Caregivers provide 21 hours of care each week, on average. However, many provide over 40 hours of care in a week. People can be caregivers for different lengths of time, from providing occasional irregular help, to being in a situation that lasts over 5 years. The average length of time that one provides care is 4.3 years, but the length of time depends on the unique situation of the care recipient, and the resources of the caregiver. Many caregivers have some kind of help from another friend or family member, but up to one-third handle all the care-giving responsibilities on their own.
Most common types of help:
- Grocery shopping
- Help with housework
- Managing finances
- Preparing meals
- Helping with medication
For care recipients requiring more advanced assistance, common types of help include:
- Getting in and out of bed or chairs
- Getting dressed
- Helping in the bathroom (bathing or toileting)
Many caregivers provide three or more of these types of care, and will continue to provide more help as the condition of the care recipient changes.