Aging -- Funding
Upper Savannah Area Agency
on Aging Put Extra Funding
to Good Use During Pandemic
The Upper Savannah Area Agency on Aging received a significant amount of COVID-19 funding over the past year, helping the AAA serve more senior clients in the Region.
The COVID-19 funding in the Region totaled $1,250,806 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and Aging Disability Resource relief funds.
The $1.258 million approximately doubled the total funding for the Upper Savannah Region, adding to the annual Older Americans Act federal funding for support services, nutrition and caregiver support.
The CARES Act provided $547,808 for nutrition (all spent on home-delivered meals), $228,253 for supportive services (transportation, home care and assistive technology), $113,600 for Family Caregiver, and $22,825 for Ombudsman.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provided the Upper Savannah Region with $192,213 for home-delivered meals (HDMs) and an additional $96,107 for support services.
The Aging Disability Resource fund provided $50,000, most of which was spent on HDMs.
The COVID-19 funding helped provide 148,238 HDMs to qualifying seniors as well as 100,935 miles traveled for medical and essential shopping trips.
A major benefit of the additional funding was cutting into waiting lists for services, especially for HDMs. Seniors are put on waiting lists after they request services and are removed based on priority of needs and funding availability.
There has been an increased need for HDMs because senior centers have been closed to group dining and seniors have been hesitant to venture outside their homes due to COVID-19.
Upper Savannah Region COVID-19 Spending*
Home-Delivered Meals, $787,021
Support Services, $324,360
Family Caregiver, $113,600
Assistive Technology, $3,000
* Combined CARES Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Aging Disability Resource Allocation Estimates provided by S.C. Department on Aging