REST Around the Nation
highlights the latest developments taking place nationwide to create a trained respite workforce.
Nevada Rural Counties Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), in conjunction with the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD),
hosted a REST Train-the-Trainer event May 10-11 at the University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension in Carson City. The event took place
with the goal of expanding
volunteer respite services in Northern rural Nevada. Nine new trainers from Nevada, and two from Montana completed the two-day course. REST now has trainers in 20 states!
New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) plans to announce Request for Proposals to distribute mini grants focused on Volunteer Program development and expansion by the end of 2016. NYSCRC will be seeking 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. For more information about NYSCRC
The Area Agency on Aging
will hold a REST Companion training on June 8 in Concordia, and June 16 in Junction City.
For more details
Two REST trainers partnered to hold a REST Companion training course on May 13 in Hays. Eleven new REST Companions completed the course, which was sponsored by the Fort Hays State University Senior Companion Program, and the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging.
Trinity Heights Respite Care provides breaks for parents of children with special needs. The nonprofit organization serves families in Harvey and Marion Counties.
The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program
, Little Rock, hosted its annual REST Companion training on May 4. Participants included hospice volunteers from Saline County, health care professionals, medical social workers, and other lay persons.
Read more here
Over the past few months, 43 new REST Companions were trained. Thanks to the dedication and passion of REST trainers, the network of support for caregivers continues to grow in Arkansas!
Congratulations to Peg Jensen
- our REST Trainer of the Quarter. Along with serving as a program coordinator at the Central Nebraska Community Services, Peg is an active trainer who continues to promote her REST Companion courses through social media, a newsletter and other ways throughout her community. Peg has two trainings scheduled in June, and she looks forward to offering more REST trainings in her service area in the months to come. Thank you for your service!
Find out how to become a respite provider in Nebraska
Eleven new REST Companions completed their training this spring in Naperville
. The events were funded by the City of Naperville Social Services Grant, and sponsored by Metropolitan Family Services In-Home Senior Respite Program, and the Respite Endowment Organization.
Learn more about Metropolitan Family Services here
Trainers from the Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC) and The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
will partner to host a REST training this June for Senior Companions. Learn more about the TRC here
An editorial in the Cape Cod Times
advocated for a raise in the reimbursement rate for adult day care, reporting the state reimbursement rate hasn't kept up with costs and has led to the closing of 10 centers. The piece concluded: "The care of our seniors and reimbursement for adult day care should be a priority for those at the State House, the state Department of Public Health, and each one of us."
See the full editorial here
Baypath Elder Care Services, a nonprofit organization located in Marlborough, offers a variety of programs, including caregiver support and a respite program to residents in the surrounding area.
For additional information
A REST Train-the-Trainer event will take place July 27-28 in Maui
. The event is sponsored by Nā Hoaloha -"loving friend" - a community-based volunteer organization that serves the aging population in Maui County. Nā Hoaloha provides support to seniors and persons with disabilities to enable them to live independently and enhance their quality of life. Its programs include an In-home Respite Program, which allows a family caregiver the opportunity for relief. Read more here
The Governor's Conference on Aging and Disabilities
took place May 23-26 in Des Moines, and was sponsored by the Iowa Department on Aging, and the Iowa Developmental Disability Council.
Learn more here