Care.com Helps Families Find Last-Minute Care Options with Care-on-CallJune 08, 2009
Today Care.com (www.care.com), the premier source of trustworthy care options for families, announced a new way for its members to connect to caregivers at the last minute-Care-on-Call.
Now, when families experience a “care crisis”-an unplanned event that forces them to make last-minute care arrangements-they can use Care-on-Call to quickly broadcast their needs to a list of local caregivers who are available and willing to provide backup care on short notice. Instead of scrambling to rely on relatives and neighbors or missing work, families can find babysitters, nannies, special needs care, senior home care aides and pet sitters in a matter of minutes.
Care-on-Call is available at no extra charge for Care.com Premium Members. When families looking for a quick answer to their care needs fill out a Care-on-Call request, Care.com sends their “call for help” out via text messages and emails to local caregivers. Users can choose to contact a list of caregivers they’ve reviewed themselves in advance or send their message more broadly to all Care.com care providers in their area who have indicated a willingness to help on short notice.
“Care-on-Call worked great for me,” said Noelette Stout, a Care.com member. “I got so many responses so quickly from so many wonderful people that it was difficult to pick just one. The person I settled on did a wonderful job, and my kids just loved her.”
“This is a great solution for the unexpected care crises that pop up in everyday life,” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com. “Care-on-Call is a service that will help thousands of families meet high-quality caregivers right when they need them the most. And it’s a cost-friendly alternative to agencies that often charge double or triple their usual rates for last-minute care.”
Care.com helps families to find babysitters, nannies, special needs care, senior home care, pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers through a national network of trusted caregivers. Families in need of quality caregivers can search by ZIP code, service and salary to find the care providers in their area.
As an added benefit to care-seeking families, caregiver profiles include references and background checks, and a team of experienced moms reviews all caregiver profiles before listing them online. These measures provide families with extra layers of confidence and security when they make important decisions regarding their family care needs.
For more information on Care.com, visit www.care.com.
Founded in 2006, Care.com is the largest and fastest growing service used by families to find high-quality caregivers, providing a trusted place to easily connect, share caregiving experiences and get advice. The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through-child care, special needs care, tutoring and lessons, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. The service helps families find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed providers who seek to share their services. Through its Care.com for Recruiters service, Care.com also enables companies to find high-quality caregiving employees. For more information, visit www.care.com.