James Madison University

About Precious Time

Each semester, students enrolled in a pediatric nursing course and a nursing elective are required to provide fourteen hours of respite care as part of course requirements.  They are assigned to a family and travel to their homes to provide the respite care services during the evening hours or on weekends.  The pre-health students work in pairs as a precaution for the safety of the child as well as their own.  Being in the home with a family who has a child with special needs teaches the students skills that are not taught in a classroom.

Activities that may occur during respite care are:

  • Helping with homework
  • Reading or playing board games
  • Playing outside or taking a walk
  • Special activities such as cooking or baking projects
  • Anything that you would like the JMU students to do with your child