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.


Areas of Focus


Social day programs that assist people with dementia.

Support Groups

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


Provide families coping with dementia an affordable option for care.


Give the gift of time and talent and bring a smile to someone’s face.

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
Interaction with Children   |   Lunch & Snacks

No medical or nursing care is provided by Respite Care Charleston staff at the day program; however, limited assistance with some activities of daily living is provided. No medication administration is provided on site.

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 & dementia
Social support & compassion
Problem solving strategies
Friendship & guidance
Community resources


Help us provide more. good. days.™

Whether you’re here 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. Our nonprofit federal tax ID is 45-1535756, and our mailing address is 1605 Harbor View Rd. Charleston, SC 29412.

For information on planned giving, stock transfers, meal donations, or other ways to support Respite Care Charleston, please contact Sara Perry at 843.647.7405 or Info@RespiteCareCharleston.org.

Funding Partners

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America | Aflac | C&S Wholesale Grocers
Exchange Club of Charleston | Food Lion Feeds | Jean Griswold Foundation
The Joanna Foundation | Ladies Benevolence Society
Town of Kiawah | Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club
SC Medical Society – Roper St. Francis Physician’s Endowment
Rotary Club of Charleston (Breakfast) | Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant

A helping hand

Compassionate volunteers are the key to making our programs fun and engaging.
Whether you’re looking to be more involved with your community, meet new people, or just have a good heart and want to help out, giving the gift of 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!

Our Team

“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.”

Sara Perry, CDP

Executive Director

A graduate of Winthrop University (Marketing Communications) and the College of Charleston (Master of Public Administration), Sara has more than 18 years of experience in the non-profit/public sector. In 2016, she was named one of one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”. Sara’s passion for supporting those with dementia began with experiences with two grandparents, leading her to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Julie Wise

Program Coordinator

Julie Wise holds a Master’s in Health Care Administration from the University of Scranton and has more than 13 years’ experience in senior care. Her past positions include roles in social work at the New York State Veterans’ Home and the Willow Point Nursing Home (NY) where she served as Director of Social Services. Julie most recently worked in companion care, and she has recently become a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Ginger Deignan

Support Group Facilitator

Ginger Deignan has worked for more than 30 years in the field of Aging and Alzheimer’s, starting as Activities/Social Services Director in a nursing facility. As Outreach Coordinator for Older Adult Services at Catholic Charities in Charleston, Ginger established the first group respite program in the Lowcountry/Charleston area in 1992 and has worked with Respite Care Charleston since 2005.

Board of Directors

Shelly K. All, JD


is a partner with the law offices of Christensen and All, P.A. and concentrates her practice in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate.

Bernie Buonanno


is Vice President, Customer Solutions/Distribution for AARP Services, Inc. with over 30 years experience in insurance, investments, healthcare and hi-tech communications.

Quentin Jackson


is the former President and CEO of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd.

Fatima Sakarya, JD


works in the field of real estate law. She lost her father to dementia in 2012.

Linda Dove

is a retired communications professional and caregiver.

John Kleckley, MD

is a geriatric medicine specialist in Mount Pleasant, SC, with over 15 years of experience in geriatric medicine. He is affiliated with several hospitals and consults with many other physician practices in the area.

Jenny McCulloch, MLIS

is a retired educator and library media specialist and past president of the Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church Council.

Amy Zonarich Powers

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

Gerald Rittenberg, MD

is a retired radiologist and former caregiver.

Cynthia Smalls

is a Clinical System Administrator for Select Health of South Carolina.

Peter B. Waddington

is a retired Union Pacific Railroad marketing and sales executive and caregiver.


Our locations are spread around the Lowcountry. Support is closer than you think.

Social Day Programs

Out of an abundance of caution and care for those we serve,
Respite Care Charleston’s day programs have been suspended.

We look forward to re-opening when public health officials indicate it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you’re struggling with caring for your loved one, you are not alone!

Please call (843)647-7405 or e-mail Info@RespiteCareCharleston.org for help, including several options to provide caregivers support and engaging activities for your loved ones while homebound.

For the safety of those we serve, all Respite Care Charleston support groups have been modified to a conference call format.

Meetings will be held at the following dates and times:

2nd & 4th Tuesday   |   6pm – 7:30pm  
Wednesdays   |   10am – Noon
3rd Saturday  |  10am – 11:30am – Spouses of Early Onset  
1st & 3rd Friday   |   10am – 11:30am

For call-in instructions or for help between meetings, please call 843-647-7405 or email Info@RespiteCareCharleston.org.

Support groups offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Support Groups

James Island
Martin Luther Evangelical Church
1605 Harbor View Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

West Ashley
Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church
3075 Bees Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

Johns Island
St. Johns Parish Church
3673 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

Mt. Pleasant
All Saints Lutheran Church
2107 US 17, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

N. Charleston
N. Charleston United Methodist Church
1125 E. Montague Ave, N. Chas., SC 29405

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

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