Respite Opportunities

CAREGIVERS COMMUNITY NETWORK (CCN)

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.
 
CCN offers respite to caregivers of those 60 years old and older who live in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County. You may return the family application to Kathy Guisewite via e-mail at kathy@vpas.info or you may mail it to her at:  975 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
 
Once the application is received, it will be reviewed and then Kathy will be in touch to set up a visit with the caregiver and the care receiver.  At that point, it will be determined if CCN is able to serve the family.  At the start of each semester, a team of two students are assigned to the family, and families are given the student names and contact information.
 

UPDATE: This fall, we are excited to offer both virtual and face to face visits!  We will be following guidelines through the CDC, JMU, and VPAS in order to practice safe visits.  Students will continue to focus on socialization, building positive rapport across generations, and self-care practices.  CCN is excited to invite caregivers and their loved ones to this warm and wonderful experience.  For more information, contact Kathy Guisewite.