
Fayette County
Fulton County
Gwinnett County
Henry County
Rockdale County

Heart of Georgia Altamaha Area

Appling County
Bleckley County
Candler County
Dodge County
Emanuel County
Evans County
Jeff Davis County
Johnson County
Laurens County
Montgomery County
Tattnall County
Telfair County
Toombs County
Treutlen County
Wayne County
Wheeler County
Wilcox County

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving would like to invite caregivers and persons living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in these service areas to contact Cindy Holloway at (229) 931-2238 for more information on this valuable caregiver assistance program.