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RI Home Care Providers: Concern Over Governor’s Relationship with “Care.com” for Child & Elder Care

Nicholas Oliver, Executive Director for the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care, issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI) concerning the State’s new relationship with ‘Care.com’:

“The Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care, representing home care providers licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health, express concern over the announcement made earlier today by Governor Gina Raimondo regarding her relationship with ‘Care.com’ to provide access to child and elder care ‘volunteers’ and ‘recently unemployed individuals looking for side work’.

The State’s vulnerable populations should receive care from licensed professionals that have significant training, proven skill set to deliver care, ongoing education and thorough background checks. Even in a crisis, the Governor and her administration should not promote individuals or unlicensed providers to care for homebound elders when licensed home care providers may have the capacity to deliver the same quality healthcare and personal care services to those in need as they do throughout the State everyday.” 

About Care.com:

Editor’s Note: Care.com has this disclaimer on their website. One month membership is normally $39/month – premium services, an additional $20/month.

Care.com does not employ any care provider or care seeker nor is it responsible for the conduct of any care provider or care seeker. 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. The information contained in member profiles, job posts and applications are supplied by care providers and care seekers themselves and is not information generated or verified by Care.com.

About Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care:

Established in 1990, the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care (“The Partnership”) represents home care, home nursing care and hospice agencies licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health to serve patients and clients in every Rhode Island community. As the only association in our state to promote access to quality home healthcare, The Partnership is committed to promoting quality home healthcare service delivery, ethical healthcare business practices and positive patient and client outcomes to ensure that access to home care and hospice remains an integral component of our post-acute and long-term healthcare system.For more information about The Partnership, please contact (401) 351-1010 or www.riphc.org.

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