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is regular, temporary breaks from caregiving for a person,

who may be of any age and has a disability,

special need or chronic illness.

Respite is an essential service that keeps families together by protecting the health and mental health of the caregiver.  Whether you are a parent caring for a child with disabilities or a spouse or adult child caring for someone with dementia, respite can help you continue caring for your loved one at home.



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please consider making a donation now.

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If you haven't done this yet, 
Be a Respite Ambassador
in 2016!

YOUR CALL might help get millions for respite - literally!
SC Respite Awareness Week is over, but it's not too late.

   It’s as easy as….. PIE!         



Phone, write or e-mail your STATE SENATOR and REPRESENTATIVE during that week

Inspire them by telling them your respite story and saying “THANK YOU” (1)

Encourage them to continue funding RESPITE and approve new respite funds (2)



(1)   SAY THANKS! In 2015, after 2 years of awarding generous ONE TIME respite funds,

  t    the legislature  approved $1 million recurring (on-going) respite money in the Lt. Governor’s Office
              on Aging (LGOA) budget.

         t     In 2014 they awarded funds to allow 1,400 more families to receive services from
                      SC Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN).


        (2)    NOTE: Current requests in the 2016-17 state  budget:

           t LGOA is asking for another $1.6 million recurring funds for respite  statewide.


                    t     DDSN requests $1 million recurring to pay for 8 non-emergency respite beds - at residential facilities.


To find your STATE legislators,  CLICK HERE

·         Put in your zip code and local, state, and national representatives will be displayed.

·         Click on their name and you can either send an e-mail or get their phone number.
  You may also
call us at (803) 935-5027 and we’ll look it up for you.


If you are a family caregiver or a professional who works with family caregivers

 YOUR VOICE is really needed! Legislators can’t know what is important to you

and how they can help unless you, as a voter, speak up.

For more information and to let us know which legislators you are calling,

please e-mail us at  susan@screspitecoalition.org

To download this information as a flyer and share, Click Here.

To download more Talking Points, Click Here.


For Respite Voucher information, CLICK HERE

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Last modified: 05/06/16       Webmaster: Renée A. Gibson, LMSW, CSA