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Caregiving is demanding — and it's normal to need a break. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness; in fact, taking care of yourself can help give you the strength to provide for the care for your loved one for as long a possible.

Learn more about types of respite and its benefits.

The South Carolina Department on Aging offers short-term respite (time away from caregiving responsibility) for family caregivers through a voucher program. This program is possible thanks to funding through the SC General Assembly.

This program is administered regionally through our state's ten Area Agencies on Aging. The AAAs can also connect you with additional resources that you may be eligible for, like the Family Caregiver Support Program, Medicare counseling, or senior nutrition programs.

To get your respite application started, contact the AAA region that serves your county. You can see all of the regions and their contact info here.

Please also free free to call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction.