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South Carolina Quick Reference List

Advance Directives

Advance Directives Information and Brochure

Source: South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging

Description:

This online resource page provides background on your advance directive options in South Carolina, as well as links to downloadable and printable versions of the South Carolina Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms in English and Spanish.


Caring Connections Advance Directives Forms Library

Source: Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Description:

Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. As a public service, Care Connections provides free online access to advance health care planning information and forms for South Carolina and all the other states.

Advocacy

Ombudsman Resource Web Page

Source: South Carolina Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Phone: 1-800-868-9095

Description:

South Carolina's Long Term Care Ombudman Program is administered by the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging through ten regional offices. Support and services provided by the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program are free. The Ombudsman program works to protect the the health, safety, and rights of persons receiving care in long term care facilities. The program functions in large part through trained volunteers who work to educate and empower residents of care facilities and their families and to investigate and help resolve complaints when they arise. Visit the Ombudsman Resource Web Page for a listing of local offices or call the Office on Aging toll-free.

Consumer Protection

Senior Fraud Web Page

Source: South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging

Description:

This is a short, easy-to-understand set of resources seniors can use to help protect themselves against scams and other forms of consumer fraud.

Financial Questions

SHIP Regional Contact Information 

Source: South Carolina State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Description:

Every state has a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). In South Carolina, our SHIP program is also known as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders (or "I-CARE") program. The SHIP program serves consumers through a network of regional offices. Advisors can help you deal with questions involving Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Savings programs, Medicare Part D Prescription Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare fraud issues and concerns.

Healthcare

The South Carolina Healthcare Information & Referral Network (SCHIRN)

Source: The Palmetto Project
Phone: 1-888-998-4646

Description:

This is a statewide online information and referral network with toll-free call center. Use it find access to affordable healthcare services and reduced cost medications.

Information & Referral

South Carolina Access

Source: South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging

Description:

South Carolina Access is our state's comprehensive guide to resources for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. Visit the program's website for a broad range of senior information and referral contacts.


The South Carolina Healthcare Information & Referral Network (SCHIRN)

Source: The Palmetto Project
Phone: 1-888-998-4646

Description:

This is a statewide online information and referral network with toll-free call center. Use it find access to affordable healthcare services and reduced cost medications.

Insurance Questions

SHIP Regional Contact Information 

Source: South Carolina State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Description:

Every state has a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). In South Carolina, our SHIP program is also known as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders (or "I-CARE") program. The SHIP program serves consumers through a network of regional offices. Advisors can help you deal with questions involving Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Savings programs, Medicare Part D Prescription Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare fraud issues and concerns.

Legal Issues

Advance Directives Information and Brochure

Source: South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging

Description:

This online resource page provides background on your advance directive options in South Carolina, as well as links to downloadable and printable versions of the South Carolina Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms in English and Spanish.


Caring Connections Advance Directives Forms Library

Source: Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Description:

Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. As a public service, Care Connections provides free online access to advance health care planning information and forms for South Carolina and all the other states.


Senior Fraud Web Page

Source: South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging

Description:

This is a short, easy-to-understand set of resources seniors can use to help protect themselves against scams and other forms of consumer fraud.

Long Term Care

Ombudsman Resource Web Page

Source: South Carolina Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Phone: 1-800-868-9095

Description:

South Carolina's Long Term Care Ombudman Program is administered by the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging through ten regional offices. Support and services provided by the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program are free. The Ombudsman program works to protect the the health, safety, and rights of persons receiving care in long term care facilities. The program functions in large part through trained volunteers who work to educate and empower residents of care facilities and their families and to investigate and help resolve complaints when they arise. Visit the Ombudsman Resource Web Page for a listing of local offices or call the Office on Aging toll-free.

Medicaid

Medicaid in South Carolina Website

Source: South Carolina Department of Health & Human Services

Description:

This is the Department of Health and Human Services' homepage. Visit this page for online information about Medicaid, including eligibility requirements, how to apply, what health services are covered, what co-payments are required, and many other questions regarding Medicaid in South Carolina.


Senior Medicare (Fraud) Patrol

Source: South Carolina Lt. Governor''s Office on Aging

Description:

The purpose of this program is to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and caregivers concerning their benefits and support them in recognizing and reporting billing errors and possible fraud and abuse.


SHIP Regional Contact Information 

Source: South Carolina State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Description:

Every state has a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). In South Carolina, our SHIP program is also known as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders (or "I-CARE") program. The SHIP program serves consumers through a network of regional offices. Advisors can help you deal with questions involving Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Savings programs, Medicare Part D Prescription Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare fraud issues and concerns.

Medicare

Senior Medicare (Fraud) Patrol

Source: South Carolina Lt. Governor''s Office on Aging

Description:

The purpose of this program is to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and caregivers concerning their benefits and support them in recognizing and reporting billing errors and possible fraud and abuse.


SHIP Regional Contact Information 

Source: South Carolina State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Description:

Every state has a SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). In South Carolina, our SHIP program is also known as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders (or "I-CARE") program. The SHIP program serves consumers through a network of regional offices. Advisors can help you deal with questions involving Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Savings programs, Medicare Part D Prescription Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare fraud issues and concerns.

Senior Safety

Don't Let Falls Get You Down: Take Control (Factsheet)

Source: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Description:

This injury prevention webpage contains a helpful set of safety tips to help you prevent falls for yourself or a loved one. Covers key facts about falls and older adults, common risk factors for self-assessment, and four things you can do to prevent falls. Scroll down on this web page to find the fall prevention tips.

Your Rights

Ombudsman Resource Web Page

Source: South Carolina Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Phone: 1-800-868-9095

Description:

South Carolina's Long Term Care Ombudman Program is administered by the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging through ten regional offices. Support and services provided by the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program are free. The Ombudsman program works to protect the the health, safety, and rights of persons receiving care in long term care facilities. The program functions in large part through trained volunteers who work to educate and empower residents of care facilities and their families and to investigate and help resolve complaints when they arise. Visit the Ombudsman Resource Web Page for a listing of local offices or call the Office on Aging toll-free.