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This article was published on January 28, 2014


    Science-backed HomeHero launches as a dashboard and marketplace for finding and managing caregivers

    Science-backed HomeHero launches as a dashboard and marketplace for finding and managing caregivers
    Josh Ong
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    Josh Ong

    Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him a Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him at [email protected].

    HomeHero, the latest startup to come from Science Inc., has launched its online marketplace and dashboard for hiring caregivers and then managing their work.

    The company is releasing two separate products: HomeHero Marketplace and HomeHero Connect. At launch, the marketplace is only available in Southern California, but founders Kyle Hill and Mike Townsend said they’re aiming to expand quickly by arriving in a new city every month.

    Caregivers have been pre-screened through a background check and certification process. You’ll be able to view video profiles, references and reviews on the site.

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    The HomeHero Connect software for existing caregivers is available nationwide and will cost $20 per month per family. Users will have access to timesheet tracking, payment services, audio logs and emergency notifications. Caregivers clock in and out using a landline phone.

    Hill and Townsend started the company after watching their own parents go through a difficult process of looking for caregivers for their grandparents. Searching through an agency proved expensive, while hiring from sites like Craigslist had inconsistent results.

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    Their goals are to increase transparency in the industry, make it easier to find help online, and provide powerful tools for managing care.

    The in-home care industry is already substantial, but it’s bracing for growth as the baby boomer generation retires. If you haven’t encountered the issue yourself, it’s probably just a matter of time before you do. When the time comes, HomeHero hopes to save the day.

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