There is no harder journey…Duet is here for you.
A family caregiver is defined as someone who provides unpaid care for a loved one. Many family members don’t consider such care “caregiving” – they are just doing what comes naturally. Whether the care is provided in town or across the country, it’s a responsibility that can take a physical, mental and emotional toll.
Duet is here to help you take better care of yourself—so you can take better care of your loved one.
90% of family caregivers become more proactive about seeking resources and skills they need after self-identifying as caregivers.
Family Caregiver Support Groups
No one should have to undertake the caregiving journey alone. Through Duet’s support groups you can be put in contact with fellow caregivers in a group setting or the comfort of your own home.
Duet offers free-of-charge support groups across the Valley, including: General Support Groups, Disease-Specific (Alzheimer’s disease/other dementias and Parkinson’s disease), Support Groups for Spanish Speakers, Support Groups for LGBTQ+ Family Cargivers, and Support Groups for Men Only.
Duet has launched two new support groups. The first is just for family caregivers who care for their parents. The new Caring for Parents Virtual Support Group meets on the first and third Saturdays of every month from 3-4:30 p.m. AZ/MST via Zoom. The second is for the alumni of the Finding Meaning and Hope video discussion series. The Finding Meaning and Hope Alumni Support Group meets on the second and fourth Friday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m. AZ/MST via Zoom.
If you’re new to Duet’s support groups, please call ahead of time at (602) 274-5022 before attending. To view the entire month of support groups, click on “view calendar” and sort by “Family Caregiver” as the Duet calendar category.
Information & Referral Assistance
Taking care of an aging loved one is a complicated journey. Duet staff are here for you every step of the way in providing personalized information and guided assistance. This can include connecting you with community resources, answering questions, and giving helpful advice.
Workshops and Family Caregiver Symposium
Duet offers an annual Family Caregiver Symposium and various workshops throughout the year to help reduce caregiver stress. On-site respite care is often available at no cost so that you can have peace of mind and the ability to attend. It is important to build community and gain resources with others who understand your situation. Duet’s workshops and symposium are designed specifically with the needs of the family caregiver in mind. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming workshops.
Duet’s Family Caregiver Virtual Symposium took place February 17, 2021. We brought together two bright luminaries in the world of caregiving. Arthur Kleinman, MD and Pauline Boss, PhD, to share their professional expertise as academicians, researchers, clinical practitioners, and authors, as well as relate their personal experiences as caregivers to their beloved spouses.
Back by popular demand, on October 27, we brought Dr. Pauline Boss back to share about Guilt, Grief, and Guideposts with journalist and Next Avenue editor, Kathy Ritchie.
Video Discussion Series - Finding Meaning and Hope
Duet offers a new resource for family caregivers in its Finding Meaning and Hope video discussion series. This 10-week, peer-led group discussion is a free outreach to members of your community who are full-time, part-time or long-distance caregivers. Based on the groundbreaking book Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief, by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., this video series occupies a unique place in the caregiving landscape. Dr. Boss is best known for her groundbreaking research as the pioneer theorist and clinical practitioner of stress reduction for people whose loved ones are physically present, but psychologically absent, coined “ambiguous loss.”
Duet offers trainings throughout the year for anyone interested in becoming a facilitator. We also promote the various locations where series are being held for anyone interested in participating. See our list of upcoming facilitator training dates.
"I am a Family Caregiver" Traveling Photo Exhibit
Thanks to a generous grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Duet has created the “I am a Family Caregiver” traveling photo exhibit. The traveling photo exhibit will help family caregivers “see” themselves as caregivers. By self-identifying as caregivers, they will be more likely to connect with resources and support. In turn, they will better care for themselves.
The exhibit includes 16 beautiful photographs of loving and dedicated family caregivers who have found help and support through Duet. The photographs are mounted and ready to hang or place on easels. The exhibit can be displayed in its entirety, or the venue may select specific images. Each photo has a brief story attached to assist viewers in recognizing themselves as family caregivers, and to help increase community awareness about family care-giving and the need for support. Duet invites you to display the photographs in a high-visibility location such as a public venue, workplace, or congregation.
To learn more or to book the exhibit, give us a call.
Sample images from the “I am a Family Caregiver” traveling photo exhibit
Information and referral resources
We help you identify and navigate the community services and programs available to you to help you continue to live self-sufficiently. We also provide referrals for assistance if there are other issues such as dementia.
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