Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Respite Voucher Program
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.
The South Carolina Chapter provides 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 Department of Mental Health, and it's administered in partnership with the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging.
If you are a family caregiver for someone with dementia, please call the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900 to learn how to get your application process started.
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.
Please note: Vouchers are issued only as funds are available. If you have been told that no funds are available, please know that our fiscal year begins again in July -- so please be sure to call again to see if funds are once again available.
The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to offer 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 the $500 voucher. 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, please call 800-272-3900 at least 2 weeks in advance of the education program, support group or event that you wish to attend.
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 dementia 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.