Answer the following questions to determine whether or not you may be a caregiver.
1) Does someone in your family live with a chronic condition?
2) Are you or do you feel responsible for helping a family member coordinate financial, personal or medical care, either directly or from afar?
3) Are you overwhelmed by a family member who leans on you as their main source of emotional support?
4) Do you spend time caring for a family member on weekends and/or during school breaks/vacations?
5) Does caring for a family member prevent you from working for pay or participating in other activities outside of school or class?
6) Do you worry about a family member who needs your help while you’re in class or trying to complete assignments?
7) Does caring for a family member make it difficult to study?
8) Does caring for a family member have an influence on your plans for after graduation?
If you answered YES to one or a combination of these questions above, you may be a young family caregiver (informal caregiver and/or long-distance caregiver).
You’re not alone—support and help is available.
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