A brand new app has launched and is ready to take on one of the biggest issues of senior living.
Kare is an app that is supposed to start to help with the staffing crisis among long-term and senior living care communities by pairing nurses, medication aides, and caregivers with skilled nursing facilities assisted living communities and other areas where senior adults can receive care.
Kare’s website stated that it is the first employment marketplace that is dedicated to the post-acute and senior housing industry.
The biggest worry in this industry is the staffing crisis, as the rising wages and hiring difficulties have been a problem for most senior living operators all over the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, the senior living industry had employed over 890,000 people. However, this information also shows that by 2026, this industry will need to retain and recruit over 300,000 employees.
The Kare app allows senior living communities a way to advertise temporary openings within the workforce. Heroes, the name of caregivers in the app can search for any open shifts that will fit into their schedules. All caregivers are screened within an application process, which includes a drug test, background check, credential check, and interview.
Even though it may have some of the same functions, Kare is considered to be different from a staffing agency. The app is just meant to match communities with independent contractors who are looking for work.
Kare lists various potential benefits for communities using the application, such as the reduction of hiring times, the avoidance of expensive personnel agencies, and the saving of overtime. Caregivers are billed for the application to help them make extra money and have more control over their schedules.
Kare has a team that includes Charles Turner, CEO, and former president of PinPoint Senior Living. He is not a stranger to online staffing apps. He had been involved with NurseDash, which is an app that was designed to help senior care and health care providers find CNAs, LPNs, med techs and many more.
According to Kare’s website, it is partnered with Bridge Investment Group, Golden Section Technology, Daybach Investments, and Invidia for Seniors investment platform.
Even though Kare is considered to be one of the first apps that were designed just for the senior care industry, some other organizations have been thinking about harnessing technology to pair employers with workers. For example, Uber, the transportation tech giant, had launched a brand new shift-finding service within Chicago called Uber Works that was released this year. This app was meant to help many workers to pick up extra shifts by connecting them with businesses that are needing help.
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