According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, over 53 million Americans provide unpaid care for one or more loved ones, taking on a journey that many experience but few identify with. Duet: Partners In Health & Aging is a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization challenging the norms of being a family caregiver through support groups, resources and programs.
Recently, the organization relaunched the Caregiver-to-Caregiver Mentor Program, connecting isolated family caregivers in need of support with other caregivers who understand the complexities of the caregiving journey.
â€œMany caregivers donâ€™t give themselves the credit for the strength they demonstrate, because they see it as the natural thing to do,â€ says Duet caregiver services director. Janet Richards. â€œBy creating a one-on-one connection with someone who has been on the journey, we hope to elevate them and encourage them to remain connected to support systems.â€
A National Family Caregivers Association Survey of Self-Identified Family Caregivers showed 90 percent of caregivers reported becoming more proactive in seeking the resources and skills they need after self-identifying.
Participants of the program will receive a weekly check-in phone call from their assigned mentor, who will offer a listening ear and possibly discuss any concerns the caregiver may have.
Duetâ€™s mentor volunteers are caregivers themselves that are in a stable place on their journey, or whose loved one has passed. They receive training before being matched with participants.
Caregivers interested in being matched with a trained mentor who has been through the caregiving journey should contact Janet Richards at [email protected] or call (602) 274-5022, ext. 141.
We would love to connect you with a member of Duetâ€™s family caregiver services team to discuss how caregiving affects the physical and mental health of a caregiver, explain how a supportive mentor can help, and provide more information on the services and resources available.