Table 9. Characteristics of Active Family Caregivers: Spouses and Children of Elderly Long-term Care (LTC) Users, 1994

The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users

CharacteristicNumber
Population (thousands)5,875
 Percent Distribution by Characteristic
Age
14-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75-84
85+
Missing
5.3
10.7
16.9
15.2
15.8
10.5
2.3a
23.5
Gender
Female
Male
63.1
35.1
Relationship
Wife
Husband
Daughter
Son
Other female relative
Other male relative
Other female non-relative
Other male non-relative
13.4
10.0
26.6
14.7
17.5
8.6
5.7
1.8
Marital Status
Married
Unmarriedb
Missing
58.7
17.4
23.6
Race
White or other
Black
87.3
12.7
Level of IADL/ADL Disability of Care Recipient
IADL only
1-2 ADLs
3-6 ADLs
38.1
29.9
32.0
Relationship/Living Arrangement
Spouse
Coresident child
Non-coresident child
Coresident other relative
Non-coresident other relative
Coresident non-relative
Non-coresident non-relative
23.4
15.1
26.2
10.6
15.5
1.4
7.8

Source: 1994 National Long-term Care Survey. 

Note: The NLTCS collects no information on informal caregiving for institutionalized persons. Hence, the analysis of active caregiving is effectively restricted to spouses and children who provide care to disabled persons living in the community. Some percentages may not add to one hundred because of missing values. Except where shown, missing values do not exceed 2% of the relevant sample. ADL = Activities of daily living; IADL = Instrumental activities of daily living.

a May not be reliable: relative standard error is greater than 30%.

b The "unmarried" category includes persons who are widowed, divorced, separated, or never married.

Page last reviewed January 2001
Internet Citation: Table 9. Characteristics of Active Family Caregivers: Spouses and Children of Elderly Long-term Care (LTC) Users, 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/tab9use.html