A Note from Teresa Arnold, AARP SC state director
AARP has been working to promote the health and well-being of older Americans for more than sixty years. In the face of the Coronavirus outbreak, AARP is providing information and resources to help older people and those caring for them protect themselves from the virus and prevent it spreading to others.
Let me encourage you to visit AARP and this page for the latest updates on coronavirus as well as information tailored for older adults and family caregivers. This state resource page is a work in progress as we all move forward.
Please check back often as this page will be updated as we receive official news and information. Email AARP SC with your questions, concerns or need for assistance.
Most of all, #StayHome and check in with your family and friends.
AARP South Carolina Resources
NEW! April 1, 2020 Teletown Hall with Rep. James Clyburn and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Also Mike Leach, director SC DSS and Jamie Suber, SC DEW. The run time is right at one-hour via this Facebook link.
March 20, 2020 Teletown Hall with Gov. Henry McMaster, DHEC director Rick Toomey, State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell, Department on Aging Director Connie Munn and Dr. Timothy J. Lyons. Listen to the recording here
To listen to the previous AARP COVID-19 tele-town halls, please click here.
Fraud Watch Network from AARP
Call our free helpline at 877-908-3360 if you or a loved one suspects a scam.
AARP Community Connections
You may be isolated, but you don’t have to be alone. Across the country, people are informally organizing new online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those most affected by the Coronavirus. Whether you want to start a group, find a group, or get assistance yourself, our directory can help you connect with people in your community. Click here to sign up.
You may also request a call from an AARP volunteer. To request a call click here or call 1-888-281-0145 to leave your information and a call back.
AARP Caregiver Resources
Family Caregiving How-To Video Series: The "How-To" videos and resource guides for family caregivers are on specific medical and nursing tasks. This series includes preparing special diets, managing incontinence, wound care, mobility, and managing medications. The videos and resource guides, many of which are available in both English and Spanish, are free of charge. Click here for the series.
Click here for a checklist for caregivers.
CARES Act - Stimulus Money
For specific IRS questions, including information about individuals who don't normally pay or owe taxes click here
South Carolina Government
Resources and Agency
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC)
For updates on South Carolina Coronavirus
For general questions about COVID-19, call the SC DHEC Care Line 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls 8 a.m.-6 p.m. every day.
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
South Carolina's official emergency response organization for natural and other disasters. Agency provides a live feed for any official news conference or announcement from Governor Henry McMaster.
South Carolina Department on Aging
Click on link above or call 1-800-868-9095
GETCARESC service guides, offer tips and resources for caregivers and seniors. For more personalized help, please call your local Area Agency on Aging. You can find your local office using the search tool on this page. Find out what types of care are available to help your loved one live independently. Click or call 1-800-868-9095.
South Carolina Department of Social Services
For information on assistance programs such as SNAP click here or call 1-800-616-1309.
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
Unemployment Benefits? SCDEW offers a online process available 24/7
State of South Carolina official website
SOUTH CAROLINA RESOURCES
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
SC Appleseed fights for low income South Carolinian's to overcome social, economic and legal injustice. Click here for resources covering food access, housing, consumer protection, healthcare and school district meal plans. The information is also available in Spanish.
Apply for Benefits Over the Phone
If you are practicing social distancing or can’t get to a location to apply for SNAP or Medicaid, you can call the SC Thrive Contact Center to apply for benefits over the phone. The SC Thrive Contact Center can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at 800.726.8774.
There are food pantries and food banks across the state. Here is a statewide listing. Please call ahead for eligibility, hours and location.
Veterans Outreach and Support
Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility. Alternatively, Veterans can sign into and send a secure message to VA or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis. Upon arriving at VA, all patients will be screened for flu-like symptoms before they enter in order to protect other patients and staff. A VA health care professional will assist you with next steps once this screening process is complete. At this time, VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to please postpone their visits to VA facilities.
Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention
For National Updates from the CDC2-1-1 Information and Referral Center
Just dial the numbers 2-1-1 and you’ll be connected with a live operator who will provide the latest information regarding available resources. If you have resources or services to add to the 2-1-1 database, please dial 2-1-1 and they will work with you to get them added.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) 1-800-Age-Line
The ADRC acts as a no wrong door for those needing assistance by providing benefits screening, education and options counseling on long term care services and supports. It is also an entry point for professionals, caregivers, and family members to seek resources and assistance on behalf of their clients, friends or family members. All callers are screened for assistance utilizing a universal screening tool that prevents the caller from having to give the information numerous times. Referrals are made on behalf of the individual needing assistance and follow-up is provided for quality assurance. The ADRC will offer extended assistance to those who choose an advocate to assist with application for services and benefits.
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463).
Disaster Distress Helpline
Provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.1-800-985-5990 or by Text Message TALKWITHUS to 66746
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services/Community Living
Information for Older Adults and People with Disabilities about Coronavirus Disease 2019.
Elder Care Locator – 1800-677-1116
Emergency Preparedness Resources