REST will present research during the n4a Answers on Aging 41st annual conference and trade show, July 25
REST trainers from New York and Massachusetts recently completed the two-day REST Master Trainer course in Bloomingdale. The course prepares experienced REST trainers to conduct the two-day REST Train-the-Trainer course. By doing so, they will help mobilize REST training - and build a network of support for caregivers - throughout their communities on the East Coast
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The Workplace Flexibility Bill for Family Caregivers passed the Illinois Senate with bipartisan support and is headed to the Governor's desk. The legislation will allow working caregivers to use their existing personal sick leave to care for their loved ones.
Congratulations to Respite Endowment Organization
(REO) for reaching its goal of raising more than $1,000 during its annual yard sale in June. Proceeds will help REO carry out its mission of providing respite gifts, respite education and respite opportunities for families of children with special needs in the Lisle, Naperville and surrounding areas.
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Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago
are seeking sedentary, healthy individuals, between the ages of 18 and 45, with or without intellectual disabilities, to participate in a paid exercise research study.
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Voice of Care Special Needs Camping Ministries
continues to offer training, including the REST Companion course, for those who work with people with disabilities in camp, day camp and Vacation Bible School settings. By doing so, camp staff and "camp buddies" learn how make curriculum and activities accessible and inclusive, receive an overview of common disabilities, and learn techniques to facilitate interaction with people who have special needs.
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New REST Master Trainers Eve Moses and Doris Green of Lifespan of Greater Rochester, have helped mobilize respite care in their community by training 15 REST Companions
. They both recently completed the REST Master Trainer course in Bloomingdale, Ill., allowing them to conduct the two-day REST training to build a network of support for caregivers throughout the greater Rochester area.
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The New York State Caregiving & Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) plans to put out a Request for Proposals for mini grants
, focused on volunteer program development and expansion, through 2016. NYSCRC seeks applicants who will partner with the Coalition to identify volunteer respite models to be started or expanded in their designated region. These programs will include a REST-specific training component.
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The Alzheimer's Association of Central New York, through the New York State Department of Health and Human Services, awarded a four-year $75,000 grant to Cayuga County to expand respite services for caregivers. See article
Congratulations to REST Trainer Linda Ungerleider, of the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition, who recently completed the two-day Master Trainer course in Bloomingdale, Ill. By doing so, Linda can now conduct the two-day REST Train-the-Trainer course in her community.
The Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition
held a summit on respite care issues, June 7 in Marlborough. The summit's goals included Identifying ways to integrate lifespan respite into existing health care, long-term services, and family support systems in the state, and developing strategies to maximize use of existing respite resources.
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Auburn United Methodist Church recently launched REACH
(Refresh, Encourage, Activities, Care, Hope) respite day program for individuals with early to moderate memory issues.
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Caring for Caregivers, a resource and education event, will take place Sept. 8 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
The event is a project of the Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network to promote respite care as a vital part of a healthy community.
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The Nebraska Respite Network - Southwest Service Area
- is looking for additional respite care providers in its 18-county area, and is encouraging potential providers to complete an application, and review the full-time, part-time and other respite program opportunities.
Eleven participants completed a REST Companion course, June 4 at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, Omaha.
A recently released state plan - to prepare for significant growth in the needs of people living with Alzheimer's and dementia
- recommends creating adult day services and respite care, promoting free training options for informal and unpaid caregivers, and getting dementia training to all Nebraska first responders.
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The REST staff will be heading to Maui to conduct a Train-the-Trainer course, July 27-28.
The event is sponsored by Nā Hoaloha - "loving friend" - a community-based volunteer organization that serves the aging population in Maui County.
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REST welcomes two new trainers from Montana, both of whom offer several caregiver programs through the Lake County Council on Aging and Sanders County Council on Aging. With the addition of these new trainers, REST now has trainers and Companions in 20 states across the nation.
The Montana Alzheimer's and Dementia Workgroup
has created a state plan to raise awareness of Alzheimer's, expand research efforts, and ensure there are enough health care workers to meet growing needs.
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The Central and Western Kansas chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
has 28 available spots for families to receive $500 toward respite care.
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The Kansas Lifespan Respite Coalition
, the Arc of Douglas County, and Rewarding Work, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts, are working on a statewide registry for personal care workers.
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The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program, Little Rock
, continues to conduct REST Companion training events, with one scheduled for Aug. 8 in Hot Springs, and another on Aug. 10 in Fort Smith.
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Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida
has received a $15,000 grant from The Community Trust Fund of The League Club. The grant will be used for dementia respite services provided by JFCS at the Naples Senior Center.
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