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REST Training Program

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The REST courses will prepare individuals to become REST Trainers and REST Companions who support caregivers in their communities.

Today, more than 90 million individuals in the U.S. provide care for an elderly parent, a spouse with healthcare issues, or child with disabilities, sometimes without support, according to Caregiving Action Network. To ensure that caregivers feel confident stepping away, the REST program uses a standardized curriculum that is aligned with the National Respite Guidelines, developed by the ARCH (Access to Respite Care and Help) National Resource Center.

Training topics include:
confidentiality, understanding disabilities across the lifespan, planning and adapting activities and establishing a successful relationship with the caregiver and care recipient. Evidence supports the effectiveness of the REST program, with participants overwhelmingly responding that the training prepares them to feel confident in providing quality respite to families.

The REST Train-the-Trainer course is offered as a 2-day, 8-hours-per-day option; while the Companion course is a 1-day program. Trainings are offered around the country at a site selected by the course host.


To learn more about the REST Train-the-Trainer course and the REST Companion course, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630.397.5656.

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