Right at Home has started the year by adding 7,000 new caregivers to its network and opening 14 new franchise units, the Omaha, Nebraska-based home care company announced Tuesday.
More growth is on the horizon, as the company also has signed agreements to open in 10 new territories. Last year, the company opened 53 new franchise units, and now has 517 locations in eight countries.
The company touts its training and support for franchisees and caregivers is a key part of its continued success as it grows quickly. It was ranked a “Top Franchise to Buy” by Forbes for the second consecutive year in 2015. That ranking was based on entry costs, five-year growth rates, and how often franchises had changed hands over that period of time.
Tuesday’s announcement came on the heels of Right at Home making headlines for its partnership with tech giant Philips. A Philips CareSensus remote monitoring system will be rolled out by 25 Right at Home agencies to start the collaboration. The sensors are placed throughout a home and collect data that can detect a client’s unusual behavior or patterns of activity.
A Right at Home remote care team tracks the data through a dashboard, in order to intervene if it appears someone needs assistance or an intervention.
The system holds the promise of preventing hospitalizations, which is something that Right at Home has been focused on through its RightTransitions program. Originally developed in 2009, it entails working with hospitals to create personalized care plans with the goal of preventing readmissions—a goal that has become increasingly important in recent years, as hospitals’ Medicare reimbursements have been tied to readmission rates.
“We’re constantly working to stay on top of the ever-changing healthcare industry and adapting our business model to suit these changes,” said CEO and President Brian Petranick, in a prepared statement. “RightTransitions enables us to really personalize our services in an industry that sometimes appears to be one-size-fits-all.”
Written by Tim Mullaney