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    An easier way to find private caregivers?

    A friend of mine pointed this out to me today and thought I'd share. It looks like it could be pretty cool.

    Finding a match in home health care
    http://tinyurl.com/2tm5v2

    By Phil Galewitz | Monday, February 18, 2008, 03:22 PM

    The Internet has been a boon for single people looking for dates via a host
    of matchmaking services.
    Now, a Singer Island woman has set up an Internet service that aims to match
    patients with nurses, therapists and other health professionals looking to
    provide home health services. At http://www.enurgi.com/, patients enter
    their zip code, what type of health provider they are seeking and what
    health problem they need help with.
    Caregivers list in their profile a description of themselves, their
    certification, age and years of experience.
    "Enurgi is set up to connect patients looking for home health care in their
    community," said Chiara Bell, founder and CEO of Enurgi Inc.
    More than 1 million nurses in every state are in the company's database,
    though only about 1,000 nurses have personally added their profile. The
    others nurses were entered via various state databases.
    The company makes money by taking a transaction fee based on each match. The
    service allows patients and nurses to bypass private duty firms and contract
    directly with each other. One hitch is the company does not accept Medicare
    or other insurers.
    Bell worked as a consultant and vice president in the long-term care
    industry before starting the new business.
    One interesting feature on the Enurgi web site is that it allows patients to
    rate their caregivers on a 5-star system similar to how Amazon.com and
    Ebay.com lets consumers rate dealers.

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    This might be a resource if you have the money to privately hire RNs, PTs or OTs, but most people who need a PCA are not looking for, nor can they afford this type of private care.

    On-line sources are not always the best way to find PCAs, although we have had some luck with Craig's List, since many have very low incomes already and may have limited access to computers, or not know about a resource such as this, which may also not allow use by non-professional/licensed staff.

    (KLD)

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    You may want to check it out KLD, I did for our zip code and it has many people who are unskilled, e.g. not certified professionals, so I have actually already sent a few emails to some folks on it.

    Thanks to the OP for this!!
    Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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