It’s that time of year again when the air turns crisp and clear, schools welcome back students, and congregations begin fall programming.

As we gear up for a new season, perhaps your organization is looking for a new way to make a positive impact on your community.  If so, consider implementing a drop-off respite program into your fall schedule.

Providing respite care in a supervised group setting, like a drop-off ministry or adult daycare program, can allow care recipients to engage in fun, recreational and social activities. Family caregivers also can benefit by stepping away with peace of mind, knowing their loved ones are in good hands with REST (Respite Education & Support Tools) Companions™ who have been well trained.

The Essentials of REST™ can make programs, like these, a reality. This 4-hour training course originates from our original 8-hour REST Companion™ class, which includes such topics as:  tips on interacting with individuals who have difficulty communicating; basic first aid tips, and how to adapt activities.

Essentials of REST™ opens the door for congregations, social service agencies and recreational organizations wanting to go above and beyond to make a difference.  Your organization will meet a crucial need, with more than 67 million individuals in the United States providing care for an elderly parent, spouse, or child with disabilities at least 20 hours a week.

If your organization is interested in holding a REST training course, or if you are interested in learning more, contact Lisa Esposito, program coordinator, at 630-397-5656 or lesposito@restprogram.org.  For additional information, visit:  www.restprogram.org.