The workshop was valuable
I would recommend it to others. Our trainer was extremely warm and welcoming. She put everyone at ease and made everyone feel special. I most appreciated the print materials. It is a blessing to have all these resources available to us. It was great to be reassured that we could accommodate our specific program needs with the REST program.
–Nancy Burton, Rooftop Friends Disability Ministry, Montgomery, AL-
Our families will be incredibly grateful
I feel that our families will be incredibly grateful that we have trained respite caregivers that they can call on when they need a break. We now also have some very well trained volunteers for our events that require volunteers to directly care for individuals with Down Syndrome, which we are always in need of.
–Abby Brandon, Missouri-
It was wonderfully organized and good preparation for anyone interested in providing respite care.
-Sherry White, Arkansas-
Well structured and easy to follow
I would recommend this program to others because it is very much needed and beneficial for our communities. The course was very well-structured and easy to follow. I most appreciated the high energy and passion from the instructors. I have gained a lot of new ideas for my instructing time.
-Bethany Cheatham, Arkansas-
Thankful for this training!
I attended the REST training because I was looking for ways that I could help both my church volunteers do their work better and the people they serve by making them feel comfortable and loved and cared for. I felt the training exceeded my expectations. I am happy and thankful I attended this training and I recommend to all who desire to be a respite volunteer or those who wish to be one.
Recommending this training!
I would recommend to professionals that work with respite workers to give a structured training!
A great benefit!
It was a very enjoyable training. I learned a lot and can’t wait to go back to the office and use the new skills I learned.
Well developed and presented
The REST training was well developed and presented. It was very interactive which kept it interesting. The hospitality during the training, which included various drink options and great snacks was also a plus!
– Becky Fisher, Illinois –
The two days went quickly…
I was quite impressed with the levels of compassion and knowledge the Master Trainers provided. The two days went quickly because they had a great sense of humor and encouraged the participants to bond.
– Pamela Thyng, New Hampshire –
Provided me with the tools and confidence I need
REST has provided me with the tools and confidence I need to train volunteer respite workers that caregivers so desperately need.
– Kate Duback, Illinois –
Absolutely recommend this training
I would absolutely recommend this training to anyone currently running or about to begin a respite program. Our agency has been providing respite for over 20 years and this training covers so much of the critical knowledge and tools our staff require to provide high-quality respite care.
– Melissa McQuilkin, Florida –
Just what I needed
REST training is just what I needed to get started in establishing Leap of Faith respite. I now feel more confident in leading high-quality volunteer training for my ministry.
– Erin Pittenger, Kansas –
Looking forward to using the REST program
Our program is looking forward to using the REST program as an integral part of the technical assistance we can provide to organizations or groups interested in starting new respite programs.
– Melissa Enfinger, Alabama –
Taking this tool and REST training to CANADA
I’m looking forward to taking this tool and REST training to CANADA to expand and better equip our current and new respite providers.
– Margo Babe, Canada –
…Very comprehensive training
I was very impressed with the level of quality and professionalism of the trainers and the training program. This is a very comprehensive training covering aspects of respite care.
– Val Croissant, Wisconsin –
One of the best training programs!
The REST training program is extremely comprehensive and well organized. One of the best training programs I have ever participated in!
– Kandace Groher, Tennessee –
…a well-rounded respite program
The REST program is just what my organization was looking for to start a well-rounded respite program
– Clare Farless, Tennessee –
I would recommend this workshop to others…
I most appreciated enhancing my skills both as a respite worker and as a presenter. I would recommend this workshop to others because it contributes to something direly needed in our community at large, especially as the silver tsunami hits.
-Kalei Johnson, Maui-
She showed great insight…
Our trainer, Wendy, is knowledgeable. She understands our organization and the people we serve. She showed great insight into our culture.
Everything was well covered and interesting.
The training was fabulous. It had great flow. Our trainer, Wendy, made it interesting and engaging. It provides so much useful information for our new program. Everything was well covered and interesting. The training tools are the best I have ever seen.
… we can personalize the training to our experiences.
I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is a caregiver. I most appreciate the fact that we can personalize the training to our experiences.
…respite is a serious need…
I would recommend this workshop as respite is a serious need, not only in my community, but also in the world.
… provided a wealth of information…
I would definitely recommend the training. Any education we can supply to help the journey of caregiving better for (caregiver, worker, recipient) is always a plus.
..quality of training materials…
I would recommend this workshop to others because of the quality of training materials, the depth of knowledge of the trainers and the value it brings to the community by adding respite care.
… provided a wealth of information…
I’d recommend this workshop to others because it was very organized, the materials are user-friendly and the manual is set up in a format that is easily teachable. I most appreciated that the workshop was concise and provided a wealth of information to better train respite workers.
… allows an agency to train volunteer respite workers…
I would recommend the workshop because volunteer caregivers can find themselves in various situations while in the home. This workshop allows an agency to train volunteer respite workers on how to handle various situations they may encounter.
This is a great program…
I would recommend this training to others. This is a great program that will prepare respite volunteers for their role.
… passion and desire to provide respite…
I would recommend this workshop wholeheartedly to anyone who has the passion and desire to provide respite.
… hands-on, interactive…and very well balanced…
I would recommend this workshop because it is hands on, interactive, lecture-oriented and very well balanced. I appreciated the ability to be creative and expand my training skills.
– Leah Guevara –
The curriculum is fabulous…
The curriculum design and support tools are HUGE and a fantastic selling point. The curriculum is fabulous and the instructors are great.
– Linda Onastella –
…Very easy to follow along…
This is a great program to help individuals gain the knowledge to provide quality respite care. Very easy to follow along. The instructors were very nice and welcoming from the very beginning. It made it very easy to stay engaged.
– Tiffany Ontiveros –
… I plan to adopt these procedures to train my caregivers…
As a personal care agency owner, I plan to adopt these procedures to train my caregivers. I most appreciated the resources for caregivers, respite workers and my staff.
– Andi Graham –
…All of my co-workers need REST!…
When I think of my organization’s current respite training, compared to REST, I am horrified. We are missing so much information that should be essential. All of my co-workers need REST!
– Jaime Hemphill –
…I appreciated the stories and experiences…
The materials/information/activity presented was great and easy to understand. This workshop, and the way the presenters presented, make it valuable. I appreciated the stories and experiences that are shared through the workshop by the presenters and audience/participant.
– Anonymous –
…I most appreciated the content…
The content will help develop an effective program. It will save tons of research time. I most appreciated the content and how it was modeled.
– Karen Koeder –
… we need more respite caregivers…
I would recommend this course because we need more respite caregivers, and they need to know what they are doing. What I most appreciated about the workshop was the interaction and discussion with classmates.
– Dick Russell –
… it helps build confidence in training volunteers…
I would recommend this workshop to others because it helps build confidence in training volunteers. Regarding the workshop: I most appreciated networking and practicing leading sections of the program.
– Christa Barrows –
… we need lots of volunteers to be REST Companions…
I would recommend the workshop because we need lots of volunteers to be REST Companions. There is a huge need!
– Charlotte Stuart–
… The workshop expanded my understanding and helped me gain confidence…
I would recommend this workshop to others if they are considering being a trainer. The workshop had a great overview and detail on expectations. The workshop expanded my understanding and helped me gain confidence in leading a program.
– Cindy Haslip–
… I definitely recommend it…
I really believe that people who were unsure about volunteering, will feel more confident after this training. I definitely recommend it
– Maggie Hempel–
… a perfect introduction…
This is a perfect introduction for volunteers to do respite.
– Robert O’Connor–
… I most appreciated the clarity and organization of the materials…
I would recommend this training for anyone thinking of starting a respite program, or who needs to expand/update an existing program. I most appreciated the clarity and organization of the materials, real-world examples and opportunity to practice.
– Tricia Woodliff–
… It was valuable and worth my time…
I feel this workshop was motivating. I feel ready to present on the REST materials, and look forward to reaching new care providers. I would recommend this workshop. It was valuable and worth my time. I most appreciated the hands-on activities, community partnerships and time for discussion.
– Anonymous –
… It was fun and supplied me with the knowledge to train…
I would definitely recommend this workshop. It was fun and supplied me with the knowledge to train and help others.
– Erica Kapua–
… . I most appreciated networking with people…
There is value in understanding the importance and the role of respite care in our aging society. I most appreciated networking with people…Our interactions gave me a better perspective of childhood care and respite, and I believe I reminded them that those challenges often continue down the lifespan.
– Audrey Liggens–
We are excited to bring these much-needed resources to caregivers!
The reason we were so excited about REST is because of its versatility and ability to be used with many different groups and environments, while still maintaining the integrity of the program. We are excited to bring these much-needed resources to caregivers!
– Tammy Rosa, Michigan –
… we are all passionate about what we are doing…
The instructors are amazing. I appreciate how approachable they are. It appears there is a clear message: we are all passionate about what we are doing.
– Leah Guevara, REST Master Trainer–
… Attending this workshop put all of the pieces together…
Without a doubt, this workshop helped prepare me to be a REST Master Trainer. The integrity and transparency of the trainers added to my already strong commitment to the REST model.
– Sharon Cackett, REST Master Trainer–
… a perfect fit…
This was a perfect fit or piece of the puzzle to round out our caregiver support programs.
– Tammy Rosa, REST Master Trainer–
… it’s empowering to share such invaluable information…
Knowledge is power and it’s empowering to share such invaluable information with others who can benefit our society as a whole.
– Dolores Ward Cox, REST Master Trainer–
… I really loved all the activities and group discussions…
I would highly recommend this training to others because it is really informative and gives tangible information on how to help families and individuals who need respite care. I really loved all the activities and group discussions we had. I learned so much from just listening to others.
– Diana Reyes –
… the importance and need for volunteer respite…
I would recommend this workshop to others because of the importance and need for volunteer respite. Plus, it’s fun!
– Sue Spencer –
… I appreciate the thought and care …
I would recommend the training because it is thorough, hitting the points necessary to effectively assist potential trainers. As a trainer, I appreciate the thought and care given to advance programs to help caregivers.
… The workshop will give a clear understanding …
I would recommend this workshop to any individual interested in providing respite. The workshop will give a clear understanding about what respite is, and tips on how to be an effective volunteer respite worker.
… the activities and time for discussion were helpful…
This is a valuable tool to provide needed care to others. It lays out the information in an understandable process. The activities give reinforcement and time to process the information. I’m a hands-on learner, so the activities and time for discussion were helpful.
… could not find a better workshop …
Presenters were excellent. If an individual has an interest in respite, they could not find a better workshop.
… It was clear, entertaining and the content was great.
I would recommend this to others because there is a great need for respite companions and it will only be growing. It was clear, entertaining and the content was great.
… The content and the materials are wonderful!
Very informative and a lot of valuable information was shared. The content and the materials are wonderful!
… a way to bring awareness of the needs that caregivers have. …
I would recommend it as a way to bring awareness of the needs that caregivers have. Often we focus on the care receiver only, and forget about the caregiver.
… what I need to be an effective REST Trainer …
I am leaving with the sense that I have, or have access to, what I need to be an effective REST Trainer.
“…The need for respite is paramount.”
I would definitely recommend this training to others, at a personal or professional level. The need for respite is paramount.
– Ivy Ward, Tallahassee, Fla. –
“…it helps you feel confident and informed…”
I would recommend this workshop because it helps you feel confident and informed enough to train Companions.
– Ivonne Rodriguez, Boca Raton, Fla. –
“…it is very comprehensive…”
I would recommend this workshop to others because it is very comprehensive. The trainers are very knowledgeable, and the materials were excellent.
– Pediedra Rena James, Riviera Beach, Fla. –
“…appreciated the flow…”
I most appreciated the flow, organization and input from others in the class.
– REST Trainer, Florida –
“…It is well-planned out and practical…”
I would recommend this training. It is well-planned out and practical. Very relevant for respite purposes. I most appreciated the standardization of information and the professional content.
– REST Trainer, Florida –
“…examples and activities were relevant and enjoyable…”
I felt like the content, examples and activities were relevant and enjoyable. I also felt like this training provided the opportunity for us to implement what we learned. I most appreciated the opportunity to listen to participant feedback, and the opportunity to practice presenting the material.
– Susanna Launder, Boca Raton, Fla.–
“…such useful information on respite care…”
I would highly recommend this program to gain such useful information on respite care help and knowledge.
– Brian Vera, Royal Palm Beach, Fla. –
“There are so many caregivers who are in dire need of these services.”
I would highly recommend this training to others because it is very much needed. There are so many caregivers who are in dire need of these services.
– REST Trainer, Massachusetts –
“…it is extremely informative in every way possible.”
I would recommend this workshop because it is extremely informative in every way possible.
– REST Trainer, Massachusetts –
“…informative and well organized.”
I would recommend this workshop to others as the content is structured, informative and well organized.
– Patricia Midurski, Massachusetts –
“…the ease in which one can take the training…”
I appreciated the inclusion of personal stories and experiences in the training. In addition, the ease in which one can take the training, then turn around and provide the training.
– REST Trainer, Massachusetts –
“This course is an invaluable resource.”
Respite is greatly needed for caregivers of those with dementia. This course is an invaluable resource.
– Patrick Maher, Massachusetts –
“…professional and engaging.”
Excellent workshop – organized, professional and engaging.
– REST Trainer, Masachusetts –
“…I appreciated the different activities, the awesome organization of the materials…”
I would recommend this workshop to help broaden connections and supports. It sparked a lot of ideas. I appreciated the different activities, the awesome organization of the materials, and the ability to modify the class to our needs.
– REST Trainer, Colorado –
“…adaptive nature, flexibility of script, cost benefit …”
I would recommend this workshop due to its adaptive nature, flexibility of script, cost benefit, and the immediate addressing of respite-provider shortages.
– REST Trainer, Colorado –
“…I appreciated the structure and content.…”
It provides a great organizational structure for training volunteers to provide respite. I appreciated the structure and content.
– Kent Mathews, Colorado –
“…a valuable gift to offer respite volunteers.…”
I see this training as a valuable gift to offer respite volunteers because it helps build confidence and equip them for more effective care.
– Nita Mathews, Colorado –