Take our Annual Survey

survey_2014_320It’s survey time!

Once a year, I ask about your experiences in our Annual Family Caregiver Survey. Our 2014 Family Caregiver Survey asks you about your experiences: What’s hard, what help you wish you had, what changes you’ve made because of your role. I use these survey results to create content, groups, webinars, talk shows and video chats to help you. The survey results also ensure I understand your challenges, which helps me advocate on your behalf.

If you help or worry about or care for a family member who has health issues because of an illness or injury or age, please feel free to take the survey.

You can take the survey, which may take as many as 30 minutes, here. If you run out of time during the survey, you can re-enter at any time to complete.

I’ll share the surveys results in future webinars; I’ll let you know when I’ve scheduled the webinars.

During the fall, I’ll also ask you to participate in surveys specific to certain situations, such as using technology, managing working and caregiving, caring for a spouse, and balancing the needs of your caree and your kids.

Thank you so much for taking the survey. I’m so grateful for the time you take to share what caregiving is like for you.

Take CareGiving.com’s 2014 Annual Family Caregiver Survey.

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5 Comments on "Take our Annual Survey"

Aug 18, 2014

I retired three years early in order to come home to live closer to my mother. My husband agreed with me that we should do this. It has been two years now, and there have been good times and not so good times. My mother is a manipulator and I don’t always catch when she is doing this. She is 99 years old, lives in her own house at her request, and other than loneliness, is in pretty good health. My problem, though, is that it’s hard for me to get away with my husband. Mom has a caregiver Mon Wed and Fri, but the other days are mine. We haven’t had a weekend to ourselves since we have been here, and we have had one vacation. I can see the toll it is taking on us. We lack motivation to do anything on our own – we never have two days in a row to plan. I have taken caregiving classes and have a support group, but I think at this point, I need to spend more time with my husband who does have serious health problems. I feel very strongly that I am supposed to me here as my brothers cannot. I don’t know how to break away from the net that has once again been put up as it was when I was younger and single. I love my mother as a daughter should, but we were never close. At this point this all seems like an obligation that has taken the life out of our marriage. I’m not sure what to do. I just came across your website and am hoping I might get some input that will help me balance my life.

Thank you.

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Aug 19, 2014

Hi Dianne — I can feel your burden and I am glad that you have come here. I hope you can find something to nourish you here.

Aug 18, 2014

Thank you, Denise. I do not “do” Facebook because it is just too overwhelming. I am hoping that this community will give me some hopeful ideas to stay strong.


Aug 21, 2014

Dianne, My brother arranged his life so he could become the full-time caregiver for our mother. She, too, was at home and he cared for her 24/7. She was very dependent on him and convinced that no one could care for her but Tom.
Tom kept a log of her daily activities and meds and vitals. This allowed me to step in about every month or so and give him the better part of a week off. I would spend the first day just shadowing him and going over his notes so I could feel comfortable taking over her care. After a few days, she wondered if Tom would be capable of taking care of her :-) :-)

This arrangement worked well for us since I live in So Cal and my mother lived in WA. It also gave my brother a solid time off where he could truly get away and not worry. Of course we were in touch via e-mail or phone if needed.

If you don’t have a family member to step in, perhaps the caregivers schedules could be arranged like that.