Skip to content

50+: Live Better, Longer

Font Size
A
A
A

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.

Recommended Related to Healthy Seniors

Healthy Living Is the Real Fountain of Youth

You won't find a miracle age eraser in a bottle or magic pill. There's only one secret to looking and feeling younger, and that's better living. These seven simple steps from WebMD's top women's health experts will reinvigorate every part of your body, helping you feel stronger, more energized, and youthful -- no matter how many candles you blow out on your next birthday. 1. Bone Up on Calcium To keep your perfect posture and avoid the senior slump, a milk mustache is the must-have...

Read the Healthy Living Is the Real Fountain of Youth article > >

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

Today on WebMD

blueberries
Eating for a longer, healthier life.
woman biking
How to stay vital in your 50s and beyond.
 
womans finger tied with string
Learn how we remember, and why we forget.
man reviewing building plans
Do you know how to stay healthy as you age?
 
fast healthy snack ideas
Article
how healthy is your mouth
Tool
 
dog on couch
Tool
doctor holding syringe
Slideshow
 
champagne toast
Slideshow
Two women wearing white leotards back to back
Quiz
 
Man feeding woman
Slideshow
two senior women laughing
Article