Caregivers:  VCN is Here for You!

two ZOOM EVENTS you won't want to miss:

Caregiver 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.  


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.  

In the future we will be offering scholarships  for caregiving training and certification, and (eventually) holding caregiver retreats to offer you respite and relaxation, and a chance to share your experiences with other caregivers.  


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.  For now, please check out the ZOOM presentations below and use the individual registration forms to sign up.  


Saturday, November 14th

3:00-4:00 p.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.  

Please Email Bonny Kelly for information at:

Register by filling in the form below:

Self-care for Caregivers & Others

Saturday, November 4th

3-4 p.m.


Sunday, January 17th

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. 

Please Email Bonny Kelly for information at:

Register by filling in the form below:

Hospice & End of Life

Sunday January 17, 2021

3:00-4:00 p.m.

CALL: 206.604.3253

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