24.09.10

Over a Fifth of Older Carers Provide Round-the-Clock Care

A new study of carers aged 50+ in England has found that over one-fifth provide round-the-clock, seven-days-a-week care.  Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, men and women in this age group were equally likely to be in this position, although older women are more likely to be providing round-the-clock at a younger age.

Other findings from the study which appears in the latest edition of Population Trends published by the Office for National Statistics include:

  • In overall terms, women were more likely to care than men, and ‘younger old’ people (50-64) more likely to care than ‘older old’ people (65 and over).
  • Over half of all carers provided up to 19 hours of care per week, and just over one-fifth provided round-the-clock care (168 hours). Men were more likely than women to care for up to 19 hours, and less likely to care between 20-49 hours.
  • Patterns of care provision varied across old age and in different ways for men and women. Women were more likely than men to care across their older ages, more likely to care for longer hours, and more likely to care for all categories of care recipients except for spouses/partners. Men were more likely to care in older ages and for their spouse/partner.
  •  More than thre-quarters of carers were married, and two-fifths of all carers lived with the person receiving care.
  • Men aged 50-64 were more likely to be economically active than women, both among carers and non-carers. Economically active persons were less likely to provide care compared to economically inactive persons, and the prevalence of economic activity decreased as care intensity rose. However, one quarter of round-the-clock carers in this age group were economically active, and the majority of these were employed.
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