Arkansas Developing Web Site to Match Elderly with Caregivers

FEBRUARY 12, 2007 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Elderly or disabled Arkansans who need caregivers and caregivers who need jobs will be matched on a Web site to be launched by state officials this spring.  Herb Sanderson, director of the state Aging and Adult Services Division, says the state doesn't have enough caregivers in the field and those numbers will dwindle even further as the population ages.

On the Web site, caregivers could enroll in a registry that employers and the family members of elderly or disabled Arkansans could use to help find caregivers.

The state Dept. of Health and Human Services plans to spend $85,000 of federal grant money to recruit care workers, encourage them to get on the online registry and increase awareness of the registry among employers.

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