Select the number (on a scale of 1-3) that best describes your situation for each item or issue. You can total your scores if you wish to get a big picture of the situation. Lower scores indicate less manageable situations -- situations requiring additional support beyond the primary caregiver -- and higher scores indicate situations that may be more readily managed.
If you cannot afford the prescription medications you need, you may be eligible for patient assistance programs offered by drug makers or state governments. Here's an overview of how patient assistance programs work.
Anita Davis, RN, M.Ed., director of Health Strategies, Nashville, TN. The National Alliance for Caregiving, Bethesda, MD. Family Caregiver Alliance, San Francisco, CA. National Family Caregivers Association, Kensington, MD.