SOURCE

1900 Abercorn St.

Savannah, GA, 31401

As a Medicaid project serving chronically ill adults in Georgia

As a Medicaid project serving chronically ill adults in Georgia, St. Joseph’s/ Candler SOURCE blends primary medical care with community-support services. SOURCE is distinguished by the close working relationship between case managers and other key players in the project – members and family caregivers, doctors, and support-service providers. Project goals for all members of SOURCE are avoiding nursing home placement, preventing or delaying the progression of disability, and increasing the value of Medicaid’s long-term care funding.

Case managers work closely with participating physicians and service providers to help project members achieve these goals. Case managers help members in areas that include keeping medical appointments, nutrition/weight management, medication compliance, monitoring clinical indicators (blood glucose, blood pressure, etc.), proper skin care, and assistance with activities of daily living. Project staff has worked closely with Georgia’s Medicaid department on the development and ongoing refinement of SOURCE. In 2002, Georgia’s SOURCE program was named a “Best Practice” by the National Academy of State Health Policy, and in 2005, the project won the Georgia Hospital Association Community Services Award.

Support services that are potentially available through SOURCE include:

  • Personal support services (assistance with personal care or household tasks)
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Emergency response button
  • Adult day health
  • Personal care homes
  • Skilled care (nursing, therapy, etc.)

About the Georgia Infirmary

With a long history of service in the Savannah area dating back to 1832, the Georgia Infirmary is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who are elderly or have disabilities live as independently as possible. As part of the St. Joseph’s/ Candler Health System, the agency assists people in managing chronic health conditions, avoiding or delaying nursing home placement, and decreasing hospitalizations. Programs are housed on the historic Georgia Infirmary campus in the Victorian section of Savannah.