LTG’s Office on Aging

Columbia, SC

(803) 734-9900

The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging administers federal funds received through the Older Americans Act and the State of South Carolina.

The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging administers federal funds received through the Older Americans Act and the State of South Carolina. These funds are distributed to ten regional Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) who then contract with local providers for services such as: home delivered and congregate meals, transportation, home care services, social adult day care services, respite and disease prevention/health promotion. Services such as information and referral, family caregiver support, Long Term Care ombudsman, emergency rental assistance, education and training, legal service, disaster planning and insurance counseling are provided.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) or I-CARE (Insurance Counseling and Referral for Elders) assists seniors and adults with disabilities in accessing health insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, the new prescription drug program.
 
Emergency Rental Assistance Program assists seniors, who are renting and experience an emergency situation, to remain in their home by providing emergency rent funds. This program is made available through a grant from the SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority.
The Living Well South Carolina program uses a tested and proven method of helping people manage their chronic conditions and was developed by medical researchers at Stanford University. Small groups of classes are held
once a week for 2 1/2 hours over a six week period. By attending all six classes, participants gain the knowledge
and skills needed to help them live a healthier life.
 
The A Matter of Balance Program has also been proven to reduce the fear of falling in older adults. This fall prevention class is held twice a week for four weeks. Class locations can be found on the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging website: www.scaccesshelp.org
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) provide a single, coordinated system of information and access for seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities seeking long term care by minimizing confusion, enhancing individual choice, and supporting informed decision-making. ADRCs make it easier for consumers to learn about and access existing services and supports that are available in their communities.
 
Eforms are available online at www.scaccesshelp.org for Medicaid Long Term Care (Medicaid-eligible individuals interested in receiving services in their homes or those needing nursing home placement) and GAPS (the state-sponsored prescription coverage for seniors that helps “fill the gap” with their Medicare Part D drug coverage.