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Tyze partnered with Vision Critical to find out

Tyze was created based on the belief that our relationships with other people are vital to a good life. We wanted to find out more about how much time people have to help out and what they can do to pitch in with care.

We partnered with Vision Critical, a Canadian global technology company that specializes in tools and services for marketing research and polling. The purpose was to examine how much time people spend doing care tasks, what kinds of care tasks they would be willing to help with and how much time they have available to help out. A survey was sent out to participants in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 What did we find? 

People are available to help out, for longer than we thought. Overall, most survey participants reported having time to help out, with the majority of respondents in each country indicating that they have between 1 to 4 hours a week available to help out a family member or friend who was facing a care or health challenge. Twelve percent or less of participants in each country indicated that they did not have any time to help out.

 

Table 1: Time Spent or Available per week to Help Out with Care

 

 

Canada

United States

United Kingdom

Average Hours spent per week caring

(for those who are currently helping)

8.3

(n=303)

8.2

(n=262)

9.5

(n=425)

Average hours available per week to help with caring

(for those who are not currently helping)

7.2

(n=1207)

7.7

(n=752)

7.2

(n=1576)

I wouldn’t have any time available

7%

12%

10%

 

When asked to think about the different types of daily tasks that they could help a family member or friend out with, the top choices were shopping, medications, housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation and providing someone else with a short break from caring. These were the top 6 reported in each country, but as the data below highlights, the ranking varied across countries:

Canada

54%  Shopping, e.g., for groceries

48%  Transportation (e.g., to an appointment)

41%  Housekeeping (e.g, laundry and dishes)

37%  Meal preparation

37%  Medications (e.g, picking them up)

31%  Providing someone else with a short break from caring for their relative or friend

 

United States

50%  Shopping, e.g., for groceries

41%  Medications (e.g, picking them up)

39%  Housekeeping (e.g, laundry and dishes)

38%  Meal preparation

35%  Transportation (e.g., to an appointment)

28%  Providing someone else with a short break from caring for their relative or friend

 

United Kingdom

65%  Shopping, (e.g., for groceries)

46%  Housekeeping (e.g, laundry and dishes)

37%  Transportation (e.g., to an appointment)

37%  Medications (e.g, picking them up)

33%  Meal preparation

18%  Providing someone else with a short break from caring for their relative or friend

 

Why does this matter?

Family and friends reported they are willing to help out with things like meal preparation and transportation. These are the kinds of tasks that help keep people at home, where they want to be. And they are also the kinds of care activities that people report wanting help with when they are caring.

People who reported that they were not currently helping to care for someone, indicated having hours available each week to help out family & friends who are facing health and care challenges. We want to make it easier to match up help wanted with help available. But we also know, and have heard from our users that it is difficult to ask for help. How can we become better supporters to individuals and family and friends who are facing health or caregiving challenges? How can we create care situations where family members and friends truly share the care?

Developing better strategies for sharing the care amongst family, friends and paid care staff is core to shifting to a network model of care – the future of care and support. Tyze is committed to making it easier to receive and offer care and support. Stay tuned for some new feature updates that will do just that!

Recent Tyze blog posts also include tips for how to be a good supporter, requesting and offering rides and ideas for how to contribute to care, even when you live at a distance.

 

 

Survey Methodologies

Canada

From Sept 18th to September 19th 2013 an online survey was conducted among 1,510 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

US

From Sept 18th to September 19th 2013 an online survey was conducted among 1,014 randomly selected American adults who are also Vision Critical American Community panel members. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender, region, and ethnicity American Community Survey data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of America. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. 

UK

From September 26th to September 27th 2013 an online survey was conducted among 2,001 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to region, age, gender, newspaper readership and social grade to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

 

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