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    Resources and stats for caregivers in the US

    Most difficult medical tasks rated by the caregivers

    67%: Use incontinence equipment, supplies, administer enemas

    66%: Do wound care (bandages, ointments, prescription drugs for skin care, or to treat pressure sores or postsurgical wounds) and ostomy care

    61%: Manage medications, including IV and injections


    53%: Prepare food for special diets

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    39%: Help with assistive devices for mobility like canes or walkers

    49%: Operate medical equipment (mechanical ventilators, oxygen, tube feeding equipment, home dialysis equipment, suctioning equipment)

    36%: Operate durable medical equipment (hospital beds, lifts, wheelchairs, scooters, toilet or bath chairs, geri chairs, for example)

    36%: Use meters/monitors (thermometer, glucometer, stethoscope, weight scales, blood pressure monitors, oxygen saturation monitors), administer test kits, use telehealth equipment

    SOURCE: Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care

    Who are the caregivers?


    Female: 58%

    Median age: 56

    Married: 67%

    Working: 47%

    Not working: 17%


    Retired: 27%

    Disabled: 9%

    Resources for caregivers

    Boston ElderINFO/ElderCare Alliance:; 617-292-6211

    Caregiver Action Network:; 301-942-6430

    Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/ New Hampshire Chapter:; 800-272-3900; 239-594-3221

    Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs:; 800-243-4636

    Kay Lazar can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKayLazar.