Caregivers in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on caregivers in the United States

This dossier presents some of the most interesting facts and figures about caregivers in the United States. Included in this document are figures concerning caregivers and the tasks they perform, how caregiving affects jobs, the recipients of care, and special chapters focusing on veteran caregivers and Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Caregiving areas with highest potential among 50+ U.S. population 2020

    • U.S. caregivers self-described state of health in 2017

    • U.S. caregivers self-described changes in health status since caregiving in 2017

    • U.S. caregivers personal feelings about providing care in 2017

    • U.S. caregivers feelings about providing care in 2017, by recipient mental condition

    • Primary sources of information on caregiving for U.S. caregivers in 2017

    • Primary sources U.S. caregivers used to learn medical/nursing tasks in 2017

    • U.S. caregivers who learnt caregiving assistance in various ways in 2017

    • Support among U.S. adults for select caregiver programs 2018

    • Number of years caregivers in the U.S. expected to provide care for as of 2019

  • 2. Caregivers
    • Percentage of U.S. adults that have experience as a caregiver as of 2017

    • Generational distribution of U.S. caregivers as of 2017

    • Reasons that U.S. caregivers became caregivers as of 2017

    • U.S. caregivers that felt select emotions during caregiving as of 2019

    • U.S. caregivers' sentiments about their duties as of 2017

    • U.S. caregivers who shared caregiving responsibilities as of 2017

  • 3. Tasks and expenses
    • U.S. caregivers providing select living assistance or home health services in 2018

    • U.S. caregivers that have provided select support as a caregiver as of 2017

    • Caregiving duties performed by U.S. caregivers as of 2017

    • Required travel time to patients for caregivers in the U.S. as of 2019

    • Number of hours per day caregivers in the U.S. spent providing care as of 2019

    • Hours of unpaid care provided per week by U.S. caregivers as of 2018, by age

    • Mean monthly hours spent performing caregiving duties in the U.S. as of 2017

    • Percentage of U.S. caregivers' monthly budget used for caregiving costs as of 2019

    • Amount of money U.S. family caregivers spent on caregiving over the past year 2017

    • Leading caregiving expenses among family caregivers in the U.S. 2017

  • 4. Impact of caregiving
    • Percentage of U.S. caregivers whose lifestyle was impacted by caregiving as of 2017

    • Personal sacrifices U.S. caregivers made as a result of caregiving as of 2018

    • U.S. caregivers' budgetary changes due to the cost of caregiving as of 2017

    • Financial sacrifices U.S. caregivers made as a result of caregiving as of 2018

    • Health care sacrifices U.S. caregivers made as a result of caregiving as of 2018

    • Ways U.S. caregivers coped with the difficulties of caregiving as of 2018

  • 5. Impact on employment
    • U.S. caregivers that felt their employer was supportive in 2017

    • U.S. caregivers support from employers in 2017, by gender

    • Percentage of U.S. caregivers whose job has been impacted by caregiving as of 2017

    • U.S. caregivers share of missed work time for caregiving as of 2017

    • U.S. caregivers job security concerns due to missed work 2017, by age-group

  • 6. Recipients
    • U.S. caregivers that provided care to select people as of 2017

    • Relation to caregivers among those receiving living assistance as of 2018

    • Distribution of caregivers in the U.S. as of 2019, by patient age and status

    • Leading health conditions of care recipients as cited by U.S. caregivers as of 2017

    • Distribution of caregiver patients in the U.S. as of 2019, by place of residence

  • 7. Veteran caregivers
    • Share of veteran caregivers in the U.S. as of 2017, by gender

    • Share of veteran caregivers in the U.S. as of 2017, by relationship to veteran

    • Services U.S. veteran caregivers provided as of 2017

    • Impact of caregiving on U.S. veteran caregivers' lives 2017

  • 8. Alzheimer's/dementia caregivers
    • Ages of Alzheimer/dementia caregivers in the U.S. in 2019

    • Alzheimer and other dementia caregivers' unpaid care in the U.S. 2011-2018

    • Leading U.S. states by number of Alzheimer/dementia caregivers 2018

    • Leading U.S. states by unpaid care given by Alzheimer/dementia caregivers 2018

    • Leading U.S. states by value of unpaid care given by dementia caregiver 2018

    • Share of caregivers for Alzheimer's and dementias with work-related change U.S. 2017

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