What is Care.com and How Safe Is It to Find a Caregiver?

Last updated: August 1, 2017 - 9:10am EDT

Have you heard of Care.com, but not entirely sure what it’s all about? We know that people like to know as much as possible about a service before they decide to start using it, so in this article, we’ll let you in on the details of Care.com, what it is, how it works, and more.

So, what exactly is It?

Care.com is a site that helps people find caregivers for family members, homes, or pets. People can post jobs outlining the type of caregiver they need and some details about the requirements of the job, and caregivers can apply for them. They will help you find the right caregiver for your needs.

Care.com home page

How safe is Care.com?

Care.com is safe to use. When you post a job to find a caregiver for your family member, home, or pet, you’ll be able to review applicant resumes, references, and request background checks to see if they’re someone you can trust. This will help you ensure that your loved ones will be in good hands.

They also offer safety tips on their website to assist you in choosing the right caregiver.

How does Care.com work?

If you’re looking to hire someone to care for your family member, home, or pet, you can post a job on Care.com. Caregivers can then apply for the job, and then you get to review their application. You can request a background check to ensure you can trust them, and hire the person you like best.

You can read more about how Care.com works if you look at their website here.

How the Care.com website works

How much can Care.com cost?

Care.com has two different membership options. The “Basic Profile” option is free to sign up for and offers all the basic features of the site. The “Featured Profile” offers additional features that the Basic account does not. You can choose to use the free option, or upgrade to the paid membership.

If you’d like to learn more, check out our article about the cost of Care.com.

History of Care.com

The service has been around since 2007. Their site was launched to help people find babysitters, tutors, pet care, and caregivers for the elderly. Now, the site also helps users with finding housekeepers, gardeners, and care for those with special needs. Care.com has over 22 million users across 19 different countries.

The pros and cons of Care.com

Some great things about Care.com are that it:

  • Allows people to find caregivers to suit their needs
  • Allows you to request background checks for potential caregivers before hiring them to ensure they’re someone you can trust
  • Allows caregivers looking for work, there are lots of different kinds of jobs you can find and apply for

On the other hand, there are a couple of downsides to Care.com:

  • If you’re a caregiver, you must have a paid membership in order to apply for caregiving jobs you find
  • If you’re someone looking to hire a caregiver, you may not get a large number of applicants since caregivers have to pay to apply to jobs

Care.com alternatives

If you don’t think Care.com is the right place for you to find a caregiver, or find a caregiving job, don’t worry – there are other options. If you’re looking to hire a babysitter, Sittercity.com might be a good option for you. Looking for someone to care for your pet? Check out DogVacay! You can even find someone to look after your home through TrustedHousesitters.com.

Learn about these alternatives and more by checking out this article.

 

That’s it for our introduction to Care.com. Be sure to read the rest of the articles in our free course to learn more about the service and how to use it. In our next article, we’ll cover more information about how safe it is. If you’re ready to get started now, check out our tutorial on how to join Care.com.

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