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REST is train-the-trainer course that prepares individuals to conduct respite training, equipping REST Companions to provide respite in order to support caregivers who are caring for people with disabilities and healthcare needs across the lifespan.  It is implemented in a professionally designed two day course. These trainers will go out and train individuals to be REST Companions and give caregivers a much needed break. The goal of REST is to deliver education and support to those offering a break to caregivers. The REST program offers opportunities for organizations to customize it by adding their organization’s policies and procedures.
Respite, or short-term temporary relief, supports caregivers who are caring for loved ones. Respite allows caregivers to step away from their duties to refresh and recharge. This break is beneficial to both the caregiver and care-receiver. Respite is often referred to as “giving the gift of time.”
REST Companions:
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.

REST Trainers:
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 Train-the-Trainer classes can be held almost anywhere. The hosting agency/organization provides a training space that can accommodate the number of trainers participating as well as have the capacity for projector and screen. This can be done at a faith based organization, or social services location.
REST Companion trainings general occur at faith-based organizations, social service organizations, and universities and colleges.
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.
Train-the-trainer course at $595 per trainer includes:
a. Instructor Kit
b. Two days of training (meals and snacks included)
c. A minimum of 8 trainers is required per class
Only registered REST trainers/organizations are allowed to order supplies. The ordering process is fast and simple and is processed through the REST website:
The REST program offers support to Trainers and Companions.

— 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.

The Companion classes can be any size that the trainer feels they can handle. There are enough training supplies included in the Instructor Kit to train up to 50 participants at a time. It is recommended to have more than one trainer when a group exceeds 20.
REST is an evidence-supported training program and is respected among leaders in Respite both nationally and internationally. In Illinois DCFS, IDOA, and IDHS leaders have identified respite as an important need for caregivers and feel the REST program is a key component in supporting caregivers.

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.

REST has outcomes that show there is evidence to support the effectiveness of the REST program, with participants overwhelmingly responding that the program prepared them to feel confident in providing quality respite to families.  For a report on our most current research findings click here.