James Madison University

Whether you are a family caregiver, a community volunteer, or a student, you can be a part of the Caregivers Community Network!

PHOTO: Caregiving

What We Offer

Caregivers Community Network offers unique services for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, frail elders, and their family caregivers. Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and frail elderly experience a great amount of stress in day-to-day life. It is important for them to take care of themselves, as well as their loved ones. CCN can help to give caregivers a break and provide valuable time to themselves.

Our Services :

  • 2-4 hours of respite care for caregivers weekly/biweekly
  • Bereavement support
  • Escort services
  • Educational programs, seminars, workshops
  • Electronic support
  • Errand running
  • Follow-up telephone calls after visits
  • In-home companion care
  • Informational support
  • Support groups
  • Telephone hotline and consultation for caregivers

In-Home Companion Care/Respite for Caregivers

A trained volunteer will come to your home for 2 to 4 hours on a weekly or biweekly basis to provide companionship for your family member who is frail or has Alzheimer’s Disease. The volunteer will provide social interaction and supervision during meals, walks, and other activities. During this time, the family caregiver is able to take some time off for themselves.

Before you receive respite services, a staff member will visit your home to talk with you about your specific needs. Your needs will be matched carefully with volunteer skills and availability. When possible, the same volunteer will return when you require additional services. A staff member is always available “on call” to volunteers if volunteers have questions during respite visits.

Companion Services/Errand Running

Our volunteers will escort the family caregiver and their family member to doctors’ appointments, church services, and other brief outings. Volunteers will also pick up prescriptions or run other short distance errands as needed. However, volunteers CANNOT transport clients!

Telephone Support

  • Follow-up Phone Call - Every caregiver that receives respite services will receive a follow-up phone call to evaluate the services and set up regular telephone contact and support, if you wish.
  • Telephone Helpline - We also offer a toll-free help line to offer telephone assistance. This help line is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at (877) 568-6682.
  • Consultation with Professional Volunteers

If you have a question or problem that requires consultation with a professional (nurse, psychologist, social worker, or clergy), call our help line. Within less than 3 days a qualified professional volunteer will respond to your call or provide practical advice, help with problem solving, or offer a referral to resources.

Educational Programs/Support Groups

Check out our Events Schedule for the time and location of our upcoming programs. CCN will offer programs on many different topics.

Examples of past programs:

  • “How To Finance Care"
  • “Giving Physical Care to a Person with AD”
  • “Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver”

In addition to our educational programs, CCN can also help you in finding an ongoing Alzheimer’s support group and community services.

Informational & Electronic Support

Our website and CCN staff can provide you with printed and electronic information. We are glad to help you find the information that you need.

Bereavement or Transitional Support

Our services do not end if your loved one moves to a care facility or passes away. In fact, this is a time when extra support may be especially important. Sometimes a professional staff person or volunteer who is not sharing your loss can be the best listening ear. Our staff and trained volunteers offer supportive visits and telephone follow-up for caregivers who are experiencing a loss.

Contact Us:

(540)568-6682
Toll Free 1(877)568-6682
hansenss@jmu.edu