“YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”

Respite Care Charleston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Our priority is to bring MORE. GOOD. DAYS.™ to families dealing with one of life's greatest challenges.

With several locations around the Lowcountry, RCC's social day programs provide caregivers a break while bringing smiles to the faces of those they love. While we provide activities like singing, painting, memory fitness and light exercise - all designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia - the greatest benefit of our day program participants is simple pleasures of being with others.

For families and caregivers, RCC's support groups are a safe place to learn tips and tricks on dealing with the unique challenges that arise along the journey with Alzheimer's and dementia and to share laughter, tears and friendship in a confidential setting.

You are not alone. Respite Care Charleston can help.

FOUNDED IN 1996, WE ARE A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT AND NON-DENOMINATIONAL ORGANIZATION.
PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY.

Areas of Focus

Respite Programs

Social day programs that assist people with dementia and offer caregivers relief.

Support Groups

If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, you are not alone.

Senior Moments

Education and social support for those with MCI or early-stage dementia.



Social Day Programs

Our social day programs enable people with dementia to remain independent, maintain optimum physical and mental health, stay socially connected, and pursue interests and hobbies, all of which help to improve their quality of life.

Our Participants Enjoy:

Socialization   |   Memory Fitness Games   |   Gentle Exercise
Outdoor Activities   |   Art   |   Music   |   Pet Therapy
Healthy Meals   |   Intergenerational Interactions

No medical or nursing care is provided,
however, we can offer limited assistance with some activities of daily living.




Support For You

If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, you are not alone. We're here to help! Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, our support groups are a free resource to learn from other caregivers and a safe place to share heartache, grief, frustrations, common experiences, and resources in a confidential setting.

Caregivers Receive:

A safe place to laugh & cry
Information & education about Alzheimer's Disease & other forms of dementia
Social support & compassion
Problem solving strategies
Friendship & guidance
Access to educational publications and other materials
Connections and referrals to community resources


Donate

Whether to honor a loved one, to help those on a journey you've traveled, or to support our work as an anonymous donor, we're grateful for your support! Your contribution will help us provide affordable respite care, scholarships for families with financial challenges, facilitated support groups and one-on-one caregiver assistance.

Donations may be made online, through your Fidelity, Schwab or BNY Mellon donor advised fund, or via check made payable to Respite Care Charleston, 1605 Harbor View Rd. Charleston, SC 29412. Our nonprofit tax ID # is 45-1535756.

For information on planned giving, stock transfers, meal donations, or other ways to support Respite Care Charleston, please contact us at 843.647.7405.


Funding Partners

Alzheimer's Foundation of America | Boeing Employees' Community Fund
Rotary Club of Charleston | Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club
Ladies' Benevolent Society | Rotary Club of Mt Pleasant
SC Office on Aging Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center
Edna M. Sutton Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation
Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation



A helping hand

Compassionate volunteers are key to making our programs fun and engaging. Whether you're looking to be more involved with your community, meet new people or just want to help out, sharing your time and talent at Respite Care Charleston will undoubtedly bring a smile to someone's face.

Click here for an insiders perspective on volunteering with RCC, then contact our team at 843.647.7405 or Info@RespiteCareCharleston.org to get started.


Help Us Bring Joy

Lead a special activity
Prepare or serve a meal
Interact with participants
Play a game to promote memory fitness
And more . . . Share your talent!



Events


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Space is limited! Register online here or click here for a hard copy registration form.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.




Our Team


Sara Perry, MPA, CDP

Executive Director
A graduate of Winthrop University (Marketing Communications) and the College of Charleston (Master of Public Administration), Sara has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit/public sector. She is a graduate of Leadership Charleston and was named one of one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" in 2016. Sara's passion for supporting those with dementia began with experiences with two grandparents, leading her to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Caitlin Hastie, ADC, CDP

Program Coordinator
Caitlin's passion for elder care began when she was 16 and led her to receive her BS in Public Health from the College of Charleston. After volunteering in nursing homes and with Respite Care Charleston, Caitlin worked professionally as an Activity Director and Life Enrichment Leader in the Grand Strand area. She is Activity Director Certified (ADC) through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals and was recognized as Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) in 2019.

Corina Heller, CDP

Program Assistant

Bonnie MacDonald, CDP

Program Assistant

Board of Directors


Jenny McCulloch, MLIS, BOARD CHAIR, is a retired library media specialist.

Fatima Sakarya, JD, VICE CHAIR, works in the field of real estate law and is a former dementia caregiver.

Quentin Jackson, TREASURER, is the former President and CEO of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd.

Cynthia Smalls-Middleton, SECRETARY, is a Supervisor, Clinical System Administrator for Amerihealth Caritas and a former caregiver.

Bernie Bounanno is Vice President of Customer Solutions/Distribution for AARP Services, Inc.

John Kleckley, MD is a physician with Palmetto Primary Care Physicians and owner of Charleston Geriatrics and Post-Acute Care.

Cullen Murray-Kemp is the publisher of HealthLinks magazine.

Karen Nichols, RN is Director of Program Development for Carolina Health Care.

Amy Zonarich Powers is a Realtor with Keller Williams West Ashley and former caregiver.

Gerald Rittenberg, MD is a retired radiologist and former caregiver.

Tasha Williams is Community Relations Manager at Savannah Place Assisted Living Community.



Schedule

Respite Day Programs

James Island - Martin Luther Church
Tuesday & Friday   |   10am - 1:45pm
1605 Harbor View Rd.

Johns Island - St. John's Episcopal Church
Monday & Thursday   |   10am - 1:45pm
3673 Maybank Hwy.

Mt. Pleasant - All Saints Lutheran Church
Monday & Wednesday   |   10am - 1:45pm
2107 Highway 17 North

West Ashley - Holy Spirit Lutheran
Tuesday & Thursday   |   10am - 1:45pm
3075 Bees Ferry Rd.

Senior Moments for those with Early Stage Dementia

Support Group
2nd & 4th Wednesday   |   10am - 11:30am
Martin Luther Church, James Island

Educational / Social Day Program
1st & 3rd Wednesday   |   10am - 1:45pm
Martin Luther Church, James Island

Caregiver Support Groups

East Cooper - All Saints Lutheran Church
1st & 3rd Monday   |   10am - 11:30am

East Cooper - Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
1st & 3rd Thursday   |   10am - 11:30am

Online Support Group*
1st & 3rd Tuesday   |   7:00pm

James Island - Martin Luther Church
2nd & 4th Friday   |   10am - 11:30am
2nd & 4th Wednesday   |   10am - 11:30am

West Ashley - Waring Senior Center
2nd & 4th Saturday   |   10am - 11:30am

* For more information on online support group meetings, or for support between meetings,
contact us at 843-647-7405 or Info@RespiteCareCharleston.org.



Respite Care Charleston   |   1605 Harbor View Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

— A 501(c)(3) non-profit and non-denominational organization —