Care offices are becoming increasingly popular among young people and retirees, according to a new survey from the Care.com website.
The website found that of the 1,300 respondents aged 25-34, more than half (54%) used a care office at least once in the past year.
Care.org, a website that aggregates information on care-oriented businesses, also reported that more than a quarter (27%) of the respondents aged 35 and over had used a hospital-based facility in the last year.
The survey of more than 2,000 respondents found that while older people have been more likely to use care facilities in the recent past, the same is not true for younger people, the survey found.
That is, those aged 25 to 34 are more likely than those over 65 to have used a home-based hospital.
Care of America, the largest non-profit for people with disabilities, reported that over the past 12 months, the number of people aged 25 and over using a care facility in their home increased by more than 400%, while those over 55 and older saw a similar increase.
However, those who are most likely to have had a care center visit in the previous year have also seen an increase in use.
Care workers who use care centers have seen an average increase of more, on average, of 50% over the same period, according the survey.
The website said that many older people use care-related businesses to provide a home for themselves, while younger people have more of a need for services and more often seek out facilities that can provide them with a home or workplace.
The Care.net survey of 3,200 adults, aged 18 and older, found that the average age of use was 34, with the majority of those aged 35 to 49 saying they had used the care facilities at least three times in the month prior.
Older people are also more likely, on a per-use basis, to be in care.
For people aged 65 and older who have been in care for more than three months, only 25% said they used a facility for that time period, the website reported.
However, nearly a third (22%) of those 65 and over who used a facilities services said they had done so at least two times in a month.
The average cost of using a facility was $4,000 in the United States in 2016, according with the Care website, and care facilities are also becoming more popular among people with pre-existing conditions.
According to Care.
Org, the average cost per visit for people in care was $9,400 in 2016.
The number of Medicare-covered patients and the number who have a disability have risen sharply in recent years, as more and more people are seeing care providers as an alternative to doctors.