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Taking care of a disabled or elderly loved can lead to burnout. How much do you know about getting help if you're a caregiver?

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What percentage of caregivers have no additional help?

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The correct answer is: About 50 percent of caregivers have no additional help taking care of a loved one.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Caring for a disabled person can raise your risk of heart disease.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to a Nurses' Health Study, women who cared for a disabled spouse for at least nine hours a week were significantly more at risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease compared with women who had no caregiving duties.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What percentage of caregivers could be described as clinically depressed?

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The correct answer is: About 46 to 59 percent of caregivers could be described as clinically depressed.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: There is currently no way to measure a caregiver's quality of life.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The Caregiver Burden Scale is one tool used to assess the affects caring for a loved one can have on an individual. Caregivers can also take the Caregiver Self-Assessment on the American Medical Association website.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a good place to find caregiver support?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The Agency on Aging provides information about current support groups. The Alzheimer's Association offers a six-week course for caregivers. The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) offers an online support chat group and volunteers who act as resources in the community.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What service does the Agency on Aging provide?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The local Agency on Aging can also provide resources for adult day care, transportation, housekeeping, meal delivery, group dining and companion services.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a crucial step in caregiving to prevent burnout?

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The correct answer is: Holding a family meeting at the outset of caregiving is crucial for emotional and physical health. It allows family members to divvy up responsibilities so that one person doesn't get burned out.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Who are especially affected by the demands of caregiving?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The emotional impact of caregiving is well-documented worldwide, with women, minorities and low-income caregivers being affected the most. Talking to friends, trying a support group and going to therapy can help.

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What government benefits should a caregiver know about?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Social security is sent monthly, supplemental security income (SSI) is paid monthly to low-income seniors and blind or disabled people and food stamps can help low-income people buy food, which frees up money for other needs.

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What type of service or professional is the best option for help if a loved one has cognitive impairments?

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The correct answer is: These are all great options to help with caregiving, but adult day services work best when a loved one has cognitive impairments. Adult day services provide things from transportation and meals to social and rehabilitative activities.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Certified nurse aides can administer medications.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Certified nurse aides are not nurses and can't administer medications. They can however help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and personal care.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What do geriatric care managers (GCMs) do?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. GCMs serve as stand in providers when families aren't always around. They conduct care-planning assessments to identify needs, put care plans together, screen, arrange and monitor in home help, make medical appointments and monitor finances. The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers provides resources to help find a care manager.

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True or false: GCMs are usually covered by insurance.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Geriatric care managers are usually not covered by insurance. Hourly fees range from 125 to 200 dollars per hour.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following best describes a respite caregiver?

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The correct answer is: A respite caregiver is someone who is paid to provide a caregiver with a short-term break. It's important for a caregiver to have time away from their care recipient to maintain their own health and sanity.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is an example of an informal support network?

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The correct answer is: A religious group is one example of an informal caregiving support network. Other informal support networks include senior centers and even friends and family.

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True or false: Caregivers of veterans do not face a higher burden of care than other caregivers.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The National Alliance for Caregiving found that family caregivers of veterans face a higher burden of care, both in intensity and duration.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Where can caregivers of veterans find help?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are places where caregivers of veterans can find help.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: An occupational therapist is key to the success of caring for an elder.

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The correct answer is: This is true. An occupational therapist can make a visit to a loved one's home, evaluate it and suggest equipment and home modifications that will make it safer and easier for an elder patient to remain at home.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a key question before developing a caregiving plan?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. These are all important questions that will help shape the initial caregiving plan.

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When is the best time to plan for caregiving?

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The correct answer is: It's best to plan for caregiving before a person is sick. Planning ahead gives future caregivers time to research their options and gives a family more time to arrange finances or save money for a nursing home.

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Caregiving - taking care of a family member who is elderly, has an illness or disability - is becoming common in our aging society. Caregiving may be rewarding, but it's also stressful. Women are typically the family's caregiver - ...

yet they have their own long-term needs, because they live longer.
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