Select the numbered statement (statements are rated on a scale of 1 - 3) that best describes your situation for each item below. You can total your scores by adding the numbers of the selected statement. This will give you a big picture of the caregiving situation. Lower scores indicate situations that are less manageable -- that is situations that require additional support beyond that provided by the primary caregiver. Higher scores indicate situations that may be more readily managed.
Hannah Kalil is 83 years old, and lives by herself in upstate New York. She
has aides who help with her caregiving throughout the day. But the
responsibility of managing her finances, health care -- both mental and
physical -- and long-term living situation falls to one person: her daughter --
and my mother -- Eleanor.
It's almost a full-time job. Making sure my grandmother is happy and not
feeling lonely means daily visits. Her never-ending stream of medical issues
means weekly -- if not...