The Lowcountry Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) both work under the guidance of State Unit on Aging, known as the SC Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) to provide assistance and services to eligible seniors and disabled persons. The Area Agency on Aging identifies the needs of seniors and disabled persons and existing services available. The Area Agency on Aging prepares a plan to meet these needs of the senior population. Whereas the ADRC will link the disabled person to the local resources available. The AAA and ADRC staff work with federal, state, and local officials, service providers, volunteers, and the private sector to encourage new services. Lowcountry AAA/ ADRC staff members are dedicated to improving the lives of the senior and disabled populations. Our staff is available to speak to community groups about the programs available.
CALL 843.473.3991 or 877.846.8148
The Lowcountry Area Agency on Aging administers the following programs:
- The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an Advocate for Assisted Living and Long-term facility residents. The Ombudsman monitors the quality of life and care of residents by investigating concerns and works closely with both the family and the facility to resolve problems.
- Contact Claire Glasson 843-473-3955 or SC Emergency Ombudsman, 800-868-9095
- The Family Caregiver Advocate provides support, information, education, and services to family caregivers to make this a rewarding experience.
- Contact Rhonda Hiott 843-473-3973
- The Legal Assistance program assists individuals aged 60 and older to obtain legal services with a lawyer who can assist with their legal issues, at no cost to the senior.
- Contact Karen Anderson 843-473-3962
Information & Referral/ Assistance Services
- Information, Referral and Assistance Program provides services as an access point for those seeking help. Advocacy is provided for those who need help navigating the system to gain access to entitlement programs.
- Contact LaToya Grier 843-473-3961
- Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referral for Elders (I-CARE) is a federally funded insurance counseling program working under the guidance of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ICARE assists all persons to understand what insurances they have and how to use the insurance in the most cost effective way, as well to help prevent individuals from becoming victims of Insurance fraud and scam. The focus areas are Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Savings, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Plans, Medicaid and the Senior Medicare Fraud program (SMP).
- Contact Dieesha Hicks 843-473-3996
- The Consumer Choice Home Care Program offers homemaker and minimal personal care services to homebound seniors
- The Nutrition Program offers a USDA approved noon time meal to individuals both homebound and those that attend locally contracted Senior Centers and Nutrition sites.
- Service Coordination program consists of assessment team members that go into the community to conduct assessments to determine LGOA funding eligibility for home delivered meals, home care, and coordination of services. These services are contracted out to local providers.
- Contact Ashley Young 843-473-3950
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