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    Caregiving Support: Is It Time to Get Help?

    Many support groups can lend a hand to your caregiving, including for transportation, meals, and social activities. A lot depends on where you live and how challenging your caregiving duties are.

    Whether you're the chief caregiver or supervising someone else, take this short test to see if support groups might be able to give you some backup.

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    Check numbers 1, 2, or 3 for each category on this list. Then get your score by adding the numbers you chose.

    Questions for the Caregiver and the Person Who's Getting the Care

    Services in the Community:

    _____ (1) There are no community support services.

    _____ (2) There are some community support services such as transportation and meals.

    _____ (3) There is support to help with long-term care.

     

    Informal Support Groups:

    _____ (1) There are no informal support groups available.

    _____ (2) There are inadequate informal support groups.

    _____ (3) There are informal support groups through neighbors, family and friends, or religious groups.

    Questions for the Primary Caregiver

    Open to Help: The primary caregiver:

    _____ (1) Does not "believe in" accepting help from anyone

    _____ (2) Does not "believe in" accepting help from anyone outside the family

    _____ (3) Is open to accepting help from others

     

    Social Activities: The caregiving workload means the primary caregiver:

    _____ (1) Is cut off from doing things they enjoy

    _____ (2) Is restricted in doing things they enjoy

    _____ (3) Is still able to do at least one thing they enjoy

     

    Relationships: The caregiving workload means the primary caregiver:

    _____ (1) Will be isolated from relationships with significant others

    _____ (2) Will find relationships with significant others restricted

    _____ (3) Will find relationships with significant others can continue

     

    Religious Activities: The caregiving workload means the primary caregiver:

    _____ (1) Will be cut off from religious activities

    _____ (2) Will be restricted in doing religious activities

    _____ (3) Will still be able to do religious activities

    Get Your Score

    Add the numbers you selected. A lower score means you're in a "less manageable" situation. You need to think about getting more support beyond what the primary caregiver can provide.

    Higher scores mean you're in a "more manageable" caregiving situation. 

    The lowest possible score on this test is 6. It means you need significant caregiver support. The highest possible score for this test is 18.

    Your total score for this test: ____

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on February 22, 2015

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