Southeast Nebraska Respite Network

Provider Training

Are you looking for training to help you become a better provider?  Visit the Provider calendar on the nrrs website to see all the upcoming trainings that are available.



To Find a Respite Provider click here.

What is RESPITE?

Respite is short-term care for families in crisis, foster parents, caregivers of adults or children with special needs, or children caring for their aging parents.

Respite care gives the caregivers a short break from the demands of caregiving.

Respite care can be planned or emergency.

The location and respite provider are chosen by the caregiver.

The purpose of respite care is to allow caregivers the chance to rest and recharge for a few hours or more, in some cases perhaps a week.

How Respite HELPS:

By providing short-term periods of rest and relief that are vitally important to an individual’s health and family stability.

Reduces hospital costs and helps avoid or delay more costly foster care, nursing home, or other out-of-home placements.

What is the Nebraska Respite Network?

The Nebraska Respite Network was created in 1999 to coordinate respite resources for families. We are the one place to call for all of your respite needs! We can assist with finding funding, locating a respite provider, and providing information about other supports for caregivers.

The Nebraska Respite Network is divided into 6 service areas across the state. Our office covers 17 counties in Southeast Nebraska. For contact information for all Nebraska Respite Network Coordinators throughout the State of Nebraska, please click here. Look under Respite Directory and Resources, Respite Contacts and Map.

Resources to Pay for Care

The Heath and Human Services division of the State of Nebraska has a Lifespan Respite Subsidy that caregivers are able to apply for. Click here for the application.

Who can provide respite care?

You can select a friend, neighbor, or relative to be your respite provider as long as they do not live in the same household. Respite can be provided in your home, the respite provider’s home, in the community, or in a facility. If you need assistance finding the right respite provider, please contact us. We recruit respite providers who have many different levels of experience and skills and match them with a family who needs their expertise.

Is There Training for Respite Providers?

YES!  We provide an 8-hour REST Respite provider training course. Mary Shada is a certified REST trainer. For more information about REST, visit

Upcoming trainings dates are listed below.

One day training:

September 10 from 9 - 5, at First Evangelical Free Church, 3280 S 84th St, Lincoln, NE 68506

Two day training:

September 26 & October 3 from 6 - 9 pm, at Southeast Community Continuing Education Center

November 7 - 14 from 1 - 4 pm, at Southeast Community Continuing Education Center

For more information call 402-434-3494 ext. 103 and talk to Mary or email

Request more information

If you are in need of respite or would like to provide respite care, please contact, Mary Shada, Southeast Coordinator for the Nebraska Respite Network at:
 or 402.434.3494 ext.103

Volunteer to Provide Respite Care

We do accept volunteer respite providers. If you are interested in providing respite care, please fill out the form below for more information. All respite providers need to pass a background check before they can provide respite care.

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