Why an In Home Senior Care Business?
The senior population in the United States will double to over 70 million people by 2025.
The silver age quake presents enormous opportunities for the caregiver business. According to AARP, 67% of seniors will need some type of long-term care in the future and nearly 90% of seniors prefer to age in their own homes.
Over $90 billion dollars are spent on in-home care services each year in the U.S., according to IBIS, and the industry will continue to grow rapidly as the population ages.
In line with national trends, demand for home care start-ups in Wisconsin is growing rapidly. Our franchise owners in Wisconsin fill this need by providing exceptional caregivers to individual clients in their residences at scheduled sessions and times, up to 24 hours per day. They facilitate the maintenance of quality of life for those in need of medical and non-medical assistance, while allowing clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes.
There are prime franchise territories available throughout Wisconsin, including the following areas:
Why Assisting Hands?
Assisting Hands Home Care is one of the leading, and fastest growing, in home care franchises. With over 100 territories, we’ve developed a proven and scalable business model, and a leadership team that is second to none in the industry.
Our leadership team has a diverse background and a wealth of experience in many aspects of business operations including finance, marketing, and home health franchising, in addition to more than 25 years in the health care industry.
With one current franchise in Wisconsin, we couple proven marketing strategies with quality care to generate client referrals. By building strong relationships with referral sources and understanding how to communicate successfully with them, our franchisees continue to grow their business with a high rate of satisfied clients.
Our tried, tested, and successful business model empowers our franchisees to do well by doing good. Here are a few of the benefits of the Assisting Hands franchise opportunity:
It takes a special person to become an Assisting Hands franchise owner. We are looking for hard-working individuals who share our commitment to excellence and our passion for serving seniors to join our Family of Franchise Owners.
Our Family of Franchise Owners started with our Founders who cared about each new owner and their success. We have a strong community of franchise owners in Illinois who are all committed to helping new owners succeed.
Meet Rich & Jennifer
As physical therapists, Jennifer and Richard Ueberfluss understood how to alleviate physical pain in their patients and how pain impacted their standard of living. After broadening their practices, they realized that while their contact with patients was confined to individual sessions, it did not paint the entire picture of all the factors that impacted their patients’ physical and mental health.
They began recognizing this trend while the couple was working in a rural critical access hospital in downstate Illinois. Richard was also an executive for the hospital, and began recognizing the importance of uniting a medical sense with a business sense.
This led to Richard making the ambitious choice to begin his own business. He was attracted to franchising and loved the idea of wealth creation for his family. But he didn’t want to be a franchisee for a fast food outlet or a business in which he did not have a background.
The couple wanted to stay true to their embrace of working within a caring profession and wanted to help people using their considerable talents.
A friend of theirs in the financial industry recommended the in-home care business, reflecting the demographic trend that showed a large increase in elderly clients needing long-term care as they aged.
It seemed like a perfect fit for their physical therapist backgrounds, since physical therapists are experts in many facets of senior care: fall prevention, proper lifting, home safety and all the Activity of Daily living needs that caregivers and CNA’s perform with their clients at home.
They became an Assisting Hands franchisee in the Chicago area.
During their time in various inpatient, outpatient and skilled rehab settings a general theme occurred to them about hospital readmissions.
They realized two major factors that led to hospital readmissions the same people kept coming back to the hospital and rehab because they were not safely supported at home; most hospitalizations were preventable with just a little help without the health system being utilized, such as medication reminders and fall prevention.
Richard and Jennifer received a real-life lesson in the role that in-home healthcare plays on an elderly client’s well-being.
Wilma, a 75-year old German woman with an authentic accent and stoic personality, was a hardworking laborer; possibly a seamstress. Although she lived at home independently, she had a poor family support system and limited financial resources.
The Colonel was also 75-years old, and while also hardworking and independent, he had a strong family support system and enjoyed good financial resources. A former farmer, he was well known in the community.Despite the differences in their patient’s circumstances, Jennifer and Richard kept seeing the Colonel and Wilma in the in-hospital physical therapy department and in the outpatient physical therapy department. These multiple hospitalizations were signs of something occurring at home. They were especially concerned about the frequency of falls, which are the leading causes of hospitalizations in the elderly.
For Wilma, loneliness, frequent falls, and medication errors led to recurring hospitalizations. For the Colonel, frequent hospitalizations were due to medication errors.
The Health Issues Come to a Head
The Colonel’s family knew they had to solve this recurring cycle of hospitalizations and hired private in-home caregivers after a bad fall, which also led to a diagnosis of disease risk factors including diabetes, heart disease and dementia.Wilma, without caregivers for assistance, continued to be hospitalized because of falls, medicine errors and medical complications. This ultimately led to her physician ordering two physical therapy at-home visits. This proved to be a temporary fix, ultimately leading to Wilma placed in a nursing home to address her debilitating health problems.
At-Home Healthcare Makes a Difference
While Wilma’s health spiraled out of control, the Colonel’s health problems were addressed because he was able to stay at home under a caregiver’s supervision. He was also able to be surrounded by family and friends.
The Colonel no longer had to be hospitalized so frequently because caregivers reminded him to take his medications on time; reduced the risk of falls during bathing and toileting; and helped prepare nutritious meals for the Colonel.
Most importantly, caregivers were able to proactively diagnose illness warning signs, and then addressing the cause. They also alerted the family and healthcare professionals of medical conditions that could lead to serious outcomes.
The upshot? The Colonel avoided multiple falls or hospitalizations. He was home to participate in family celebrations, and even continued to work in the family business for the rest of his life.
Sharing the Work – Caring for the Elderly at Home
Richard and Jennifer learned first-hand about the benefits and opportunities in home healthcare. There are literally millions of Wilma and Colonel stories that are a harbinger of things to come. More than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day for the next twenty years, and ninety percent want to age in place in their own homes. So the Assisting Hands franchise decision ignited their renewed passion for care, providing in-home care for home bound patients who need help maintaining a safe environment without life-altering injury.
They have advice for people considering owning a franchise:
Do something you truly like and have some experience in the franchise you are operating.
Pick a growing industry and do not be afraid of competition.
Choose a franchise with lots of local hands on support.
Have faith in your ability to succeed and understand that success doesn’t happen overnight, but if you stick with it, you will achieve your goals.
Richard and Jennifer achieved their goals: earning money while earning the trust of older adults and their families and making a difference in the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable population.
"Rich has been instrumental in the transition of my Assisting Hands location in Wisconsin. His expertise and experience in the health care industry has helped me gain a clear understanding of the ins and outs of the home care industry and what it takes to be successful in this field. His on-going support and encouragement will be invaluable as I move forward with growing my business."
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Building a senior home care business can be the most rewarding experience of your life. We understand that you have lots of questions and we’re here to help you answer them. Please click the button below to get in touch and take the next step in becoming an Assisting Hands franchise owner. You will be contacted by Rich, your Area Representative and mentor.
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Phone: (630) 809-6292
Office address: 17535 Echo Lane, Brookfield, WI 53045