National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN)

The NVCN is the national organization of the local Methow Valley Guardian Angel (MVGA) Program.  The purpose of the National Network is to promote the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas that can help to strengthen and support the hundreds of local volunteer caregiving programs that are currently active throughout the United States, and to foster and support the establishment of new interfaith volunteer caregiving programs in all communities that want and need the services that volunteer caregivers can provide.

National Institute on Aging

The NIA is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institute on Health and has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.

Eldercare sourcebook

Room One:

The Lookout Coalition was established in the Methow Valley in 2011 to provide additional support and services to Methow Valley members facing difficult medical situations and/or end-of-life. In the summer of 2012, the Lookout Coalition became a program of Room One.

Retired medical and mental health providers and community volunteers comprise our dynamic Lookout Coalition team. Current volunteers include retired physicians, social workers, nurse practitioners, yoga specialists, and hospice trained community members. We serve our clients through house calls, do all our work free of charge, and work to collaborate, not duplicate other services in the Valley.

Resource Guide for Methow Valley Residents: updated 2015


Hospice care is for people who are nearing the end of life. Hospice care services are provided by a team of health care professionals who maximize comfort for a terminally ill person by reducing pain and addressing physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. To help families, hospice care also provides counseling, respite care and practical support.

Unlike other medical care, the focus of hospice care isn't to cure the underlying disease. The goal of hospice care is to support the highest quality of life possible for whatever time remains.

Frontier Hospice:

Frontier is a health care at home company.  They deliver personalized home health and hospice care to thousands of patients and their families in the comfort of their own homes.  Frontier provides home health care and hospice services  in Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties. 

Aging & Adult Care of Central Washington

Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington (AACCW) is one of thirteen Area Agencies on Aging in Washington State on contract with Aging and Disability Administration, a division of DSHS. AACCW provides both direct and contracted services to seniors and vulnerable adults with disabilities. Services are provided to enhance the quality of an individual’s life and to allow individuals the opportunity to live in the least restrictive environment possible.

COPES Program

The Community Options Program Entry System, or COPES for short, is a Washington State Medicaid (Apple Health) program designed to enable individuals who require nursing home level care, to receive that care in their home or community living environment such as an assisted living residence.  This program provides not only care but also non-care support to enable independent living.  This includes coverage for home modifications to increase safety and access, personal emergency response services to reduce supervision and transportation assistance.

COPES also allows for consumer or participant direction. Based on the Medicaid Cash and Counseling model, this means the individual receiving care services under this waiver has the option of self-directing their personal care. In other words, they can choose their personal care provider instead of having the state assign one. Included among the persons eligible to provide personal care are certain family members such as the adult children.  Spouses, however, are ineligible to be paid caregivers under COPES. Personal caregivers are paid an hourly rate which is determined by Medicaid not by the program participant.   In past years, this rate has been approximately $11 / hour.

COPES case manager

          Phone: 800-572-4459 ext. 402


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