Supporting Healthy Living and Aging throughout Metro Atlanta
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) supports healthy living and healthy aging throughout metro Atlanta by offering a range of services designed to ensure a high quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. For older adults and people with disabilities, ARC provides information about and access to essential services such as transportation and in-home personal care.
ARC’s goal is to enable people to remain and thrive in their homes and communities as their needs change rather than moving into costly institutional settings. People who stay in their communities generally experience a better quality of life, with improved physical and mental health.
Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
To help residents navigate life’s often challenging situations, ARC manages the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) website and call center.
Trained and certified information specialists provide free counseling regarding the comprehensive services provided by AC and a network of community service agencies.
Services that can be found through the ADRC’s extensive database include:
- Transportation options, such as public transit, shuttle service to senior centers and medical appointments, volunteer driving programs, and ride-hailing services (such as Uber and Lyft).
- Housing options, including personal care homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, independent living and non-subsidized housing.
- Home-delivered meals and meals in group settings, which offer nutritionally balanced meals that are provided in a community setting such as a senior center or delivered to home-bound individuals.
- Caregiver services and supports provided by certified information specialists who offer phone or web-based consultation for caregivers in need of help making decisions or addressing issues related to the care of older adults or persons with disabilities.
- Adult protective services are provided by Georgia’s Division of Aging Services (DAS). DAS investigates all reports of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of older persons and persons with disabilities. ARC’s certified ADRC Counselors are trained to recognize and report abuse, neglect, and exploitation following mandated reporting guidance. Additionally, ADRC Counselors conduct follow-up calls in each instance of mandated reporting to check on the client’s current status and to identify any additional unmet need.
- Social engagement opportunities offered by senior and multipurpose centers.
- Wellness programs and community presentations offered by trained ARC volunteers and lay leaders, provide a variety of research-based, proven programs that help individuals take control of their health and improve overall quality of life.
- In-home supports such as light housekeeping and personal care assistance that help a person live independently and avoid relocating to a nursing home.
- Volunteer opportunities focusing on civic engagement activities that educate and empower individuals to maintain independent healthy lifestyles.
An expanding focus
In recent years, ARC’s has expanded its focus to better address the needs of persons with disabilities and their caregivers through a combination of direct services and partnerships with community service providers.
And, to promote overall health, ARC has placed a new emphasis on broader health initiatives such as elementary school nutrition, bike share programs and wellness programs such as the Living Well Workshops.