Caregivers: A Page for You!

Attention all Independent Providers!

You may all have heard that in the next few months BIG changes are coming in the way we are employed, paid, and our hours tracked.   It’s been such a hard year in many ways, and the confusions with the new Time4Care log-in system, and the glitches with the SEIU Training pages have made it even worse. Get ready for more big changes!

 

Free PPE Kits for  All Vashon Caregivers

We want to support all the caregivers who are working so hard during this difficult time.  Each kit has: gloves. hand sanitizer, wipes, a face shield and more...

Call 206-473-8715 and we will put them out at the Lutheran Church for you to pick up. 

VashonBePrepared is a coalition of disaster preparedness organizations on Vashon -Maury Island in Washington's Puget Sound region. Since the pandemic outbreak, Vashon Be Prepared has coordinated island efforts and manages an excellent and robust COVID resources webpage.   
Get the latest Covid reports at:  https://www.vashonbeprepared.org/COVID

 

Caregiver Resources & Events

Information & Resources

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.   

Events

We're starting out this effort with a series of ZOOM presentations and discussions that not only give you information and resources to help you care for your clients, but especially to support you in taking care of yourself. We hope you'll be able to join us.  

You can find descriptions of ZOOM sessions we have already presented below.  We will resume ZOOM sessions later on in the year.  As we make our plans for future events we will be asking you to tell us what you need, to help us plan events and activities in the future. 

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. 425-525-6800

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/

Group Meeting

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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Previous ZOOM Events

Sunday, May 16, 2021
4:00-5:30 pm

The Healing Power of Physical Touch

With Esthetician & Owner of Glow Skincare Spa 
Candy Jennings

What you will learn:

  • pressure point massage--one example: pressure between the thumb and index finger when gently held for even a couple of minutes will often reduce pain and headache

  • a simple "hug and hydrate" technique for relaxation

  • relaxing movements for massaging hands, feet and a little for  the face

  • find out the best, most easily accessible massage and aromatherapy oils for an enhanced, wonderful experience

The Healing Power of Physical Touch

"I have found that so many people just don't get touched enough (especially with the pandemic). Physical touch benefits both the person giving and the one receiving. Especially with older people, gentle touch is incredibly healing and a great way to connect with another person.” -- Candy Jennings

Useful Self-Care Links

King County Caregiver Support Network For 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. 
Taking Care of YOU, Self-Care for Family Caregivers
Tools and information about taking care of yourself along with caring for a family member or client

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Self-care for Caregivers & Others

with Island Massage Therapist, 
Deborah Cox

In this session, Deborah will focus on practical, sustainable self-care practices. Learn simple techniques that you can build into your day to manage symptoms of emotional, physical, and spiritual distress like body aches and stiffness; joint and back pain; low energy; anxiety; depression and burnout. Incorporate practices to make you more flexible, relaxed and energized!

 

Deborah is a licensed massage therapist with the goal of facilitating  whole body wellness.  She has also worked as a caregiver assisting patients with MS, cancer and terminal illnesses. In practice at Vashon Bodywork since 2013,  she specializes in therapeutic Cranio-Sacral and Myofascial release, and is a certified 3rd degree Reiki master.  

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Useful Self-Care Links

King County Caregiver Support Network For 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. 
Taking Care of YOU, Self-Care for Family Caregivers
Tools and information about taking care of yourself along with caring for a family member or client

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Hospice & End of Life Care

with Providence Hospice Nurse 
Kathy Shafel, R.N.
Many Vashon caregivers may be caring for people who are approaching the end of their lives.  What do you know about hospice?  How might we prepare ourselves to care for people at this stage of life? Kathy will talk about what hospice is and how it works, as well as some of the important points about end-of-life care. 
 
Kathy Shafel, RN, is the long-term Case Manager of the Providence Hospice Team on Vashon- many of us know her and love her!  She has worked with kids in various capacities since 1976  (including 13 years as director of the Vashon Children’s Centre), and received her RN in 1994. She has been doing hospice work for 14 years, as Vashon case manager and as a summer volunteer for the Safe Crossings Bereavement Camp for kids. 
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