Working to insure that all caregivers receive the respite and support they need

March REST Activities


We welcome 7 new REST Trainers in New York City 






New York City - Hosted by NYU Family Support Program
Rulizbeth Soto and Elizabeth Daniele  - Sunnyside Community Services
Kimerly Reid and KaTrina Dunham - Presbyterian Senior Services
Yeimy Gonzalez, Ann Burgunder, Thea Micoli - NYU Family Support Program
Master Trainers: Doris Green and Sharon Cackett

We welcome 9 New REST Companions in Hornell
Angela Perkins
Chris Petrilli
Cindy Dunham
Carolyn Wallace
Kathy Linnan
Linda Bailey
Jim Robards
Norman Kennell
Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
Elaine Barnes
Carol Burdett


REST Trainings are offered at no cost to organizations interested in providing Respite to Caregivers through community based volunteer programs. NYSCRC is funded with a federal grant for Lifespan Respite awarded by the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living to the New York State Office for the Aging.
REST Trainings are also funded by The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center/University of Rochester Medical Center to the following counties: Allegany, Cayuga ,Tioga, Tompkins, Cortland, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.
Any organization, person or faith community in the state can access Train the Trainer programs as a way to provide evidenced informed training for volunteer respite programs. Contact Doris Green at
Parma Baptist Church
A new Drop In Respite Center opens in Monroe County using REST Training for volunteers.
Funding Opportunities
New York State Health Foundation
Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), NYSHealth will sponsor nonprofit and other low-resource organizations to attend or present at local, State, or national conferences related to empowering health care consumers. NYSHealth will support both organizations already engaged in this work and those new to this field but that want to incorporate consumer empowerment into their work. 

Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation
Grant Opportunity Available for Respite Care Programs.
The ACL-funded Paralysis Resource Center operated by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has a Quality of Life funding opportunity available for respite care services for nonprofits helping people living with paralysis.

New Resources
New Book on Grant Writing for Aging Services
Grant Writing for Aging Services and Programs
Written by William Lane and  Carol Hegeman - William Lane serves on the NYSCRC Advisory Board

Council on Children and Families
The Multiple Systems Navigator is built for youth, parents, family members and caregivers that rely on supports from multiple child, family and disabilities serving systems it is a useful tool for professionals that assist others in finding health, education, human service and disability programs/services and resources. A primary goal of the Multiple Systems Navigator is to reduce frustration when gathering information from multiple sources.

2017 Alzheimer's Facts and Figures
In 2016, over 15 million Americans provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid caregiving worth $23 billion to people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Statistics on family caregivers, the economic value of unpaid care by state, and the health impact on caregivers are presented in the report on pages 37-43. 
Addressing the Disability Services Workforce Crisis of the 21st Century 

No Wrong Door: Person and Family - Centered Practices in Long Term Care and Support
AARP Public Policy Institute, March 2017

Individualization is at the heart of person- and family-centered practice.  No Wrong Door: Person- and Family-Centered Practices in Long-Term Services and Supports shows how seven No Wrong Door Systems are promoting this practice. No Wrong Door Systems involve an array of organizations through which older adults, people with disabilities, and their families can access services in a variety of ways including in person, by telephone, and online.
The first report in a series of promising practices and innovations includes a toolkit of resources and contacts and a project checklist. It provides a way for states to ensure that No Wrong Door Systems are person- and family-centered. This series is a new feature of the upcoming, 3rd Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard, written by the AARP Public Policy Institute and funded by The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund. The scorecard measures state-level performance of LTSS systems.
 Are you employed outside of the home and Caregiving? Take a moment to complete this NYS survey to help us shed light on the needs and concerns you face.

Researchers at the University at Albany School of Public Health are looking for interested individuals to pilot test this survey that seeks to understand the experiences of working caregivers. This survey is administered by researchers at the University at Albany School of Public Health.


Upcoming Events
MHA Conference: Trauma and Older Adults
May 12, 2017  Rochester, NY
What Does It Mean To Be Trauma Responsive and How Do We Accomplish It?

NYSCRC Annual Conference - October 3rd and 4th
Desmond Hotel and Conference Center - Albany
Tuesday, October 3rd  - Caregiver Simulation Experience 1:00 -4:00 PM
Come and experience an interactive roll play designed to increase awareness and empathy for caregivers.  Great for professionals and  students alike. Plan in joining us for a interesting and eye opening experience! Aging Americans Conference - NYC -  May 10, 2017
The University of Rochester, in collaboration with  West Health , is hosting the third annual Summit, a national forum for health and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, senior care advocates and policymakers to exchange ideas, create new relationships, and foster disruptive technological and process innovations to improve the lives of the nation's aging population.


20% Discount code -"NYSCRC"

National Lifespan Respite Conference
October 11-13 in Huntsville, Alabama 

ACUU - June 6-7, 2017
Association on Aging in New York presents the 2017 ACUU Conference - Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference - To be held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. 

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