A top executive with Vancouver-based home healthcare provider Nurse Next Door believes there’s never been a better time to get into the industry.
In a recent interview with Home Health Care News, Arif Abdulla, the brand’s vice president of global franchise development, said it is a “very unique time” for the industry.
“There has never been more interest in homecare franchising, and I’ve been with Nurse Next Door for 15 years,” he told Home Health Care News.
The company currently has 200 locations across Canada, the U.S, and Australia, with plans to add another 150 locations by the end of September, roughly 20 per cent of which will be in Canada.
Abdulla also believes the increase in interest has been amplified by the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on potential franchisees.
“They have this purposeful interest in our business. I think that’s what’s unique about this moment in time. The interest isn’t only financial; that’s certainly part of it, but it’s based on personal experiences that people had,” he told Home Health Care News.
He also stated they’ve seen an increase in the number of nurses and frontline healthcare workers interested in getting into the business.
Due to the spike in interest, the company has made technology investments to recruit and train potential caregivers for franchisees, as well as playing a larger role in the initial intake of candidates.