Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Rachael’s Story

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Rachael participates in a variety of activities at the day program she attends. Her favorite activity is working at the front desk a few hours a day as a greeter.

“When I first met Rachel she was very quiet, seldom spoke up or offered insight into what she wanted, other than to not be in the nursing home. Now you can’t get a word in edgewise and she just bubbles! She and her house-mother have a personal handshake and she has a housemate that is near her own age that she can talk to. She shops, talks, takes pictures on her phone, and has a job she is proud of. The best way to describe it is that she is alive. She literally glows and is now interested in everything.”

Paralegal at Atlanta Legal Aid Society

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Rachael, Home at Last

Rachael Carlisle at Window

Up until one month ago, 52-year-old Rachael was living in a nursing home in Decatur, Georgia. For the first time in her life she is finally living in her own apartment. This is the dream she had envisioned for a long time. Rachael’s ability to transition from the nursing home into the community is a tribute to Rachael’s determination, her cousin’s commitment to do what was in Rachael’s best interest, and the dedication of a paralegal at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. In working together with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Rachael was able to obtain a Medicaid waiver. The waiver provides support for Rachael in her apartment as well as funding for a day program which she attends during the week.

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