After 3 years, Synapse Sitters will be pausing (perhaps indefinitely) business on June 30th, 2021. We will miss this beautiful community and all the families and people we’ve gotten to know. Thank you for trusting Synapse Sitters to be your resource for finding specialized care for your loved ones.
With sincere gratitude,
The Synapse Sitters Team
**Currently not accepting new sign ups. Current members please sign in below.**
Synapse Sitters is the first community of its kind to connect families, caregivers, and respite care providers all in one place. We help families that have children and adult loved ones with special needs.
Our members mutually decide who they want to work with, schedule, and pay rate.
No matter where you are in your search for specialized care, we’ve got you covered.
How it Works
Join | Connect | Hire
Apply | Connect | Book Jobs
Respite Care Providers
Join | Recruit | Hire
We’ve got caregivers with the knowledge, skills and patience you need for true peace of mind.
Families typically fall into 1 of 2 categories or a combination of both when looking for a caregiver:
1 – Those looking to pay a caregiver out of pocket.
2 – Those looking to utilize funding (ex- some type of waiver) thru a respite care provider.
We can now help!
Join our network and create a profile to view and connect with our caregiver members for a low monthly subscription fee of $29.95. You can cancel at anytime. Caregivers will be listed showing whether they have verified previous human service experience via education or employment. Scroll down to see our verified experience criteria. Our caregivers without experience know they will be asked to become an employee and trained thru a respite care provider. You can also search our members that currently are or interested in becoming a respite caregiver.
For families looking to connect with a caregiver to pay out of pocket, we HIGHLY SUGGEST only connecting with those that have verified experience.
We also offer optional (although highly recommended) expanded background checks for our sitters to request and obtain.
Send an introduction and begin the interview process with the click of a button! Whether you are looking to pay out of pocket, a respite caregiver, or a provider to utilize your waiver funds, let us simplify your search!
With SynapseSitters.com you can book jobs and get paid to hang out with awesome people!
We’ve got the families that can truly benefit from your knowledge, experience, and passion to work with those with special needs.
To become a caregiver you must create a profile and select your experience level. We will then verify your education or employment info. Once verified, you’ll be listed as having previous experience and will have access to our family and respite care provider members. You may also choose to obtain an optional (although highly recommended) expanded background check.
You can browse our families and send an introduction with just a click or apply to become a respite caregiver with our listed providers. Whether you are looking to work with a family privately or become employed thru a provider, or both, the choice is yours!
No experience? NO PROBLEM!
Looking to gain training and experience working with those who have special needs? We can help! Only caregivers that meet our requirements will be listed as having verified experience. HOWEVER, those that do not meet our criteria do have options to connect with families looking for a respite caregiver and gain training / employment thru a respite care provider. Join and apply today!
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND caregivers who do not have previous experience only seek to work with families with the intent to become a caregiver thru a respite care provider.
Respite Care Providers
We know recruiting and finding caregivers and families can be difficult and we are here to help. Providers can join and create a profile page listing info and links for families and caregivers to apply and connect.
Providers can also ask their current caregiver employees to join Synapse Sitters and connect with our families.
We have many family members that are looking to connect with already trained and employed respite caregivers. Your exisiting team is your best untapped resource. We give them the platform to showcase their skills, connect, and mutually decide with a family to work together.
Caregiver Verified Experience Criteria
Our goal is to connect families who have loved ones with special needs to caregivers. In order for caregivers to be listed as having verified experience, they must either be pursuing / have already earned a degree or are currently employed within a “human service” field. Caregivers must list their experience level during the sign up process. Their experience will then be verified and listed accordingly, having access to our network of families and respite care providers. Caregivers can also list if they are interested in becoming a respite caregiver and working thru a provider.
For families looking to connect with a caregiver to pay out of pocket, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND only connecting with those that have verified experience.
Also, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND caregivers who do not have previous experience only seek to work with families with the intent to become a caregiver thru a respite care provider.
Examples of verified experience, but not limited to, are listed below.
- Speech Language Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Special Education
- Elementary Education
- Early Childhood Development
- Child Life
- ABA experience
- Instructional Assistant/Paraeducator
- Speech Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Respite Caregiver / DSP
Our caregivers typically work with children and adults who have
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Down Syndrome
- Asperger Syndrome
- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Behavioral and emotional needs
- Speech disorders
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND caregivers who do not have previous experience only seek to work with families with the intent to become a caregiver thru a respite care provider. From there, they can apply for jobs to gain training and experience within the special needs community.
What is Respite Care?
As a caregiver, you may be approached from a family asking if you are interested in becoming their respite caregiver. But what does that mean?
Some families apply for and are given funds from the state, an example would be waiver funds, to use towards services. One of those services include Respite Care. Now what is respite? Respite is giving the primary caregiver a break.
In order to access those funds, families and caregivers must work with a respite care provider. Basically, it is just a different way for families to pay caregivers. Caregivers can decide if they want to work with a family and be paid out of pocket or become an employee with a respite care provider.
For our caregiver members that are looking gain training and knowledge, this is a perfect place to start!
About Our Background Checks
We have partnered with Safe Hiring Solutions to offer expanded background checks for our caregiver members. These reports are optional, although we do highly recommend each caregiver request one during or prior to the interview and hiring process.
Caregivers that obtain and pass these reports will have their profiles highlighted and preferred listing status.
Background checks cost a low one time fee of $21.50 + any additional fees during the verification process. Additional fees may occur depending on previous addresses and any additional county court costs to release info.
Background Checks Include:
- SSN Verification
- Sex Offender Registry
- National and County Criminal Record Check
- Federal Criminal Search
- Criminal Searches based on 7 year address history (additional fees may apply)
For security purposes, it is best to avoid using a mobile device or tablet when requesting your background check.
Pay Rate Suggestions
We verify our caregiver members and feel their experience and training offer tremendous value.
We are not a placement agency, families and caregivers mutually decide to work together and agree upon schedule, expectations, and pay rate without paying any additional fees. Payment is made to our caregivers directly. For families, we suggest the Venmo app.
To ensure we are attracting the best candidates we highly encourage families looking to privately pay caregivers to follow the suggested pay rates below:
- Low Needs – $11/hr
- Moderate Needs – $13/hr
- High Needs – $15/hr
- +$1/hr per additional individual
Please discuss with your family what need category they feel their loved one falls under. What one may consider moderate needs, another may feel is actually low needs.
The key to a successful working relationship is TRANSPARENCY. Please be respectfully upfront about expectations. Starting off on the right foot ensures a rewarding and lasting relationship and more opportunities for additional income.
Respite Care Providers set their own pay rates and forms of training.
As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, I get it. My son needs someone that understands his differences and how to handle various situations. He needs patience, he needs compassion, he needs someone who sees him as a child and not just his diagnosis. This can only come from experience and education.
As my son has gotten older, my needs when looking for a caregiver drastically changed. I also realized that there are many other parents out there in my same situation.
There just had to be a better solution for this. I couldn’t find one, so I decided to create it…. Synapse Sitters was born!
I hope we can help in your search for specialized care.