My name is Lauren and I work as an Occupational Therapist in home health primarily with the eldery. One common problem I see is that family caregivers are super stressed and burned out, and my husband and I would like to try and be a part of the solution.
We are looking into starting a service that would match family caregivers with college students majoring in a related profession (medicine, nursing, therapy etc), to provide affordable companion care on an hourly basis. For example, if you need an hour or two a week to get out and run errands or simply get a break for some mental health, we feel this would be a good solution. So many caregiving agencies require weekly minimums and take a huge cut, so we are hoping to make companion care more affordable and accessible.
What are you guys thoughts/suggestions? Would this be a beneficial service? Is this something any of you would be interested in? Your input is greatly appreciated! Thanks!