More than 52,341 elderly adults call Charleston home. This port city in South Carolina founded in 1670 is memorable for its many historic features -- for instance, the French Quarter and the Battery districts have horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, and pastel-colored antebellum houses. The city is a mixture of features of old-world charm and modern sophistication. Despite its age, the city has all the conveniences of a modern city from shopping districts to sports arenas and entertainment centers.
Meals on Wheels of Charleston, a network of staff and volunteers deliver hot meals at noon to homebound seniors. When delivering meals, they also check on seniors to make sure that they are doing well.
The Lowcountry Senior Center assists older adults, with numerous activities. Visitors can exercise, take classes, or socialize. The center provides a venue for typically isolated seniors to meet new people and try out new things.
Visiting Angels is a national organization that provides non-medical home care services for seniors. Caregivers, called Angels, provide companion care services, personal care, and respite care.
Comfort Keepers work to make home care easier for families by offering reliable in-home care experts who know how to prepare nutritious meals, offer companionship, and do light housekeeping.
Lowcountry Companions Senior Care assists seniors to stay independent for as long as possible by making it easier for them to manage their daily lives in their own homes. They perform a wide variety of tasks like an appointment and medication reminders, organizing the house and providing light housekeeping, and monitoring diet and preparing meals.
Trident Area Agency on Aging focuses on a senior's well-being to help them enjoy dignity and personal fulfillment. It operates as a resource center, coordinating the needs of individuals with area senior service providers. They help minimize confusion and provide clarity on the best possible choices available.
RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a Senior Companions Senior Corps. It offers able-bodied seniors a way to share their experiences with their community. Volunteers are matched with organizations. Volunteers might work as caregivers, tutors, or environmentalists, among other things. Volunteers are trained in a wide variety of skills, ranging from disaster service preparation to training other volunteers.
Elder Helpers organize volunteers to help seniors in their homes. Volunteers may help with household chores or assist seniors with tasks like reading, writing, or using the Internet to communicate with distant family and friends.
Experience Works is an organization that coordinates with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to help low-income older workers find employment. They train participants on behalf of local employers, giving older adults the skills they need to re-enter the workforce.
The Charleston Mental Health Clinic provides mental health services for seniors, as well as arranges for education and advocacy when necessary.
If you would like more information, check out your local hospitals, libraries, and places of worship. They often have some literature on senior services available in Charleston.
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