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VALPARAISO, IN--(Marketwired - August 06, 2013) - Senior Care Central, LLC, an online portal designed to link people seeking in-home care for older adults to nursing students and CNAs, is helping connect caregivers and care seekers located throughout Indiana and the surrounding regions. Using the Senior Care Central website, persons seeking in-home care can connect with a pool of healthcare-educated caregivers, (including nursing students from Valparaiso University, IU, Purdue, and Ivy Tech), using a powerful, easy-to-navigate set of online tools. By providing direct access and communication between care seekers and caregivers, arranging for in-home care becomes more flexible and affordable.

Founded by Dr. Kristen L. Mauk, an expert in gerontological and rehabilitation nursing, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and herself a professor of nursing, Senior Care Central was developed in response to the growing need to provide high quality, affordable caregiver services to the nation's growing population of older adults.

"The increase in the population of older Americans and their desire to age in place has led to some serious challenges within the health care community," stated Senior Care Central founder, Dr. Mauk, "chief among them, how to provide high quality, in-home care at an affordable price and in a way that provides flexibility to those seeking care. At the same time, you have in this area a pool of well-trained nursing students looking for healthcare-related employment."

Because the Senior Care Central pool of care providers is made up exclusively of student nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants, persons seeking care get access to a more highly skilled group of caregivers than would typically be available.

"Nursing students tend to be more motivated and knowledgeable care providers than the typical home health care worker by virtue of their ongoing education and career path," said Dan Easton, in charge of social media outreach and caregiver recruitment at Senior Care Central. "We're finding student nurses at multiple nursing programs in this area to be very enthusiastic about finding healthcare-related employment opportunities that fit into their busy academic schedules."

Discounted membership to Senior Care Central for caregivers and those looking for care is being offered on a limited basis. Interested parties can sign up at www.SeniorCareCentral.net and also find helpful resources and tools.