Daily Point of Light # 2834 Dec 15, 2004

Sumter Senior Services was established in 1968 as a private nonprofit organization to promote the social, mental and physical welfare of elderly citizens in Sumter County, South Carolina. They are a part of a statewide network of service providers for older adults working under the Lieutenant Governor’s Office – Office on Aging.

The Agency’s guiding philosophy is that everyone has an obligation to assist the seniors. These older Americans have spent their working years building our communities and providing programs and services. We would not have what we have today had it not been for the struggles of the seniors. It is time for us to assist them in living a dignified life in a home setting for as long as they can.

Sumter Senior Services provides a variety of services to the senior population. The primary services are home delivered meals, noonday meals at Senior Centers and transportation. The other services include the operation of 7 senior center that provide a congregate meal for seniors as well as activities, computer classes, ceramic classes, arts and crafts and games. The transportation services provide seniors with a way to get to the senior centers, doctor appointments and recreational trips.

In addition, Home Care and Respite Services including light housekeeping and respite care for caregivers are offered. They also offer a Health/Wellness Program, which includes health screenings, health education and fitness training. The seniors receive information on resources and services available within the community and are referred to appropriate agencies if needed. They also offer Public Benefits Counseling and Assistance. These services include information on supplemental insurance policies, housing assistance, living will and health care powers of attorney.

The Agency also sponsors the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP has volunteer opportunities that are offered to active and retired seniors residing in Sumter County at a variety of settings located throughout the community.

Last year, the Senior Services provided in excess of 127,000 meals and traveled 114,474 miles to provide senior adult services. They also provide more than 13,000 hours of Homecare and Companion services as well as 4,357 hours of Fitness/Wellness training. The Sumter Senior Services provide seniors with a place to enjoy fellowship, share a meal, activities, and learn new skills and physical fitness programs.