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Santee-Lynches Council of Governments

36 W Liberty St
Sumter, SC 29150-5241
(803) 775-7381
Fax: (803) 773-6902
Services Offered:
Area Agency on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Center
Santee-Lynches Council of Governments serves Kershaw County, SC, Lee County, SC, Sumter County, SC, Clarendon County, SC
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    About My Business
    The Santee-Lynches Area Agency on Aging is a public non-profit agency serving seniors and their caregivers in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter Counties in South Carolina. We are designated by the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging as the Area Agency on Aging for Region VI.

    Our agency, as mandated by the Older Americans Act, provides the infrastructure, forms the foundation, and exists to promote the independence, dignity, health and well-being of our older adults; to plan, fund, and administer a coordinated continuum of services for seniors; to facilitate and enhance service delivery; and to advocate for the needs and concerns of older Americans.

    The Santee-Lynches Area Agency on Aging is one of ten such agencies in South Carolina and 670 across the nation. These agencies are identified as focal points through which aging programs are funded and integrated with the needs of the community while helping to build communities that value and support persons as they age.
    About My Services
    The array of services offered may vary by county. To find out about a particular county. Primarily we provide the following services:
    • Congregate Nutrition is a service where a noon day meal, offering one-third of the Recommended Daily Dietary Allowance is provided in a group setting.
    • Home Delivered Meals is a service that provides a meal to a home bond older adult or their caregiver, offering one-third of the Recommended Daily Dietary Allowance.
    • Home Living Supports (chore) is a service that provides homebound seniors assistance with housekeeping chores, meal preparation, laundry, etc.
    • Transportation: provide transportation services to the eligible individuals that will enable them to maintain their health and independence and reduce social isolation.
    • Health Promotions: To prevent premature institutionalization and improve the quality of life.

    The Santee-Lynches Information, Referral, and Assistance Program is designed to provide a toll-free single point of access for people to request and receive information and assistance relative to programs and services for older persons. A Certified IR&A Specialist is located at the Area agency on Aging.

    The National Family Caregiver Support Program funded by the federal Older Americans Act helps persons of any age who are primary caregivers of older adults 60+ and grandparents 60+ caring for grandchildren under the age of 18.
    The Family Caregiver Program provides these services:
    • Screening and assessment
    • Respite care or time off for the caregiver
    • Counseling
    • Supplemental supplies
    • Access to support groups
    • A caregiver’s library of information and assistance
    • Meals
    The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program in South Carolina consists of Regional Certified Ombudsman who helps residents of Long Term Care Facilities (nursing homes, residential care facilities, disability and special needs homes) exercise their rights. In addition to advocating for the residents, they educate the public, family members, and facility staff about the various laws that are in place to protect residents living in LTC facilities.

    Additional, LTC Ombudsman investigates complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation on behalf of residents and help families resolve problems. All complaints are kept confidential!

    The I-CARE Program is a program offered to you through the Area Agency on Aging at no cost. Certified Insurance Counselors and trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Insurance questions by providing information, comparing policies, and helping resolve problems with claims and appeals.

    The following services are offered through the I-CARE Program:
    • Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Supplement Information with regard to various program, benefits, and policies
    • I-CARE staff will help you compare Medicare Part D Plans and get answers to your questions
    • I-CARE staff will provide educational presentations in the community on a variety of Medicare related topics

    The ADRC promotes easier access to community resources for seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities, providing information about long term care services, public assistance programs, local support services, etc.
    Conditions I Am Unable To Treat
    Services are generally for the aging population 60+ and people with disabilities.
    Fees And Payment Sources Accepted
    Generally no payment is required for services. Services are based on eligibility requirements.
    Languages Spoken by Staff
    Hours of Service
    Normal business hours are 8:30- 5:00pm Mon-Fri.
    US Federal EIN
    Issued by U.S. Internal Revenue Service
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