In the United States, over 65 million people provide home care to someone who is ill or disabled.
Elderly people who live at home and have trouble with 3 or more activities of daily living require an average of 9 hours of assistance per day (from paid or unpaid caregivers), and once they reach age 85 they require about 11 hours of assistance per day.
There are about 52 million caregivers assisting adults over age 18, with about 44 million caring for adults over 50; around 15 million family caregivers help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Two out of three (66%) people who receive home care rely solely on family members, usually wives or daughters. Another 26% receive a combination of family care and paid help; and 9% receive paid help only. Of family members caring for the elderly, 30% are themselves over 65, and 15% are age 45–54.
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