Education and Training

Respite Education and Support Tools

NYS Caregiving and Respite Coalition is committed to assisting communities in growing a volunteer respite workforce. The Coalition offers "Train the Trainer" Courses for the REST Program. It is our goal to train leaders throughout the state in order to increase respite program opportunities for caregivers.

Once trained, REST volunteers will be well prepared to provide temporary relief to caregivers in both the home and planned setting. REST training prepares volunteers to build caring relationships, handle crisis, and overcome communication obstacles. REST participants learn safety practices, acquire an overview of disabilities and learn how to create a positive atmosphere in respite situations.

The Coalition is seeking 4 individuals interested in becoming REST Master Trainers. These individuals need have the ability to provide Train the Trainer Sessions to the community at large, or be able to open any agency training to the full community.

Full Scholarships will be provided for organizations under two separate grants for the following counties or regions

Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center

Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates


All other regions of the state are covered under this funding

New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition is funded with a federal grant for Lifespan Respite awarded by the Administration for Community Living to the New York State Office for the Aging.

Companion Trainings scheduled in New York City and Plattsburgh     

Train the Trainer Session in Elmira         

click here for a complete schedule of workshops

REST Train the Trainer Sessions will be held regionally throughout the state. If your organization or community would like to host a REST Training please email NYSCRC.