Care.com is an online service/company that connect individuals, companies or families looking for people to offer various caring services. Care.com does not offer any caring services itself but rather, it only provides information and tools to help care seekers and care providers connect and make informed decisions.
Currently, Care.com has over 11,800,000 members from over 16 countries, including USA, Austria, Belgium, Canada, UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
How to Get Started With Care.com
There are two ways to get started or to register on the website. You can either sign up as a Caregiver or a Care Seeker.
As a Care Seeker,
You create an account, list your job and wait to be contacted by the caregivers. Once you are contacted, review the caregivers’ profiles, interview them and select the one you think will be the most suitable for the job. Make and track payments through the Care.com system and pay the caregiver once the job is completed.
As a Caregiver,
You create an account, upload your photo and update your profile with as much information as possible, including your work experience and other related skills.
Wait for a job to be posted or browse through the available jobs. Apply for a one and wait for the Care Seeker to approve your application. If you are hired, complete the job and get paid via direct deposit.
What Kind of Care Giving Jobs are Available?
There are 4 major different categories to choose from, depending on your work experience, your educational background and your likings. The four major categories are – Child Care, Adult and Senior Care, Pet Care and Home Care.
The Child Care is divided into the following categories and their sub-categories;
- Au pairs
- Child care centers
- Family day care
- Special needs
The Adults and Senior Care is divided into the following categories and sub categories;
- Light housekeeping
- Bathing & dressing
- Medication reminders
Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care
- Mental stimulation
- 24-hour care
The Pet Care is divided into 5 others minor sub categories;
- Dog Walkers
- Pet Sitter
The Home Care is also subdivided into 4 minor sub categories;
- House Keeper
- House Sitter
- Errand Runners
- Event Helper
How Much Money Do You Get Paid Per Hour?
Caregivers themselves are responsible for setting up their own rate per hour. However, on average, Child Care Services pay around $10.15 per hour, Senior Care – $12.25 per hour, Pet Care $9.75 per hour and Housekeeping $12.25 per hour.
As a Caregiver, you get paid immediately via direct deposit once the Care Seeker has acknowledged you have completed the job as required.
If you are into caregiving services, Care.com is a good place to search for Care Seekers. However, it is important you read through a Care Seeker profile and other important pertaining information to make sure you are getting hired by a trustworthy or a good Care Seeker.
Care.com does not take responsibility for anything else beyond providing a service that connects both Caregivers and Care Seekers. So, you are responsible for whatever may happen to you.
In addition, this is clearly stated on this statement found on Care.com website, “each individual is solely responsible for selecting an appropriate care provider or care seeker for themselves or their families and for complying with all applicable laws in connection with any employment relationship they establish.
Care.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment or engage in any conduct that requires a professional license”.