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Technology and Healthcare

June 29, 2019 8:30 am Published by

Technology has now long been a part of our lives at home and at work. One of the more recent sectors to be revolutionised is the healthcare sector. Technology is a sensitive topic in the care sector. So much of doing things right relies on a human touch or the intervention of a thoughtful individual (or group of). For this reason, unlike other industries such as manufacture, for care, technology doesn’t mean the replacement of individuals with software or robots. Instead, it signals the start of a time when the tedium of recording is alleviated with new computerised systems. Client information can be more safely stored in cloud-based systems accessible only through multifactor authentication, and other healthcare professionals can be... View Article

Time-saving tools and tips every franchise owner and entrepreneur should use

June 15, 2019 5:00 pm Published by

When running your own franchise, it can be challenging to manage your time and resources effectively. At Home Care Preferred we recognise the value of software that can maximise your efficiency and keep your day-to-day running smoothly so that you can spend more time dealing with the things that really matter.   Note-taking: While important to operations, back-to-back meetings can be the bane of your day if you already have a lot to keep track of. In these scenarios, an application like Onenote or Evernote can be a lifesaver. These cloud-based note taking applications allow you to seamlessly sync notes and keep them easily organized as well as share actions with your team quickly.   Time management: The Pomodoro technique... View Article

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Behind The Scenes At Home Care Preferred: CRM

June 2, 2019 7:31 pm Published by

In our monthly series, we’re continuing to delve into Home Care Preferred’s core roles to find out what our employees love and find challenging about their jobs (read more in our previous interview here). We’re giving you a unique insight into the business, so you can understand what motivates us and how you could implement a similar passion into your own Home Care Preferred Branch. This month we spoke with mum, wife and Community Relations Manager, Kiah Nicolas (the lovely lady on the left in the picture above). A new starter, Kiah has only been in the business since November 2017. As the new face of Home Care Preferred we were interested to hear more. What appeals to you about... View Article

Not Just Another Care Agency

May 8, 2019 3:23 pm Published by

  Ken Waterhouse, started in the care sector in 1987 when he opened his first care home. Since then he has owned and operated very successful award winning care environments. Ken launched Home Care Preferred, his first domiciliary care service, in 2012. Home Care Preferred is not just another care agency and the uniqueness of the service that Home Care Preferred offers is prompted by a very personal experience in Ken’s life. It was while helping his mum Velma care for his terminally ill step-dad Bob that Ken’s views on long term care at home began to change. Even though he has been in the care sector for a long time, Ken realised that when an individual seeks care at... View Article

How to start a business that gives back to the community

April 28, 2019 10:53 am Published by

  Franchise Owners, Prince and Irene are Home Care Preferred’s newest franchisees. They are looking to launch their new business in Milton Keynes.   Prince, who is a seasoned academic has worked in construction as well as the care sector and later taught at Bedfordshire University, is keen to support the community with a business he is passionate about. He will be joined in the venture by his wife Irene who has a BSc in Health and Social care.   The husband and wife partnership have ambitious goals. We caught up with them to discuss their plans and reasons behind opening a franchise business.   Why did you decide to invest in a franchise business? P: We wanted to give... View Article

Are You Ready To Start A Business With 40 Years Of Experience?

March 27, 2019 8:00 am Published by

To be honest, the answer for most is probably ‘NO’ – because, how many people really have forty years experience before making the jump to become a business owner? But, that’s exactly what you get when you invest in a Home Care Preferred franchise business! You might not have any experience in the care sector, in fact, you may not have any experience in running a business – but investing in a franchise will give you access to an award-winning brand, technology, processes, and people who can guide you and give you everything you need to succeed. Here’s what we think of franchising Franchising is fast-tracking your business You could struggle, fall, make mistakes and get there in the end... View Article

What Not To Do When Starting A Business

March 20, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Whether you are considering a franchise business venture, or you’re looking to open a business of your own we collated some of our favourite tips of what not to do when starting out for the first time. Don’t Rush Into Collaboration Partnering with a friend, a colleague or even a family member can have many benefits. From sharing expertise to splitting costs and even skills there will be times when collaboration is a good idea. However, consider whether you could take on the new venture on your own and think about how much control you want over your business. As a partner, you will need to answer to your collaborator and make decisions together (even when you have a difference... View Article

Health Investor Awards Finalist 2019

Health Investor Award 2019

March 17, 2019 10:56 am Published by

  Taking place on the 12th June 2019, the HealthInvestor Awards are the most prestigious awards in the health and social care sector.   Promoting excellence in independent health care the award recognizes organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to healthcare   Home Care Preferred is proud to announce that it has been nominated for best Domiciliary Home Care Provider of the year.   Our unique model has been making waves in the sector since our inception. We had a vision, which has now become a reality, to provide a truly complete package of care by signposting community services, and the ability to provide independent living aids directly to our clients.   We offer a wide range of services... View Article

Finding The Perfect Work-Life Balance As A New Business Owner

February 26, 2019 8:30 am Published by

As a new business owner or franchise owner, it can be difficult to find the perfect work-life balance. Often you are pulled in many directions from launching the business, day-to-day tasks, to your home life, social activities, looking after the kids and just seeing friends. It can be a challenge to juggle the two parts of your life and often entrepreneurs feel guilty when they are relaxing as they have huge to-do lists and also feel guilty when they are working as they are not able to spend time with family and friends. Here are our tips for balancing work and life: Find a routine that works Decide whether you’re an early bird or a night owl. Unfortunately, it’s impossible... View Article