NORTHWESTERN, WASHINGTON & LEE SIGN WITH CARE.COM'S WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS TO ENHANCE BENEFIT PROGRAMS SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY RENEWS RELATIONSHIP
Waltham, MA - May 16, 2012 - Care.com, Inc. (http://www.care.com/), a leader in providing families with access to care providers and solutions, announced today that Northwestern University and Washington and Lee University have selected its Workplace Solutions program to provide a new level of work-life support for their communities. Care.com also announced that Santa Clara University has extended its Workplace Solutions program, reflecting the positive response to the services received from its employees. All three universities are taking advantage of Workplace Solutions' Senior Care Planning service, with Santa Clara University and Washington and Lee also utilizing the company's full suite of services including an online forum to connect with child care, special needs care, pet care and housekeeping providers.
Care.com's Workplace Solutions enables employers to offer Care.com's full range of care solutions to employees as part of their benefits programs. Services include options for child care, special needs care, and in-depth senior care, among others. The Senior Care Planning program, utilized by all three universities, provides employees with detailed care planning to create clear, customized action plans, resulting in informed decisions, significant time savings and reduced stress.
"We're delighted to work with these respected educational institutions as they strive to enhance the work-life support provided to their employees," said Chris Duchesne, Vice President of Workplace Solutions at Care.com. "Members of university communities have often relocated away from family or personal support networks, which makes finding quality, trusted care options all the more challenging. Workplace Solutions bridges that gap for them, whether they are seeking child care, senior care, pet care or even household help."
Mr. Duchesne also noted, "Additionally, Workplace Solutions enhances employee productivity by reducing absenteeism and stress, and minimizing those factors which can distract people from their work. Both the employee and the employer benefit, which is truly a win-win."
Demand for senior care resources, like those being utilized by Northwestern, Washington and Lee, and Santa Clara Universities, reflects a growing trend throughout the nation. A recent Care.com study revealed that the baby boomer generation is increasingly taking responsibility for caring of aging loved ones, with 32% of the respondents carrying the full load of caregiving responsibilities for their aging parents.
"We recognize the value and importance of providing employees with assistance in navigating the complicated world of elder care, and we feel that Care.com's tailored Senior Care Planning solution will easily integrate into our array of existing work-life programs," said Lori Anne Henderson, director of work/life resources at Northwestern University.
"Washington and Lee is proud to work with Care.com to provide faculty and staff with a resource to find care for their families," said Amy Barnes, executive director of human resources at Washington and Lee University. "The fact that Care.com could provide the W&L community with both online access to child care, senior care, pet care, tutoring, and housekeeping while also providing consultative Senior Care Planning support was a major draw for us. Faculty and staff immediately began using the service and have provided extremely positive feedback. We anticipate that positive impact for faculty and staff and our organization will only continue to grow over time."
"Santa Clara University is very excited to renew our relationship with Care.com to continue to support our faculty and staff," said Ed Ryan, assistant vice provost for academic affairs at SCU. "We've received very positive feedback indicating that our employees value the Care.com benefit. In fact, one employee even shared with us that Care.com's Senior Care Planning service saved her an estimated 45 hours of time, increased her productivity and enhanced her opinion of the SCU workplace. This validated our belief that Care.com's services would benefit both our employees and the University, fostering greater engagement and loyalty in our faculty and staff."
About Care.com's Workplace Solutions
Care.com's Workplace Solutions provides broad-reaching, cost-effective, high-impact solutions for employers looking to reduce costs resulting from care-related absences and distractions, as well as improve employee wellness and loyalty. From providing an executive with access to backup childcare solutions so she can lead a crucial meeting to helping a newly relocated employee reestablish his care network, Care.com enables employees to quickly and easily tackle care needs across the spectrum so they can focus on work. Care.com's Workplace Solutions keeps top talent productive and engaged, and can be a primary resource for employees or an integral part of a comprehensive benefits program.
About Care.com, Inc.
Founded in 2006, Care.com (www.care.com) is the largest and fastest growing service used by families seeking high-quality care providers, providing a place to easily connect with hundreds of thousands of care providers, share care giving experiences and get advice. The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through - child care, senior care, special needs care, tutoring, pet care, housekeeping and more. To help ensure safety both online and at home, Care.com provides mom-reviewed profiles, monitored messaging, access to background checks, recorded references, and educational information on the interviewing process. Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, technology companies, and professional services firms offer Care.com memberships as a benefit to employees through its Workplace Solutions program.