AREA AGENCY ON AGING
WRCOG is the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the Older Americans Act Program in the Region. The AAA’s principal function is to plan a comprehensive and coordinated system of delivering services for senior citizens. The services provided include:
Family caregiver assistance
Information, referral and assistance services
LTC Ombudsman services
ICARE (Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referral for Elders)
The Family Caregiver program provides support, information, education, and services to family caregivers throughout the Waccamaw region. The regional caregiver advocate works directly with caregivers to provide them with information and services that help to make their job as caregivers a successful and rewarding experience while relieving many stressors involved in being a full time caregiver.
Georgetown Family Caregiver Support GroupWaccamaw Regional Council of Governments1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetownalways be held on the first Wednesday of every month from 1 - 2 pmNorth Strand Family Caregiver Support GroupNorth Strand Senior Center 2309 Water tower RoadLongsalways be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 1 - 2 pmSouth Strand Family Caregiver Support GroupBelin Church Education Center4182 Belin Drive, Murrells Inletalways be held the on last Wednesday of every month from 1 - 2 pm.
The Regional Information, Referral and Assistance program (I/R&A) provides a one-stop approach to provide I/R&A services to seniors and their caregivers throughout the region. This program along with an internet accessible statewide I/R&A database serves as the access point for informational services.
The ICARE program is federally funded to provide health insurance counseling for Medicare, Medicate Supplement, Medicare Savings Program, Medicare Advantage Plans and Senior Medicate Fraud programs. This program also assists seniors with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage as well as enrollment.
The Long Term Care Ombudsman program seeks to improve the quality of life and quality of care of the residents of long term care facilities, both in nursing homes and assisted living centers. The LTC Ombudsman investigates and works to resolve problems or complaints affecting long term care residents, educates facility staff about residents rights and other issues, provides information about long term care and related services, educates the community about the needs of long term care residents, and visits long term care facilities to talk to residents and monitor conditions in the facility.
The Assisted Rides Program is funded by the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging to fill the transportation gap currently facing individuals 21 and older with disabilities and individuals 60 and over, in order to enhance their quality of life by enabling them to obtain needed services and continue to live independently. Destinations where an individual could be transported might include non-emergency trips to: hospitals, doctors and dentist offices, pharmacies, social activities, grocery stores, human service agencies, etc.
Information Resources Staff
Area Agency on Aging
1230 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Fax: (843) 527-2302