SUNRISE, Florida (November 9, 2022)—Interim HealthCare Inc., a franchise network of homecare, senior care, home health, hospice and health care staffing services, announced that it has opened 15 new offices across the country in 2022 with two more opening before end of year, increasing access to home health care to meet demand from patients and their families.
Interim also announced the appointment of Steve Schildwachter, formerly of Franchise Performance Group, as senior vice president of brand, as well as former Sonas Home Health Care talent director, Scott Williams as vice president of talent.
Interim HealthCare has locations across 42 states offering the full continuum of care services including pediatric, adult skilled nursing, senior care, postoperative care, Medicare-certified care, and hospice, allowing for an individualized approach focused on empowering patients. These new locations will help Interim meet patient demand, especially now that over 90% of Americans have indicated wanting to receive care in the home and home health aide demand is projected to increase as much as 41% by 2026.
“The reality is for more than 50 years, the home care industry has stood at the ready, but only in the last three years has it become abundantly clear that home-based healthcare clinicians are integral to how this country can meet the increase in healthcare demand,” said Jennifer Sheets, CEO and president of Interim HealthCare and its parent company, Caring Brands International. “The pandemic pushed the home healthcare industry forward by 15 years in terms of the population’s knowledge of home care and we’re seeing more and more individuals opt for the superior care that can be provided in one’s own home. We are excited to continue growing our footprint to provide access to these crucial services.”
To help Interim HealthCare meet this growth, Steve Schildwachter brings more than 25 years of global marketing, branding and franchise experience to his new role. He will lead the company’s marketing and brand strategies while supporting its franchise network through innovative programs that drive expansion and growth. Schildwachter was previously chief operating officer of Franchise Performance Group, where he oversaw the rebuilding of the lead generation division for clients pursuing growth through franchise expansion.
“I’m excited for this new journey with Interim HealthCare and the opportunity to expand the public’s knowledge around the wide range of essential home healthcare services offered and the different degrees of care from hospital-level to personal aide,” Schildwachter said. “Interim has an outstanding network of new and multi-generational home health franchise owners and operators, and I look forward to playing my part in strengthening the business and brand.”
Scott Williams brings substantial recruitment and management experience in the health care industry to his role as vice president of talent. Prior to joining Interim, he served as director of talent acquisition for Sonas Home Health Care, where he led the company’s recruitment, onboarding and marketing strategies, and implemented process changes that resulted in a significant increase in hires, year over year.
“Staffing challenges are affecting the entire home healthcare industry and meeting demand for home care is directly dependent on the ability to hire qualified professionals so that we can continue providing services to the increasing number of individuals who need it,” said Williams. “My new role will play an important part in navigating this industry issue and ensuring our patients receive the best care possible.”
Interim is running its month-long “The Difference Is Home” campaign to coincide with November’s Home Care & Hospice Month. The campaign aims to educate people on the power of home health by showcasing the unique benefits and full continuum of available home health care services. The campaign features stories showcasing the real-life, impactful experiences of five home healthcare stakeholders and honors the community of healthcare workers that make care in the home possible. There are also giveaway opportunities for home health and home care aides, including multiple chances to win a $100 gift card to select home retail stores in a daily drawing and one grand prize drawing for a $500 gift card.
Interim HealthCare’s growth this year also received third party recognition, as it ranked No. 1 in the Senior Care category of Entrepreneur’s 43rd annual Franchise 500® list, the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Additionally, Interim ranked No. 22 on Entrepreneur’s 2022 Top Global Franchises list, which highlights businesses looking to grow outside of the United States by increasing their footprint and establishing franchises in more countries and territories.