Dawson County Senior Center

201 Recreation Road
PO Box 598
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Contact:

(706) 344-3700 phone
(706) 344-3702 fax

Contact by email

Office Hours:

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Our Mission

The Dawson County Senior Center’s primary mission is to provide programs that address the nutritional, emotional, mental, physical and social needs of the senior population while recognizing that aging is a normal process and senior adults have a right to have a voice in determining matters in which they have a vital interest. We provide a number of activities and services for Dawson County's seniors.

Senior Center Calendar

Activities & Events Calendar - October 2014

Exercise Program Calendar - October 2014

Participation Criteria

  • Be 60 years or older, the spouse, or disabled dependant of an eligible client
  • Be ambulatory with or without assistance devices
  • Be able to perform activities of daily living independently, (i.e., eating, able to use the bathroom without assistance, etc.)
  • Not exhibit severe confusion or wandering if unattended
  • Have no functional or other impairments which hinder the capacity to participate in any activity in the center, or if there is an impairment, participant must have a willingness to adapt, when necessary, to receive full benefit for participation in the Senior Center programs and services
  • Be supportive of the “contribution philosophy” as noted in the Federal Older Americans Act
  • Comply with center rules and policies (i.e., smoking and non-smoking areas, meals, and transportation reservation system)
  • Complete necessary enrollment forms (i.e., emergency contact, medical history, financial information)
  • If the meal quota does not allow for new clients, Individuals can agree to: bring their own lunch, pay full cost of meal, secure a sponsor to pay for meals

Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to all programs and services provided through Senior Centers. Anyone who wishes to volunteer should consult the center director or coordinator. Tasks will be assigned to the volunteer, and Senior Center staff (according to assignment) will provide supervision. Orientation, training, instructions, recognition and appreciation will be provided to all volunteers.

Volunteers must follow rules, policies, and procedures for the program to which they are assigned.

The Senior Center may provide a meal to Volunteers participating in the meals program when:

  • They are 60 years of age or older, or
  • The spouse of an eligible person
  • The meal would not deprive an older person of the meal

The Senior Center Director may relieve a volunteer from duties if the volunteer is considered incapable of performing those duties.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

  • RSVP offers individuals aged 55+ opportunities for volunteer community service
  • The volunteers serve in a variety of ways in public and non-profit agencies in 11 counties

For more information, please contact us.

Community Care Services Program (CCSP)

  • Legacy Link is the Lead Agency for this program funded by Medicaid for low income, frail persons of all ages needing nursing home level of care.
  • Nurses perform assessments and social workers arrange for services in homes of persons to help individuals stay in their homes and communities and avoid premature placement into nursing homes.

For more information, please visit the Legacy Link website.

Senior Community Service Employment Program

  • Persons aged 55+ with income falling within the Federal guidelines may be eligible for the Senior Community Service and Employment Project.
  • Trainees are placed in part-time positions in public and non-profit agencies for training to enable them to enter the workplace.
  • This program is geared to serve low-income individuals.
  • Initial interviews may be done at the Senior Center or through Legacy Link.

For more information, please visit the Legacy Link website.

Legacy Express Program

  • Legacy Link contracts with PACE, Inc. for the Legacy Express Program that provides support for family caregivers of elderly persons and individuals with disabilities.
  • Through the use of vouchers, caregivers make their own decisions regarding the care and assistance they need to care for their family member.
  • This assistance allows individuals to remain in the home rather than have placement in a long-term care facility.

For more information, please visit the Legacy Link website.

Homemaker Services

  • Homemakers provide light housekeeping, grocery shopping, and running errands for the frail elderly.
  • There are no income restrictions for Title III Homemaker Services.
  • Priorities are given to clients assessed with the greatest need following telephone screening and an assessment performed by a Legacy Link R.N.
  • Some homemaker clients are assessed for a cost share based on a sliding scale of income.
  • Funding availability may necessitate a waiting list for Homemaker Services.

For more information, please visit the Legacy Link website.

Senior Center Staff

Dawn Pruett, Director

Krista West-Bearden, Senior Advocate

Michelle Crane, Food Service Coordinator

Tammy Loggins, Finance Liason

Keith Stratton, Transit Driver

Paul Moran, Transit Driver

Gloria Wright, Transit Driver

Tom Farrell, Part-Time Driver

Thomas Quintrell, Part-Time Driver

Joan Walden, Part-Time Driver