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.
The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to announce that our caregiver respite program has relaunched! Thank you for your patience during this transition period!
How is the respite program different?
The changes are on the administrative end -- the $500 voucher itself will remain the same. The Alzheimer’s Association – South Carolina Chapter is now partnering with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA), to administer our respite program through the ten Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). Our goal is to increase the coordination of services for persons with dementia and their caregivers -- and to serve you more quickly. For example, before we had just one staff person issuing each voucher. Now we’ll have ten people issuing vouchers around the state to serve you faster. You’ll also be connected with additional resources that you may be eligible for, like the Family Caregiver Support Program, Medicare counseling, or senior nutrition programs.
How do I apply for the respite program?
Please call the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 to request an application. We are addressing a backlog of applications first, and then we will begin the application process for new applicants.
What if I've already submitted the web form or called the Alzheimer's Association to put my nameon the list to request a respite application?
Any individual who has requested an application will receive notification by mail that the program has restarted. Regional AAA staff will then contact each individual to confirm that respite is still needed and to begin your application.
I sent in an application during the program’s transition period; will I have to complete a new application?
Any respite applications received during the transition period will be processed immediately as the program relaunches. Applicants will be contacted by their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to process and issue Alzheimer’s Association respite vouchers.
Yes, the Alzheimer’s Association still offers assistance to help family caregivers to attend an Association program or event. This “Sitter Service” is separate from the respite voucher program and does not come out of your $500 voucher. To apply, call 800-272-3900 at least 2 weeks in advance of the education program, support group or event that you wish to attend.
I’m a respite provider. Will the billing process change?
Providers, please stay tuned. We are finalizing new billing procedures and will communicate them ASAP.
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!
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.
For the time being, we must have a respite application on file for those who wish to access this service. 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.