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Caregiving 101

Caring for a sick or elderly family member can be challenging. See what you know about caregiving.

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Caregiving 101
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

A caregiver can be which of the following?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Friends, family members and home health care workers can all be caregivers.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What does a caregiver do?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A caregiver may arrange appointments, provide transportation and help with housework. Other duties include grocery shopping, cooking, giving medication, changing bandages, monitoring the person's condition and communicating with healthcare providers.

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True or false: A person must be chronically ill to need caregiving.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A person can require caregiving even if they do not have a chronic illness. Caregiving revolves around day-to-day tasks. Sometimes a person needs help with just a few things, like cooking or getting dressed.

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What questions should you consider before becoming a caregiver for a loved one?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. It's also important to determine if there is a backup caregiver, how long your loved one will need care and whether the care will be occasional or continuous.

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Informal caregivers provide what percent of the long-term care in the United States?

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The correct answer is: Informal caregivers (family members or friends) provide 80 percent of the long-term care in the United States.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Caregiving most often involves which of these relationships?

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The correct answer is: The most common type of informal caregiving involves an adult child caring for an elderly parent.

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How many caregivers working in the United States are unpaid?

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The correct answer is: According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 34 million unpaid caregivers in the United States.

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True or false: Most caregivers are men.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Men represent about 40 percent of caregivers in the U.S.

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What age is a typical caregiver?

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The correct answer is: The National Alliance of Caregiving and Evercare reports a typical caregiver is 46 years old.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Insurance can cover some aspects of in-home caregiving costs.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Depending on your long-term care insurance policy you can get help paying for in-home care, adult day care and full-time assistants. A financial advisor or insurance agent can advise on what might be best.

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How much can a caregiver expect to spend on on-the-job expenses each year?

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The correct answer is: Out-of-pocket expenses for a caregiver can be anywhere from $5,500 to $8,728 a year, according to the National Alliance of Caregiving and Evercare.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: A caregiver can sometimes help too much.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Even if they don't admit it, people like to help themselves. Every act your loved one makes to maintain independence is a victory for you as a caregiver.

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What percentage of family caregivers quit their jobs because of their personal responsibilities?

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The correct answer is: Roughly 9 percent of caregivers leave the workplace because of the demands associated with caregiving, according to one recent report.

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Which of the following is a sign of caregiver stress or burnout?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If a caregiver is suffering from any of these symptoms, it's important to see a healthcare professional for help.

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Why is it common for caregivers to feel guilty?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. These feelings are all normal, but caregivers need to be aware how these affect their quality of life.

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True or false: Caregiving often leads to social isolation.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Caregivers frequently become socially isolated when caring for a loved one. Rather than maintaining friendships and social networks, caregivers often spend any free time taking care of their loved one.

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What are health risks associated with caring for a loved one?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The National Alliance for Caregiving lists poorer emotional and physical health, high rates of depression and high levels of stress as caregiving health risks.

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Which of the following is not recommended as a way to relieve caregiving stress?

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The correct answer is: Relaxing through meditation, getting regular exercise and even yelling alone in your car are all healthy ways to relieve the stress from caregiving.

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What is respite care?

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The correct answer is: Respite care provides substitute caregiving to give the regular caregiver a much-needed break. In-home services, adult day-care centers, day hospitals and other relatives can all provide respite care.

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Where can a caregiver find support?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. There are also training and education programs, counseling for caregivers and free online resources that can help.

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