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 SC Department 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.
History and Authority
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is governed by the federal Older Americans Act and by South Carolina Law (Omnibus Adult Protection Act). As noted in the Omnibus Adult Protection Act, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program shall investigate or cause to be investigated reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults occurring in facilities. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program may develop policies, procedures, and memoranda of agreement to be used in reporting these incidents and in furthering its investigations. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services administers the S.C. Long Term Care Ombudsman Program through Regional Offices located throughout the state. These programs are affiliated with Area Agencies on Aging and funded with federal, state and local dollars. There is no charge for services provided by the Ombudsman Program.