Respite Care Charleston

Respite Care Charleston


Please join me for "The Walk to End Alzheimers" on September 15, 2018 At Riverfront Park. Team name "Respite Care Charleston" I am Honoring my Mom, Kathleen. Respite Care Charleston was a lifeline for me.
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Respite Care Charleston is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for people coping with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Respite Care Charleston is a local non-profit organization committed to helping families who face the challenges of living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

Since 1994, we have provided support for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease throughout Charleston County. Respite Care Charleston offers social day care programs, caregiver support groups and support and education groups for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Our programs offer preventative care strategies that strengthen families and protects their health and well-being. Many families take great pride and joy in providing care to their loved ones, but, the physical, emotional and financial consequences can be overwhelming without support.

Social Day Programs The Social Day Program is our flagship program. It provides people with dementia the opportunity to have dignified social interaction with peers. The meaningful experience comes from stimulating activities in a safe, failure-free environment. Activities include gardening, an inter-generational programming, discussion group, exercise, performances by local musicians, and other reminiscing and sensory based activities. Participants have the chance to give back to the community through service projects. Additional Support and Services: 4 Caregiver Support Groups - Mt. Pleasant, Johns Island, 2 on James Island Early Stage Support Group for individuals with dementia and their care partners Individual Care Counseling Community Education

Mission: Respite Care Charleston strives to improve the quality of life for individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia by providing support groups, social day programs and education and outreach.

Operating as usual

Daylight Saving Time Can Trigger Sundowning Behaviors

Learn different ways to deal with time change and dementia in this article by Rick Phelps, who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's at age 57. For seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, daylight saving time may exacerbate the symptoms of sundowning. Changes in daylight, mealtimes and sleep schedules often bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties.

[10/23/20]   Thank you to our wonderful friends at Sweetgrass Pharmacy and Compounding for their generous donation of hand sanitizer! Most of our day programs are now back up and running, and keeping everyone safe is our #1 priority!

This #ThankfulThursday, we're showing some love to the companies supporting our annual #golf tournament at the Seabrook Island Club this Nov. 16!

Thank you Franke at Seaside Continuing Care Retirement Community, Chapman Construction, Sweetgrass Court Senior Living, Mount Pleasant Gardens Alzheimer's Special Care Center and HealthLinks Charleston Magazine!

Check out our upcoming events to reserve your space today before we sell out!

Is my senior moment the start of dementia?

"Dementia is not a 'character flaw,' and the term should not be used to criticize a person. Dementia is a serious medical diagnosis -- ask those who have it, the loved ones who care for them or any of us who treat them."

Very well said! The number of cases of dementia in the US is rising as baby boomers age, raising questions for boomers themselves and also for their families, caregivers and society. Alzheimer's is the most common dementia, but there are others to be aware of, a gerontologist explains.

Charleston County Public Library

Need a short break or looking for something to do at home with your loved one? Check out the Charleston County Public Library's Dial-A-Story program to hear staff read stories aloud over the phone!

All you need is access to a phone to participate in this read-aloud! Starting today, you can Dial-A-Story to and listen to our staff read stories for all ages.

Webinar: Creating a Secure Caregiver Backup Plan- The New Options During COVID-19 | Alzheimer's Foundation of America The options for care have changed dramatically over the past few months. What happens if you, as caregiver become ill? How will your loved one be cared for, and what are the best options? This webinar will discuss the latest updates and help you create a road map to ask critical questions and make e...

Responding to 4 Common Dementia Accusations: Stealing, Poisoning, Being Held Prisoner – DailyCaring With false accusations in dementia, logic & reason won’t work. Try these responses for 4 top dementia accusations: stealing, poisoning, being held prisoner.

Photos celebrating summer around the world

Activity idea:
Check out these photos of summer from around the world!

Talk about what you see:
What do you think they’re doing here?
How does this picture make you feel? (It may be helpful to
offer two or three very basic options to choose from, ex. happy, scared or sad.) The Summer season is here! And with its arrival comes longer, hotter days, scenes of watersports fun and cool treats to eat.People relax in a pool in Zalakaros, Hungary, Aug. 12, 2019.

How to Handle Alzheimer’s Outbursts One of the biggest challenges for dementia caregivers is dealing with agitation and aggression. Understanding how and why these behaviors occur can help you defuse them.

We received this message from one of the lovely seniors that has been receiving our weekly mail. Thanks to all who have sent cards and artwork for our participants!

Seated Tai Chi for Seniors: 3 Simple Routines Improve Flexibility and Well-being [Video] – DailyCaring

Try some seated Tai Chi! Seated tai chi for seniors improves health and helps those who are frail or have mobility issues. Get 3 excellent free video routines for beginners.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Telehealth PTC Class - Seniors Engage

The ARK - Alzheimer's Family Support Services is offering the 'Powerful Tools for Caregivers' series online starting this Thursday, June 25. Be sure to check out this wonderful caregiver resource! Powerful Tools for Caregivers Telehealth PTC Classes is an online educational program designed to teach family caregivers how to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend who has a chronic illness. You will benefit from this…

When a Loved One with Alzheimer's Doesn't Recognize You Watching an aging parent or spouse progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be a heartbreaking experience. The loss of cognitive abilities becomes especially painful when mom or dad no longer recognizes their own family.

O Day Full of Grace - with text (for singing)

Listen to this beautiful virtual performance by the National Association of Lutheran Musicians' virtual choir shared with us by one of our host churches, Martin Luther Lutheran Church. Enjoy!

ABC Quiz #1 - Maria's Place

Activity idea:

Print out these trivia questions and see how many of the answers you and your loved one can get! ABC Quiz #1. A general knowledge quiz with multiple choice answers. Great activity for Alzheimer's and other dementias where the memory may need nudging.

Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease: A Resource List Get resources about early-onset Alzheimer’s. Online materials discuss this rare neurodegenerative disease, legal/financial issues, and caregiving.

Helping Family and Friends Understand Alzheimer's Disease After an Alzheimer's diagnosis, use these tips to help educate family and friends about the disease and how to interact with the person with Alzheimer's.

James Island Bugle

Big thanks to our friends at the James Island Bugle for helping spread the word about our services for folks living with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia!

You may remember this article we posted about a James Islander. The organization that assisted her is having financial trouble and any donation you could give would be deeply appreciated. The link to their page to make a donation is embedded in the article. We’ve also added a donate button here! Thank you!

Celebrate Father's Day Safely with 15 Fantastic Activity and Gift Ideas During Coronavirus – DailyCaring This Father’s Day, show how much you care about the special men in your life, even during a pandemic. 15 safe & fun senior-friendly activity & gift ideas.

We need more cards!

Our in-person programs have been closed for over 3 months now, which means many of the seniors we serve have been stuck at home with limited socialization.
If you or your kids are looking for something to do, we're collecting cards to send to our homebound seniors.

Our population includes seniors with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia, age 60-100 years old! You can use stationary or make your own cards. Cards can include drawings, artwork, letters, happy wishes, etc. (please avoid “get well” wishes or mention of the virus as we do not want to worry our seniors). You can mail them to the address below and we will distribute them to seniors like Bubba, pictured below. Send as many as you like. A great way to bring joy to someone who is struggling during this time!

Respite Care Charleston
Attn: Christine
1605 Harbor View Rd.
Charleston, SC 29412

Painting in Four Parts - Maria's Place

Activity idea:

Feeling crafty today? Try this 'Four Parts Painting' project with your loved one! This painting project can be used equally well with a group and an individual, as a piece of artwork or used as a jig-saw.

Removing the Barriers: It's Time for a Check Up from the Neck Up CME Program | Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Join the Alzheimer's Foundation of America on Friday, June 19 from 9-11:30am for their online presentation on 'Removing the Barriers: It's Times for a Check Up from the Neck Up.' Topics include information on dementia/Alzheimer's screening, diagnosis, medications, symptoms, and COVID-19 and caregiving. To protect the health and safety of our participants, this event will be held virtually over the Internet. Click here to register Program Agenda Removing the Barriers: It’s Time for a Check Up from the Neck Up CME Program   9:00 am – 9:10 am: Welcome & AFA Overview Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Pr...

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Join the Benton House of West Ashley for a Zoom presentation on Veteran Aid for people with dementia this afternoon (Thursday, June 18) from 3-4pm.

Zoom Meeting ID: 911 0703 724 & password: 058817, or dial in at 1-929-436-2866 Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Bullying in Later Life-Peer to Peer Psychological Abuse. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

The Trident Area Agency on Aging is hosting a Zoom webinar on Bullying in Later Life: Peer to Peer Psychological Abuse tomorrow (June 17) at 2PM. Sign up here. “The training’s purpose is to give a brief overview of Elder Abuse, including signs and symptoms. As well as an introduction to the concept of Bullying in later life, also called Peer to Peer Psychological Abuse. The objective of this training is to educate about the prevalence of bullying among...

10 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Cool in Hot Weather – DailyCaring Seniors are at higher risk for heat stroke and heat-related illness. Use these 10 practical, senior-friendly ways to help them stay cool in hot weather.

Dementia, Love, and Forgetting: Can You Be Loved by Someone Who Has Forgotten You? Once an older guy told me, “My wife has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t know who I am, but I still love her.” It struck me that he used the word but to connect those two statements&…

Cotton Ball Painting: Fun Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers •

Activity idea:
Paint a rainbow using cotton balls! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial. Cotton ball painting is a fun art activity that's great for toddlers all the way up to big kids! It's simple enough to do in a classroom or at home!

Getting Help with Alzheimer's Caregiving Looking for respite care or help with Alzheimer's caregiving? Learn about supportive resources like home care, adult day care, meal services, and hospice.

The Nursery Rhyme Quiz | Activities for Seniors

Test your knowledge on these classic nursery rhymes! How long since your senior residents thought about or said a nursery rhyme? This will get everyone thinking back. Encourage everyone to say the rhymes through from beginning to end after every question. It’s Lots of fun! Join our Newsletter to receive fun activities and special offers!Memory Lane ...

Virtual Education Program- 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Check out this free webinar on the '10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's' hosted by the Alzheimer's Association - Western Carolina Chapter - tomorrow, June 10 at 12pm.

10 Best Time Management Tips for Caregivers from a True Expert – DailyCaring Get more done with less stress with 10 top time management tips for caregivers from an AARP expert with 35 years of real-life caregiving experience.

Check out these RCC lawn chairs!
These foldable chairs feature our logo on the back and a carrying bag for easy transportation. They are available for $25.

Available for contactless pickup at Martin Luther Lutheran Church at 1605 Harbor View Rd, Chas, SC 29412. Message us or email us at [email protected] to place an order.

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Check out the Alzheimer's Association's free webinar on COVID-19 and Caregiving tomorrow (6/4) from 10-11AM! Caring for someone living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic adds unique challenges for caregivers. This program provides simple tips caregivers can put in place whether the person living with dementia lives at home, in a residential facility, or care providers are coming into the home.

Looking to spread some cheer when you're stuck at home while supporting Respite Care's mission? We're selling our unique notecards featuring artwork by RCC participants who are living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. Each notecard set includes 10 cards with envelopes for $10/pack. Cards are blank on the inside. All proceeds support our mission to help families caring for a loved one with dementia in the Charleston area.

Please send us a Facebook message or email at [email protected] to place your order and coordinate a pick up time. Cards are available for contactless pick up at Martin Luther Lutheran Church (1605 Harbor View Rd, Chas, SC 29412) or for shipping with an additional $2 fee. Checks can be mailed to the above address or you can pay online at (please indicate 'notecards' in the donation section).

How the pandemic is influencing the mental health of caregivers

You are not alone! 💜 In this Special Feature, we look at the ways in which the new coronavirus pandemic is impacting the mental health and well-being of family caregivers.

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Social Day Programs RCC’s social day programs provide people with Alzheimer’s or dementia the opportunity to have dignified social interaction with peers. The meaningful experience comes from stimulating activities in a safe, failure-free environment. Activities include gardening, inter-generational programming, discussion group, exercise, performances by local musicians, and other reminiscing and sensory based activities. Participants have the chance to give back to the community through service projects. Additional Support and Services: - 4 Caregiver Support Groups - Mt. Pleasant, Johns Island, 2 on James Island - Early Stage Support Group for individuals with dementia and their care partners - Individual Care Counseling - Community Education

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