From grandparents to parents to yourself, if finding in-home care assistance is a need, you may want to investigate the web site care.com. I recently used the site in our search for a new nanny, but have made a mental note to go back to it should my mother need help to prolong her ability to live independently. The site allows you to post a job, review applicants, and conduct a back-ground search. The last factor was very compelling for me. There are lots of ways to find candidates, but doing a background search can be difficult. On this site it can be done with the click of a mouse.
The cost of in-home care can be staggering. Since assisted living is not covered by Medicare or Medical Assistance, in-home care needs to be paid for by the recipient unless they have long-term care insurance. It seems that internet sites are an ideal way to locate care providers and keep the administrative costs low. Also, it is especially nice when loved ones live far apart. Finally, you can conduct searches from the comfort of your home or office at any time of day.
The following are examples of some of the services you can secure from care.com:
- pet sitting / walking;
- senior counseling;
- agencies who provide senior care; and
- individuals who provide senior care.
What do others think of this site, or do you have another one you prefer? I am not endorsing this site, just sharing my one positive experience with it. I'd love to hear from other people who have stories to share. Information is powerful, please let us know what you think.