Survey – care circumstances

These are just some of the different circumstances for which a parent, child, spouse or partner, sibling or extended family member may need support. We’ve put them into broad groupings below, the numbers against them representing how often they were mentioned by survey respondents. (The listing of illnesses is as they were referred to by respondents and there is possible overlap in medical terms between some of them.)

Chronic / terminal illness

Cancer – 6
Diabetes – 3
Heart attack / heart condition – 2
Cardiovascular – 1
HIV – 1
Acute respiratory infection – 1
Tuberculosis – 1
Liver Disease – 1

Neurological disorders

Dementia – 7
Alzheimer’s – 3
Parkinsons – 3
Stroke – 2
Peripheral neuropathy – 1
Paralysis – 1

Mental illness

Schizophrenia – 4
Depression & Panic disorder – 1
Mental health problems – 1

Developmental disorders

Autism – 3
Downs Syndrome – 1

Other

Aging – 12
Spinal surgery – 1
Hysterectomy – 1
Broken hip – 1
Sodium imbalance – 1
Herpes – 1

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