What Is Respite

Respite is a temporary, short break from providing hands-on care for a loved one who has a significant disability, special need or chronic illness. It is a chance for caregivers to rest, relax and recharge. It reduces fatigue, stress and isolation, improves caregiver health, stabilizes families, and helps avoid or delay costly out-of-home care placements.

Our Mission

The mission of the SC Respite Coalition is to expand quality respite opportunities in South Carolina throughout the lifespan for South Carolina families who have a member with special needs.

The Coalition’s goals are to:

  • Educate the general public and specific groups about the need for respite care
  • Develop strategies to provide and improve respite services for families.
  • Provide support for families and providers through coordinated information resources.

The SC Respite Coalition is the only entity in the state committed to addressing the needs for respite across the lifespan for all persons caring for a child or adult who has special needs. The Respite Coalition was incorporated in the summer of 2001 and is the result of the vision of over 30 organizations. Lead organizations in the development of the Respite Coalition have been Family Connection of SC, Inc., the Center for Disability Resources at the USC School of Medicine, and the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina.