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New group offering respite time to caregivers

North Iowa volunteer agency offering to help give a break to caregivers

Posted: Oct 3, 2018 7:04 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Some people spend their time caring for loved ones, but may neglect their own needs or just need a break.

But for caregivers in North Iowa, there is now a new way to get some help.

The Respite Companions Group is a free, non-profit, volunteer run service that provides assistance for those who care for family members by watching and visiting with loved ones for a few hours to allow caregivers time for personal appointments, visit friends, or for other needs.

Katie Koehler is a volunteer with the group, and says that the need is there.

"The need doesn't leave. There's always that need. With that, they've formed this organization to help with that need."

For those who are interested in becoming a volunteer or caregivers who want some help, contact Jim Collison at 641-423-0105 or coach@biztrain.com, or the Mason City Volunteer Center at 641-424-7181.

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