The home care provider Best of Care is expanding its portfolio once again, this time on its 43rd anniversary. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had acquired Barton’s Angels, also a home care provider.
Best of Care has diversified its portfolio through acquisition over recent years. Through TUCKed In Eldercare, it offers care management. Through Moving Mentor, it offers move management services for seniors.
Through the Barton’s Angels acquisition, it is bolstering its bread-and-butter home care segment, adding 60 caregivers and over 120 clients.
“Barton’s Angels was attractive to us because of its reputation, its legacy, its leadership and the overlapping business they had in the form of shared contracts and referral sources,” Best of Care CEO Kevin Smith told Home Health Care News. “They are a 27-year-old organization who has built an outstanding reputation in the community out in Western Massachusetts with their state-funded Medicaid contract partners, as well as with their private-pay clients.”
Best of Care also works with both Medicaid and private-pay clients. Based in Quincy, Massachusetts, the company provides services via its 450 caregivers to over 1,500 clients across all of Massachusetts.
The deal was officially closed on back in November, Smith said. Since then, the integration process has gone seamlessly, with “no service interruptions.”
“Our partnership with Best of Care reflects our mutual respect for the profession of caregiving and a commitment to creating a supportive employment experience,” Barton’s Angels Founder and President Nancy Barton Whitley said in a statement. “Together, we are poised to enhance the scope of our services, touching more lives with compassion and professionalism.”
For Best of Care, the goal is to be close to a one-stop shop for seniors navigating the aging process.
In the future, the goal is to have home care, care management and move management capabilities in each of the communities it serves, Smith said.
“This most recent acquisition of Barton’s Angels in Western Massachusetts now gives us the home care footprint to support referrals from our move managers, from our care managers,” he said. “Wherever we find a new geography for one of those services, we try to follow it and chase it with the other. So wherever there’s home care, I want to have care management and move management. Wherever there’s care management, I want to make sure we have home care and move management.”
The company has no plans to be particularly acquisitive in 2024 from the outset, but is – as always – open to making a sensical deal if it’s out there.
It will also be looking for “new partnerships” with other companies that work with seniors – from senior living communities, to elder law attorneys, to real estate professionals – in the coming year.
“We will continue to build out a robust model to serve older adults and their families,” Smith said.