Government Resources

Government Resources

Benefits CheckupĀ®
(The National Council on the Aging)
If you are a senior citizen, this site may help you learn if there are benefits for which you qualify. You may be able to get help with prescription drugs, health care, utility, and other costs. An easy-to-use survey must be completed and within seconds, you will receive a list of programs in your area, for which you can apply.
https://benefitscheckup.org/
Genetics Home Reference
(National Library of Medicine)
This Web site has "consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions." Help Me Understand Genetics explains the basics of genetics, how genes work, and how mutations or changes cause disorders. You can search by a specific condition or gene or browse the complete list. There are summaries for each genetic condition and gene included. This site is under development; the coverage and resources will continue to grow. Excellent illustrations, a glossary, and links to additional Web sites add to the usefulness of this site.
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/
Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging (The)
(State of South Carolina)
This state operated Website can help you find available services for seniors in South Carolina. There is a database of services, a section devoted to the most current news about senior issues, helpful information about benefits, Medicare and Medicaid, housing, long term care, how to report abuse, and much more.
https://aging.sc.gov/
Medicaid
Links to Medicaid sites reviewed for Hands on Health-SC.
http://www.handsonhealth-sc.org/page.php?id=448
Medicare
Links to Medicare sites reviewed for Hands on Health-SC.
http://www.handsonhealth-sc.org/page.php?id=450
NIHSenior Health
(National Library of Medicine and National Institute on Aging)
This is a "talking web site with formats and topics tailored to the needs of older people." The information given is basic and easy to read. It presents information in large, easy-to-read type. If you click the "Turn Speech On" button at the top of a page, the text will be read for you. "Each topic provides general background information, quizzes, frequently asked questions (FAQs), open-captioned video clips, transcripts for the videos, and photos and illustrations with captions." Topics include Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Balance Problems, Breast Cancer, Hearing Loss, Exercise for older adults and more. Short video clips illustrate exercise techniques.
https://nihseniorhealth.gov/
Forms and Applications
(South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS))
SCDHHS has provided access to legal health forms and applications in PDF format. Here you can find a Health Care Power of Attorney form, a Living Will form, and Medicaid applications in both English and Spanish.
https://www.scdhhs.gov/forms-and-applications
SC Assistive Technology Project
(The University of South Carolina Center for Disability Resources)
The South Carolina Assistive Technology Project (SCATP) is a federally funded project concerned with getting technology into the hands of people with disabilities so that they might live, work, learn and be a more independent part of the community. Read about types of assistive technology and how it is used. Look at AT Funding to learn how to qualify. The site also offers training opportunities for health and social service professionals. Examples of assistive technologies include modified eating utensils, page turners, dressing aids; devices that help with speech or hearing; mobility aids like wheelchairs, scooters, walkers; computer access aids like touch screens, modified keyboards, and much more.
http://scatp.med.sc.edu/
Social Security Administration
The official website for SSA. Site contains information on how to obtain a Social Security card, apply for retirement and disability benefits, apply for Medicare and get help with drug prescription costs for Medicare patients.
https://www.ssa.gov/

Last Modified: Monday October 09, 2017 10:20 AM