Toll-Free Statewide Respite Phone: 866-ILL-RESP or    866-455-7377

Cell: (630) 207-8479
Fax:  (224) 616-3054

*Adapted and used with permission from "Lifespan Respite Training Manual" published by the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin


2650 S. Taylorville Rd.
Decatur, IL 62521

Online Training Opportunities

This introductory training goes over the basics of respite care and how to provide services as a respite care worker. 

Updated December 2021 by the Illinois Respite Coalition

The Illinois Respite Coalition is excited to announce that we are one of nine (9) state chosen to be a part of a pilot grant program led by the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin (RCAW), ARCH National Respite Network and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Through this grant program, Illinois is using Wisconsin's tried and true online training program to create Illinois state-specific training that is completely virtual and free of charge. This program can be completed at your own pace, and upon finishing all the modules, you will be given a certificate of completion. Those who completed the training have the opportunity to be added to a statewide respite worker database to help address the Respite Care Worker and Personal Support Worker shortage across the state. Once the training if completed, we will post the link here, on our website as well as on our Facebook.

While we wait for our finalized training, you may reference the older trainings below for basic information, but all information on these trainings should be supplemented by the agency you work for, the specific individual you serve and your own research. Stay tuned for our official state training in the new year!

Speaker Requests

If you are interested in having someone from the Illinois Respite Coalition speak on respite topics, whether at an agency, support group, or another setting, please fill out and submit our speaker request form to ilrespitecoalition@gmail.com