Caregivers: A Page for You!

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Are You a Family or Professional Caregiver?
VCN presents Jonathan Prescott:
"A Wise Conversation about Balance and Borders"

This free interactive session is especially for you: practical suggestions for challenging times 

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Caregiver Resources & Events

Information & Resources

Events

As the Vashon Care Network has expanded, we are excited to let you know that we are now able to offer more resources and support for Vashon's caregivers.  With the arrival of Covid-19, the role of caregivers has increased and the challenges that you already face have become more complicated.  You are on the frontline in continuing to serve your clients during a pandemic.

 

It is our intention to make this page a useful source of  information and resources for private and family caregivers.  It includes a rich cross section of information from national, state and local sources.  As we identify new material, websites and events of interest, we will add them.   

Welcome New Home Care Aide
Certification Training Scholarship Recipients!

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From left to right: Nellie Carson-Rohe, Laura Weston, Holly Bailey, Evy Horton, Kathleen Timm, Tess Mueller.
( Not pictured: Rebecca Chellberg)

Vashon Care Network welcomes and congratulates these future Home Care Aides!  With support from Vashon Senior Center, VCN recently awarded seven scholarships for the 75-hours of training required to become a state certified Home Care Aide. 

Resources & Information

 
Caregiver Resource Directory
Also check out our Community Services Directory Page for more...

Adult Protective Services (APS): Report concerns involving vulnerable adults: (206) 341-7660. 

Aging and Disability Services (ADS):  Partners with community-based organizations to provide adult day services, caregiver support, case management, elder abuse prevention, health maintenance, health promotion, information and assistance, legal support, nutrition, senior center, and transportation services.

Hotline number is 1-(800) 562-6078

  •  Community Living Connections : This program from ADS helps you find the services you need to connect with community, state and federal benefits and resources providing you with information and advocacy services.  Call toll free at: 1-844-348-5464.

 

End of Life Organization Resources At the End of Life nonprofit organization's website you will find the support and resources you need to help you do the advance planning you need for considering end of life choices. Find checklists for advance directives, power of attorney, living wills and much, much more on the Choices and Planning Page.

 

How to Report an Unsafe DriverIf you feel that someone you know is an unsafe driver you can report using the process detailed on this page.  Read that before you complete the online Evaluation Request form which is linked to this page.

King County Caregiver Support NetworkFor unpaid caregivers of adults age 18 and older. By helping to reduce caregiver stress, the network enables care receivers to remain at home and independent. 

Providence Hospice of Seattlea not-for-profit, community-based hospice ministry, serving seriously ill patients in all of King County, Washington including Vashon Island. We provide comprehensive and compassionate physical, emotional, and spiritual care to people nearing the end of their lives - The Hospice team consists of a RN, Social Worker, Chaplain and Home Health AIde to assist with bathing needs. A doctor's order is needed to start services.  206-320-4000.

 

Providence Transitions: A home-based program that provides palliative care: relief from the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. It helps in supporting  patients, giving them information they need to make decisions as  their health changes & to help plan for expected changes as their illness progresses. A doctor's order is needed to start services.   206-320-7396 

Providence Home Services of King County:  Care includes RN visits and therapy for any chronic or acute illness depending on each individual case. Patients do not need to have been hospitalized to receive home services, but will need a Doctor's order to start services. Services include: Visiting RN, Physical Therapist, Physical & Speech Therapy. Phone: 425-525-6825. Fax: 425-525-6828

Veterans Services Benefits & entitlements, jobs, training, counseling and emergency financial assistance.  

1 (800) 562-2308. 

 
Self Care & Wellness

Caregiving can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Whether you are in the profession of caregiving or taking care of a loved one, it is important to remember to recharge your batteries. 

 

 Caregiver stress can lead to burnout, a condition marked by irritability, fatigue, problems with sleep, weight gain, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, and social isolation.  

 

Here’s a great website with practical tips, resources and reminders about the importance of self-care.  

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/self-care-for-the-caregiver-2018101715003

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Resources for Family Caregivers

If you’d like to support family caregivers with whom you’re working, you might want to share this website with them.  

 

Launched in 1996, Caregiving.com has one of the largest libraries of caregiving stories. Their community of bloggers and contributors take care of aging parents, spouses, and anyone they consider family.

 

Find consolation in their reflections and confidence in their advice: 

https://www.caregiving.com/

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Online Health Care Aide (HCA) & Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training

Cornerstone Healthcare Training is a licensed private vocational school that provides online caregiver training.  It was founded by Robin Van Hyning, RN, MSN.  She and her team have a passion for caregiving, and support caregivers in skill building and gaining certification.   

 

Cornerstone has supported and trained over 30,000+ healthcare professionals in Washington State.  Check out their free COVID-19 Caregiving Course:

 https://cornerstonehealthcaretraining.com/

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Dementia Care & Training  

Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist with forty years of clinical practice experience, is one of the world’s leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it. Her company, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC), provides a wide variety of services to enhance awareness and increase dementia care skills, including Speakers, Trainers, Teepa Talks and Certifications.

 

Her website offers a variety of short, free videos on dementia management and care. https://teepasnow.com/

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