7.7. Locating Independent Care Givers in your area (Care.com)
Care.com is searchable by distance from a zip code and specialty for care givers offering their services. One can post a job and let care givers find you as well. You can register, then browse before purchasing an actual subscription (near bottom of subscription page). Prior to being posted on Care.com, the independent contractor is required to submit to a very basic criminal history search according to the business model of Care.com. In March of 2019 a Wall Street Journal article highlighted its own investigation of Care.com's vetting program for child care agencies and individual contractors offering services through it's website. As reported in 'The Verge', An investigation found providers without proper licensing and criminal histories. As is the case with any product or service that a consumer acquires or utilizes, Caveat emptor applies, Let the buyer beware. You still need to carefully check any work and criminal history background of anyone you are considering bringing into your home to provide care; for yourself or for a family member. Care.com is just one more tool to help identify potential caregivers, as are local Centers for Independent Living (CIL's), regional SCI rehabilitation facilities and United Spinal Chapters and support groups.