Online Course » REST Essentials On-Line Course for Caregivers

Course Description:

The REST (Respite Education and Support Tools) program is a way to provide respite for caregivers caring for individuals across the lifespan through a trained volunteer system as part of Long-Term Services & Supports.

Course Objective:
  • Understand what a family might need/expect when caringfor their loved one.
  • Identify and respect the family caregiver’s and carereceiver’s needs, preferences and privacy.
  • Provide a meaningful experience for the care receiver.
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment.
  • Connect with the care receiver.
Intended Audience:

See informational slide within the program for audience and continuing education details. 

Author Bio:

Wendy Berk is the program analyst for the REST (Respite Education & Support Tools) program.  She researches, plans, coordinates and develops comprehensive reports, which support strategic planning and the administration of the REST program. Wendy joined the REST team in January 2014 as the Illinois REST program coordinator, coming in with a passion to help those who care for others. She sees the great potential of REST and looks forward to seeing the program grow throughout the country in the years to come. Wendyfinds her work as a REST master trainer particularly gratifying.  “I have been inspired by the passion and empathy of those we meet,” she said. “Our trainers care so deeply about making a difference. I love knowing the REST program goes out into communities, reaching so many people.” Since 1999, Wendy has enjoyed a career with Marklund, providing leadership in a wide range of roles. Wendyhas served as director of education for the Marklund Day School, and as administrator for the Adult Developmental Training program. As administrator of ICF-DD facilities, Wendy managed the opening of four new 16-bed Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in 2003.  Contact Wendy Berk at or 630.593-5433.


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