Statistics on Family Caregivers and Family Caregiving

“More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.” These are among the staggering family caregiving statistics published by the National Family Caregivers Association.

Here is a sample of some other remarkable statistics on Family Caregivers & Family Caregiving published by the National Family Caregivers Association:

*  “The value of the services family caregivers provide for “free,” when caring for older adults, is estimated to be $375 billion a year. That is almost twice as much as is actually spent on homecare and nursing home services combined ($158 billion).”

*  “The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. More than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them.”

*  “20 hours per week is the average number of hours family caregivers spend caring for their loved ones while 13% of family caregivers are providing 40 hours of care a week or more.”

*  “Family caregivers are the foundation of long-term care nationwide exceeding Medicaid long-term care spending in all states.”

*  “51% of care recipients live in their own home, 29% live with their family caregiver, and 4% live in nursing homes and assisted living.”

*  “36% of family caregivers care for a parent and 7 out of 10 caregivers are caring for loved ones over 50 years old.”

*  “78% of adults living in the community and in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their only source of help.”

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