A majority of aging services are federally funded through the 1965 Older Americans Act. This law requires that planning and service districts be designated to plan and implement aging services. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging has divided the state into ten planning and service districts. Central Midlands Council of Governments was designated as the midlands’ Area Agency on Aging in 1976. The mission of the Area Agency on Aging is to plan programs and services for the growing population of older people in Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry and Richland Counties. The agency subcontracts with local providers for delivery of services. The Regional Aging Advisory Committee, the majority of whom are older individuals or individuals who are eligible to participate in Older Americans Act programs, representatives of older persons and the general public, assists the Council of Governments in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Area Agency on Aging.
The regional ombudsman receives calls and investigates complaints related to residents in long-term care facilities. Complaints range from abuse, neglect and exploitation to quality of care issues. To contact the Regional LTC Ombudsman please call (803) 376-5389 or toll free at 1-800-391-1185. For more information on the CMCOG Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, please click here. To learn more about our new Volunteer Ombudsman Program, please click here.
The Older Americans Act requires that a multi-year comprehensive area plan be developed for the planning and service area and submitted to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (our state unit on aging). The White House Conference on Aging reports, 1990 Census data, needs assessment surveys, service delivery waiting lists and current service levels are used to project the need for service. The Area Plan also requires that staff coordinate with other service organizations, engage in program development when needed, provide training and technical assistance to service providers and serve as the quality assurance component for contracted services. A public hearing is conducted and the Regional Aging Advisory Committee and CMCOG Board approves the final document. The area plan is updated annually each spring. The Area Plan can be viewed by clicking here. The Regional Budget Plan for Aging Services can be viewed by clicking here.
1994 – Dave C. Waldrop, Jr. Senior Center (Newberry) 1995 – Capital Senior Center (Richland and Lexington County) 1998 – Pine Ridge Senior Center (Lexington County) 2001 – Swansea Senior Center 2002 – Winnsboro Senior Center (Fairfield County) 2003 – Gilbert Multi-Purpose Center 2007 – Batesburg-Leesville Center 2011 – Lexington Senior Center (new addition)
In South Carolina, family members have always provided the majority of long-term care for older relatives. 18% of adults in South Carolina provide regular care or assistance to an elderly relative or another family member with long-term illness or disability. Many people provide this round the clock care in their own homes; many out of financial necessity. The psychological and physical demands on these unpaid caregivers are often overwhelming. The Central Midlands Family Caregiver Support Program seeks to provide assistance to individuals caring for family members aged 60+ with health problems. The Program provides access for family caregivers to the following services: 1. Information: public education, and outreach regarding available support services. 2. Assistance: Provide assistance to individuals on how to gain access to services. 3. Counseling, Education & Training: Provide advice, guidance and instruction to caregivers on an individual basis to solve problems faced in their role as caregivers. 4. Respite: Helping caregivers find temporary relief from care-giving responsibilities on an occasional or emergency basis. 5. Supplemental Services: Provide compensation to assist with the cost of some services (e.g. home safety supplies, nutritional supplements, incontinence supplies) used in the provision of care to family members. For more information on the Family Caregiver Program contact (803) 376-5390
I-Care is a program provided by the Central Midlands Area Agency on Aging to seniors on a variety of issues such as insurance counseling, assistance and referral. Information is also available regarding the Medicare Program, the dangers of Medicare fraud, the Modernization Act of 2003 (Prescription Drugs Programs), Medigap information and Medicaid programs. For more information on I-Care, contact Shelia Bell-Ford (803) 376-5390.
Information, Referral and Assistance Specialists (IR&As) are trained to assist in locating and accessing the most appropriate community resources available for the physical and mental health needs of the elderly population. This includes providing information and linkage with service providers, advocacy assistance when needed, and follow-up when necessary. For more information on CMCOG’s Information, Referral and Assistance Program, contact Carol Boykin (803)-376-5390.
The Assisted Rides Program is a volunteer-based program designed to fill the transportation gap currently facing Adults 21 and older who have disabilities, as well as Seniors 60 and older who have no other means of getting transportation to obtain needed services to maintain or enhance their quality of life. The Assisted Rides Program is sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging. The program is funded through a grant from the SC Department of Transportation Office of Public Transit. It is coordinated by the Central Midlands Council of Governments’ Aging and Disability Resource Center, which serves the citizens of Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry and Richland Counties. If you are a disabled or senior adult who needs transportation to a medical appointment, human service agency, grocery store, social activity and more, the Assisted Rides Program may be able to help. Passengers will not be charged a fee, but donations will be accepted to help with the cost of the trip. Volunteer drivers are an important and valued part of this program. You help our passengers get where they need to be, and you are in charge of your time. Drivers can choose the rides they want to give, which makes this one of the most flexible and rewarding opportunities available. For clients and/or volunteers interested in the program and need more information, please contact: Mr. Joe Perry, Mobility Manager, Phone: 803-376-5390, Direct Line: 803-744-5136 Fax: 803-795-4919, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Area Agency on Aging Respite Programs are for those caregivers providing care at home for a loved one or family member. These respite programs can be used to hire someone to help assist the caregiver with his/her loved one’s care and provide much needed relief. Respite can be provided by an agency, facility or adult day care as well as an individual.
The following guidelines will help determine eligibility:
For more information, please call (803) 376-5390. To download an application for respite care: please click here.
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