243577 Burden of Time Spent Caregiving and the Projected Costs to Businesses in Los Angeles County

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:30 PM

Mirna Ponce, MPH, MA , Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA
Susie Baldwin, MD, MPH , Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS , County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Office of Senior Health, Los Angeles, CA
Background: Little is known about caregivers in local jurisdictions, especially for health services and workplace wellness planning purposes. In this study, we examined the health and economic burden of caregiving in Los Angeles County using hours of care provided as an indicator of burden, assuming constant rates of disability across age groups. Methods: We estimated the amount of time spent caregiving among County residents using data from the 2007 Los Angeles County Health Survey, a population-based random-digit dial telephone survey of 7,200 adults. State Department of Finance data were utilized to extrapolate expected changes in the caregiving population (2007-2030). To determine the present and future costs of caregiving on businesses, similar approaches to the Met Life Caregiving Cost Study were applied. Results: Caregivers that provided more hours of care are more likely to report their health status as poor/fair than caregivers that provided fewer hours of care (p<0.05). In 2030, the expected number of caregivers in the county will increase to 1.9 million individuals from 1.1 million. The current cost to Los Angeles County employers is more than $220 million and will likely triple over the next 20 years to $767 million. Discussion: Aging baby boomers will likely place more stress on existing health care and social services as well as businesses as informal caregiving becomes more prevalent in the workforce. Broader application of work-based policies such as flexible scheduling may be needed to help address this growing need.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Evaluate the burden of time spent caregiving among adults in Los Angeles County. 2)Identify the cost of caregiving to businesses. 3)describe ways for addressing the increasing need for caregiving in this diverse region.

Keywords: Caregivers, Cost Issues

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I work for the Department of Public Health and have conducted studies regarding aging and health with the Chronic Disease Division.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.