Show Your Support
Trident Area Agency on Aging encourages advocacy on behalf of seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers in the Trident Area. Advocacy is a process by which an individual or group aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, or public speaking.
Trident Area Agency on Aging is pleased to accept your heartfelt donations. It is through the donations from individuals, such as you, that we are able to provide quality in-home and community-based services. We can also accept in-kind donations of incontinent supplies, nutritional supplies and advertising, along with many other items that our area seniors may be able to benefit from. Please contact our office if you are interested in participating in our in kind donation program. Your tax-deductible donation will support seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities residing in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.
If Trident Area Agency on Aging can ever be of assistance to you, a friend or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Join a Committee
I am interested in learning more about opportunities to join a committee or to become a board member to serve and improve the quality of life for seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers in our community.
Volunteer Ombudsman Program
Sixty percent of the residents in long-term care facilities have no visitors. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program sponsors “Volunteer Ombudsman” who greet and visit with residents at facilities on a regular basis. The volunteers help to educate residents and families on residents’ rights.
The Volunteer Ombudsman diminish the sense of isolation experienced by residents, especially those without family. They provide encouragement and assist the resident in achieving a sense of self-determination.
These volunteers are special people who make a significant contribution. Through their efforts, they improve the quality of life for many seniors in our state. They ensure that the lines of communication between residents and staff remain open.
What is required to be a Volunteer Ombudsman?
Because residents in long term-care facilities may be at risk of exploitation, the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging maintains high standards, volunteers must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Have a valid driver’s license and transportation;
- Not use controlled substances;
- Not have a criminal record;
- Pass a criminal background check;
- Have acceptable verbal, listening and writing skills;
- Be available for a minimum of 2-4 hours each week to visit a designated facility;
- Be free from any conflicts of interest;
- Not have a member of their immediate family, friend, or other relative in the facility that they serve; and
- Abide by The Ombudsman Code of Ethics.
What are Volunteer Ombudsman services?
Because Volunteer Ombudsman are trained before ever entering a facility, they are able to assist residents in a variety of ways that improve the level of services the residents receive.
Volunteer Ombudsman can provide information and education to residents, their families, and facility staff about residents’ rights.
Their interaction with residents and facility staff improves the quality of life and can enable facilities to improve quality of care.
Make a difference in someone’s life, become a Volunteer Ombudsman for the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging. Call us at 843-554-2275 or email: [email protected]
Senior Medicare Patrol
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Volunteer Initiative helps people with Medicare become aware of Medicare billing fraud, how to identify fraud and steps to prevent fraud. Trident Area Agency on Aging is providing free, one-on-one assistance to people with Medicare and their families via telephone and face-to-face sessions, public education presentations and other programs. Call us at 843-554-2275 or email [email protected]aa.org