June 2017                                                                               www.restprogram.org

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The REST program continues to grow! Having just completed a Train-the-Trainer course in California, we are now in 26 states. Together, we are building networks of support for caregivers!

Interested in providing respite in a drop-off program, camp, or other supervised setting? Consider taking the REST Essentials e-course to gain a strong command of the ten core competencies of respite, as defined by the National Respite Guidelines.  Click   here  to learn more and register for this exciting course! 


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

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AARP and the Ad Council have a new public service announcement campaign, designed to raise awareness of the 16 million male family caregivers in the United States. Check out "Tougher than Tough" here. To view "Behind the Scenes with Danny Trejo," click here.

Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division will host two Train-the-Trainer courses this month. Click  here  to learn more about  the June 13-14 course in Las Vegas. Click here  for information on the June 29-30 course, at the University of Nevada, Reno. 
Nineteen individuals completed a Companion course on May 3 , at The Terrace at Ruby View, Elko, through Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division

A REST trainer, and executive director and CEO of the Nevada Rural Counties Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) , described RSVP's respite program and other services to keep seniors and people with disabilities in their homes for as long as possible. Click here to read her article in the Nevada Appeal.

Registration is underway for a Train-the-Trainer event on July 26-27 , at the Lee Russell Council of Governments, Opelika.  Click here to learn more.
The Upper Cumberland Development District will host a Train-the-Trainer workshop on Aug. 17-18 , in Cookeville. For details and registration, click here.

Nine individuals completed a Train-the-Trainer course on May 23-24 , in Escanaba, through Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP).  Click here for a photo of the new trainers.
UPCAP will hold a two-part Companion course on June 12 and June 17 , at Messiah Lutheran Church, Marquette.  Click here to learn more.
The Warren Living At Home/Block Nurse Program is planning an upcoming Companion course for June 7, at the Warren Community Center.
REST staff members are looking forward to participating in the 2017  Minnesota Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference , on June 21-22, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. During the conference, REST Director Lois Sheaffer will present an overview of the REST program during the session, "Sharing the Care:  Innovative In-Home Respite Models." REST staff also will exhibit and provide a pre-conference intensive on the REST Essentials training course. The four-hour course prepares both paid and unpaid respite workers to provide respite in supervised group settings, such as adult daycare, drop-off ministries or camp programs.

New York
The New York State Office for the Aging, and the Association on Aging in New York recently presented Monroe County Office for the Aging with the "2017 Volunteer Innovations Award" for its use of the REST program, through the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition. The award, given during the 2017 Senior Citizens Day Celebration in Albany, recognized one Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for its innovative use of volunteers in providing services that assist older adults in maintaining their independence, supporting the valuable contributions of informal caregivers, and/or other tasks that further the overall goals and mission of the AAA.

A REST Trainer from the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) will present, "Creating an army of volunteer respite workers throughout the state," during the Aging Concerns Unite Us 2017 Conference, June 6-7, at the Desmond Hotel, Albany. The session will include information on the REST program, and how NYSCRC is working to develop a comprehensive, sustainable program with the goal of training an army of volunteer respite workers throughout the state.  Click here for more details.
The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) is seeking host sites for additional Train-the-Trainer courses, Master Trainer candidates, as well as faith communities interested in offering drop-off respite ministries. To learn more, contact Doris Green at DGreen@lifespan-roch.org , or click here .

We would like to thank the Stanislaus County Veterans Center , Modesto , for hosting the first Train-the-Trainer workshop in the state, on May 17-18. Seven new trainers will begin to offer respite training through California Area Agencies on Aging.

Na Hoaloha will offer a Companion course on June 30to train volunteers for its in-home respite program. Learn more about Na Hoaloha  here .

Companion courses continue through Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition . A total of nine individuals were trained on April 26, at South Arkansas Center on Aging, El Dorado, and on May 12, at Texarkana Regional Center on Aging.
Voice of Care trained 20 camp staff for a special needs summer camp at Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Retreat Center, Kingston, using both the REST Companion course and Essentials online course. 

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