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Table 1 Characteristics of Volunteer Companions and Accompanied Persons

From: Can volunteer medical visit companions support older adults in the United States?

 

Volunteer Companions N = 15

Accompanied Persons N = 14

Age (years), mean (SD)

72 (5.9)

76 (7.0)

Race, n (%)

 African American

1 (6.7)

3 (21.4)

 Caucasian

14 (93.3)

10 (71.4)

 Asian

0 (0.0)

1 (7.1)

Gender, n (%)

 Female

11 (73.3)

12 (85.7)

Rides provided in last 3 months, n (%)

 1–3

0 (0.0)

2 (15.4)

 4–7

1 (6.7)

5 (38.5)

 More than 8

14 (93.3)

6 (46.2)

Ride location, n (%)

 Primary Care Doctor

5 (27.8)

4 (22.2)

 Specialist

8 (44.4)

7 (38.9)

 Other healthcare appointment (e.g. laboratory)

4 (22.2)

2 (11.1)

 Other places (pharmacy)

1 (5.6)

1 (5.6)

Education, n (%)

 HS or less

0 (0.0)

5 (35.7)

 Bachelor’s or less

9 (60.0)

8 (57.1)

 Higher degree

6 (40.0)

1 (7.1)

Relationship status, n (%)

 Single

1 (6.7)

1 (7.1)

 Married

8 (53.3)

0 (0.0)

 Separated/divorced

4 (26.7)

5 (35.7)

 Widowed

2 (13.3)

8 (57.1)

Employment, n (%)

 Part-time

2 (13.3)

0 (0.0)

 Receiving disability

0 (0.0)

2 (14.3)

 Retired

12 (80)

12 (85.7)

 Not currently employed

1 (6.7)

0 (0.0)

Household income, n (%)

 Less than 50,000

3 (20.0)

13 (92.9)

 $50,000 - $100,000

7 (46.7)

0 (0.0)

 $100,000 +

3 (20.0)

0 (0.0)

 Prefer not to answer

5 (33.3)

1 (7.1)