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Hiring a special needs caregiver

The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made on Care.com

Whether you're a caregiver or searching for care, avoid these all-too-common slip-ups. At Care.com, we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny -- or the perfect nanny job -- can be a little overwhelming. So, we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more... more

Caregiver burnout is real. Here’s how professional caretakers deal with it

Most of my days as a full-time nanny started out the same way: I would get up, shower, get coffee and head out the door. I’d get to work, enter the family’s home through the garage and I’d be greeted by kids, most likely still in their pajamas on the... more

Are you paying your caregiver minimum wage?

Learn about the minimum wage laws in your state and pay caregivers what they're worth. Yes, you love your nanny, your housekeeper, your pet sitter and the other caregivers in your life. But do you pay them a fair wage? "Just as you are compensated for the work you... more

How to Write a Care.com Review

A quick review of a care provider will help families who are researching their care options. Learn how to create one.     When Kathy S. of Roanoke, Va. reviewed her child's favorite tutor, she had only one thing in mind: "I wanted everyone to know that I would... more

How to guides

The Special Needs Respite Care Guide: Your Care Options

What is respite care, why is it so important, and how can you access it? If you’re caring for a child with a disability, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Many people around you will assume that you’ll be your child’s sole caretaker around the clock! But you don’t... more

Here's why you need a nanny trial — plus 7 tips to make the most of it

When Sara Cantwell, a San Francisco mom of twin boys, and her husband hired their first nanny, they let her go the very same week, after the nanny was repeatedly tardy. That meant the family had to nearly go back to square one, which put them behind in their search... more

9 Ways to Make Better -- and Safer -- Hiring Decisions

Find the right nanny, babysitter, senior care, pet care or home care with these simple safety steps. Care.com strives to give you powerful tools that can help you to make the best hiring decision possible. Whether you're searching for a nanny, babysitter, pet sitter, housekeeper, senior care provider... more

5 Steps to Hiring a Special Needs Child Care Provider

  Ask any parent and he or she will tell you that finding a great babysitter isn't easy, exacerbated only by the fact that there's no replacing Mom and Dad. And when you add the variable of a child with special needs, that task can become even more... more