While there is a wealth of advantages to rural living, the elderly and those needing in-home care are starting to feel the downside. With little help available – and what is available often costing a pretty penny – those who need in-home care are having to move to less rural areas or simply going without.
The royal commission into aged care has recently heard numerous stories from those living in rural areas about the care they need but cannot access. In many cases, families have simply not been able to access care at all due to too few carers in their regions.
Simply Helping is one of Australia’s leading in-home care providers. Franchisees with Simply Helping are making the most of their position in the field to make a difference in rural communities where help is sorely needed. As it stands, nearly three-quarters of elderly people needing care receive it from family, friends or neighbours. In 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics ran a survey that found around 9% of people aged over 80 lived with relatives that were not their spouse. This is projected to increase to around 14% in the next 20 years.
Simply Helping has recently successfully sold its regional Victorian territory, Loddon Mallee, and is continuing to expand into rural areas across the country. With bushfires affecting the air quality in many regional and rural areas, the need for these services is even stronger to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. In-home care can relieve the stress that weighs heavily when a family member needs care. Simply Helping helps clients stay in their own homes and communities for as long as possible, while relieving some of that stress off the family and any informal carers.
For many of those in need, in-home care is the most preferred option for both the individual and their family. Simply Helping has built an established and trustworthy brand and business as a provider of great in-home care and assistance to the ageing and disabled population across Australia. The company is continuing to find success in filling gaps in the market, particularly those in regional and rural areas.
What Support Does Simply Helping Provide?
One of the big benefits to in-home care over the last year has been a push to get more funding for home care packages. It is through these packages that Simply Helping has been able to provide great support and expand their business. A range of care options including aged care, companion care, dementia care, gardening, home care and maintenance and personal care is provided to those that need it.
Angela Feery-Richards, Director of Simply Helping, says that the company encourages franchisees to become a registered service provider through the NDIS. “This is a major growth area as it opens up choices for clients and families to select the organisation they feel most comfortable working with.”
Feery-Richards also notes that following changes to the aged care and in-home care package systems, Simply Helping franchisees are encouraged to become an approved provider for the Federal Government’s Home Care Packages.
On top of home care packages and NDIS services, Simply Helping is also a large provider to people that use these types of services as a lifestyle choice. The expansive range of the company’s offerings means that people who aren’t necessarily in need of such intensive care are still able to make their day-to-day life easier with Simply Helping.
What Makes a Successful Simply Helping Franchise?
There are many factors that make any business successful however Simply Helping franchisees have something special.
Feery-Richards says that the key attributes Simply Helping looks for in potential franchisees includes excellent people skills, a passion to be a success, enjoyment of working with people of all ages and abilities, dedication, commitment and professionalism.
In return, Simply Helping provides franchisees with a strong industry track record, exclusive territories, low start-up costs, well-developed business processes, policies and procedures and ongoing mentoring and franchisee support staff amongst many other benefits.
Simply Helping is looking for franchisees committed to making a difference, both within the regional and rural markets as well as metropolitan – with exclusive territories available across the country!
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About Simply Helping
Simply Helping was founded by Angela Feery-Richards in Australia back in 1998. Angela has an extensive background in the health industry spanning 35 years as a health professional within the private and the public sector. Simply Helping has developed as a company of integrity to provide a suite of services to individuals and families using professional and trusted carers within an environment of caring and meeting the needs and wants of its clients.
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