In partnership with James Madison University, VPAS matches pairs of students with families that are caring for a frail older adult through the Caregivers Community Network (CCN) course. Enrolled students provide weekly visits to provide social interaction with the care recipient while the caregiver takes a much needed break.
How Does CCN Work?
In-home family caregivers are referred to CCN by health care providers, other community agencies, VPAS Case Managers, or through self referral. Prospective host families will receive a home visit with the CCN Coordinator. During this visit families will be assessed for eligibility for the program. If eligible, an interest profile of the care recipient will be completed and a student match will be made. Prior to making in-home visits JMU students must complete training on how to interact with older adults, particularly those who are frail and who have cognitive impairment. Students visit the home weekly throughout the semester. Visits last 2-3 hours.