COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Advocates for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers walked to the SC Statehouse to lobby lawmakers on Tuesday.
They’re asking them to keep $900k dollars that’s in the current state budget for respite care for Alzheimer’s cargivers.
That money let’s caregivers pay for someone with training to sit with their loved one while they take of their own needs.
“Respite is paramount because it helps us to alleviate caregiver burnout, which leads to individuals being placed in long-term care facilities earlier than if they have a caregiver at home who can extend their caregiving timeline,” says Taylor Wilson of the Alzheimer’s Association of SC.
That keeps people with Alzheimer’s at home longer and out of long-term care facilities, which saves taxpayers money.