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There is no need to have a medical background to provide respite care. The 8-hour REST Companion™ course is designed to give people a basic overview of skills needed to provide respite in a variety of settings. This comprehensive and professional training prepares both paid and unpaid companions to feel confident while providing quality respite care. The companion will often spend one-on-one time with the care-receiver, giving only as much time as they are willing and able to give.
There is no need to have a background in training. The Train-the-Trainer course is well designed and very interactive. The instructors are very knowledgeable in the field. The REST instructor kit is one-of-a-kind and is very easy to use. It not only covers how to train REST Companions, but also includes topics on adult learning, facilitating groups, and self-development. After participating in the two day course people feel that they are better equipped to train others.
The REST Companion course can be delivered in one of three formats:
One day course – One 8-hour session which includes lunch and breaks.
Two day course – Two 4-hour sessions on two separate days. REST Essentials – Four-hour course specifically designed for group respite settings only, such as Adult Day programs or Drop-Off programs.
a. Instructor Kit
b. Two days of training (meals and snacks included)
c. A minimum of 8 trainers is required per class
— Select date and location for your course.
— Contact the REST office with the above information to add to our event calendar.
–Create a flyer –template available on the REST website. REST staff can provide assistance if needed.
–Send your promotional flyer to all in your network and REST will send to its network.
–Use the dry erase posters included in the instructor kit to hang at the training site or utilize the REST course flyer (noted above).
–Encourage caregivers to send people in their networks to attend, such as friends and family.
In addition, the following agencies and organizations use the REST program: South Central Alabama Development Commission Area Agency on Aging, Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network, Lee Russell Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging (Alabama), Arkansas DHS-Division of Aging and Adult Services, Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Kansas Lifespan Respite Coalition, North Central – Flint Hills (Kansas) Area Agency on Aging, Nebraska Health Care Association, Nebraska Respite Coalition, Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, Upper Cumberland Tennessee Development District-Area Agency on Aging & Disability, Tennessee Respite Coalition.
Legislators know that there will not be enough state or federal dollars to pay for all of the respite services needed to support caregivers. Therefore, tapping into volunteer organizations and faith-based organizations for assistance is both cost effective and comforting to the caregivers.