Table 3. Characteristics of Long-term Care (LTC) Users Living in the Community, Aged 18-64, by Type of Care, 1994

The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users

CharacteristicsInformal Care OnlyBoth Informal & Formal CareFormal Care OnlyUnknown
Population (thousands)2,383
(70.9%)
197
(5.8%)
186
(5.5%)
596
(17.7%)
Age
18-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-64
75.9
71.5
71.4
72.5
60.9
2.8
3.4
7.8
6.1
9.0
3.4
7.7
3.8
6.0
6.8
18.0
17.4
17.1
15.4
23.3
Gender
Male
Female
70.1
71.5
4.7
6.7
6.6
4.8
18.7
17.0
Race
White
Black
Other
70.0
73.1
77.3
6.7
3.0
4.4
5.0
6.7
9.8
18.3
17.2
8.6
Marital Status
Married
Widowed
Never married
Separated/divorced
69.8
78.2
72.6
69.5
6.6
5.0
3.6
7.3
2.7
9.3
7.6
8.8
20.9
7.5
16.3
14.5
Education
Less than 12 years
12 years
Greater than 12 years
Missing
72.1
72.3
67.0
67.8
3.6
6.1
8.5
9.2
4.6
4.8
8.0
6.4
19.7
16.9
16.5
16.6
Poverty
Below line
Above line
Unknown
73.0
69.6
73.5
3.6
7.1
4.5
9.0
4.1
5.8
14.5
19.3
16.3
Employment (last 2 weeks)
Working
Not in labor force
Unemployed
64.3
72.0
77.1
5.0
6.3
3.3
8.0
5.1
3.7
22.6
16.7
16.0
Level of IADL/ADL Disability
IADL Only
1-2 ADLs
3-6 ADLs
73.7
70.3
62.5
3.6
6.5
12.2
6.5
3.4
5.7
16.1
19.9
19.6
Functional Limitations
Lower body only
Upper body only
Upper and lower body
Neither
73.7
87.1
68.5
70.6
4.6
0.0
9.6
2.3
4.6
0.0
6.3
5.8
17.2
12.9
15.6
21.4
Mobility Equipment
User
Nonuser
67.5
72.0
6.7
5.7
8.6
4.6
17.3
17.8
Wheelchair
User
Nonuser
53.8
73.4
16.0
4.4
12.7
4.5
17.5
17.7
Problem with Dizziness
Yes
No
76.9
70.1
6.8
5.7
4.3
5.8
12.1
18.4
Difficulty Seeing
Yes
No
70.3
70.8
6.4
5.8
8.3
5.0
15.0
18.4
Difficulty Hearing
Yes
No
67.8
71.5
5.4
5.9
10.3
5.0
16.6
17.6
Difficulty Communicating
Yes
No
69.8
70.9
6.0
5.9
6.1
5.4
18.2
17.7
Difficulty Understanding Others
Yes
No
67.1
71.2
9.6
5.5
6.2
5.5
17.0
17.8
Mental Retardation
Yes
No
69.5
71.0
3.3
6.2
7.8
5.2
19.4
17.6

Source: 1994 Disability Supplement to the National Health Interview Survey.

Current as of January 2001
Internet Citation: Table 3. Characteristics of Long-term Care (LTC) Users Living in the Community, Aged 18-64, by Type of Care, 1994: The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users. January 2001. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/facilities/ltcusers/tab3use.html