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The Vashon Care Network field 100 calls a month through our referral line about health care services

Thank you to The Beachcomber for shedding light on both sides of the upcoming hospital district vote and highlighting the Care Closet.

The Vashon Care Network is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting folks in their homes through services including the Care Closet and a referral line. Through our referral line, we field approximately 100 calls per month, from folks looking to borrow a piece of medical equipment, looking for advice to find a good skilled nursing facility or an in-home care provider. It is important for islanders to know that the majority of the in-home care providers on the island hold either a home care aide or certified nursing assistant license, but you should always ask for referrals from any caregiver you may be hiring.

There is a COPES program, through DSHS, where you can be approved to have a DSHS approved home care provider work in your home. Also, many of the private caregivers can work under long term care policies as well. If you are a veteran you may be able to use the in-home care benefit through the VA to get extra support in your home.

We are fortunate to have the support of Providence Home Services of King County (425-525-6800) for visiting RNs, PTs, OT & speech therapists. Providence Hospice of Seattle (206-320-4000), as well as Providence Transitions (206-320-7696), provide MSW and RN support for folks with serious illnesses. The majority of these Providence employees are islanders. The VCN works closely with these entities.

The Vashon Senior Center has also spearheaded The Isolated Adult Group. The Vashon Care Network is proud to be a part of this group which includes Vashon Fire and Rescue, the Senior Center, DOVE, Meals on Wheels, VYFS, Food Bank, Metro Access and others who are dedicated to supporting folks in their homes, especially the isolated. The Neighbor to Neighbor (206 463 5173) and Catholic Community Services volunteer programs (253 850 2525) are both supportive as well for folks at home.

The Vashon Care Network has a board of 13 people who are committed to serving our island community. For more information visit

— Bridget Webb and Chris Jovanovich on behalf of the Vashon Care Network