Who Provides Long-Term Care in the U.S.?

This fact sheet provides information about formal and informal caregivers in the U.S.

Caregiving, Home and Community-Based Services

Most long-term care is provided, unpaid, by family members and friends. This is sometimes called “informal” caregiving. Paid long-term care services are provided formally by a wide variety of professionals, with the largest share coming from the “direct care workforce,” including home health aides, certified nursing assistants, and personal care aides.