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2004 Georgia’s Best Practices in Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Communities awardees announced

December 10, 2004

ATLANTA (GA) – The Georgia Department of Human Resources Office of Regulatory Services recently presented awards to six personal care homes and assisted living communities for innovative techniques that have been proven to be successful in the care of their residents. Four facilities received top honors and the remaining two received honorable mentions. This is the second year for the Georgia’s Best Practices in Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Communities award. This year’s theme was “Caring for Our Heritage.”

All of Georgia’s more than 1,700 personal care homes were asked to submit nominations. Twenty-four proposals were received this year. Submissions were grouped according to the size and number of beds in the home. These categories were: small homes, 2-6 beds; small homes, 7-24 beds; medium homes, 25-49 beds; and large homes, 80 or more beds.

The four awardees and their best practices were as follows:

  • The Cold Creek Personal Care Home in Alpharetta, (2-6 beds), was selected for “RRA Striders,” a walking club that was designed to improve overall health, promote group socialization, and show residents how they can achieve an identified goal.
  • The Pleasant Valley Retirement Home in Dalton, (7-24 beds), was selected for “Gardening for Life,” a vegetable gardening program that uses raised plant beds and an automatic irrigation system so that elderly residents could participate in a hobby that is less physically demanding than a traditional garden.
  • The Wesley Glen Ministries in Macon, (25-49) beds, was selected for their “On-Site Paid Employment Program,” which provided an opportunity for residents who were not employed off-site to participate in on-site work. Residents, regardless of disability, are able to work and experience the joy of earning their own money in a positive environment where they are encouraged and praised for their efforts.
  • Great Oaks in Monroe, 80 or more beds, was selected for the development of their “Comprehensive Evaluation for Placement” for all residents. Instead of receiving assistance based on an interview with one person, each resident receives assessment in five areas (cognition, behavior, function, mobility and clinical) from different staff members. After each assessment area is evaluated, services for the resident are customized to meet the resident’s specific needs.

Honorable mention awards were presented to Summerhill Assisted Living in Perry (7-24 beds) for “Caring on the Home Front: Building Self-Esteem by Supporting Our Veterans in Their Time of Need,” and LaHood’s Fellowship Home in Valdosta (80 or more beds) for “Path to Excellence – Empowering, Inspiring, and Motivating an Excellent Staff.”


For information, contact:
Lola Scott Russell, 404-657-1390
lsrussell@dhr.state.ga.us