REST, (Respite Education and Support Tools), a nonprofit
program dedicated to training quality respite care trainers and volunteers,
will host a two-day national training this fall in Bloomingdale. The originally
designed interactive course will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25 and 25,
at the Chicago Hilton-Indian Lakes Resort.
through respite. Respite care provided by volunteers has become a growing need
throughout the country as family members are needing to provide round-the-clock
care to loved ones and cannot always afford to hire professional assistance.
vision of this program is to create an international network of
organizations that prepare individuals to support caregivers through
respite,” explained Lois Sheaffer Kramer, REST Master Trainer. “The goal
is to get as many people trained to
provide this necessary services on a volunteer basis wherever it is needed.”Standardizing the training for volunteer respite care workers will send a message to caregivers that they can feel confident in leaving their loved one with someone else – even for a short time – and not feel fearful or guilty
about doing so.
Those who complete the REST training program will then be able to provide trainings on their own at faith communities, respite coalitions, community groups and other organizations who wish to create a corps of skilled volunteer respite care workers.
Hours for the course are 9 a.m. - 5.p.m. Thursday and 9 a. m. - 3 p.m. Friday. A fee of $500 will be required and scholarship opportunities are available for those who qualify. For information visit www.restprogram.com
or contact Lisa Esposito at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 630-529-2871 ext. 3290.