Why MDO Ministries
- More than 65 million people (lastest figures show 90 million), a
third of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill,
disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend
an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.
- The value of the services family caregivers provide for
“free,” when caring for older adults, is estimated to be $450 billion a
year. That is almost twice as much as is actually spent on homecare and nursing home services combined ($158 billion).
- The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her
widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married
- Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women.
- More than 37% of caregivers have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them.
- 1.4 million children ages 8 to 18 provide care for an adult relative;
72% are caring for a parent or grandparent; and 64% live in the same
household as their care recipient. Fortunately, most are not the sole
- 20 hours per week is the average number of hours family caregivers spend caring for their loved ones while 13% of family caregivers are providing 40 hours of care a week or more.
- Family caregivers are the foundation of long-term care nationwide exceeding Medicaid long-term care spending in all states.
From the National Alliance of Caregiving.
"1.4 million kids provide care for an
vs. Men Caregivers Comparisons
Caregivers of children under
72% are women / 28% are men
Caregivers of adults
59% are women / 41% are men
Caregivers of adults 50+ -
67% are women / 33% are men