Published on 1 Apr 2021 Time 4 min read Last update by 29 May 2024

Interim HealthCare Hospice Franchise Review (2024) 

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Franchise Background 

Founded in 1966, Interim HealthCare’s locally owned and operated home care, hospice and medical staffing franchises have become a trusted source of care and services. With more than 325 independently owned and operated franchise locations in 43 states, Interim’s independent franchisees provide non-medical, medical, hospice and healthcare staffing services to approximately 50,000 people annually.

Interim HealthCare Hospice is a compassionate, patient-centered approach to medical care and support for people who are at their end-of-life and their families.  It is based on a philosophy of improving the quality of life when quantity of time is limited. Hospice offices provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and those who love and care for them.

Partnering with hospitals, nursing homes and community based organizations, Interim Hospice meet the specific needs of terminally ill individuals and their families. Interim provides care most frequently in patients’ homes however, care can also be provided in nursing homes and senior living residences including independent and assisted living.

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Management Team

Interim HealthCare is managed under the Caring Brands International umbrella, whose management has many years of experience in the healthcare industry.

In 2013, Caring Brands International was developed and launched as a future-focused healthcare enterprise to address the global shift that has begun. Forming the Caring Brands International platform base is Interim HealthCare, a leader in the U.S. care franchise industry for over four decades. The first acquisition in September 2013 under the enterprise umbrella was Bluebird Care, a well-known domiciliary franchise company in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In October 2014, Just Better Care, a care franchise company based in Australia, joined the Caring Brands International enterprise.

Today, three market-leading franchise care brands with more than 300 franchise owners operating 530 locations in seven countries generate nearly a billion dollars U.S. in combined system-wide sales under the Caring Brands International umbrella.

Franchise Home Care Services Industry Analysis 

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Franchise Strengths 

  • One of the oldest established brands in the Home Care industry, having been founded in 1966
  • High quality care – one of the few home care providers to exclusively use home care employees with CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certifications
  • High margin, recurring revenue business where most costs are only incurred during home visits

Franchise Weaknesses

  • Reputation-heavy industry, which means that bad experiences with other franchise operators can significantly impact the system
  • Success dependent on finding competent CNA’s

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Home Care Services Franchise Opportunities 

  • Over 96% of the population over the age of 75 have a chronic disease
  • As the brand is well established with a strong reputation, opening in an open territory that is growing can yield strong results
  • Technology is expected to continue to allow for improved service in the industry
  • Many patients who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid are eligible for hospice coverage under private insurance.

Threats in the Home Care Services Franchise Market

  • Profitability can be negatively impacted by close location of like competitors
  • Potential for government to implement more oversight and regulations within the homecare industry
  • The IHC franchise system needs to continue remaining strong in order for the whole system to flourish

Interim HealthCare Hospice Franchise Cost (2018 FDD)

Estimated Initial Investment

Cost Types Amount (in USD) When Due To Whom Payment is to Be Made
Low High
Franchise Fee 60,000 60,000 Upon signing Franchise Agreement Franchisor
Real Property 9,000 22,5000 As Arranged Lessor Directly of Franchisor as Sub-Lessor
Leasehold Improvements, Furniture, Fixtures 4,000 10,000 As Incurred Contractor, Suppliers
Equipment 2,500 3,500 Before Opening Suppliers
Opening Advertising 3,000 4,500 Before Opening Suppliers
Training Expenses 1,500 2,500 As Arranged Franchisor or Suppliers
Start-up Supplies 2,500 3,500 As Incurred Suppliers
Insurance 2,000 3,000 As Incurred Franchisor or Suppliers
Utility Deposits 150 500 As Incurred Lessor, Utility Companies
Professional Fees 1,500 5,000 As incurred Professionals
Business License 1,000 4,000 As incurred Gov Agency
Regulatory Fees 1,000 2,000 As incurred Gov Agency
Accreditation Fees 4,100 7,500 As incurred Suppliers
Additional Funds (6 months) 297,000 348,500 Varies Varies
TOTAL 389,250 477,000
Royalty Local Ad-Fund
5.25% 1%

According to Items 6 and 7 of IHC Hospice 2018 FDD.

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