Get The Respite Help You Need
Respite for Individuals Under 60
If you want to have someone come into your home to provide respite care, you may be thinking about who you can trust in your home, who understands your loved one’s needs, and who your loved one is comfortable with. Thinking in terms of your Circle of Support can help with that.
Your Circle of Support can include:
A range of possible state and federal funding sources may be available to help you pay for respite. The SC Respite Coalition offers vouchers to reimburse caregivers for respite care from a paid care provider. For SCRC vouchers, the person being cared for must be under the age of 60.
Respite for Individuals Over 60
If you are caring for someone 60 or older, or someone of any age with Alzheimer’s or related dementias, your local Area Agency on Aging may be able to help with respite through Family Caregiver Support Program. Funding for respite may also be available if you are a grandparent or other relative age 55 or older caring for a grandchild, or if you are parent or other relative caregiver age 55 or older caring for an adult child with disabilities.
For more information, go to GetCareSC.com
For those served by the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs through Medicaid waivers, respite may be available through the Family Selected Respite Program or DSN Board/Qualified Provider Arranged Programs. Case managers can assist with obtaining respite through one of these programs for those eligible.
Other possible sources of respite care include:
Medicare does not cover daycare costs but Medicaid can pay all the costs in a licensed daycare center with a medical model or an Alzheimer’s environment if the senior qualifies financially. Some daycare centers offer need-based scholarships. Others may use a sliding fee scale based on income. Private medical insurance policies sometimes cover a portion of daycare costs when registered, licensed medical personnel are involved in the care. Long-term care insurance may also pay for adult day services, depending upon the policy. Dependent care tax credits may be available to the caregiver as well. See also Medicare Advantage above.