January 2017                                                                               www.restprogram.org
Happy New Year!

REST has been selected to present research data at the 2017 Aging in America Conference this March.

REST Support Tools
National quarterly calls provide networking opportunities, as well as a forum to share resources and ideas to successfully mobilize REST. Click  here
 for resources shared on the last call. 

Continuing Education Opportunity
Learn how you can gain a strong command of the 10 core competencies of respite through our REST Essentials® e-Course. Click for details.

Interested in hosting a REST training course? We are currently booking dates for the new year. Contact us for more information. 


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Lois Sheaffer
REST Program Director, at 

Kelly Fitzgerald
REST Trainer Development Manager, at 
630-397-5658 or kfitzgerald@restprogram.org


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REST Companions who are providing respite to caregivers are needed to distribute surveys through 
March 1. Access the survey here

New York
A REST Train-the-Trainer course will take place on Jan. 26-27 , at the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady. Find out more about the training here. The New York State Caregiving & Respite Coalition provided a $5,000 seed grant to the Autism Society to train respite providers who will assist at community-wide drop-off respite programs. Learn more about the program here. 
Congratulations to Doris Green, director of the New York State Caregiver and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC), who was chosen as the REST Trainer of the Quarter! As a Master Trainer, Doris held two courses, bringing 20 new REST Trainers to New York. She has  done some terrific outreach and marketing to promote REST by hosting a successful NYSCRC Annual Conference in Albany, and presenting on respite during the 2016 Caregiver Conference in Plattsburgh. In addition, the NYSCRC has provided mini-grants for organizations in the state to start or enhance their respite programs and services for caregivers.
"We want to create an army of REST Companions to increase the number of options that caregivers have when seeking a break," Doris added. We would like to recognize Doris and thank her for her efforts!
The Upper Peninsula Area Agency on Aging (UPCAP) in Escanaba will hold two REST Companion courses on Jan. 17 and Jan. 24. UPCAP is utilizing the training as a resource for its partner agencies, in-home respite, and adult-day service staff, as well as an enhancement to its other caregiver support services.  UPCAP also will use REST to train volunteers throughout 15 counties, working with local veterans groups, churches and community organizations.
A REST Master Trainer course will take place on March 7-8, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Addison . Those who complete the course can then conduct the two-day REST Train-the-Trainer course and mobilize REST training throughout their community.  Learn more here.
Western Arizona Council of Governments will hold its first REST Companion training on Jan. 28 for those who provide respite to caregivers through the Daybreak Adult Day Health Care program at Catholic Community Services in Yuma.
A REST trainer will offer the REST Companion curriculum on Jan. 17 and 19 for students entering into  Special Education Teaching K-12 or K-6 (Block of 3 classes) from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Students enrolled in these classes hope to gain an overall perspective of the challenges of caregiving in a home environment, learn and apply important care and interpersonal skills in a real-life environment, and collaborate in the classroom through discussion, group exercises and peer evaluation. After completing the REST course, students have the option of providing respite care for caregivers through several volunteer agencies in the community.

A REST Trainer from the Nebraska Respite Network (Southwest Service Area) recently visited a grocery store to deliver respite grocery bags, meet the public, and answer questions about respite. Her visit was part of a partnership between the Network and area grocery stores in an 18-county area to raise awareness of respite. Nebraska Respite Network provides a statewide system for the coordination of respite resources serving individuals across the lifespan. Learn more here.
Nevada Senior Services held a REST Companion course on Dec. 28 .  Those who completed the training can provide respite care at the Adult Day Care Center of Las Vegas and Adult Day Care Center of Henderson. The Centers use a multi-faceted approach to meet the physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs of seniors and adults with disabilities by offering Tai Chi, yoga as daily exercise regimen, music therapy, gardening, live entertainment and a wide range of other engaging activities.
Alpine Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will host a REST Companion course on Jan. 28, at the Granby Senior and Community Center in Granby. The course will focus on training community and faith-based volunteers to support caregivers in Grand County. Alpine AAA has tentatively scheduled another course this month in Eagle County. The Agency provides services and supports for adults, age 60 and older, across Grand, Jackson, Eagle, Summit and Pitkin counties. 

REST staff will be facilitating statewide monthly calls with Minnesota Trainers as part of the Minnesota REST customization package. These calls will ensure that REST training is available to organizations throughout the state to fill their mission of creating a network of Companions who will be accessible to caregivers when they need help.  For an example of a state-specific conference call agenda,  click here.

Area Agency on Aging will present "Caregiver College ," on Jan. 18, in Mobile.  Topics include Dementia 101, Preparing to Care, and Just 4 Me - Coping as a Caregiver.  Read more here.

Auburn United Methodist Church now offers a drop-off respite program twice a week.   The REACH (Refresh, Encourage, Activities, Care, Hope) Community Respite Program provides physical, mental and emotional interaction for individuals with early to moderate memory issues, and takes place in cooperation with area churches and community organizations. Learn more about REACH here.

Spectrum Generations' Caregiver Respite Program recently announced it has respite-care funds available for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or related memory disorder. To learn more, click here

Congratulations to Nā Hoaloha for receiving a three-year Community Foundation Grant to fund their volunteer respite program. The funding will support the agency's respite efforts of utilizing trained respite workers to give caregivers a break.

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