Alabama Respite has FREE training available for caregivers and faith-based communities.

HTWC Toolkit The Helping Those Who Care Assistive Technology Toolkit is a great tool to find AT devices for your loved ones who may struggle with vision, hearing, self-feeding/drinking, memory, and other barriers that challenge living independently.

Respite Education and Support Tools (R.E.S.T.) is a comprehensive, 8-hour training for volunteer respite providers. Alabama Respite has staff members certified to teach this program. Learn more about R.E.S.T. at There are fees associated with this training but ask about scholarships and/or payment options.

Living Well Alabama is a chronic disease self-management course that Alabama Respite offers at no charge to participants in some areas of the state. It is a 6-week course that lasts two hours each week and focuses on guiding participants to make small changes that will ultimately allow them to take control of their chronic condition and live life to the fullest. Find more information about Living Well Alabama  at

Additionally, Alabama Respite will provide or coordinate shorter, targeted training regarding the following topics: 

• Basic Caregiving
• Basic Respite Care
• Dealing with Caregiver Guilt
• Volunteer Orientation
• Universal Precautions
• Disability Awareness
• “People first” Language
• Accessibility Audits
• Assisting with Care
• Stress Management for Caregivers

• Planning for a crisis
• Education about specific disorders/disabilities
• First aid and CPR (Caregivers and Volunteer Respite Providers only)
• Confidentiality
• Adapting activities to specific populations
• Documentation
• Developing policies and procedures
• Program planning and evaluation
• Comfort Touch® (North Alabama only)

If you are interested in any of these training opportunities or would like us to develop a training program not listed, please contact Alabama Respite at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Online Training Courses:

Alabama Department of Human Resources Mandated Reporters Interactive Training

Please visit: to obtain a course that explains:

• Why it is important to report child abuse and neglect
• Who is required to report it
• How to recognize it
• How and when to report it
• What happens after a report is made

Helping Those Who Care

This is a video strictly for those wishing to receive a respite reimbursement voucher that cannot attend a training in person Alabama Respite. Caregivers must be approved by Alabama Respite to be eligible for the voucher before taking part in this webinar.


Published on March 23, 2016

Created by: Kate Moseley and Brittany Lively



Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a program of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley.

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