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 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
- 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
- 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 Karen Anderson
- The Home Safety Program assists individuals aged 60 and older in making minor home safety modificiation to their home that promote safely aging in place.
- Contact Charmaine Concepcion
- 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 Meyoka Griffin
- 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
What is a Senior Center?
Senior Centers are designed to be a community focal point where older adults come together for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the center and community.
- It must provide or arrange for a broad spectrum of services including health, social, nutritional (but not necessarily meals), educational, and recreational programs.
- It must normally operate at least 5 days a week, except legal holidays and emergencies.
- It must have programs and services available at least 6 hours each day of operation.
What is a Nutrition Center?
Nutrition Centers are simply designed to bring in seniors to feed them a lunch and offer some sort of nutritional education while they are there. They are only required to be open 4 hours a day and only for that purpose.
How do I qualify to go to a Senior Center or Nutrition Center?
Senior Centers have several funding sources. If you wish to apply for AAA funding, contact Ashley at 843-473-3950
Can I get transportation to go to a Senior Center or Nutrition Center?
Yes, currently the AAA only supports transportation under the Senior Center/ Nutrition site services.
Where are the Senior Centers and Nutrition Centers?
Beaufort Senior Services 1408 Paris Avenue, Port Royal, SC 29935 (Admin Office)
Bluffton Nutrition Site 61 Ulmer Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910
Burton Wells Senior Center 1 Middleton Drive, Beaufort, SC 29906
St. Helena Nutrition Site 33 Penn Center Road, St. Helena Island, SC 29920
Ridgeland Council on Aging 444 Wise St Ridgeland, SC 29936 (Senior Center)
Hardeeville Senior Center 206 Main Street, Hardeeville, SC 29927
Robertsville Nutrition Site 9731 Cotton Hill Rd, Garnett, SC 29922
Note: Top banner photo by Carol Stonebraker.