“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.
Areas of Focus
Social day programs that assist people with dementia.
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.
• 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!
Donations may be made online 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Donations Help
Affordable care for families coping with dementia
Caregiver resources and support group facilitators
Operating expenses not covered by fees
Scholarships for those unable to pay for day programs
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
Volunteers are an integral part of our organization.
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. We hope you’ll consider reaching out and joining our efforts.
Help during day programs
• Lead a special activity
• Prepare or serve a meal
• Interact with participants
• Play a game to promote memory fitness
• And more . . . Share your talent!
“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.”
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! A proud mother of two active teenagers, Sara mentors several older youth in foster care and is an avid sailor.
Christine Vinciguerra attended Bishop England High School and later continued her education at the College of Charleston. As she watched her grandfather cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, Christine decided to take a class on Gerontology. She began volunteering at RCC for one of her college classes and formed a passion for caring for people dealing with dementia. Christine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2017.
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 is the mom of three active teenagers.
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 in Georgia. 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. She’s worked with Respite Care Charleston since 2005 and currently facilitates our Mount Pleasant support group.
Rusty was born and raised in Charleston where he lives with his mom, Christine, and his three furry brothers. He often visits program sites where he’s the first friendly face to greet participants and their families. In his free time, he enjoys learning new tricks, swimming, and walking on the beach.
Board of Directors
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.
is Vice President, Customer Solutions/Distribution for AARP Services, Inc. with over 30 years experience in insurance, investments, healthcare and hi-tech communications.
is the former President and CEO of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd.
works in the field of real estate law. She lost her father to dementia in 2012.
is a retired communications professional and caregiver.
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.
is a retired educator and library media specialist and past president of the Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church Council.
is a Realtor with Keller Williams West Ashley and former caregiver.
is a retired radiologist and former caregiver.
is a Clinical System Administrator for Select Health of South Carolina.
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.
Martin Luther Evangelical Church
1605 Harbor View Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church
3075 Bees Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
St. Johns Parish Church
3673 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
All Saints Lutheran Church
2107 US 17, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Respite Care Charleston is your local resource – Call us at 843.647.7405!
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