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Table 4. Percent of eldercare providers who provided care on an average day and time spent providing this care by day of week and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2017-2018

Table 4. Percent of eldercare providers who provided care on an average day and time spent providing this care by day of week and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2017-2018
Characteristic Number of eldercare providers (in thousands) Percent of eldercare providers who provided care on an average day Average hours per day eldercare providers spent providing care Average hours per day eldercare providers spent providing care on days they engaged in eldercare
Total, all days Weekdays Weekends and holidays Total, all days Weekdays Weekends and holidays Total, all days Weekdays Weekends and holidays

Age

Total, 15 years and over

40,422 25.7 24.6 28.3 0.87 0.79 1.04 3.37 3.22 3.68

15 to 24 years

4,310 11.4 (1)- (1)- 0.22 (1)- (1)- 1.89 (1)- (1)-

25 to 34 years

3,831 17.4 15.7 21.5 0.31 (1)- 0.49 1.77 (1)- 2.27

35 to 44 years

4,614 17.5 15.9 21.4 0.55 (1)- (1)- 3.13 2.47 (1)-

45 to 54 years

8,674 22.4 20.8 26.3 0.72 0.62 0.96 3.21 2.99 3.65

55 to 64 years

10,147 31.5 30.8 32.9 1.00 0.89 1.25 3.18 2.89 3.80

65 years and over

8,846 37.2 37.3 37.0 1.58 1.62 1.50 4.25 4.34 4.05

Sex

Men

16,986 23.7 22.5 26.5 0.82 0.72 1.05 3.45 3.19 3.96

Women

23,436 27.1 26.1 29.8 0.90 0.85 1.04 3.32 3.25 3.49

Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity(2)

White

33,633 25.2 24.2 27.6 0.81 0.73 1.01 3.22 3.00 3.68

Black or African American

4,853 26.3 25.3 28.7 1.02 0.89 1.34 3.89 3.51 4.67

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

3,490 23.8 20.5 31.1 0.81 (1)- 1.19 3.40 3.09 3.84

Employment status

Employed

25,378 19.9 18.7 22.9 0.53 0.44 0.75 2.64 2.34 3.27

Full-time workers

19,229 18.9 17.7 21.8 0.49 0.36 0.78 2.58 2.06 3.58

Part-time workers

6,149 23.1 21.7 27.1 0.65 0.65 0.63 2.80 3.00 2.33

Not employed

15,044 35.5 34.9 36.9 1.44 1.41 1.51 4.06 4.04 4.08

Educational attainment, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

1,528 (1)- (1)- (1)- 0.98 (1)- 1.29 3.11 2.72 3.74

High school graduates, no college

9,970 33.4 34.7 30.5 1.39 1.46 1.25 4.17 4.20 4.09

Some college or associate degree

9,140 27.2 26.5 28.7 0.93 0.76 1.35 3.44 2.87 4.69

Bachelor's degree and higher

15,473 23.3 21.0 29.1 0.66 0.57 0.87 2.83 2.74 2.99

Parent of household children under 18 years

Parent of one or more household children

8,211 16.0 15.3 17.8 0.31 0.22 0.53 1.92 1.41 2.98

Parent of a household child age 6 to 17, none younger

5,367 16.4 14.4 21.3 0.32 0.19 0.62 1.95 1.34 2.93

Parent of a household child under age 6

2,844 15.3 17.0 10.8 0.28 0.26 (1)- 1.84 1.53 (1)-

Not a parent of a household child

32,211 28.2 27.0 30.9 1.01 0.94 1.17 3.58 3.49 3.78

Marital status

No spouse or unmarried partner present in household

15,771 25.3 23.8 29.0 0.90 0.83 1.08 3.56 3.48 3.72

Spouse or unmarried partner present in household

24,651 26.0 25.2 27.9 0.84 0.77 1.02 3.25 3.06 3.66

Number of care recipients

Caring for one person

28,691 27.5 26.3 30.5 0.98 0.86 1.25 3.56 3.28 4.12

Caring for two persons

8,933 21.0 19.7 24.1 0.63 0.66 0.56 3.00 3.33 2.34

Caring for three or more persons

2,798 21.9 22.9 (1)- (1)- (1)- (1)- 2.13 (1)- (1)-

Relationship to care recipient(3)

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

28,691 27.5 26.3 30.5 0.98 0.86 1.25 3.56 3.28 4.12

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(4)

2,618 68.1 (1)- 66.4 3.74 3.75 3.72 5.49 5.43 5.61

Caring for a parent

11,440 31.1 28.6 36.5 1.15 0.95 1.58 3.70 3.32 4.33

Caring for a grandparent(5)

4,464 13.0 11.9 16.2 0.24 0.20 (1)- 1.88 1.68 2.34

Caring for another related person

5,920 19.8 19.7 19.9 0.40 (1)- 0.62 2.04 1.61 3.12

Caring for a friend or neighbor

3,043 15.0 15.7 13.4 (1)- (1)- 0.19 2.30 (1)- 1.41

Age of care recipient

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

28,691 27.5 26.3 30.5 0.98 0.86 1.25 3.56 3.28 4.12

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

3,168 30.1 (1)- 30.0 1.21 0.79 2.24 4.03 2.62 7.47

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

3,942 28.3 25.3 35.5 0.83 (1)- 1.18 2.94 (1)- 3.31

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

4,994 25.5 25.0 26.7 0.75 0.57 1.28 2.96 2.29 4.80

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

5,736 27.8 26.7 30.3 1.24 1.17 1.38 4.45 4.39 4.55

Caring for someone age 85 or older

10,850 27.3 26.0 30.3 0.93 0.94 0.92 3.41 3.60 3.04

Care of household or nonhousehold members(3)

Provided eldercare to household member(s) only

6,068 64.8 62.5 69.6 2.99 2.76 3.47 4.61 4.41 4.99

Provided eldercare to nonhousehold member(s) only

33,627 18.2 17.9 18.9 0.46 0.44 0.53 2.55 2.43 2.82

Frequency of care(6)

Provided care daily

8,428 66.2 65.7 67.3 2.74 2.55 3.11 4.13 3.89 4.62

Provided care several times a week

10,080 29.6 30.8 26.6 0.76 0.82 0.61 2.57 2.66 2.29

Provided care once a week

6,822 11.4 9.3 17.2 0.19 0.14 0.32 1.67 1.55 1.87

Provided care several times a month

8,070 7.6 6.1 11.3 0.23 0.15 0.41 2.97 2.44 3.66

Provided care once a month

4,598 6.8 7.5 5.2 0.20 0.21 0.17 2.88 2.78 3.20

Duration of care(7)

Provided care for less than 1 year

9,527 18.6 17.6 21.4 0.61 0.58 0.71 3.30 3.29 3.31

Provided care for 1 to 2 years

10,810 26.7 25.9 28.9 0.98 0.90 1.17 3.66 3.49 4.05

Provided care for 3 to 4 years

6,360 26.0 25.4 27.3 0.72 0.65 0.89 2.77 2.57 3.25

Provided care for 5 to 9 years

7,821 29.4 29.5 29.2 0.96 0.87 1.18 3.28 2.94 4.03

Provided care for 10 years or more

5,904 30.2 27.1 36.7 1.10 1.02 1.27 3.64 3.76 3.45

Footnotes
(1) Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.
(2) Not all race categories are shown. Persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race.
(3) Not all categories are shown.
(4) Care for a spouse or unmarried partner may be underreported. See the Technical Note for more information.
(5) Refers only to persons caring for a grandparent who did not live with them. Persons caring for a grandparent with whom they lived are included in the category "Caring for another related person."
(6) 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. Corresponding time and percent estimates were measured using information about care provided on the diary day. Not all categories are shown.
(7) For persons who provided eldercare to more than one person, the duration of care is calculated based on the person for whom they had cared the longest.

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. Unless otherwise specified, data refer to persons 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: November 22, 2019