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Table 6. Time spent providing eldercare and percent of eldercare providers engaging in caregiving by day of week and caregiving activity, averages for the combined years 2013-14

Table 6. Time spent providing eldercare and percent of eldercare providers engaging in caregiving by day of week and caregiving activity, averages for the combined years 2013-14
Caregiving activity Eldercare providers
Percent distribution of time spent in selected
eldercare activities
On days they provided care
Total Weekdays Weekends and holidays Percent who engaged in
caregiving activity(1)
Average hours spent providing care
Total Weekdays Weekends and holidays Total Weekdays Weekends and holidays

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

100.0 100.0 100.0 (1)- (1)- (1)- 3.19 3.00 3.58

Eating and drinking

8.2 6.9 10.3 25.0 22.1 30.8 0.26 0.21 0.37

Household activities

21.0 21.0 21.2 38.7 38.3 39.5 0.67 0.63 0.76

Housework

6.3 6.4 6.1 12.1 12.2 11.9 0.20 0.19 0.22

Food preparation and cleanup

10.3 10.0 10.7 28.3 27.8 29.3 0.33 0.30 0.38

Lawn and garden care

1.8 1.5 2.2 2.6 2.4 3.1 0.06 (2)- 0.08

Household management

1.4 1.7 1.0 6.0 6.4 5.4 0.05 0.05 0.04

Purchasing goods and services

4.4 4.3 4.6 16.2 17.4 13.6 0.14 0.13 0.16

Caring for and helping household members

9.1 9.7 8.1 20.6 23.0 15.9 0.29 0.29 0.29

Caring for household adults

8.4 9.2 7.1 18.3 20.5 14.0 0.27 0.28 0.25

Physical care for household adults

5.6 6.0 5.0 11.9 13.5 8.7 0.18 0.18 0.18

Providing medical care to household adults

1.1 0.8 1.5 7.0 6.6 7.8 0.03 0.03 0.05

Helping household adults

0.5 0.4 0.6 2.4 2.4 2.3 0.02 0.01 0.02

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

10.7 12.9 7.0 24.6 25.5 22.8 0.34 0.39 0.25

Caring for nonhousehold adults

4.1 5.6 1.5 8.2 9.1 6.3 0.13 0.17 0.05

Physical care for nonhousehold adults

1.7 2.1 1.1 4.0 3.9 4.3 0.05 0.06 0.04

Providing medical care to nonhousehold adults

0.4 0.5 0.2 2.6 3.0 1.8 0.01 0.02 0.01

Helping nonhousehold adults

6.2 7.0 5.0 19.5 20.2 18.2 0.20 0.21 0.18

Housework, cooking, and shopping assistance for nonhousehold adults

1.7 1.6 1.8 6.9 7.2 6.1 0.05 0.05 0.06

House and lawn maintenance and repair assistance for nonhousehold adults

0.9 0.9 0.9 2.1 2.0 2.2 0.03 (2)- 0.03

Picking up and dropping off nonhousehold adults

0.4 0.3 0.4 6.1 5.6 7.0 0.01 0.01 0.01

Working and work-related activities

3.8 5.7 0.7 2.7 3.4 1.4 0.12 0.17 (2)-

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

2.2 1.7 3.1 4.2 3.5 5.5 0.07 0.05 0.11

Leisure and sports

32.9 30.2 37.3 31.5 28.7 37.0 1.05 0.91 1.34

Socializing and communicating

13.3 11.5 16.4 19.9 18.4 22.9 0.42 0.34 0.59

Watching TV

13.5 12.2 15.6 12.8 11.8 14.7 0.43 0.37 0.56

Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation

0.9 1.2 0.5 1.9 2.0 1.7 0.03 (2)- (2)-

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

1.1 1.4 0.6 5.5 6.5 3.5 0.03 0.04 0.02

Traveling

4.8 4.9 4.6 24.3 24.5 24.0 0.15 0.15 0.16

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

1.7 1.3 2.6 4.7 4.7 4.6 0.06 0.04 0.09

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) Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.

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
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