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REST Around the Nation
highlights the latest developments taking place nationwide to create a trained respite workforce.
Mini grants available -
Alabama Respite Coalition offers mini-grants through Lifespan Respite grant funds.
Learn more here
A REST Master Trainer conducted a train-the-trainer event last April. With the addition of a second Master Trainer in June, they will conduct another train-the-trainer event
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Survey results in -
AARP Tennessee has conducted a statewide caregiving survey, which offers insights into who is providing care, the biggest challenges they face, and how elected leaders can take steps to support these caregivers.
See survey results
REST Trainer holds workshop - Last May, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability hosted a REST train-the-trainer workshop through funding from its Lifespan Respite grant. Participants represented Tennessee's Area Agencies on Aging, social services providers and the Tennessee Respite Coalition. See story here
The Commission is offering mini-grant opportunities to train REST Companions™ in an effort to provide respite services to family caregivers on wait lists.
REST gains traction - Last April, 19 professionals attended a REST train-the-trainer event hosted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe Meyer Institute, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Several of these trainers held their first REST Companion course last summer, and other trainings are scheduled for 2016.
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Pilot program engages faith-based organizations - The State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services - Aging and Disability Services Division created a pilot program to engage faith-based organizations to provide respite support to caregivers in their communities.
Last April, The Nevadans for the Common Good participated in a REST train-the-trainer event. These trainers are conducting REST Companion courses with more scheduled this year.
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REST curriculum used for statewide training - Last August, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Disabilities utilized its Lifespan Respite Grant funding to form a partnership with the Schmieding Caregiver Training Program, enabling nine coordinators to become REST Trainers.
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These coordinators conduct workshops on caring for older adults living at home, and can now train individuals to provide breaks to caregivers through respite.
More than 60 individuals underwent the group's first statewide REST Companion training.
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The state plans to continue offering REST trainings to meet the deliverables for its Lifespan Respite Grant over the next two years. Currently eight REST Companion courses are scheduled for 2016.
Additional information here
REST Essentials™ training to come - Last September, 17 people attended a REST train-the-trainer event, hosted by the
Respite Outreach Care for Kansas Organization (ROCKO).
Attendees included representatives from Area Agencies on Aging, faith-based communities and senior companion programs.
Two trainers plan to use the four-hour REST Essentials training for supervised group-respite programs at faith based organizations.
REST Trainer holds Companion course - The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis, along with the Gerontology Department of the University of Missouri, co-sponsored a REST train-the-trainer event last October.
More information available here
Voice of Care
, a service organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, trains REST Companions. View video here.
Organizations across the state continue to train REST Companions. Benedictine University held a train-the-trainer event and Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital held a REST Companion training last May.
The Kane County Chronicle published an editorial applauding the REST program.
Read the editorial here