Home Instead Senior Care directors from both sides of the Atlantic came together this week to celebrate the opening of the care provider’s 200th UK office.
Owners from across the network gathered at Chester Cathedral on Tuesday to mark the achievement.
Attendees included Martin Jones, managing director of Home Instead; Dave Banark, COO of Home Instead US & Canada; and Bryn and Jill Evans – the original and existing owners of the first Home Instead office, which opened in Sheffield in 2006.
Romesh Dharmasingham, who is opening the company’s 200th office in Dorchester, also attended.
Speaking of joining Home Instead, he said: “It is truly an honour to open the 200th office of this fine organisation. This is an inspirational business which is making such a difference to the lives of older people and I look forward to contributing to its future success.”
Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest multinational network of franchises specialising in home care, is expected to open at least five more franchise offices in the UK this year, Home Care Insight revealed in February.
But this is just the start of the care provider’s plans for UK market penetration, according to Martin Jones.
He told Home Care Insight in an exclusive interview that the capacity for the UK business is around about 285 franchise offices, but within each territory there is “no glass ceiling” as to the number of possible clients.
Speaking at the event, Jones welcomed Dharmasingham. “We are delighted that Romesh has opened his office in Dorchester. The need for care is growing as our population ages, and it’s important for us to be represented right across the country,” he said.
“We have achieved so much since we opened our first UK office in 2006. We now employ 9,700 caregivers and provide outstanding person-centred care to more than 14,000 clients – but we will never stand still.”
Regarding the milestone, Dave Banark said: “In the UK people over 65 make up more than 18 per cent of the population, and the fastest growing segment of the population is those people aged 85 and over. The shift is transforming markets, workplaces and communities.
“For now and the foreseeable future, innovative business solutions like Home Instead will play an important role in how people age better and will therefore create new opportunities for the growth of our business.”
Caption: Dave Banark, Romesh Dharmasingham and Martin Jones.