Easter Seals Wisconsin and Respite Care Association of Wisconsin (RCAW) are creating the Caring Network, a statewide network of respite care providers trained to provide high-quality in-home respite care for individuals with a variety of disabilities and needs, including people with challenging behaviors and complex medical and personal care needs.

Training to become a part of the Caring Network as a respite care provider will be offered in  September and October.

Caring Network Training, a comprehensive two-day course on basic knowledge for in-home respite care providers, will take place September 15-16 at Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland. Cost will be $20, which includes facilitator, meals and materials. The course covers information needed to gain baseline knowledge of in-home respite care. Topics include: Disability Basics, including caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia; Personal Care Skills; Positioning; Mandated Reporter Training; Medication Administration; Free Time Activities; Communication Techniques and Caring for Persons with Challenging Moments. Whether you have been working in the field for years or have no experience in the field, this training is a great way to network and gain new information.

Two mini-courses will also be offered on September 2 and October 7 at the Comfort Suites in Hayward. The cost of each will be $10, which covers facilitator, meal and materials. These four-hour trainings are designed to deliver information and education to respite care providers and family caregivers on best practices. Topics include caring for people with developmental disabilities, and caring for people with emotional disabilities.

These low-cost training opportunities are made available by a three-year federal grant awarded to Wisconsin through the Lifespan Respite Care Project. For more information or to register, please visit: www.respitecarewi.org or contact Deenah Givens at RCAW, toll free (877) 260-9207.

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