South Carolina Area Agencies on Aging.
Federal government funds are issued to South Carolina as part of the Older Americans Act. The state uses these government grants to provide a wide range of assistance and resources to seniors, the disabled, and elderly. While the state does technically oversee the program through their Area Agencies on Aging Centers, applications will in fact be taken and processed in South Carolina at the local town and county level.
A number of financial and non-monetary assistance programs are available for qualified applicants. More details are below, however seniors can receive help with transportation, home delivered and congregate meals, emergency rental assistance, free legal aid, disease prevention, home care services, and education and job training.
In total, ten Area Agencies on Aging offices are located across South Carolina. The primary point of contact at most locations is known as the Information and Referral Specialist, and these individuals can direct you and help you apply for aid. They can guide you through the processes that are required to find the services and help you need, assist with both short and long-term care planning and explain eligibility for the various assistance programs.
When you contact an office, the I&R Specialist will need to interview you and assess your situation. They will locate resources for you and your needs, refer you to the appropriate non-profits and resources, and help you apply or contact a certain program if need be. The specialist will advocate for low income individuals when necessary and they will always help seniors obtain services they may be entitled to but are not currently receiving. Some of the resources available for seniors and people with disabilities are below.
- Emergency rental assistance (as funding allows) may be available for seniors who are sixty years of age or older. In some cases up to $1000 can be provided to pay rent. The money will be paid directly to your landlord, and is for emergencies only.
The program that can help with rent was made possible through a grant from the federal government and the South Carolina Housing Authority. If an applicant meets conditions, including they needed to have fallen behind on their rent due to unforeseen circumstances, such as an unexpected job loss, medical bills or higher than average utility bills, they can apply for help. Applications are processed at your local South Carolina Area Agency on Aging office.
- Family caregiver support program, which includes limited amounts of respite care assistance and more general support for local groups.
- Free or low cost legal aid may be provided for certain civil legal issues, including Elderly Legal Services Program. In some cases representation during the legal matter may be offered as well. Read more on free legal aid in South Carolina.
- Medicaid Managed Care and related health care services are offered by South Carolina Area Agencies on Aging. Some of the Medicaid type services offered may include education and outreach on the federal government and South Carolina program. Case managers may also help with providing enrollment counseling for Medicaid beneficiaries.
- Reduced priced prescription medications may be provided from various sources, including Medicare Part D Assistance. Seniors across the state can receive advice and help in choosing a federal or a state of South Carolina government plan based on your pharmacy preference, total household income, and the exact types of prescription medications needed.
- The centers are excellent resources for local community issues and information as well. For example, learn about programs and agencies that focus on seniors, such as food pantries, energy bill assistance/LIHEAP, and similar resources.
- Receive assistance with completing Long Term Care Medicaid Application assistance.
- Transportation assistance may be provided if the senior has a medical or doctor appointment in South Carolina or some other type of emergency.
- Aging Information, Referral, and details on various Assistance Centers and community action agencies.
- Long Term Care Ombudsman. This includes investigation of complaints of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in long term care facilities.
Addresses and phone numbers of South Carolina Area Agencies on Aging.
Appalachia Area Agency, SC Appalachian Council of Governments
Location - 30 Century Drive
Greenville, SC 29606
They do not offer bill paying programs, but rather provide services to the elderly such as Long Term Care Ombudsman, Nutrition, and referrals. Counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg
Upper Savannah Area Agency, Upper Savannah Council of Governments
222 Phoenix Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29648
Phone number is 800-922-7729
Supports seniors in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda
Catawba Area Agency on Aging
2025 Ebenezer Road, Ste. B
Rock Hill, SC
Chester, Lancaster, York and Union Counties
Central Midlands Area Agency, Central Midlands Council of Governments
236 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland County
Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties
Office location is 2748 Wagener Road
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Santee-Lynches Area Agency – Supports Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter County
36 West Liberty,
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone number - 803-775-7381
Pee Dee Area Agency, Vantage Point
Hartsville, South Carolina 29551
Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, and Marlboro
Waccamaw Area Agency
Seniors from Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg should call this agency
1230 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Main number is 843-546-4231
Trident Area Agency
4450 Leeds Place West, Suite B
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester
Lowcountry Area Agency
I-95 Exit 33 Hwy. 17
Point South, South Carolina 29945-0098
Main number is 843-726-5536
Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper