VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/29/13 -- CareFamily, a pioneer in online caregiver matching and self-directed home care for seniors, today announced the availability of its services to residents of Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area. CareFamily's new model in senior care combines the best practices of senior home care agencies with the utility of the Internet, to safely match families with pre-screened, qualified and bonded caregivers and provide families the online tools they need to remotely manage care online, saving up 30 to 40% on the cost of care.
Illinois is among the top 10 states in the nation with the largest and fastest growing elder population, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute's state long-term services and supports reference report. The study estimates that by 2032, over 18% of the population in the Land of Lincoln will be over the age of 65.
"One of the biggest problems facing seniors today is the rising cost of health care," said Tom Knox, CEO and Founder of CareFamily. "With state-funding tight and Healthcare Reform coming, seniors need more options to enable them to age in the comfort of their homes, affordably. CareFamily helps families find the care they need for their loved ones, and provides them with online tools to self-manage care from anywhere."
CareFamily offers the first online matching and self-management services for the senior home care industry. After completing a short online questionnaire, care-seekers are matched with caregivers based on skills, needs, location and other pertinent criteria. Families seeking care simply go to www.carefamily.com and click on 'Find Care.' After completing a short online questionnaire, they are given up to the five best caregiver matches, based on their needs and location. The care-seeker can then either contact the matched caregivers to set up an interview or search for additional caregivers in their area. There is no fee for the online matching service. CareFamily has more than 50,000 registered caregivers available nationwide.
Caregivers desiring to take control of their own careers and work with families directly can register with CareFamily for free. All caregivers registered with CareFamily have been background-checked (which is provided and paid for by CareFamily), bonded and insured. Caregiver profiles are published on the CareFamily website and include the caregiver's employment history, skills, certifications, references, photo and rate of pay.
"I found CareFamily last fall when my Dad lost his driver's license," said CareFamily client and Chicago-area resident, Jenna Lynn Schoeneman. "He is very independent and spends the winter months down in Florida. I'm a professional, so I couldn't be there physically to help out. I did an online search on CareFamily's website and saw several caregivers in the Fort Meyers area. After a few emails, we lined up two interviews and my Dad hired Shirley. He loves her! She started out just driving him around, but now she also helps sort through his mail, keeps his calendar up to date with birthdays and doctor's appointments, performs some light housekeeping and gets him down to the beach a couple times a week for a swim. She is a great companion for my Dad and has been a big help to me."
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CareFamily, an online caregiver matching and care management service for seniors, offers families a personalized, more affordable and safer way to find and manage qualified caregivers. The company's unique online matching service instantly connects families with pre-screened, qualified and bonded caregivers within a desired geographic area. CareFamily liability insurance and payroll services offer peace-of-mind and simplify payment and tax responsibilities. CareFamily Remote Care Management tools empower families to effectively oversee day-to-day care from any location. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, CareFamily combines the best practices of a traditional home care agency with the ease and convenience of the internet. For more information visit www.carefamily.com.
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