A Look at Caregiving by Gender

By Annette Bratcher, 8:00 am on

When most people think of a family caregiver (an individual who provides care for an aging parent or loved one) they generally think of a woman. However, despite popular belief, one out of three caregivers is male. With industry studies reporting that there are approximately 43.5 million active and unpaid family caregivers in the United States, about 14.5 million are then male.

At Home Care Assistance of Denton County, we work with many families with both female and male family caregivers. We wanted to share some interesting statistics about caregiving by gender, specifically in regards to certain notable trends among both men and women.

When caring for an elder, most male caregivers live further away from their aging parent or loved one. This requires them to organize care from afar. They are 40% more likely to turn to an outside service that live-in or hourly care in Denton County to handle personal care and transportation.

  • Personal Care – When it comes to personal care, male caregivers tend to be more hands-off than their counterparts.  Only 24% of male caregivers help with dressing and 16% aid in the bathing process. On the other end of the spectrum, 28% of female caregivers are included in dressing and 30% take care of bathing.

Female caregivers typically spend four years in their caregiving role. The same can be said for a male caregiver, however as mentioned above, men typically are not the primary caregiver. On average, family caregivers spend 19 hours per week caregiving.

  • Employment – 82% of male caregivers work full time outside of the home, whereas only 70% of female caregivers continue their full time work while caring for an aging parent or loved one. Working caregivers usually find a need to take time off or adjust schedules to allow for their caregiving duties, however men are less likely to speak to their bosses about their at-home situations.

While men are less likely to announce their role, they are just as dedicated, loyal, caring, and attentive as a female caregiver. Whether male or female, caregiving is a vital part of our society and should be encouraged despite gender roles.

If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one and need help managing your care responsibilities, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Denton County today. We provide hourly and live-in care for seniors and offer unique programs from our Balanced Care Method to our Cognitive Therapeutics Method. Call us today at 972-468-6010 if you would like more information or would like to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.