Research Brief: Caregiver Support Amounts

The 2010 Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports Survey (FINDS) conducted by The Arc (2011), shows that family caregivers play a critical role in providing supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Caregivers provided an average of nine different kinds of support and more than half of all caregivers reported providing these supports more than 40 hours per week. More than half of caregivers in this survey reported being aged 50 or older, highlighting the critical need to start planning for a future when aging caregivers are no longer able to continue providing significant amounts of support for their family members