Options Counseling for Senior Caregivers

  • Provides information on community resources and assists with referrals to support programs as requested.
  • The counseling process takes into account each resident’s unique needs and wishes and ensures person-centered care.

Options counseling is appropriate for any nursing home resident (long-term or short-term stay) that has expressed a desire to return to the community and is in need of additional resources or counseling to make that desire a reality. This is not a commitment to leave but a chance to explore options and connect with resources.

Information an Options Counselor can provide for a Nursing Home Resident includes:

  • Housing options and/or home modification services.
  • Available services such as help with medical and personal care.
  • Programs that may help pay for these services (like Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance).
  • Community services including Home Delivered Meals, Transportation, Homemaking, or  Senior Centers
  • Peer Support services
  • And much more depending on the needs and interests of the client

Referrals can be made in various ways including:

  • Speak with your nursing home SW and inform them that you would like an opportunity to learn more about options in the community.
  • During the quarterly MDS assessment answer “yes” when asked “Do you want to talk to someone about the possibility of returning to the community?”
  • Contact the Area Agency on Aging directly at (404) 463-3333 and request to speak with an Options Counselor.

This counseling can be provided for individuals of any income level and is free to the client.

Community Options Counseling Brochure (PDF)


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