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Elder care

Caring for an ill or aging loved one can be exhausting as well as rewarding. We want to ensure you have the resources and support you need to not only care for your loved ones, but yourself as well.

Benefits and leave options

Area agencies providing help with aging issues

Finding care and services for elders

Paying for senior care

Resources for caregivers

Alzheimer's Disease resources

General resources for seniors

Disclaimer:  References or links to any third-party resources, products, or services are for the information and convenience of the public and do not constitute an endorsement by the University of Georgia. Visitors to this site should independently investigate resources that best suit their needs. If you have questions about any of these resources, please contact the Work/Life Balance Coordinator in Human Resources at 542-2222 or 

Benefits and leave options

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows employees to contribute pre-tax dollars to a flexible spending account to pay for the care of an elderly parent or spouse.  The parent must be a dependent as defined by the I.R.S. “qualifying person test.” See IRS Publication 503 for the complete rules on use of the FSA.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of job protected leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition. A serious health condition includes such permanent, long-term conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, a severe stroke, or the terminal stages of a disease, as well as recurrent care such as cancer treatments, severe arthritis, and kidney disease. 

Sick Leave, if available to the employee, may be granted for absences due to an illness or health related issue which affects the employee’s immediate family, including a parent as defined by FMLA.

Area agencies providing help with aging issues

The Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services coordinates with other aging organizations to provide services to appropriately sustain older Georgians in their homes and communities. These services also provide support to family members and caregivers. The Division of Aging Services (DAS) administers these programs through the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs).  All community-based services for older Georgians are coordinated through these agencies.  

The Athens area Agency on Aging is the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.  The Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging provides information on and access to home and community based services for elderly and/or disabled persons, their families, and caregivers.

Area agencies on aging

Athens Community Council on Aging is a non-profit organization that aims to maintain and enrich the lives of older persons in the 12 counties of Northeast Georgia. ACCA’s programs enable older persons to live independently at home and offer opportunities for employment, volunteerism, and other activities. ACCA is a resource for education, information, referral, counseling, and general assistance.  Its programs include an adult daycare, adult fitness, meals on wheels, case management, and volunteer opportunities.

Finding care and services for elders

Minnesota Life Insurance Eldercare Consulting Services, offered by UGA’s provider of life insurance Minnesota Life, offers expert advice on a wide range of elder care issues, including:

  • Finding housing options and community resources
  • Paying for care -- understanding Medicare and Medicaid
  • Involving other family members
  • Dealing with the challenges of long-distance caregiving
  • Caring for a loved one with dementia
  • Handling caregiver stress

When logging into the Minnesota Life Insurance LifeWorks website use Username: lfg  Password: resources or call 877-849-6034 anytime to speak with a consultant.

Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families. You can call 1-800-677-1116 or use the online locator.

The Georgia Area Agencies on Aging maintains an extensive database of services of interest to seniors and persons with disabilities.  Use their online search tool to search by service needed and location.

ProviderData maintains one of the largest networks of community resources in the United States.  You can search their national database by type of service and location. 

Athens Senior Resources Network provides resources for educating the public about how to better serve seniors in the Clarke, Oconee, and surrounding counties.  Its members are representatives from companies that provide all types of services for senior adults.  You can quickly locate providers of services such as financial services, home healthcare, or hospice, by clicking on the member button.

A Place for Mom connects families to elder care providers.  A Place for Mom Senior Living Advisor will help you find the right nursing home, dementia care or assisted living, as well as research VA benefits and how to pay for senior care.  A Place for Mom is paid by the participating communities and providers in network, therefore its service is offered at no charge to families. The Senior Living Advisor for Clarke, Barrow, Rockdale, Hall, Gainesville, and Gwinnett areas is Mary Brown,, 770-231-0383.

In Home Care

Home Instead Senior Care offers many different types of in-home senior care that can be individualized to meet the needs of your family members. You can call the Athens office at 706-613-2224 for a free senior care consultation to learn how home care can benefit your family. HomeInstead Senior Care is a national company that has local franchises throughout the United States and Canada. You can call 1-800-640-3914 or visit the website to find the office nearest to your loved one’s home.

Visiting Angels is a national, private duty network of home care agencies that provides in-home care, elder care, respite care, senior personal care, and companion care services.  If you are providing long distance care, you can call the Visiting Angels national number at 800-365-4189 or visit the website to find an office near your loved one. You can also contact the Athens area local franchise office at 678-710-8238 for care in this area or help in finding a Visiting Angel franchise in your loved one’s home area. 

CaretoContinue is a local company that provides customized companion home care and assistance with personal care that allows older adults to stay  in their homes. They can provide assistance to seniors in Clarke and 10 surrounding counties.  A consultation is free of charge and can be made by calling 706-769-7277. 

Adult Day Care Centers

Georgia Adult Day Services Association provides a list of service providers in the state that are members of its association.

Athens Community Council on Aging offers Adult Day Service Programs for individuals who do not require 24-hour institutional care, but are not capable of full-time independent living due to a physical or mental disability.

Paying for senior care

PayingforSeniorCare is a website created and are maintained by the American Elder Care Research Organization to assist individuals in the planning and implementing of long-term senior care. The website is designed to help families and caregivers locate information about long-term care resources for their loved ones, and to find the public and private programs available to assist in covering the cost of such care.

Wartime veterans and their surviving spouses, 65 years and older, may be entitled to a tax-free benefit called Aid and Attendance provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs   VA Aid and Attendance is designed to provide financial aid to help offset the cost of long-term care for those who need assistance with the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring.

The Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services administers the Community Care Services Program, which helps underwrite the cost of eldercare for qualifying individuals.  Interested individuals should contact their Area Agency on Aging  [we have a link to these already] for an assessment.  

Georgia Medicaid’s Community Care Services Program (CCSP), also referred to as the Elderly and Disabled Waiver, is a program designed to help frail older adults remain living in their own homes or communities and to receive services in those locations as an alternative to nursing homes. 

Resources for caregivers

Athens Community Council on Aging provides Geriatric Care Management where a case manager will conduct an in-home visit and create a Care Plan for the care of your loved one.

  • Written Comprehensive Mapping Care Plan (2 hours)   $350
  • One-hour verbal care plan   $150
  • Ongoing case management   $80/hour

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving was established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 1987 and housed at Georgia Southwestern State University in honor of alumna and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The center provides resources to caregivers throughout the state of Georgia.

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. The site contains publications and resources for caregivers, including the Family Care Resource Connection, where you can find reviews and ratings on over 1,000 books, videos, web sites, and other materials on caregiving.

Teepa Snow’s “Positive Approach to Care,” offers techniques and training models that can be used by families and professionals working or living with dementia.  Resources include videos, books, email newsletter subscription, blogs, and podcasts, and much more.

Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving offers a Q&A service, tip sheets, and information about support groups.

National Caregivers Library provides a  large source of information and tools for caregivers and seniors.

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen work on behalf of elderly long term care facility residents to investigate and resolve concerns or problems with long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen are available for every county in Georgia. helps you care for yourself while caring for an aging loved one.  This site, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, strives to help you care for your senior loved one through helpful caregiver resources, while helping you spot signs of stress on your emotional and stressful caregiving journey. You’ll get help with family relationships and difficult conversations. You’ll find training and resources on managing conditions such as dementia & Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, as well as helpful tips and advice on senior housing, safety, nutrition, financial issues, and end-of-life planning.

Strength for Caring is a caregiver resource center from Johnson & Johnson.

Athens area support groups

Be sure to call the facility to confirm the group meeting and RSVP, if necessary.

St. Mary’s Highland Hills, 1st Thursday of each month, 6 – 7 p.m. 

Arbor Terrace, 2nd Tuesday 3:00-4:00, 170 Marilyn Farmer Way Athens, GA 30606 Charles Russell 706-353-0400

Athens Community Council on Aging,  3rd Tuesday of each month, at 12 Noon.
The Bentley Center
135 Hoyt St.
Athens, GA 30601
Eve Anthony 706-549-4850
Claire Boozer
Care available during meeting and lunch provided; must RSVP

Tuckston United Methodist Church, 4175 Lexington Road, Athens hosts a Caregiver’s Support group for anyone caring from a spouse, child, neighbor, or other loved one.  The non-denominational  group meets the second Sunday of each month, at 3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church.  If you would like to participate contact David Hill, 706-742-8441 or or call Tuckston UMC at 706-353-1311.

For a list of support groups in other counties in Georgia, please see the listing at the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  

Alzheimer's Disease resources

Alzheimer’s Association and Dementia Caregiver Center offers information on care options, help with finding service providers, and a 24-hour hotline for caregivers.

Georgia Alzheimer’s Association

Caregiver Action Network offers a video resource center where family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients can get advice from fellow caregivers.

General resources for seniors

UGA’s Institute of Gerontology provides an Aging Resource List with information about resources and services for senior adults.

Kaiser Permanente, for employees that have the Kaiser Permanente HMO health plan, offers general information about senior health, as well as services and resources for caring for others.

National Institutes of Health provides health and wellness information for older adults.

MetLife provides a guide, “The Essentials: Receiving Care at Home” intended for anyone needing care at home, whether it be for you, or for someone you are caring for who needs assistance with day-to-day activities of daily living.  

AARP provides free access to its caregiver bulletin boards and lists of elder care facilities and services, among other basic resources.

The National Council on Aging Benefits CheckUp assesses senior’s needs and financial situations and lists government programs, tax breaks and other services. is the official website for information about provider choices.

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