Legacy Link is designated by the Georgia Department of Human Services as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the 13-county region including Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White Counties. The AAA is responsible for advocacy for older adults, planning and administration of programs, and coordination and monitoring of services in the area. Federal, state, and local funds authorized by a wide variety of federal and state laws and programs are utilized by this non-profit agency. The following programs are provided either through sub-contracts with local governments and agencies or offered directly by Legacy Link. In addition, Legacy Link offers expanded services outside our traditional 13-county Georgia Mountain area for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (110 counties) as well as the SOURCE and Community Care Services Programs (22 counties).
Programs and Services
Information, Referral, and Assistance to Aging Services: Legacy Link’s toll free number (855-266-4283) gives you access to our Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Counselors. Trained Intake Specialists provide anonymous and/or confidential access to information, referral, and assistance concerning services for seniors, family members and persons with disabilities. Callers are assisted in locating resources and services in the region, in Georgia, and across the United States.
Community Care Services Program (CCSP): This program serves low income, frail persons in 13 counties. Legacy Link nurses perform assessments and social workers arrange for services for persons of all ages to help them stay in their homes and communities and avoid premature nursing home placement. Services include: Adult Day Health, Alternative Living Services, Caregiver Support, Emergency Response System, Home Delivered Meals, Home Health Services, Personal Support Services, and Respite Care. (855-266-4283)
Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) Program: Legacy Link operates this Medicaid-funded program for low income persons with chronic health problems in the 13 counties noted above and also in Barrow, Cherokee, Clarke, Elbert, Gwinnett, Jackson, and Madison counties. Legacy Link staff does assessments, arranges for services in homes, and works with primary care physicians and families of clients to prevent emergency room visits, hospitalization, and nursing home placement. Legacy Link contracts with over 50 physicians who consult with staff about the clients. (855-266-4283)
Nursing Home Transition to Community Living (Money Follows the Person): Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a national program designed to help transition Medicaid eligible individuals from the nursing home back into the community. Transition Counselors meet with residents and families in the nursing home to assess their Medicaid eligibility outside the nursing home and what personal needs they may have to be able to live outside the nursing home. (855-266-4283)
Care Consultation Program: A free, telephone-based information and support service, the Care Consultation Program provides caregivers ongoing help to find practical solutions to concerns about health and care as well as coaching and support. Clients do not have to be enrolled in any other Legacy Link programs to be eligible to participate in Care Consultation. (855-266-4283)
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS): Homemakers provide assistance with activities of daily living such as personal care, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, errands, transportation and companionship. The HCBS program helps older adults to maintain their lifestyle at home. (855-266-4283)
Medicare Counseling (GeorgiaCares) Program: Staff and trained volunteers provide informational presentations to groups and counsel individual beneficiaries about Medicare benefits. Counselors assist with information and enrollment in Medicare health plans, Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare cost savings programs, and prescription drug plans. They also educate Medicare beneficiaries about identity theft, fraud, abuse, and scams related to Medicare and other health benefit programs. (866-552-4464) – Once connected push 4
Employment and Training for Mature Workers: Persons aged 55+ on the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) are placed in part-time positions in public and non-profit agencies for training to enable them to enter the workforce. The National Council on Aging provides federal Department of Labor monies to Legacy Link. Assistance is provided to residents in 120 Georgia counties. (770-538-2650)
Kinship Care Program: This program operated by Legacy Link in 12 counties provides information and support for grandparents and other relatives raising children. Kinship Care Support Groups provide a place where Grandparents and Other Relatives can learn about community resources and safely share the experiences and issues of parenting children “the 2nd time around.” (770-538-2650)
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program: RSVP matches individuals aged 55+ with volunteer opportunities at non-profit and government agencies in 10 counties. The program is designed to actively engage older adults while utilizing their talents and skills to help agencies fulfill community needs. RSVP is a Senior Corps program administered and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency. (770-538-2650)
Wellness Programs: Wellness programs promote healthy living through educational programs, routine screenings, and exercise opportunities that address nutrition, physical activity, fall prevention, general health, and chronic disease prevention and management. Wellness offerings vary in the 13 counties served by Legacy Link. (770-538-2650)
Senior Centers: Multi-purpose senior centers receive funding from Legacy Link in 12 counties. These centers provide services to older citizens such as hot noon meals, home delivered meals, recreation, transportation, outreach, educational opportunities and other services to help older persons remain independent in their homes.
Legacy Link provides federal and state monies for services to the following county governments: Banks, Dawson, Franklin, Forsyth, Lumpkin, Habersham, Hart, Rabun, and White Counties and to the city of Gainesville, for services in Hall County. Legacy Link fully operates senior centers in Towns and Union counties.
Senior Legal Services: Legacy Link contracts with Georgia Legal Services Program for assistance and counseling for persons aged 60 and above.
705 Washington Street, NW
Gainesville, GA 30501
- Printable Living Will & Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Form: Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare
- Kinship Caregiver Legal Hotline: 888-257-9519. This service is for Grandparents & Relatives Raising Children who are seeking legal advice.
- Printable Kinship Care Legal Form: Georgia Grandparent Power of Attorney for the Care of a Minor Child