Compatible care, reasonable costPosted: March 3, 2012
By Meghan Crozier
There isn’t much debate over the difficulty in finding and managing quality home-care for a loved one; the process can be time-consuming, expensive, and daunting for some. President and CEO of CareLinx, Sherwin Sheik understands first-hand after observing the complexities that his aunt and cousins had to navigate to secure qualified care providers, manage 24/7 shift schedules and coordinate billing from several sources. Because of this challenge, Sheik worked to start CareLinx, a new online service that empowers users to seek personalized connections with compatible caregivers.
A new survey shows that more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. When caregiving services are offered at a lower cost, while also remaining efficient, it is no wonder people are opening their ears to the news of CareLinx.
CareLinx aims to empower individuals by giving them the ability to directly search and connect with caregivers that match their specific needs on multiple dimensions of compatibility. “CareLinx is designed to address all of the major aspects of finding qualified and compatible care providers, while also providing solutions to efficiently manage home-based service delivery and significantly reduce costs for patients and their families,” says Sheik.
CareLinx is able to reduce the cost of care by giving everyone the tools they need to directly connect with caregivers and manage all their home care services online, thereby eliminating a lot of the administrative costs that large agencies charge. CareLinx helps to make the process safe too; caregiver profiles include professional credentials, applicable health care licensure, performance reviews from prior employers and the option to complete background checks online.
As an intern at Likeable Media, I have personally worked with CareLinx to promote and raise awareness of their services through various social media sites and using blogger outreach. If this caring community is of any interest to you and your loved ones please don’t hesitate to take a look at their site.