Business Briefs: 24Hr HomeCare Pens JV With SNF

24Hr HomeCare Starts JV With SNF

Provider of in-home caregiving services to seniors and the disabled, 24Hr HomeCare has entered into a joint venture with a Los Angeles-based skilled nursing facility (SNF), Guardian Rehabilitation Hospital, to form Continuum Homecare. Continuum Homecare is a non-medical in-home care division to extend care to patients in their homes.

California-based 24Hr HomeCare will act as the operator of the division. The venture will also include components from other 24Hr HomeCare programs like Wise and Health Aging in Santa Monica and Jewish Family and Community Services in the East Bay.

“We are thrilled to have Guardian as our first strategic skilled nursing partner in our collaborative program,” Neil Wisecarver, director of admissions at 24Hr HomeCare, said in a press release. “Guardian sees that its responsibility to both its referring hospitals and patients is to ensure a successful transitions from the patient’s admission to Guardian through their transition home.”

Guardian’s role in the venture is to provide oversight and strategic guidance over the program.

“As a preferred partner of local hospitals in the Beverly Hills and West LA area, we have a responsibility to not only provide great care within Guardian’s walls, but also ensure that our patients transition successfully back to their residence,” Tali Regev, vice president of business and development at Guardian, said. “24Hr HomeCare has a stellar reputation in the community and has shown a commitment to innovation and positive patient outcomes. Continuum allows us to serve patients that may go directly home from their acute stay, as there is not a requirement to be admitted to Guardian first.”

Care Finders Acquires Home Care Portfolio Company 

Care Finders Total Care, LLC, a home health company, announced the acquisition of Secura Home Health, LLC, a portfolio company of MTS Health Investors, LLC. Both companies are located in New Jersey. Care Finders provides home care services to more than 3,700 patients in 11 offices throughout New Jersey. Secura provides non-skilled home care services throughout the state to more than 3,500 patients.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Secura’s home health patients and employees into our Care Finders family,” Kevin Rogers, CEO of CareFinders, said in a press release. “We take our commitment to caregiving very seriously, and look forward to making an even greater impact on the lives of patients that we serve as we move forward in our partnership with Secura.”

Secura will continue to operate under its current name, and Rogers will become the CEO of the combined companies.

“This transformational partnership will provide new opportunities for all of our employees to be part of a larger company and it accelerates our ability to connect more caregivers to mare patients in need,” Linda Mintz, Co-chairman of Care Finders, said.

Carter Healthcare Acquires Home Health Agency 

Home health care provider Carter Healthcare has acquired Blessed Trinity Home Health Care, Inc., located in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

“We are thrilled to welcome the home health care professionals from Blessed Trinity into the Carter Healthcare team,” Brad Carter, COO at Carter Healthcare, said in a press release. “It is an exciting opportunity to expand into the Kansas and Missouri market.”

Carter Healthcare, which is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, now has more than 50 offices in seven states, including Blessed Trinity’s offices in Bonner Springs, Kansas; Overland Park, Kansas; and Independence, Missouri.

“Like Blessed Trinity, Carter Healthcare has an excellent reputation and shares in being a nationally recognized elite home care provider,” Alice Moore, founder of Blessed Trinity Home Care, said. “They have similar values to Blessed Trinity, and we are very confident that they will be able to expand upon the great work we’ve started and make an even greater impact on the communities we serve.”

Tech Startup Rolls Out New Online Home Sharing Service 

Silvernest, a lifestyle technology startup, announced the release of a new version of its online roommate matching service for aging adults. The online tool helps aging adults connect with housemates through roommate-matching, lease management and localized support services to help them age in place.

The new features include unlimited views of potential matches as well as easier navigation. Background screenings are also available for an additional cost.

“By large, we’ve found our homeowners and housemates to be open-minded when it comes to pairing up, and even surprise themselves by going with a less-than-obvious match,” Wendi Burkhardt, CEO of Silvernest, said in a press release. “Our new features give them more options for choosing and communicating with compatible housemates, and recognize it doesn’t always boil down to a 100% match.”

Health Care Tech Company Gets $2.1 Million in Seed Funding 

Health care technology company PeerWell has raised $2.1 million in seed funding for its mobile platform, PreHab, which helps patients prepare for surgery and recover faster, both mentally and physically. The seed funding was led by XSeed Capital.

The San Francisco-based company plans to use the funds to enhance the platform by launching smartphone based tracking for orthopedic outcomes. These outcomes include range of motion, sit/stand testing and six-minute walk tests.

“The best way to reduce costs is to enable patients to be as strong, healthy and prepared as possible before their procedure,” Manish Shah, CEO of PeerWell, said in a press release. “At PeerWell, we are establishing pre-surgical PreHab as the standard of care for all patients, providing an easy to use mobile app tool for surgery and preparation.”

Homecare Homebase Partners with HRS

Software company Homecare Homebase has partnered with patient engagement software company Health Recovery Solutions (HRS). Integrating the Homecare Homebase system will allow two-way communication between HCHB and HRS PatientConnect monitoring platform.

The cloud-bases interface of HCHB will send patient information into the HRS platform and will allow nurses to input data into the system while they are with patients. This will help streamline the process and nurses will spend less time on administrative work.

“We are thrilled to partner with Homecare Homebase. The integration and bi-directional feed will allow for our clients on the HCHB system to capture a brand new data stream for patient generated information which will enable better clinical decision making,” Jarrett Bauer, CEO of HRS, said in a press release.

Epic Acquires Medical Staffing Agency

Epic Health Services Inc. has acquired Firstaff Nursing Services, which provides adult home health care and nursing services in the Greater Philadelphia area. This acquisition will double Epic’s current market share in Pennsylvania.

“The addition of Firstaff to our Epic family will strengthen and densify our position in eastern Pennsylvania, making Epic a leading provider of adult home health care services in the state,” Chris Roussos, president and CEO of Epic, said in a press release.

Epic will inherit Firstaff’s team of 300 nurses and caregivers who provide care to over 200 patients.

“Our focus over the last 19 years has been to provide outstanding care to our community,” Gary Epstein, founder of Firstaff, said in a press release. “Now with the backing of Epic, we feel we can serve even more patients and continue to deliver on that mission.”

Written by Alana Stramowski