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Cost of Georgia Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Georgia is $2,880 per month.

The monthly base rate for Georgia assisted living is typically lower when compared to neighboring states. Georgia is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Georgia. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

North Carolina$3,000
South Carolina$3,125

Assisted Living Regulations

Georgia defines assisted living facilities as Personal Care Homes. Personal care homes provide housing, food services, and one or more personal services that include supervision of self administered medication; assistance with mobility and transfers, and daily living activities like eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and assistance in the bathroom. Requirements for Specialized Memory Care Units or Homes must specify that a facility provide additional or specialized care to those with probable diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

Georgia Assisted Living Facility Scope of Care

Any personal services given by the homes must include 24-hour protective care and watchful oversight.

Georgia Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Residents of Personal Care Homes in the state of Georgia must be ambulatory and must not need physical or chemical restraints, isolation, or confinement for behavioral control. Residents cannot be bedridden or require round-the-clock medical care, nursing care or treatment.

Georgia Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements

While there is no state requirement for a resident assessment form, a sample physician's report form is available at the agency Web site under Long Term Care Programs, Personal Care Homes. There is a post-admission assessment requirement that addresses family supports, daily living activities, physical care needs, and behavior impairment.

Georgia Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements

Medications must be self-administered by the resident aside from when the resident must have oral or topical medication by or under the supervision of a staff person. There are two exceptions; staff can administer epinephrine and insulin under medical protocols, and licensed nursing staff of a memory care unit or home may administer medications to those not able to self-administer medications.

Georgia Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Private and shared resident units are required to have a minimum of 80 square feet per resident. A maximum of four residents are allowed per unit. Common restrooms, lavatories, and bathing facilities are permitted.

Georgia Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

At least one administrator, on-site manager, or responsible staff person, who must be 21 years old or more, are required to be on site 24 hours a day. A minimum of one staff person per each 15 residents during awake hours and one staff person per each 25 residents during sleeping hours must be on site at all times. There must be -related sufficient staff to meet residents' needs at all times and all staff must receive training acceptable to the state Department of Community Health within the first 60 days of employment. Training is required in CPR, first aid, emergency procedures, medical and social needs and special characteristics of the resident population, residents' rights, and the long term care resident abuse reporting act. All employees providing direct care to residents must complete at least 16 hours of continuing education every year.

Georgia Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

A Medicaid home and community-based services waiver reimburses two models of personal care homes.

Georgia Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services

The State of Georgia has two programs designed to help the frail elderly remain living in their own homes or assisted living communities to obtain care services as an alternative option to a nursing home facility. One Georgia Medicaid waiver is called the Community Care Services Program also referred to as the Community Living Homes. The second program is called the Georgia SOURCE Waiver but it is not available statewide.

The first one, Community Care Services Program Waiver (CCSP), allows the consumer direction for personal support services, sometimes referred to as Cash and Counseling. It empowers the consumers to choose their own personal caregivers. It allows the adult children of the elderly or another family relative to be hired as paid caregivers. Note that spouses are not included in the "paid caregiver" group.

There is a waiting list for the Community Care Services Program Waiver. Individuals are prioritized based on their impairment and unmet needs.

The Community Care Services Program (CCSP) waiver has a diversity of services to the elderly in their homes or in non-nursing home residential care. Each service is based on a case-by-case basis and includes:

- Adult Day Health Care

- Alternative Living Services

- Errand Assistance

- Home Delivered Meals

- In Home and Out-Of-Home Respite Care

- Light Housekeeping

- Meal Preparation

- Personal Emergency Response Services

- Personal Support Services

- Skilled Nursing

The Community Care Services Program is available throughout the state of Georgia. You can gain information about the CCSP waiver by downloading the PDF Brochure or contact your local Area Agency on Aging

The second Georgia Medicaid waiver is called the SOURCE program and it is only available in certain areas of the state. SOURCE is an acronym for Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment. It is intended for the frail, the elderly and the disabled individuals who require a level of care delivered in a nursing home facility. The program permits the individuals to receive care in their homes or communities, assisted living or personal care homes. SOURCE is designed to help individuals avoid long term nursing home placement.

Support services are determined on a case-by-case basis and include:

- 24 hour Medical Access

- Adult Day Health

- Alternative Living Services

- Emergency Response System

- Home Delivered Meals

- Home Delivered Services

- Personal Support Services

SOURCE is not available in all counties of Georgia. If your county is not included, check with your local Area Agency on Aging

One can apply for the SOURCE waiver by contacting their local Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children county office. A list of contact information is available here.

All Georgia Waivers

New Options Waiver (NOW Waiver) is the acronym for New Options Waiver. It provides support to individuals needing 24 hour care and is designed for people with disabilities who live with family members or in their own home. There is a limit of $25,000.00 a year for services under the NOW Waiver. Learn more here

The COMP Waiver is an acronym for COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORTS Waiver. It is designated for individuals needing a full range of out-of home services or intensive in-home services. It is used for people who are transitioning out of institutions into community living.

Community Care Services Program / Elderly Waiver gives home and community based services to the elderly, the frail, and/or functionally impaired or have disabilities. Contact the Agency On Aging 1-866-552-4463.

Independent Care Waiver has services to help a limited number of Medicaid beneficiaries with physical disabilities to live in their own homes or in the community instead of a hospital or nursing home. ICWP services are also available for persons with traumatic brain injuries. For ages 21-64 Call Georgia Medical Care Foundation 1-800-982-0411.

Georgia Pediatric Program is a medical day care program providing specialized pediatric skilled nursing services to medically fragile, ages birth to 3 years of age.

Georgia Department of Community Healthcare Division Phone (404) 657-5850

Contact: Elaine Wright Phone (404) 657-5856


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What is the best number to call to get started? (706) 792-7741 OR (800) 348-3503.

Emergency Number: For emergency mental health, developmental disability or addictive disease services, call: Georgia Crisis & Access Line: 1-800-715-4225

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Georgia Contacts

Georgia Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation Division

Phone: (404) 657-4076

Victoria Flynn
Phone: (404) 657-5856

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

License information source: Georgia Department of Human Services

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