The South Carolina Department on Aging (SCDOA) enhances the quality of life for seniors in South Carolina.
The SCDOA works with a network of regional and local organizations to develop and manage services that help seniors remain independent in their homes and in their communities.
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The Silver Tsunami
As baby boomers age, our state's older population is growing rapidly, and there aren't enough services to meet the demand.
- The senior population will double by the year 2030 to 1.8 million
- 11.5% of our state's seniors live in poverty
- Over a third of seniors live on Social Security alone, some as little as $710 per month
- 51% of people aged 55 years and older have less than $50,000 saved for retirement
The Cost of Not Caring for Our Elderly
Ignoring our older citizens and neglecting their needs leaves an unforgivable scar on our society. In addition to our moral obligation, there is also a financial obligation to help our most vulnerable citizens. The South Carolina Department on Aging spends, on average, $1,400 per client each year to help keep them out of nursing homes that would cost Medicaid approximately $52,000 annually. By providing low-cost home and community-based services such as meals, home care, transportation and home modifications, we are saving a tremendous amount of money.
Sadly, since 2007, the state's share of funding for the SCDOA has been cut by 48%. What that means to you, the taxpayer, is that in a time when the population is increasing, we can no longer provide essential services that save money. We have identified over 8,000 seniors waiting for basic services, such as meals, home care and transportation.
By using creativity and common sense, the SCDOA's innovative and efficient programs can reduce the burden on taxpayers.
In 2017, the South Carolina Department on Aging launched GetCareSC.com, a website dedicated to matching seniors with available resources. Seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities can use their zip code to search our database to find transportation, day care, meals, and in-home care in their respective areas.
If you can't find what you're looking for at GetCareSC.com, or you'd rather talk to a person, please call the South Carolina Department on Aging at 1-800-868-9095 or contact your local Area Agency on Aging.