Easter Seals Wisconsin and Respite Care Association of Wisconsin are working in partnership to create a statewide “Caring Network” of highly trained respite care providers who will have the required skills to provide in-home respite care for individuals with a variety of disabilities, including highly challenging behaviors, and basic medical and personal care needs.
The ultimate goal of the training is to address the shortage of qualified in-home respite care providers in Wisconsin and expand an online referral source for families and caregivers to access these trained providers in their communities.
A comprehensive online training course for potential respite care providers is available at no charge. The online course is designed for people providing care to individuals of varying disabilities and ages. The course covers: Disability Basics, Lifts & Transfers, Personal Care/ Daily Living Skills, Medication Administration, Communication Techniques, Abuse and Neglect, Caring for Challenging Behaviors, Free Time Activities, and Making Connections (meeting/ training with the family).
Participants may work at their own pace, with the ability to start and stop the modules as they go. Videos, worksheets, and quizzes to test the knowledge of participants are included. Upon successful completion of the online course, participants receive a certificate and are offered the opportunity to be added to our statewide Wisconsin Lifespan Respite Care Provider Registry.
Mini-courses, consisting of half-day training on “Coping with Challenging Behaviors,” are conducted at locations across the state, at no charge, to individuals interested in providing respite care or improving their skills.