Respite Education and Support Tools
In an effort to increase the volunteer respite workforce in New York State, The Coalition has embarked upon a journey of education and training for REST.
REST is a Train the Trainer course that prepares individuals to conduct respite training, equipping REST Companions to provide respite, in order to support caregivers who are caring for people with disabilities and healthcare needs across the lifespan.It is our goal to create network of programs throughout the state that utilize volunteers who are trained in providing quality, compassionate respite care.
Marklund, a non profit organization in Chicago, Illinois, developed REST - Respite Education and Support Tools. It is a unique educational program that is a professionally designed Train the Trainer Course that provides specialized education to those who will then go out and train others to be REST companions, also known as respite care providers.
Doris Green - NYS Caregiving and Respite Coalition Director and Eve Moses - Monroe County Caregiver Resource Center Director attended the Train the Trainer course in Chicago in April. They will be training two groups of volunteers in Monroe County in May and June in order to meet the requirements for Master Training which will take place in Chicago at the end of June.
At that time the Coalition will be releasing Request for Proposals for mini grants seeking partner organizations to identify volunteer respite models to be started or expanded in the state. The REST training program is a flexible model that would be appropriate for individual REST companions or a drop in respite center model.
The mini grants would be available to churches and faith communities, corporations, hospice and palliative care organizations, hospitals, social service organizations, state agencies or Veteran organizations.
Eve and Doris (back row Left and center) with Anita, class participant and REST Trainers Kelly and Wendy
STAY TUNED....MORE TO COME!!!!