February 2019                                                               

REST is seeking partners in Bloomingdale Township Illinois to provide respite services to caregivers in need. Grant funding to implement a respite pilot program was made possible through the Bloomingdale Township  
 Mental Health Board. Interested? 
Contact Lois Sheaffer lsheaffer@restprogram.org.

REST is an evidence-based respite-training program. See our published study.

Gain a strong command of the ten core competencies of respite. Take the REST Essentials online course. 
See information .

For information, visit:
or contact:

Lois Sheaffer
National Director of REST, at 630.397.5655 ,  


Kelly Fitzgerald, National Training Development Manager, at 630.397.5658,

A message from the 
National Director of REST
As we celebrate the REST program's  sixth anniversary , since launching the program in February 2013, it is frustrating to acknowledge that we are still finding many of the same challenges we faced in 2013.

REST has been part of the conversation to provide a prescription for respite so that caregivers can stay in the workforce, continue to support their family and plan for retirement. The dosage of respite would be paid by the insurance companies with a copay to caregivers.

Despite the acknowledgement that the lack of support for caregiving is a public health crisis Federal programs to support caregivers are still struggling to be funded. Further exacerbating the problem, local resources are hard to navigate and are poorly funded. New innovative resources are not recognized due to a lack of awareness and evidence based data.

Caregivers are receiving training to successfully transition their loved ones back home - only to find out that the respite support which is so desperately needed is available only to those who can afford to pay $25.00 per hour (or more!) through home care agencies. Those who cannot afford to pay end up depressed, isolated, and in poor health.

More needs to be done to coordinate efforts to bring accessible and affordable respite across the nation.
State Updates

40 high school students recently participated in the REST Essentials class on January 3-4, 2019 hosted by The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP).  At the conclusion of the school year the students will be eligible to take the CNA certification exam, and take this knowledge with them into their career or real world experience.

Additional Companion Class is planned for February 26th in Iron Mountain.  Learn more


Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota  will provide individuals in their Senior Companion program the Companion training on February 13 th at Evergreen Senior Center in Carlton.

ElderCircle & RSVP are planning a REST Companion training on February 26 th at Active Living Center at the Itasca County Family YMCA in Grand Rapids. See Flyer for details on the course!


Pioneer Respite Services will hold a Companion Course on Feb. 23/24 in Naturita. The course is co-sponsored by Region 10 Area Agency on Aging.

Beginning February 1st , the Colorado Respite Coalition and Easterseals Colorado are launching a statewide 2019 CO Caregiver Awareness Campaign. They are looking for family caregivers who would be willing to share their stories about caregiving and accessing caregiver resources as part of this campaign For more information, click here
The Colorado Respite Coalition, Human Services Network of Colorado, and Metro State University are hosting a resource and career fair on March 4th  for  individuals who are interested in becoming a respite care providers or respite agencies seeking new employees.  Learn More

Welcome to the 8 new REST trainers who attended the  Train-the-Trainer course on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Children's Services Council in Boynton Beach. 


Voice of Care held a REST Companion course on January 25-26 for 38  deaconess students who are getting their masters at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne


4 Individuals were trained on Jan. 21, at the Marklund Philip Center, Bloomingdale, as part of a volunteer respite care pilot program that will serves caregivers in Bloomingdale Township. The program is made possible through the generous support of the  Bloomingdale Township Mental Health Board
New York

Register today for "Illuminate Respite," the 2019 National Lifespan Respite Conference, which takes place on April 30-May 2, in Buffalo. Click  for details.


The Arizona Caregiver Coalition is inviting all Family caregivers, friends of caregivers, caregiver supporters, and members of the community to Family Caregiver Day at the Capitol on March 21st from 10:30am - 1:30pm. Participants will learn to be advocates for family caregivers and care receivers, hear from state representatives, and share your experiences as a caregiver.  Learn More


A REST Companion course is planned for February 15th in Dorchester. The class is sponsored by City-Wide Friends of the Boston Library, Learn more 


The Nevada Geriatric Education Center and Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division will offer two opportu nities to attend the "Supporting the Well-Being of Residents Living with Dementia" Caregiver Conference: on Feb. 7, at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and on Feb. 20, at the University of Nevada at Reno. The conference includes a free and optional one-hour pre-conference session, "Become a Dementia Friend; Dementia Friends Nevada." Learn more here .


The Lee-Russell Aging Foundation will host the 14th Annual Unforgettable Footsteps Mardi Gras 5K Run /1 Mile walk on February 9th at Opelika Municipal Park. The walk will help fund the provision of quality of services to senior citizens in Lee and Russell Counties. Learn More


Operation Red File is a program that prepares caregivers of those using mental health services for emergencies by having all of the important health information in one place easily accessible in an emergency. Learn more

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