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Unlicensed Personal Care Homes: What You Should Know

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The Ombudsman program has seen a sharp increase in complaints about unlicensed personal care homes.  Newspaper articles regularly highlight the plight of frail elderly residents being abused, neglected, and financially exploited by “caretakers.” The motive for this crime is financial: operators are able to obtain residents’ benefits checks and other money.

Residents frequently are kept in horrific conditions, often being kept locked into basements in filthy conditions, with little or no access to food, running water, or toileting facilities.  Georgia law enforcement agencies are aware of this increasing problem, and the legislature has passed laws to protect adults against abuse.  The legislation toughened penalties for operating an unlicensed personal care home, raising a first offense involving abuse or neglect to a felony.

Since these homes frequently operate “under the radar”, raising public awareness about the growing problem is critical in identifying and reporting these situations. The Northeast Georgia Ombudsman program has a fact sheet (see below) about Unlicensed Personal Care Homes, including information about how to refer a suspected home for investigation:

The 1, 2, 3’s of Unlicensed Personal Care Homes

  1. According to the Rules of the Department of Community Health Chapter 111-8 Healthcare Facility Regulation; 111-8-62 Personal Care Homes:
    • “Personal Care Home” means any dwelling, whether operated for profit or not, which undertakes through its ownership or management to provide or arrange for the provision of housing, food service, and one or more personal services for two or more adults who are not related to the owner or administrator by blood or marriage;
    • “Personal Services” includes, but is not limited to, individual assistance with or supervision of self-administered medication, assistance with ambulation and transfer, and essential activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting;
  2. You can find a list of all licensed facilities in Georgia, by category, at the website for the Office of Regulatory Services;
    • Google Office of Regulatory Services: Facility Location and Information Guide
    • Then choose “Personal Care Homes” from the second list of options (under Nursing, Personal Care, and Community Living Arrangements)
    • Last, pick the county and hit “Search” at the bottom of the page.  If the PCH has a license, you should be able to find the name of the home on that list.
  3. If you believe that you know of an unlicensed Personal Care Home, please contact the complaint intake hotline at the Healthcare Facility Regulator’s (HFR) office by calling (800) 878-6442 or faxing to (404) 657-5731 or you can click here to find more information online.

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Bowling Night!

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Refined Singles Unwind is a social club whose sole purpose is to encourage older adults in the Athens community to get out and have fun!

The next event will begin at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 26th at Showtime Bowl on Macon Highway. All skill levels are welcome, so we hope to see you there! Afterwards, there will be an optional dinner at George’s Lowe Country Kitchen. Attendees will receive cards with their contact information that they can exchange at the event.

There is limited space available so make sure you RSVP to Nikaela Frederick 706-549-4850 or nfrederick@accaging.org with
•             Your Name
•             Phone Number
•             Email Address

Refined Singles Unwind is a result of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and ACCA working together to serve our community.

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ACCA Begins New Project to Reduce Food Waste and Senior Hunger

IMG_1520The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) planted herbs and vegetables in a new onsite senior-friendly garden on Thursday as part of the ongoing What A Waste™ project, made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

ACCA is pleased to be entering into the next phase of their work with NFESH and recognize addressing food waste can directly combat senior hunger.  “Working with NFESH through the What A Waste project has allowed us to take a closer look at our internal waste and develop processes to turn it into healthy food for the older adults we serve,” said Heather Tracy, Director of Operations for the ACCA.

Through What A Waste, all leftover food at ACCA is being separated, measured and catalogued. By learning which foods are left on the seniors’ plates, NFESH can determine which nutrients are being consumed and which nutrients are being wasted. This knowledge will enable ACCA to create menus and serve meals that can improve their clients overall nutrition and promote better health.

“We are working with the Athens Community Council on Aging to track and reduce their food waste, send that food waste to compost and use composted soil to grow a new source of healthful foods,” said Heather Cosson, Director of Communication for the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. “This new senior-friendly garden will provide ACCA fresh vegetables and herbs that can be used to create nutritious and flavorful meals for the seniors they serve.”

Each week, the separated food waste from ACCA is sent to the University of Georgia to be composted. UGA’s Office of Sustainability has donated gardening materials to ACCA.

“We’re excited to partner with ACCA to divert organic materials from the landfill – turning coffee grounds and veggie scraps into nutrient-rich compost and returning it to the garden to grow wholesome food for their clients,” said Kevin Kirsche, Director of Sustainability for the University of Georgia. “Composting is creating a beautiful cycle and UGA students enjoy participating in each stage of the process.”

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Refined Singles Unwind: Game Night!

Event #2 Refined SinglesRefined Singles Unwind is a new social club whose sole purpose is to encourage older adults in the Athens community to get out and have fun!

The next mixer/social event will be held from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Rook and Pawn Board Game Café located in Downtown Athens. Come out for a friendly Battle of the Sexes in a Men vs. Women game tournament. The café has a full menu and bar if you would like refreshments. Afterwards, get comfortable browsing the Athens Farmer’s Market which will be set up around the corner from the café in front of Creature Comforts. Members will receive cards with their contact information that they can exchange at the event.

Refined Singles Unwind is a result of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and ACCA working together to serve our community.

There is limited space available so make sure you RSVP to Nikaela Frederick 706-549-4850 or nfrederick@accaging.org with
•             Your Name
•             Phone Number
•             Email Address

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