Community Care Services Program with Jean-Claire Hester and Angela Dollar


Angela Dollar (left) and Jean-Claire Hester (right) were guests on today’s Growing Gray in Georgia podcast.  Jean-Claire and Angela are both Care Coordinators at CCSP – Region 1 which serves Northwest Georgia.  On this podcast we discuss what is CCSP, how it helps folks in our community to stay in their homes and either avoid or transition away from nursing homes so they can continue to live in their communities.  This is a tremendous resource for individuals who need care and meet the criteria.

In addition Angela spoke about the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk in Rome this weekend as well as a promotion that Chili’s is running today that benefits the Alzhemier’s Association.  You can find more information about her team at

What is CCSP?

  • A home and community-based services program that assists eligible individuals to remain in their homes and communities; an alternative to nursing home or long-term care placement.

Eligibility Criteria?

  • Must meet nursing home level of care
  • Have an unmet need for care
  • Must meet income and resource requirements; cost-share may apply
  • Other criteria may also be considered

How to Be Considered for CCSP?

  • Contact the Area Agency on Aging at 1-866-552-4464 (option 2)
  • The Area Agency on Aging screening does not guarantee services with CCSP
  • If eligible, a CCSP RN will meet with you face-to-face to develop an individualized plan of care
  • NOTE: A cost-share may apply & is determined by the Department of Family & Children Services (DFACS) based on income.  An estimated cost-share will be provided at initial screening.

CCSP is a Medicaid waiver program, subject to Georgia’s Estate Recovery mandate, and is administered by the Division of Aging Services, a Division of the Department of Human Services.

NOTE: Waiting lists may apply; private-pay options available immediately

Services CCSP offers are:

  • Adult Day Health:  Care & supervision during the day, social services, nursing, services, and therapy services may be provided.
  • Alternative Living Services:  An alternative residence, such as a Personal Care Home, for those unable to live independently in their own home.
  • Emergency Response Services:  An in-home electronic two-way communication system for emergency help, operating 24 hours a day, seven-day s a week.
  • Personal Support Services:  May include personal care & hygiene, meal preparation, light housekeeping, necessary errands, and/or in-home respite care.
  • Out-of-Home Respite Care:  Temporary relief for the primary caregiver, in an approved facility with 24-hour supervision.
  • Home Delivered Meals:  Nutritionally balanced meals delivered to the home, which may be frozen, hot, and/or shelf stable.
  • Other services may be available as determined in coordination with a Care Manager and your Doctor.

For more information check out

**Description of CCSP program taken from Area Agency on Aging brochure

The Savvy Senior Show

Back in March I was asked to be a guest on The Savvy Senior Show on WGAA Radio 1340AM in Cedartown.  The show was hosted by Karen Nelson and Andrew Carter (whom I found out just after this interview is a fellow Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity brother.)

I had a great time as a guest on this show and in some way it probably helped to lead to this Growing Gray in Georgia podcast series getting off the ground.

You can hear The Savvy Senior Show every Wednesday at 10am on WGAA 1340AM in the Cedartown area.

Thanks Karen for the invite to your show and Andrew who seems to be my long lost twin.


Music and Dementia


When people get to know me one of the things that I am normally asked is about my journey from being a music major in college to owning a Home Care business.  It’s definitely not the traditional pathway that most of my fellow music majors or ComForCare owners have followed, but it has served me well.

As I look back over my journey I can see how God has been preparing me in an unconventional way to work with the senior population that I now take care of.  In college I did well enough as a music major to keep my scholarships, but I was never going to shine like some of my fellow classmates; Jamie Barton (Grammy Nominee, Winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award & 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World, or Cliff Duren (6+ time Dove Award Nominee), or EJ Day (Season 1 Finalist on American Idol).  My main outlet for singing now other than at church is with seniors both in their homes as well as in facilities like assisted livings and rehabs – and I love it.

Several years back ComForCare introduced a program called Joyful Memories.  Basically it is a way to use music as a reminiscence tool for seniors dealing with dementia.  Develop custom playlists based on songs from our clients childhood and youth that have been specifically arranged and recorded to target an audience with dementia.  What research has shown is that our ability to remember music is one of the last areas of memory to be affected by these terrible diseases.  In addition, music can be used to alter bad moods and behaviors in many cases better than using drugs.

Dr. Deborah Bier is on the corporate staff of ComForCare and has developed a terrific program called DementiaWise.  Our DementiaWise program involves specialized training for our caregivers in how to care for specifically for clients with Dementia, as well as newly expanded educational offerings for families and professional who care for clients with Dementia.

In the video below Dr. Bier goes into more depth about the relationship of Music and Dementia.

Mary Harrell – ComForCare Home Care

13063167_941252979327914_8996374592015657672_oMary Harrell, Director of Care for ComForCare Home Care of Northwest Georgia was our guest today on Growing Gray in Georgia.  We discussed the role that Non-medical Home Care can play in allowing someone to age in place, or in other words say in their home rather than having to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility.

If you would have any questions for Mary she can be reached at (706) 622-3065 or on the web at

Welcome to Growing Gray in GA

Welcome to Growing Gray in Georgia.  I’m glad you found my new podcast website.  Having worked with seniors really since graduating from college 14 years ago (oh my I’m getting old) I have learned that there is a vast amount of resources available to folks so that they can continue to maintain their independence in their home.  Unfortunately may seniors and their families don’t know what options are available.

That’s where Growing Gray in Georgia will hopefully help.  Our mission is to interview key players in the senior care service industry so they can share with our listeners and readers about the ways their companies’ can be of benefit to seniors and their families.

A promise I will strive to keep is to be very particular about whom I allow to be on this show.  In my business we say that we wouldn’t send a caregiver into you or your loved one’s home if we would not feel comfortable sending them into our own parents or grandparents home.  In much the same way I am only going to feature service providers that I would trust to provide care to my own family.

Now that I have shared my plans for what I hope this Growing Gray in Georgia podcast and blog might become its time to make an ask of you my listeners and readers.  If you find any of the information that we post beneficial please share it with your friends and family.  The success of Growing Gray in Georgia is going to be dependent on how large we can grow our audience.  Please like our posts, share our posts, tweet our posts, Instagram our posts, whatever the next platform might be, etc.

And as we sign off our podcasts, Happy Trails to you til We Meet Again.

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