Service to keep elderly Kiwis living at home matches caregivers with clients

MyCare allows people to chose the carers that suit their needs.
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MyCare allows people to chose the carers that suit their needs.

An online service to help senior or frail Kiwis find the help they need to continue living safely at home, has signed up more than 1000 care workers.

MyCare has been co-founded by IT entrepreneur and former national law firm partner Mark Jeffries; Carers NZ boss Laurie Hilsgen, strategic consultant Chris Mathews, and award-winning tech specialist Robert Stewart.

The service allows people who need help, including older people, those coping with an illness, injury, or disability to search online for compatible care workers.

Mark Jeffries says care workers can use MyCare to tailor their careers.

Mark Jeffries says care workers can use MyCare to tailor their careers.

Jeffries said the founders were inspired by their own experiences looking after loved ones.

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"People who are looking for home care often have it provided through an agency or service. But this can be inflexible and disempowering for the person needing the care."

Jeffries says that MyCare allowed families to find and choose their own care workers.

"We make it possible to go online to review worker profiles, and find a person that best suits their needs. This could be based on experience, price, location, languages or many other attributes."

Jeffries added that MyCare also offered a new way for workers to find rewarding jobs in the home care sector.

"Care workers can post their experience and skills online and easily edit their profile to ensure it is relevant and up to date. They can also use the service to build trust and reputation with two-way feedback that can be powerful, transparent and instant."

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