Professional staff with Adult Protective Services (APS) are in place to accept and handle reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of disabled adults or elder persons who are not residents of nursing homes or personal care homes.
- Call 911 if someone needs immediate help!
- Call APS toll-free at 1-866-552-4464 - Press “3”. Reports are accepted by phone Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Fax a referral to 770-408-3001. Get fax forms online at http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services.
- Report on the web at http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services
The Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging also provides an Elder Abuse Prevention Program through the Division of Aging Services (DAS) to provide community education and training sessions designed to help prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Call the Three Rivers Gateway at 678-552-2838 or toll free at 1-866-854-5652, or the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services.
The Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Legal Assistance Program makes available legal advice, counseling and representation by an attorney or other person acting under the supervision of an attorney. Three Rivers AAA contracts with the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP). Georgia Legal Services is equipped with a wealth of expertise and highly trained legal experts and attorneys. Should you need advice related to elder law or wish to obtain additional information about the programs, please call us at
Wellness & Nutrition
- Nutrition screening, education, counseling
- Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP)
- Diabetic Self Management Program (DSMP)
- Tai Chi
Quarterly nutrition training is provided to senior center staff and kitchen workers and a nutrition analysis is routinely performed on menus served throughout the region.
The Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging also partners with “Live Well Age Well,” promoting healthy aging and healthy living by focusing on chronic disease prevention and health promotion related to nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle management of older adults. For more information, visit www.livewellagewell.info.
- Transferring in and out of bed, chair, or walking
Skilled personal care assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses are employed to provide assistance with daily living activities in the home.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Kinship Care
Grandparents Raising Children
The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is increasing every day, regardless of income, background, or race. Grandparents who take on this responsibility often need help meeting the needs of their grandchildren for their legal, financial, medical, educational, and emotional issues that come with this new role. Information and assistance is provided for grandparents raising their grandchildren in conjunction with support group meetings. These meetings are held specifically for grandparents and are held throughout the 10-county region. For more information, call the Three Rivers Gateway at 1-866-854-5652 or visit the DHS online information at dhs.georgia.gov/grandparents-raising-grandchildren.
Long Term Care & Community Transition Options
Transition OptionsSupport services are available to assist you with transitioning from a medical care facility or nursing facility to your home in the community. Through Money Follows the Person (MFP) or our Nursing Home Transitions (NHT) you can move from facility living to community living with support services in place that are uniquely designed to meet your individual needs and help keep you living safely in your home.Transition services begin with requesting information from our Options Counselor. There is no charge or fee so call 770-254-4505 today to make an appointment and learn about your options!
Wise OptionsA uniquely designed program to provide extra support and offer individual choices arranged for you and your family through private pay options. Services are arranged by our Professional Management Team to meet your expectations. Services are provided through local vetted provider agencies. Fees are comparable and affordable. Call 678-552-2839 for Wise Options information today!
- Geriatric care hospitals
- Long-term care facilities
- Independent senior living facilities
- Outpatient senior health centers
- Mental health
- Personal support services
Senior Employment & Job Training
Older American's seeking to enter today's job force can be faced with many challenges. The Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) can be your first step to gainful employment.
SCSEP provides services to assist older persons with subsidized employment opportunities and to obtain long term unsubsidized employment. Elements of the program may include assessment of skills and abilities, upgrading of job seeking skills, employability training, development of individual development plans, job placement into unsubsidized employment and follow up activities.
Program enrollees earn wages of $7.25 or more per hour during the training period. Contact TRAAA at 1-866-854-5652 to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.
- Preparing meals
- Shopping for personal items
- Managing money
- Making telephone calls
- Light housework
To learn more about homemaker services and eligibility, please call us at 1-866-854-5652.
GeorgiaCares State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) & Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
- Medicare Savings Programs
- Long Term Care Insurance
- Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap)
- Medicare Advantage
- Medicare Approved Drug Discount Programs
- Medicare Error, Fraud and Abuse
The program, called GeorgiaCares, is a statewide coalition of private and public partners that seek to assist every eligible senior in enrolling in all applicable low-cost prescription savings programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. GeorgiaCares is a volunteer-based program that provides free, unbiased and factual information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. GeorgiaCares is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and SMP (formerly Senior Medicare Patrol).
Financial Assistance Available!Financial assistance programs are available for Medicare beneficiaries who qualify. GeorgiaCares can assist beneficiaries with completing applications to reduce Medicare out of pocket expenses.
GeorgiaCares VolunteersVolunteers are vital to the operations of the program. Click here to see a message from Thomas, one of our dedicated volunteers, and consider becoming a volunteer too. Volunteer stations are available in all counties; contact us for days and hours of operation at the location nearest you.
For more information on GeorgiaCares or Volunteering, call 706-675-9031 or toll free at 1-866-552-4464 and choose option #4 or visit www.mygeorgiacares.org.
Volunteer SpotlightMarch 6, 2017Mrs. Marlene Johnston, SMP/GeorgiaCares Volunteer
Carrollton Senior Center & Open Hands Christian MinistryMarlene has been an SMP/GeorgiaCares Volunteer in the Carroll County area since 2011. Marlene is very active with the senior citizens who attend the Carrollton Senior Center, and also conducts GeorgiaCares and LIS/MSP outreach weekly at the Open Hands Christian Ministry located in Carrollton.Marlene is very dedicated in assisting the beneficiaries as is clearly shown since she has been serving with us since 2011. Marlene retired from Department of Human Services, DFCS, and has a wealth of knowledge to work with in talking with the beneficiaries who come in with Medicare questions, and those who visit the Open Hands Ministry for needy assistance. Because of Marlene’s background she is able to guide the needy beneficiaries to the correct resources and they are so grateful.
According to Marlene, when asked why she volunteers her reply is this. “I like to stay busy, I’m a senior, and I have a knowledge in various programs to share. I enjoy what I do”.In addition, Marlene participates in the Carrollton Senior Center line dancing group, and performs at senior centers and other locations, and willingly shares information about GeorgiaCares during her visits.We applaud Marlene’s efforts and successful engagement of the SMP program representing Three Rivers AAA, GeorgiaCares Program.Submitted by Tonya T. Jones – Volunteer Coordinator
A brief description of Programs and Services available in the area is listed below. For additional details on any program listed, contact the Three Rivers AAA at 678-552-2838 or toll free at 1-866-854-5652. To access the basic statewide database, click here and you will be redirected to the Georgia Services for Seniors page.