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Need help doing heavy housework

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For sample persons age 18 and older, who, due to a physical or mental health condition, has difficulty doing heavy work around the house or do not do this activity at all, FLHVWKNHELP reports if the person needs help from another person when doing this activity. Examples of heavy work around the house include scrubbing floors or washing windows.

This variable is part of a series of variables related to the difficulty of doing various activities due to a physical/mental health condition, the use of help from others to carry on such activities, and the number of years this difficulty has persisted. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1991: Sample persons age 18+ who have difficulty doing heavy work around the house.


  • 1991