CARING FOR YOUR FAMILY WHILE YOU CARE FOR OURS

 
 

ABOUT US

We are students supporting our community healthcare heroes on the front-lines of the battle in this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

 

We support Miami Area healthcare workers by offering free childcare, pet sitting, and household management services. Our team provides services to ALL healthcare workers and staff - anyone from resident doctors to the remarkable humans who keep our hospitals clean.

Our goal is to help offset the impact of school closures and increased work demands on healthcare workers.

 

Supporting each other during this uncertain time will help us overcome this challenge one step at a time.

This initiative would not be possible without the founders of Covidsitters, fellow medical students from the University of Minnesota.  

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Doctors
Hands

Miami COVIDSitters founder

Victoria Cardieri - Medical Student, MS3

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents/Guardians:

 

What is this initiative?

We are health professional students and aspiring health professional students (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, etc.) who want to help healthcare providers in Miami Area with temporary urgent household needs while they perform essential clinical duties during COVID-19. This initiative was founded by medical students at the University of Minnesota and has since ben implemented in various different states.

 

Who is organizing?

We are a group of health professional students and aspiring health professional students looking for ways to help our community. However, this is NOT an official activity associated with any medical school or institution.

 

Who are the “babysitters”?

Currently, they are Miami Area students from health professions (medical, pharmacy, nursing, etc.). Please note that we are NOT certified childcare professionals and that we will likely need to be working remotely on class material while supervising your children.

 

Where is this happening?

Our volunteers will mostly be coming to your home to watch your children/pets and run errands.

 

What ages do you babysit? What kind of services can the students provide?

Currently, we are offering services for children of all ages. However, because our students are not trained in childcare or managing disabilities, we are unable to provide services for children or adults with complex developmental needs. If you would like to clarify if your child fits into this category, please don't hesitate to reach out to our coordinators at miacovidsitters@gmail.com. Apart from childcare services, students can provide grocery shopping, meal prepping, and pharmacy runs, provided you give them authorization. We would prefer if you did not utilize our students for alcohol-related purchases.

 

How much does this cost?

Payment is not required, as we wanted to make this a free service for those who are already working hard to care for others. Our students are made aware that this is a voluntary service on their behalf. However, if you rely on your students to complete additional household management tasks such as grocery shopping, pharmacy runs, etc. please pay them in full. We do not accept IOUS.

 

How long can I receive childcare?

Currently, we ask that you evaluate your needs weekly. Additionally, while schools are currently holding online classes, they are still expected to attend and complete class sessions, including online small group sessions. Therefore, your student(s) may have educational requirements to meet during their voluntary “babysitting” hours. Also, please remember that we are not professional childcare support. If you find yourself needing them for more hours than our students can manage, please reach the Coordination Team at miacovidsitters@gmail.com so we can reevaluate.

 

Can we combine children from different households?

Unfortunately, due to health concerns, we can only accommodate children from the same household (i.e. siblings, live-in relatives).

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