Table 7. Percent of eldercare providers and time spent in caregiving on days they provided care by frequency of care and caregiving activity, averages for the combined years 2013-14

Table 7. Percent of eldercare providers and time spent in caregiving on days they provided care by frequency of care and caregiving activity, averages for the combined years 2013-14
Caregiving activity Percent of eldercare providers who engaged in caregiving activities, on days they provided care(1) Average hours per day eldercare providers spent providing care on days they engaged in eldercare
Total Frequency of care(2) Total Frequency of care(2)
Daily Several times per week Once a week or less Daily Several times per week Once a week or less

Total, activities reported as care done for those age 65 and over

(1)- (1)- (1)- (1)- 3.19 4.11 2.13 2.16

Eating and drinking

25.0 32.9 17.9 14.6 0.26 0.38 0.12 0.15

Household activities

38.7 52.6 23.2 20.7 0.67 1.01 0.25 (3)-

Housework

12.1 18.2 6.9 3.0 0.20 0.32 0.09 (3)-

Food preparation and cleanup

28.3 43.4 9.7 11.3 0.33 0.51 0.07 (3)-

Lawn and garden care

2.6 4.0 0.9 0.7 0.06 0.08 (3)- (3)-

Household management

6.0 6.2 6.2 6.0 0.05 0.05 0.03 0.06

Purchasing goods and services

16.2 16.0 14.1 19.7 0.14 0.14 0.13 0.17

Caring for and helping household members

20.6 35.9 1.9 3.1 0.29 0.52 (3)- (3)-

Caring for household adults

18.3 32.3 0.9 2.7 0.27 0.48 (3)- (3)-

Physical care for household adults

11.9 21.0 0.3 2.7 0.18 0.32 (3)- (3)-

Providing medical care to household adults

7.0 12.3 0.5 1.5 0.03 0.06 (3)- (3)-

Helping household adults

2.4 3.9 1.0 0.4 0.02 0.03 (3)- (3)-

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

24.6 13.3 38.9 37.7 0.34 0.19 0.63 0.40

Caring for nonhousehold adults

8.2 6.4 11.6 9.0 0.13 0.08 (3)- 0.14

Physical care for nonhousehold adults

4.0 3.4 6.7 2.7 0.05 0.05 0.09 (3)-

Providing medical care to nonhousehold adults

2.6 2.8 3.3 0.8 0.01 0.01 (3)- (3)-

Helping nonhousehold adults

19.5 9.4 31.4 32.7 0.20 0.10 (3)- 0.26

Housework, cooking, and shopping assistance for nonhousehold adults

6.9 4.1 10.1 9.8 0.05 0.03 0.08 0.10

House and lawn maintenance and repair assistance for nonhousehold adults

2.1 1.1 5.2 1.0 0.03 (3)- 0.04 (3)-

Picking up and dropping off nonhousehold adults

6.1 2.0 10.4 12.1 0.01 (4)- 0.01 0.03

Working and work-related activities

2.7 2.8 2.7 2.5 0.12 0.17 (3)- (3)-

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

4.2 4.5 2.7 5.2 0.07 0.07 0.03 0.14

Leisure and sports

31.5 32.3 30.9 30.8 1.05 1.37 0.68 0.71

Socializing and communicating

19.9 17.5 25.5 20.5 0.42 0.38 0.51 0.45

Watching TV

12.8 18.7 4.4 7.3 0.43 0.66 0.11 0.21

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

1.9 3.2 0.5 0.1 0.03 0.05 (3)- (3)-

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

5.5 7.3 3.2 3.2 0.03 0.05 (3)- (3)-

Traveling

24.3 22.8 24.7 27.3 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.14

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

4.7 5.5 3.2 4.4 0.06 0.07 (3)- (3)-

Footnotes
(1) Percents sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers did more than one care activity on days they provided care.
(2) Survey participants were asked how often they provided care in the past 3 to 4 months; this information was used to categorize them by frequency of care.
(3) Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.
(4) Estimate is approximately zero.

NOTE: Eldercare providers are those who, in the previous 3 to 4 months, cared for someone with a condition related to aging. Estimates were calculated for persons who cared for at least one person age 65 or older. Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: September 23, 2015