Title 49, Chapter 6, Section 72
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Adult" means a person 18 years or older residing within the
State of Georgia who is a functionally dependent older adult or
who is suffering from dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease.
(2) "Area agency on aging" means the single local agency
designated by the Division of Aging Services of the department
within each planning and service area to administer the delivery
of a comprehensive and coordinated plan of social and other
services and activities in the planning and service area.
(3) "Dementia" means: (A) an irreversible global loss of cognitive
function causing evident intellectual impairment which always
includes memory loss, without alteration of state of
consciousness, as diagnosed by a physician, and is severe enough
to interfere with work or social activities, or both, and to
require continuous care or supervision; or (B) the comatose state
of an adult resulting from any head injury.
(4) "Department" means the Department of Human Resources.
(5) "Functionally dependent older adult" means a person 60 years
of age or older residing within the State of Georgia who, because
of his or her inability to perform tasks required for daily
living, as defined by the department and as may be assessed
through an area agency on aging or community care assessment team,
needs continuous care and supervision.
(6) "Home modification" means reasonable modifications to the
structure of a home for the purpose of reducing the caregiving
burden of the caregiver, as approved by the department, but does
not include repairs and payment for such repairs.
(7) "Household income" means the income of all members of a
household with the exception of a minor or dependent student.
(8) "Income" means all income, from whatever source derived,
including, but not limited to, wages, salaries, social security or
railroad retirement income, public assistance income, realized
capital gains, and workers' compensation. The department shall
determine income amounts and inclusions for the purposes of this
article through regulation.
(9) "Primary caregiver" means the one identified relative or other
person in a relationship of responsibility, such as an agent under
a valid durable power of attorney for health care, who has assumed
the primary responsibility for the provision of care needed to
maintain the physical or mental health of a functionally dependent
older adult or other adult suffering from dementia, who lives in
the same residence with such individual, and who does not receive
financial compensation for the care provided. A substantiated
case of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, as defined in Chapter 5
of Title 30, the "Disabled Adults Protection Act," or pursuant to
any other civil or criminal statute regarding an older adult,
shall prohibit a primary caregiver from receiving benefits under
this article unless authorized by the department to prevent
(10) "Relative" means a spouse, parent, child, stepparent,
stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, half-brother,
half-sister, aunt, uncle, great aunt, great uncle, niece, or
nephew by blood, marriage, or adoption.
(11) "Respite care service" means a regular, intermittent, or
emergency service which provides the primary caregiver of a
functionally dependent older adult or other adult suffering from
dementia with relief from normal caregiving duties and