Connections at Home (CAHNJ), the Verona based non-profit organization dedicated to helping socially isolated, homebound Essex County seniors celebrated its fourth anniversary September 24 in its offices at Vanguard Medical Group.
Since its inception in the fall of 2014, CAHNJ has been providing program participants with a free, senior-friendly, computer or tablet so that they are able to stay connected with loved ones through email and video-chat, as well as Facebook, and also stay mentally active playing games, listening to music, reading articles, watching movies, surfing the web, etc. Each client is paired with a social worker who video-chats with them once a week. The social worker can provide them with the resources to help with housing, in-home care, medical services, access to food, and transportation to appointments.
In addition, the organization conducts monthly support groups for caregivers, and people experiencing grief, all of whom benefit from discussing with others in similar situations their concerns and challenges.
CAHNJ’s website has a comprehensive resource guide with listings specifically for homebound individuals, as well as medical information.
The organization, which was launched four years ago with a director and one social worker, now has four social workers, several interns, and has grown to more than 90 participants. CAHNJ serves seniors in Verona, Cedar Grove, Montclair, Caldwell, East Orange, West Orange, and surrounding towns.
For more information about CAHNJ, contact Alex Kent, director, 973-239-2600, ext. 1075, or Maureen Karsen, lead social worker, 973-239-2600, ext.1089.
Donations are gladly accepted. Checks can be made out to Connections at Home, and sent to Alex Kent at 271 Grove Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044.