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2017 Rhode Island Caregiving Survey

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AARP Rhode Island commissioned a telephone survey among 1,000 registered voters age 45-plus in Rhode Island conducted by Precision Opinion to learn about their experiences with family caregiving.  

Most current family caregivers in Rhode Island (66%) have been employed either full- or part-time while providing care to a spouse, parent, or other loved one.  In fact, most Rhode Island registered voters 45-plus (58%) in our survey are currently or have previously provided care to an adult loved one; and six in ten believe they will likely be a caregiver in the future.  Current caregivers are likely to be married (60%) and have at least a two-year college degree (66%).  Seventeen percent also have a child or children 18 or under living with them.

Key findings include:

  • Eight in ten support a requirement that employers provide a minimum level of earned, paid leave to all employees that can be used for family caregiving purposes.

  • Most current family caregivers in Rhode Island (66%) have been employed either full- or part-time while providing care to a spouse, parent, or other loved one.

  • Nearly seven in ten working caregivers needed to adjust their work schedule by going into work early or late, or take time off to provide care to their loved ones.

The 2017 AARP Rhode Island Caregiving Survey:  Overwhelming Support for Earned, Paid Sick Leave report highlights results from residents interviewed from March 11-21, 2017. The statewide sample utilized an age-targeted registered voter landline and cell phone list. The data is weighted by age and gender to reflect registered voters in Rhode Island age 45-plus.  For more information contact Terri Guengerich at TGuengerich@aarp.org.