Table 9. Number and percent of eldercare providers who were parents of household children under age 18 by sex and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2015-16

Table 9. Number and percent of eldercare providers who were parents of household children under age 18 by sex and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2015-16 [Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Eldercare providers with children under age 18 living at home
Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

Parent of household children under 18 years

Total, parent of one or more household children

8,655 100.0 3,605 100.0 5,050 100.0

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

5,827 67.3 2,443 67.8 3,384 67.0

Parent of a household child under age 6

2,828 32.7 1,162 32.2 1,666 33.0

Employment status

Employed

7,022 81.1 3,302 91.6 3,719 73.6

Full-time workers

5,522 63.8 3,115 86.4 2,406 47.7

Part-time workers

1,500 17.3 187 5.2 1,313 26.0

Not employed

1,633 18.9 303 8.4 1,331 26.4

Marital status

No spouse or unmarried partner present in household

1,471 17.0 318 8.8 1,153 22.8

Spouse or unmarried partner present in household

7,184 83.0 3,287 91.2 3,897 77.2

Number of care recipients

Caring for one person

5,703 65.9 2,172 60.3 3,531 69.9

Caring for two persons

2,257 26.1 1,068 29.6 1,189 23.6

Caring for three or more persons

694 8.0 365 10.1 329 6.5

Relationship to care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

8,655 (1)- 3,605 (1)- 5,050 (1)-

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(2)

39 0.4 6 0.2 33 0.6

Caring for a parent

4,035 46.6 1,674 46.4 2,362 46.8

Caring for a grandparent(3)

1,967 22.7 723 20.1 1,244 24.6

Caring for another related person

2,346 27.1 1,279 35.5 1,067 21.1

Caring for a friend or neighbor

1,056 12.2 395 11.0 661 13.1

Caring for someone else

416 4.8 104 2.9 312 6.2

Age of care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

8,655 (1)- 3,605 (1)- 5,050 (1)-

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

1,766 20.4 905 25.1 861 17.1

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

2,030 23.5 778 21.6 1,252 24.8

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

2,243 25.9 1,038 28.8 1,205 23.9

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

1,905 22.0 846 23.5 1,059 21.0

Caring for someone age 85 or older

2,446 28.3 896 24.8 1,550 30.7

Care of household or nonhousehold members(4)

Provided eldercare to household member(s) only

684 7.9 200 5.6 484 9.6

Provided eldercare to nonhousehold member(s) only

7,936 91.7 3,383 93.9 4,553 90.2

Frequency of care(5)

Provided care daily

1,169 13.5 358 9.9 811 16.1

Provided care several times a week

2,224 25.7 882 24.5 1,342 26.6

Provided care once a week

1,712 19.8 761 21.1 951 18.8

Provided care several times a month

1,719 19.9 838 23.3 880 17.4

Provided care once a month

1,430 16.5 603 16.7 827 16.4

Other

401 4.6 162 4.5 239 4.7

Duration of care(6)

Provided care for less than 1 year

2,172 25.1 772 21.4 1,401 27.7

Provided care for 1 to 2 years

2,020 23.3 731 20.3 1,289 25.5

Provided care for 3 to 4 years

1,662 19.2 713 19.8 949 18.8

Provided care for 5 to 9 years

1,650 19.1 855 23.7 795 15.7

Provided care for 10 years or more

1,150 13.3 534 14.8 616 12.2

Footnotes
(1) Categories sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers cared for more than one person.
(2) Care for a spouse or unmarried partner may be underreported. See the Technical Note for more information.
(3) 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."
(4) Not all categories are shown.
(5) 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.
(6) For persons who provided eldercare to more than 1 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. Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: September 20, 2017