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Caregivers Need Respite Care To Attend Caregiving Symposium In Phoenix

Virginia Rascon
(Photo by Kathy Ritchie - KJZZ)
Virginia Rascon takes care of her auntie, Delfina Hicks, who has Alzheimer's disease. Duet provided respite care for the caregivers who needed it.

For many, caregiving is a fulltime job, which means a person has to find someone to watch their loved one if they leave the house. So when Duet, a Phoenix-area nonprofit hosted its annual family caregiver symposiumon Thursday, they had to make sure caregivers could actually attend. 

Virginia Rascon takes care of her aunt, Delfina Hicks, who has Alzheimer’s disease. It was her first time attending the symposium. And she was able to come because Duet provided respite care.

"Because then I wouldn’t have to worry about … or I wouldn’t have been able to come," said Rascon.

For Rascon, an event like this is important to the work she does at home.

"I try to keep educating myself so I can provide better care for my aunt," she said.

Hicks and others spent the afternoon playing games, coloring and watching movies.  Duet partnered with Beatitudes at Home, which is part of Beatitudes Campus to provide the free service. 

KJZZ was a sponsor of Duet's Family Caregiver Symposium.

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.