Community Resources

Dementia & Connection Cafes

Dementia is not a specific disease, but a term that describes a wide range of symptoms linked to a decline in memory or other thinking skills that is severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia but some others are Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal and Vascular dementia. In addition to general services offered to the community, there are many local and national programs that are specifically for people with dementia and their care partners such as support groups, respite programs, education for family/community, etc.

Connection Cafe: Connection Cafes (or some refer to as memory cafes) are a safe and supportive place for people living with dementia and their care partners to be able to connect and socialize. Senior Services North Fulton has Cafes at their Roswell and Crabapple Senior Centers. For information on these or other cafes in the area call 888-695-1596 or email info@dementiaspotlightfoundation.org

Potential resources: For more information about Dementia or resources specifically for people living with Dementia or their care partners:

Transportation

For most people there is not one program that can cover all their needs as programs may have trip and/or mileage limits. So in addition to our TOPS program (listed under Programs & Services), you may need/want to apply to other programs. Below are some programs to consider, view their site for current information about program, eligibility, cost and application information.

Marta Mobility: Transportation for people who live within ¾ of a mile from a bus route, and who are unable to board, ride or disembark from an accessible vehicle in MARTA’s regular bus or rail services. https://www.itsmarta.com/marta-mobility-guide.aspx

Fulton County Transportation: Fulton County offers two programs for Fulton County seniors who are 60 years old and above, one is Uber/Lyft and one is shared-ride services. See the website for additional information Senior Transportation (fultoncountyga.gov) . Call 404-613-6000 for information and to apply.

Insurance: Although not a medical service, some insurance plans are now providing limited transportation to medical appointments. Medicaid has always done this but now some Medicare Advantage plans or other insurance have added that to their benefits. Call your insurance plan to ensure you are aware of this benefit and any other extra benefits you may be eligible for.

In Home Medical Care: Instead of going out to your medical provider, have your provider come to you. Many insurance plans will cover telephone or virtual visits so check with your provider and insurance to see if this applies. Although limited there are providers that will come to your home to provide service. For home visiting providers make sure to ask if there is an additional fee for a home visit that will not be covered by insurance. Even if there is a fee it may be cheaper than the cost of the transportation and parking you would incur when you do an in office visit.

In Home Care

In home care refers to services such that assist with personal care, homemaker duties, meals prep or companionship services.  Typically medical insurance such as Medicare or Medicaid only helps following a hospitalization or significant change in your condition, but does not cover in home care if you have an ongoing need. We are able to offer limited support, but there may be other services you are eligible for such as Community Cares Services Program (CCSP) and SOURCE.

To learn more about what your insurance covers contact your insurance provider and look at Medicare & Home Health: http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/home-health-services.html

To get information and to be screened to see what long-term services you might be eligible for contact the Empowerline at 404-463-3333or https://www.empowerline.org/services/long-term-planning/.

Insurance Questions

GeorgiaCares is a volunteer-based program that provides free, unbiased and factual information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers about Medicare, Medicaid and related health insurance issues including long-term care insurance, prescription drug assistance programs and Medicare fraud, error and abuse. Call 1-866-55AGING (2-4464)or visit http://www.mygeorgiacares.org

Many people ask about dental care, glasses and hearing aids.  If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan check with your provider as they sometimes provide some coverage in these areas.  Go to GeorgiaCares or Medicare.gov to get the latest information about what is and what is not covered by Medicare.

Food stamps/SNAP

Food Stamps in Georgia are now called SNAP.  The link below will give you more information and help you apply for benefits.  Please be aware that households where everyone is 60 or older, income eligible, and no one  can apply for Senior SNAP which has a different application and may give you a bigger benefit.  Please click on the link below to get more information and to get a copy of the application.

Housing

There are several types of housing for seniors in North Fulton: independent, personal care homes, assisted living and nursing home level of care. Please call us to discuss.

Subsidized Housing: Housing where, in broad terms, rent is calculated by subtracting allowed medical expenses from income. Rent is typically 30% of the remainder. There are income, age and disability guidelines. In North Fulton, the following communities offer subsidized housing:

Please check with each community for the current status of their wait list and application process.

Tax Credit Housing: Housing where income has to fall into a certain bracket to qualify; and if it does, rent is set at below market value. Tax credit apartments can come in different increments (50% tax credit, 60% tax credit, etc.) and the lower the percentage the lower the rent.  Although there are some complexes that have one or two apartments in their complex, the following complexes are only for seniors:

Please check with each community for the current status of their wait list and application process.

Housing Choice Vouchers: This is a form of subsidized housing where vouchers are available to use on an apartment anywhere in a community, within certain guidelines. The voucher program provider will indicate the number of eligible bedrooms in the apartment/home, the cost and the location. The rent is based upon income and allowable medical expenses. These vouchers are often provided by Housing Authorities and at this time there are no waitlists open for housing vouchers in North Fulton.

LGBTQ+ Resources

If you are looking for information specifically for people identifying as LGBTQ we suggest two sites that might be good places to start.

  • SAGE specializes in advocy and services for LGBTQ+ Elders. It is a national organization but has great educational information and does provide Information and Referral.
  • ATLGBTQ is the Atlanta Mayor’s Division of LGBTQ Affairs and provides resources for all ages, advocacy and connections. Although the focus is on Atlanta, most of the resources listed serve all of the county or state.