March 7, 2021

New resources now available for Heard families dealing with dementia

(Franklin, GA) — Are you taking care of a loved one with dementia or do you know someone who is? If so, there are people that want to help you.

A local Dementia-Friendly support group is looking to connect with both dementia patients and their respective caregivers in Heard County that are in need of any type of assistance.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders from churches, local law enforcement agencies, businesses, and other local government agencies came together with the goal of making Heard County a ‘Dementia Friendly’ community.

Emily Rogers, Deputy Director of the Three Rivers Regional Commission/Area Agency on Aging organized the group that has already received a small grant from the Georgia Gerontology Society, a non-profit organization that educates, serves and advocates for older adults and their families in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services.

A Dementia Friendly Community is one where all people can live, age, and thrive, including those living with dementia and their care-partners.

The Dementia Friendly group now wants to take the step of locating those caregivers and their loved ones in order to provide several new resources through the grant.

Over the next few weeks, the program is offering three new means of support: Care packages, transportation, and in-home services.

Firstly, care packages consist of material aids for families and dementia patients including, but not limited to — masks and other PPE, incontinence supplies, cleaning wipes, shelf-stable food products, puzzles, and coloring books.

Next, some transportation services may be available for doctor’s appointments, grocery store, pharmacy and other necessary trips.

Finally, in-home services are available that may include help around the house with cooking, light housekeeping, or just to facilitate a needed break for a caregiver.

If you are a dementia caregiver that needs assistance or if you know someone that does you are asked to contact Emily Rogers by phone at 678-972-0481 or by email at erogers@threeriversrc.com.

If either the Caregiver or the dementia patient resides in Heard County, resources are accessible. See the flyer below for further details and contact information.

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