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Respite is regular, temporary breaks from care giving for a person,

(of any age) who 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 Alzheimer’s, respite can help you continue caring for your loved one at home.



2019 National Lifespan Respite Conference
Buffalo, New York
  8 April 30-May 2, 2019

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Thank you to all who attended and supported

Respite Awareness Day 2018!


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2018 Respite Awareness Day gathering Registration Table with SCRC Staff Member, Allison Poole.


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So good to have friends from all over the Midlands join us at the SC State House to show support for respite for family caregivers.

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The staff of the South Carolina Respite Coalition.

Left to right: Tonya Tisdale, Janet B. Altman, Allison Poole, Joice Gouw (missing Stephanie Sumner)



7 Benefits Caregivers Experience from Respite Care

1. Renewal
– Doing what brings you joy can calm your nerves, decrease your heart rate and improve your mood. Pursuing what you love can be rejuvenating.

2. Energy – Balancing the responsibilities in your life can drain you of energy. But taking a break can allow you to re-energize and be more effective in what you do.

3. Space – Distancing yourself from your situation – even for just a few hours – gives you the chance to be ‘off’ for a while, so you can relax and be at ease.

4. Pleasure – No matter what our responsibilities, everyone has the right to enjoy life. Having time to do as you please allows for purposeful, fulfilled living.

5. Identity – You are more than just your loved one’s caregiver. It’s important to maintain your sense of self and take care of your personal needs and desires.

6. Time Away – Spending time away from caregiving can allow you to see things more clearly and gain a better perspective. Having time to rest can even help you think of new ideas or resources.

7. Engagement – Caregivers suffer from social isolation as much as their loved ones do. It’s important to spend time with your friends and family and keep your social ties healthy.

Respite care is also beneficial to loved ones
who could use a change of pace or scenery
 from their daily routine.


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