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 2015-16

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 2015-16
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

41,324 25.7 25.6 25.9 0.73 0.71 0.78 2.84 2.76 3.03

15 to 24 years

4,876 13.1 14.5 9.0 0.19 0.19 0.19 1.48 1.34 2.16

25 to 34 years

3,590 18.5 17.2 21.5 0.37 (1)- 0.58 2.00 1.62 2.69

35 to 44 years

4,790 22.5 22.3 23.0 0.54 0.51 0.61 2.41 2.28 2.68

45 to 54 years

9,086 22.2 22.0 22.5 0.54 0.50 0.64 2.44 2.25 2.87

55 to 64 years

9,961 28.3 26.6 32.2 0.82 0.80 0.85 2.89 3.02 2.63

65 years and over

9,021 37.9 39.5 33.9 1.36 1.37 1.31 3.58 3.47 3.88

Sex

Men

18,142 23.0 22.7 23.9 0.64 0.63 0.67 2.77 2.76 2.79

Women

23,182 27.8 28.0 27.5 0.80 0.77 0.87 2.88 2.76 3.18

Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity(2)

White

34,718 25.9 25.5 26.9 0.72 0.69 0.79 2.78 2.71 2.95

Black or African American

4,579 23.7 24.5 21.9 0.80 0.79 0.81 3.36 3.21 3.72

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

3,837 37.4 37.4 37.3 1.16 1.07 1.39 3.11 2.86 3.72

Employment status

Employed

25,332 20.1 18.9 22.9 0.40 0.34 0.55 1.99 1.78 2.40

Full-time workers

18,488 19.2 17.8 22.4 0.39 0.32 0.54 2.01 1.79 2.41

Part-time workers

6,844 22.5 21.8 24.4 0.44 0.38 0.58 1.95 1.76 2.39

Not employed

15,992 34.7 36.3 30.7 1.25 1.29 1.16 3.61 3.56 3.77

Educational attainment, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

2,306 35.1 (1)- (1)- 1.24 1.05 1.63 3.52 3.22 4.03

High school graduates, no college

10,261 32.1 31.6 33.4 0.96 0.95 0.99 3.00 3.01 2.97

Some college or associate degree

9,892 28.6 30.0 25.4 0.76 0.77 0.75 2.67 2.57 2.94

Bachelor's degree and higher

13,989 21.8 21.2 23.3 0.64 0.62 0.69 2.92 2.91 2.95

Parent of household children under 18 years

Parent of one or more household children

8,655 18.4 18.0 19.0 0.41 0.37 0.49 2.23 2.08 2.55

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

5,827 20.0 21.2 17.2 0.45 0.50 0.36 2.27 2.34 2.08

Parent of a household child under age 6

2,828 15.0 11.3 22.6 0.32 0.12 0.73 2.13 (1)- 3.24

Not a parent of a household child

32,669 27.7 27.5 27.9 0.81 0.79 0.87 2.94 2.87 3.12

Marital status

No spouse or unmarried partner present in household

15,277 27.1 27.2 26.9 0.67 0.64 0.75 2.47 2.34 2.77

Spouse or unmarried partner present in household

26,047 24.9 24.7 25.4 0.77 0.75 0.81 3.07 3.03 3.18

Number of care recipients

Caring for one person

29,376 27.1 26.6 28.3 0.83 0.80 0.90 3.05 3.00 3.17

Caring for two persons

8,833 23.5 24.6 21.0 0.54 0.53 0.54 2.27 2.17 2.57

Caring for three or more persons

3,114 18.8 19.5 17.2 0.37 0.36 (1)- 1.95 1.83 2.31

Relationship to care recipient(3)

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

29,376 27.1 26.6 28.3 0.83 0.80 0.90 3.05 3.00 3.17

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(4)

2,809 65.6 (1)- (1)- 2.78 2.72 2.91 4.24 4.13 4.49

Caring for a parent

11,494 29.3 28.7 30.6 0.82 0.79 0.89 2.80 2.74 2.92

Caring for a grandparent(5)

4,507 12.6 12.9 12.1 0.28 0.23 (1)- 2.24 1.78 3.39

Caring for another related person

5,966 23.9 22.1 29.2 0.76 0.76 0.74 3.16 3.44 2.55

Caring for a friend or neighbor

3,610 14.4 14.5 14.2 0.26 0.20 (1)- 1.82 1.40 2.81

Age of care recipient

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

29,376 27.1 26.6 28.3 0.83 0.80 0.90 3.05 3.00 3.17

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

3,295 25.6 25.9 24.9 0.59 0.59 (1)- 2.30 2.27 2.41

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

4,146 22.2 23.1 20.0 0.68 0.72 0.57 3.04 3.11 2.85

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

4,912 23.8 21.4 29.6 0.72 0.61 0.96 3.00 2.86 3.24

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

6,408 32.8 31.0 37.3 0.98 0.80 1.42 2.99 2.58 3.82

Caring for someone age 85 or older

10,616 27.5 28.0 26.5 0.92 0.99 0.76 3.33 3.53 2.88

Care of household or nonhousehold members(3)

Provided eldercare to household member(s) only

6,544 64.1 61.3 71.7 2.15 2.01 2.54 3.35 3.28 3.54

Provided eldercare to nonhousehold member(s) only

34,243 17.8 17.8 17.6 0.44 0.44 0.46 2.50 2.45 2.63

Frequency of care(6)

Provided care daily

8,538 64.2 64.8 62.7 2.25 2.24 2.27 3.51 3.46 3.62

Provided care several times a week

10,264 26.8 27.0 26.2 0.61 0.59 0.65 2.27 2.19 2.50

Provided care once a week

6,777 11.8 11.0 13.5 0.17 0.12 0.27 1.44 1.06 2.02

Provided care several times a month

8,574 12.8 12.4 13.9 0.23 0.18 0.37 1.82 1.46 2.66

Provided care once a month

5,267 6.4 6.0 7.6 0.15 0.14 0.20 2.41 (1)- 2.68

Duration of care(7)

Provided care for less than 1 year

9,607 18.1 18.8 16.4 0.45 0.43 0.50 2.51 2.30 3.06

Provided care for 1 to 2 years

10,267 24.6 23.5 27.3 0.75 0.69 0.90 3.03 2.91 3.29

Provided care for 3 to 4 years

7,595 30.1 29.9 30.7 0.78 0.67 1.05 2.59 2.26 3.41

Provided care for 5 to 9 years

8,122 31.3 32.7 28.2 1.05 1.19 0.73 3.34 3.65 2.59

Provided care for 10 years or more

5,734 26.8 25.2 31.0 0.65 0.58 0.84 2.42 2.29 2.70

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: September 20, 2017