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NORTHEAST GEORGIA AAA OFFERS FREE WORKSHOP

 Workshop Provides Effective Strategies for Dealing with Dementia Behaviors

Providing care for families with dementia can be extremely challenging. Often, the person with dementia will say things that are upsetting or even do things that are potentially harmful.  It is not unusual for family caregiver to be at a loss for how to respond to those situations. Being a caregiver can be frustrating and stressful.  To support family caregivers of people with dementia, The Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging and the NEGA CARE-NET are partnering with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) to offer a new tool: Dealing with Dementia Behaviors Guide. This guide offers information about dementia caregiving and strategies for responding effectively to specific problem behaviors of dementia patients.  Funded by the Administration on Community Living, the DDB Guide will be distributed across the state of Georgia at no cost to participating agencies and individuals. 


On Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 10:00am to 3:30pm, the NEGA CARE-NET will hold a training course for family caregivers at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission office located at 305 Research Drive Athens, GA 30605.  Each Family Caregiver will receive a Dealing with Dementia Behaviors Guide. They will learn how to use the guide and receive some tips on how to handle their loved one with dementia.  Lunch will be provided. 


Individuals must pre-register for the training course by Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Contact Michele Kelley for more information or to pre-register at 706-369-5650 or mkelley@negrc.org.



                  CAREGIVERS OF THE YEAR

Each year NEGA CARE-NET receives nominations of individuals in three categories, Family Caregiver, Para-Professional Caregiver and Volunteer Caregiver.  We are proud to announce our 2016 regional nominees at this time.

The following nominations were received: Tony Tyson nominated by Connie Cooper with Legacy Link; Pepsi Faust and Fonda Worbington nominated by Deborah Janitor with Nightingale Home Care, Inc.; Charlene Bailey nominated by Cateia Jones with ResCare Homecare; and Angela Irvin nominated by Eve Anthony with Athens Community Council on Aging.

The NEGA CARE-NET is proud to announce the 2016 NEGA Regional Caregivers of the Year winners:

Family Caregiver: Tony Tyson

Para-Professional Caregiver: Pepsi Faust

Volunteer Caregiver: Angela Irvin

The regional winners’ information was sent to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) for the state competition.  From the regional winners, a selection committee chooses one state winner for each of the three categories (Family caregiver, Para-professional caregiver and Volunteer caregiver).  Pepsi Faust was selected as the 2016 Georgia Para-Professional Caregiver of the Year by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. She was honored during a Gala Awards Banquet on October 21, 2016 in Americus, GA. The gala was a apart of the 2016 RCI National Summit and Training Institute Thriving in Today's Caregiving Journey    

All local caregiver nominees and winners will be recognized during the NEGA CARE-NET’s 6th Annual Caregiver Celebration that will be held in the Harris Room of Athens Community Council on Aging located at 135 Hoyt Street Athens, GA 30601 on November 9, 2016 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The FREE event will include caregiver resources, an assistive technology lab and door prizes. Local winners will also be honored during an awards ceremony that will be held just before lunch. For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Michele Kelley with the Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging at706-369-5650 or by e-mail at mkelley@negrc.org by Wednesday, October 31, 2016.





PRIVATE PAY OPTIONS

The Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging is happy to announce private pay services.  Private pay services offer a variety of services including Care Transitions, Case Management, Community Options Counseling and Home Delivered Meals. To learn more, call an Options Counselor at 1-800-474-7540. 


Powerful Tools for Caregiving

The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission/Area Agency on Aging is working with the Department of Human Services/Division of Aging to bring the Powerful Tools for Caregiving Program (PTC) to the Northeast Georgia region. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help current and future family caregivers. This program will help participants take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Participants will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, friend or someone who lives at home, lives in assisted living or a skilled nursing facility, or live across the country.

This class will give participants tools to:

·         Reduce stress

·         Communicate effectively with other family members, doctor or paid help

·         Reduce guilt, anger, and depression

·         Take care of themselves

·         Learn how to relax

·         Make tough decisions

·         Set goals and problem-solve

This program was developed in Portland, OR and has shown to improve self-care behaviors, confidence, and the use of community resources. Classes are held once a week for six weeks.

For more information on the program or classes, contact Megan Vogt at 1-800-474-7540 Ext. 208 or mvogt@negrc.org 

Money Follows the Person (MFP)

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a rebalancing initiative that was made possible by an eleven-year grant to states from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established by the Deficit Reduction Act of 200. This grant is designed to help individuals who are institutionalized in nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities (ICF) for people with developmental disabilities return to their homes and communities. 

The Georgia Department of Community Health implemented Money Follows the Person on September 1, 2008. Through partnerships with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Community Affairs, and other state and local agencies and organizations, DCH seeks to transition 1558 individuals from institutional setting to the community.

MFP addresses the long-term care needs of three specific populations: older adults, persons with physical disabilities and/or acquired brain injury (ABI) and persons with developmental disabilities or mental retardation. Money follows the individual by allowing the state to pay for long-term care in a home and community-based setting rather than an institutional setting by providing in-home services and supports.  Barriers will be removed to allow for payments of deposits for utilities/rent, adaptive equipment, and for transportation needs such as dialysis treatment.

In order to be eligible for MFP, you must:

  • Live in a nursing home or other institution for at least three (3) months (with some exceptions), receiving long-term care
  • Be a Medicaid recipient
  • Meet institutional level of care   

If you are interested and want more information on Money Follows the Person, you can contact the NEGA Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 706-583-2546 or 1-800-474-7540.

For an article of interest, please go to http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/an-exodus-from-nursing-homes/.

           

Care Transitions Program

The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging successfuly provided the Community-Based Care Transition Program from January 15, 2012 to October 31, 2015. The Community-Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), created by Section 3026 of the Affordable Care Act, is a program that CMS provides that tests models for improving care transitions from the hospital to other settings and reducing readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. The goals of the CCTP are to improve transitions of beneficiaries from the inpatient hospital setting to other care settings, to improve quality of care, to reduce readmissions for high risk beneficiaries, and to document measurable savings to the Medicare program.

Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital – approximately 2.6 million seniors – is readmitted within 30 days, at a cost of over $260 billion every year.  The CCTP seeks to correct readmission deficiencies by encouraging the community to come together and work together to improve quality, reduce cost, and improve patient experience.

The CCTP is part of the Partnership for Patients, a nationwide public-private partnership that aims to reduce preventative errors in hospitals by 40 percent and reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent.

If you are interested and want more information on Care Transitions, you can contact the NEGA Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 706-583-2546 or 1-800-474-7540.

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Georgia Edition of Today's Caregiver Magazine

 

Georgia Area Agencies on Aging(G4A), in partnership with Today’s Caregiver Magazine, are excited to launch the new digital Georgia edition of Today’s Caregiver Magazine! 

 

We are doing this in cooperation with other partners in the Aging Network such as AARP, Aging Services of Georgia, the Georgia Council on Aging and the Georgia Gerontology Society.  Please share this magazine with your friends, families and colleagues so that families and practitioners throughout the State will receive timely articles on caregiving and aging issues as well as direct links to the local Area Agency on Aging in each region.

 

We trust you will find valuable information on the pages of this magazine!  The Georgia digital edition is always free, so feel free to subscribe directly with Today's Caregiver. We welcome your suggestions for future articles. ENJOY!

 

 

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REPORTING ABUSE, NEGLECT OR EXPLOITATION

 

Reports of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation occurring in the community should be made to the Georgia Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services Central Intake Unit.

 

REPORT ABUSE OF DISABLED ADULTS OR ELDER PERSONS

•Report on the web:  https://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services

•Fax a referral: 770-408-3001 forms found at https://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services

•Call us toll-free: 1-866-55AGING (1-866-552-4464) - Press “2”

•Within Metro Atlanta local calling area:  (404) 657-5250 

 

Reports are accepted by phone Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

To report abuse in a nursing home or personal care home, contact the Georgia Department of Community Health Healthcare Facilities Regulation Division at 404-657-5728 or 1-800-878-6442.