Services

What’s the Number One Issue Facing Seniors?  Transportation!  Gwinnett County Responds, on Eugeria!

Feb 05, 2015

Jamie Cramer relocated to Georgia in 1990 after graduating from Cumberland College in Kentucky and began her career with the Clayton County Aging Services.  Later Jamie took a position with the State of Georgia as the Manager for Livable Communities.  Today she serves as Manager of Senior Services for the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services.

Gwinnett County Senior Services (GCSS) provides a variety of programs and services to help its seniors thrive while maintaining their “independence and aging in place”.  These programs and services include Care Management; In-Home Services; Home-Delivered Meals; Handy Man Services and social functions.  Of the many services offered, the number one need for seniors remains transportation. 

Maria Beabout, a Gwinnett County native and graduate from the University of West Georgia, is currently the Transportation Volunteer Specialist for GCSS and oversees its transportation program. There are several initiatives within the GCSS transportation program that meet a variety of seniors’ transportation needs. The Demand Response Transportation Initiative assists seniors in getting to the grocery store, the pharmacy and general shopping. Volunteers meet this need by driving seniors in their private vehicles. Because this is the most highly demanded service, GCSS is always looking for volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to give back to our greatest national treasure, our seniors.  If you’re interested in volunteering as a driver, please contact Maria directly (see below for contact information).

Another highly successful GCSS transportation initiative. Get in Gear, fills in the gap of existing transportation services for the disabled and seniors providing transportation to medical appointments and other essential destinations.  The transportation is provided by approved transportation venders who accept vouchers from the transported. Vouchers are reimbursed by Gwinnett County.

GCSS is a resource and referral organization specializing in reaching out and assisting the seniors in their community.  To contact Gwinnett County Senior Services call 678-377-4150 or you can visit their web site at www.gwinnettseniorservices.com.

We want to thank Griswold Home Care for sponsoring today’s show. Griswold Home Care has been a preferred provider of high quality, affordable in-home senior care in Atlanta for more than 20 years.