Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Respite Voucher Program
The South Carolina Chapter provides short-term respite--time away from caregiving responsibility--for full-time family caregivers through a voucher program. This program is possible thanks to funding through the SC Department of Mental Health.
Due to overwhelming demand for respite services, we find it necessary to temporarily stop accepting respite applications and renewal requests.
The Alzheimer's Association is working hard to restructure this program to provide quicker and more efficient services to caregivers.
Please click below to request an application for the improved respite program, which we expect to be available in July 2013.
We look forward to continuing to support the needs of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers in South Carolina, and we are grateful for your patience during this time!
It's possible that additional respite assistance may be available through the Family Caregiver Support Program. To learn more about this program and available services, please call the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging at 1-800-868-9095 or contact the Family Caregiver Advocate at your Area Agency on Aging.
If a no-cost, in-home patient sitter is needed so that the caregiver can attend a monthly support group meeting, education program or Alzheimer's Association event such as Walk to End Alzheimer's, additional respite assistance is still available.
To access this service, we must have a respite application on file. Please call 800-272-3900 for more information.
We're here to support you!
Please be sure to take advantage of some of our other great programs available to help Alzheimer's and demetia caregivers!
24-Hour Helpline - 800-272-3900
Staffed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week our helpline offers assistance in 140 different languages any time day or night. You can also call for care consultation provided by our trained staff, who can help with decision-making support, crisis assistance and developing a care plan.
Often times, we hear caregivers say they are looking for support from people who "really understand because they've been there, too." An Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group offers just that – a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system. Find a support group meeting near you.
Support groups are a place to:
- Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions
- Talk through challenges and ways of coping
- Share feelings, needs and concerns
- Learn about resources available in your community
Prefer to get support online? Join AlzConnected, our online community of caregivers.
The Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite Voucher Program is designed to provide relief to caregivers to lessen the physical, emotional and financial burdens associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Fulltime caregivers provide 24 hour a day care for their loved ones often without taking a break. As a result, the caregiver’s own physical and emotional health often suffers. Evidence suggests that elderly spousal caregivers who experience caregiver stress have a mortality rate 63% higher than average. High caregiver stress leads to the increased need to seek long-term care placement for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease.
Visit our caregiver center to learn about the symptoms of caregiver stress and check out tips that you can use to help manage it.