Whom does DAS serve?
What role does DAS play in the lives of seniors?
What resources are available for persons with disabilities?
What is the Home and Community-Based Services Program (HCBS)?
How do I report elder abuse?
What is the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)
What are Employment Services?
How does DAS protect my rights?
What areas of the state does DAS service?
How do I contact an Area Agency on Aging (AAA)?
How do I reach the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services?
What needs do the AAA serve?
What community resources are available through AAA?
What additional resources are available for seniors?
How do I find out about Medicaid for seniors?
How do I apply for Medicaid?
Aging Services, Division FAQ's
Q. Whom does DAS serve?
A. The Division of Aging Services helps 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
- Those with functional impairments
- Adults with disabilities
- Low-income people aged 55+ who seek employment
Q. What role does APS play in the lives of seniors?
A: 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.
Q: What resources are available for persons with disabilities?
A: Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection or 1-866-552-4464
Q: What is the Home and Community-Based Services Program (HCBS)?
A: The 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.
Q: How do I report elder abuse?
A: Visit this page: Adult Protective Services
- Report on the web: Click Here
- Call toll-free: 1-866-552-4464 – Press “3”
Q: What is the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)?
A: 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.
Q: What are Employment Services?
A: Employment services help low-income people aged 55 or older with part-time training, community service, and mastering new job-related skills. Participants learn while they earn.
Q: How does DAS protect my rights?
A: DAS provides understandable and objective information to older people about rights and benefits, helps older persons self-advocate, provides public and community education, and offers volunteer opportunities. The major elder rights services include:
- Elder Abuse & Fraud Prevention educates professionals and the public about abuse and fraud, how to identify it, report it and take steps to prevent it.
- Elderly Legal Assistance promotes prevention of costly legal problems through the provision of legal information and education to seniors 60 and over in a variety of areas of civil law. Representation is provided when necessary. Seniors also receive brief legal assistance from the Division’s partner, the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline.
- GeorgiaCares is a private-public partnership that consists of Georgia's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which provides individuals with Medicare information and counseling; and SMP, which helps individuals protect themselves from, prevent, and report prevent Medicare abuse and waste. Local programs provide outreach, information and counseling on such topics as Medicare-approved drug discount programs, long-term care insurance, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap), Medicare savings programs and low cost prescription assistance programs. They also help Medicare beneficiaries sort through complicated Medicare issues and educate them on Medicare fraud, error and abuse.
- The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program works toward problem resolution and advocates for the rights of residents of long-term care facilities, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life and care of residents. The local providers make routine visits to facilities, resolve complaints, provide information and referral, and conduct training.
Q: What areas of the state does DAS service?
Q: How do I contact an Area Agency on Aging (AAA)?
A: You can contact an Area Agency on Aging by county or city by visiting this page.
Q: How do I reach the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services?
A: The Georgia Division of Aging Services can be reached at 404-657-5258 or toll-free 1-866-552-4464 / www.aging.georgia.gov. For Elder Abuse contact Adult Protective Services or (911 for Emergencies)
For an AAA Eldercare Locator contact one of the Area Agencies on Aging Nationwide: Toll-Free 1-800-677-1116 / www.Eldercare.gov
Q: What needs do the AAA serve?
A: The Area Agencies on Aging (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
- Friends, faith communities, and volunteers who want to make a positive difference in the lives of older adults, caregivers, and/or people with disabilities
Q: What community resources are available through AAA?
A: The list below displays services and community resources that may be available through one or more of Georgia’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging and their providers. Many services shown are provided by unaffiliated organizations listed in the network’s statewide information & referral database.
|Adult Day Care||Financial Services||Legal Services|
|Advocacy Assistance||Geriatric Assessment||Leisure / Recreational|
|Animal Services||Grandparenting Services||Medicaid Waiver / Demonstration|
|Brain Injury / Spinal Cord Injury||Health Centers / Clinics||Programs|
|Care Management||Health Conditions / Disease||Mental Health|
|Caregiver Services||Health Supportive Products||Nursing Homes|
|Community Care||Healthcare Hospitals||Nutrition Services|
|Consumer Services||Home-Based Services||Organizations / Associations|
|Developmental Disabilities||Home Care Providers||Personal Care Homes|
|Educational Programs||Home Health Agencies||Prescription Programs|
|Elder Abuse / Neglect||Hospice Care||Support Groups|
|Emergency Management||Housing Options||Supportive Services|
|Organizations||Housing Services||Transportation Assistance|
|Emergency Response Systems||Income Security||Veterinarian Services|
|Employment Services||Information / Referral||Volunteer Services|
|End-of-Life Planning||Insurance Programs||Wellness Programs|
|Financial Assistance||Insurance / HMO|
Q: What additional resources are available for seniors?
A: United Way of America
http://www.liveunited.org/ (See location finder at top of page)
Legal Assistance (Refer clients 60+ to Area Agencies on Aging for ELAP services) Intake Workers’ Resources for Legal Referrals
Search form requires zip code or county. Drop-down lists include problem types and sub-types. Use checklist to indicate consumer’s special needs or eligibility categories. http://www.georgialegalaid.org/
Affordable Rental Housing The Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ “Georgia Housing Search” includes fields to search for specific accessibility features. http://www.georgiahousingsearch.org/
Social Security Income
Social Security Inquiry Line (800) 772-1213
Line uses numerous voice prompts. It is preferable to direct consumers to local offices. Social Security Field Office Search
Directions: Enter zip code for consumer’s field office.
On local page, click “Local Agencies: Other Agencies” to find resource numbers related to food, housing, and other vital needs.
Q: How do I find out about Medicaid for seniors?
A: Medicaid can be accessed by:
DHS State Eligibility Office (404-651-9983) **WAITING**
Office can refer individuals who have been denied coverage. Consumers will be directed to the DFCS legal department and/or to local offices for further assistance.
Q: How do I apply for Medicaid?
A: You may apply by accessing the following link: https://compass.ga.gov/selfservice/