Caring Together, Inc. of Augusta, GA received SBCA’s 2016 Best in Business Award for health care. A resource for caregivers, the elderly and disabled, Caring Together helps find alternatives to living alone or in a nursing home.
The Small Business Community Association bestows their highest award, “Best in Business,” to small business owners to recognize the work they do. The award given to Caring Together, Inc. recognizes them in the health care industry as an asset to their community.
Since 2001, Caring Together has helped families navigate the Georgia Medicaid system and the Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver. Finding a safe living environment that meets a loved one’s personal needs is their top priority.
Georgia recognizes “personal care homes,” a level of care that is between “independent” living and placement in a nursing home. They are licensed, two to six bed facilities that offer a home-like environment subject to state inspection. Caring Together offers placement referral assistance and offers training programs for the people who operate and staff personal care homes.
Caring Together offers classes and educational courses for long-term caregivers. Topics include medication training, infection control, fire safety, CPR and basic first-aid. They teach professionals mental health first-aid, a course also open to the public. The eight-hour certification course provides instruction on recognition and a better understanding of mental illness, including how to respond to a psychiatric emergency.
About Caring Together, Inc.
A Christian-based organization, Caring Together’s founder is Judy Gill, MBA, a home care professional with over twenty-five years of experience. Her team consists of health care, personal home care and assisted living professionals with a combined total of over 125 years of experience.
Elder abuse and abuse of the disabled often includes financial exploitation. To combat this, a sister company, Caring Together and More, was formed. It currently serves over 250 clients as a 501 (c) (3) approved nonprofit corporation in the state of Georgia, organized to provide Representative Payee services.
Caring Together and More adheres to strict client privacy and confidentiality policies. Services include client counseling and education on fiscal responsibility and debt negotiation. Through coordination with the SSA and other agencies, they can act as a Representative Payee to ensure monthly bills are paid on time to avoid eviction or disruption of utilities and to evaluate monthly balances to establish an allowance for personal needs.
The leaders of the nonprofit have served organizations in the Central Savannah River Area as well as throughout the state, including: CSRA AAA Advisory Council, Elder Rights Advisory Council, Augusta Area Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors, Georgia Association of Community Care Providers (GAACP) and others.
To learn more, visit their website: http://www.Caring-Together.net
The Small Business Community Association provides information and resources to help business owners start, expand, and run their business. SBCA’s primary goal is to provide streamlined information, training, and services for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. Their annual “Best in Business Award” is dedicated to empowering and recognizing small business owners who make a difference in their respective communities.
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