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Finding Services, Information and Resources
SCAccess
The best tool to find services and resources in South Carolina for older adults and adults with disabilities is SCAccess.
Learn About
A general discussion of varied topics and services related to the elderly and disabled can be found in our Learn About section.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) Contact Information
The ADRCs are one-stop shops for aging and disability information.  There are 10 ADRCs serving the entire state.  The staff can help you with information, make referrals and provide other types of assistance.  You can view and print the current ADRC brochure.

Calendar of Events
Routinely updated calendar on relevant conferences

Legal Information Page
Advance Directives - Information on things like Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney, Five Wishes
Legal Services - How to find legal assistance for seniors
Medicare Fraud - Information on Senior Medicare Fraud Patrol
Senior Fraud - Important information on senior fraud and scams

Medicare and SHIP Resource Page
The Medicare programs for the older adults and persons with disabilities can seem complex.  There are people and resources available to assist.
Medicaid
Information on Medicaid can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Ombudsman Resource Page
The purpose of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life and quality of care of all residents in long-term care facilities in South Carolina.  They investigate many reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation reports in facilities.

Health and Safety Resource Page
Staying fit, healthy and safe is important to a good quality of life.  There are many educational resources available.

Family Caregivers Resource Page
Those caring for loved ones need help too.  There are programs to support caregivers as well.

Alzheimer's Information Links
Alzheimer's strikes far too many in America.  There are resources available for both the caregivers and those suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
Alzheimer's Resource Directory
Enter alzheimer in the Keyword text box

Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center (ARCC)
Statewide coordination center for service system development, information and referral, and caregiver support services
State Plan on Alzheimer's
The plan put together by the Purple Ribbon Task Force and presented in March, 2009. (Medium sized 350KB pdf file)
State Respite Plan - The State Respite Plan is available as a large 1.5M pdf.
Long Term Care Information Links
The Shoppers Guide to Long Term Care Insurance
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners have provided a long term care insurance guide.
Long Term Care Information
As South Carolina’s population ages, Long Term Care Insurance is becoming a topic that many senior citizens and their families must address sooner, rather than later.  The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging has put together this fact sheet of information that LTC Insurance customers should know before they make this important decision about their futures.
My Long-Term Care Plan Checklist
Any decision regarding Long Term Care Plans is a Serious Matter.
This checklist is being provided by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging to help you and your insurance agent provide the best plan for your needs. Please review each question with your agent to help ensure that you have selected the plan that best fits your needs.
Choosing Long Term Care Placement
A good booklet put together by the Central Midlands Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. It can help you walk through the process of choosing a long term care facility. (medium sized 220KB pdf file)
Medicare's Steps to Choosing Long Term Care
Brought to you by Medicare, this web site shows you the four steps to choosing Long Term Care.
Medicaid - Long Term Care Application
This form is for adults living at home who need help to pay for health care services to stay in their home. It also is for someone who is living in a nursing home or is applying to live in a nursing home and needs help to pay for the nursing home care.

General Aging Benefits
Benefits available to senior citizens in South Carolina Housing Listings for housing and information on housing-related issues. View and/or print the Benefits brochure (small pdf file).

Guide to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
More than half of the estimated 100,000 grandparents living with their grandchildren have the responsibility to raise them.  See these two important guides for "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" and "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with Disabilities".

Employment Plan 

The Senior Community Service Program (SCSEP) began as a demonstration project under the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA).  The program was incorporated into the Older Americans  Act  (OAA) in 1973.   Initial program emphasis was to provide low income seniors with useful work experience at community service agencies, provide participants with job training and job placement and address unmet social service needs in the community.  In 2000, the OAA amendment expanded the program’s purpose to increasing participants’ economic self-sufficiency and providing a greatest emphasis on placement into unsubsidized employment. The 2006 OAA amendment once again reemphasized the focus on community service.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program has four major goals:

  • To serve older workers with poor employment prospects
  • To provide hands-on job training through part-time work at community service agencies
  • To assist with the transition of participants to unsubsidized employment
  • To provide supportive services to assist participants to obtain and maintain employment

The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging administers the SCSEP program.  A participant must be 55 years old or older and meet the financial requirements.  For more information, contact the program coordinator, Pamela Blake Grant at 803-734-9893, toll free, 800-868-9095 or by e-mail: grantp@aging.sc.gov.