News Flash – Another Top Rating!

Always Best Care named in Top 25 Franchises by Black EnterpriseImage Magazine, Nov. 2012

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“Awarded” versus “Sold”

Always Best Care ‘awards’ its territories to motivated and talented individuals interested in opening and growing a business dedicated to helping families and seniors.

This is an important, and not so subtle, point.  We will not simply transact a sale and walk away leaving the new owner on his own.  On the contrary, as part of the ‘discovery’ process, we will get to know her as she learns about us.  This open dialog will assure that we each understand the strengths of the other, and how we can work together toward mutual success.  It is a shared journey from the time we first meet.

We seek people with “Fire & Heart,” that combination of a passion to build a business and a desire to be of service.  These drives will be very important to the success of their endeavor, and each is required in equal measure.  These drives are often evident in mid- to upper-level managers and executives, who are actively involved in community service, for example.

As the local Area Representatives, we will work hand-in-hand with our new franchisees to help them through their set up, pre-training, classroom training, field training, grand opening and, most importantly, their on-going operations.  We are a permanent fixture, here to help grow and develop the business.  We offer our local knowledge of markets; we can guide new owners on company procedures and toward appropriate internal resources.  As mentors and coaches, we are a local source of support that is not normally found in franchising models.

In summary, unlike selling a commodity with no service or support, we ‘award’ territories to motivated and talented individuals who want to build a business and be involved in their community.  As the Area Representatives, we are dedicated to working with our owners by providing local knowledge, connections, insight, support and direction.

If you know someone who may be interested in this fulfilling the dream of owning their own business, please share this message along with our contact information.  Thank You!!

PS – Be sure to ask how we are “pre-heating” some of our available territories.

13 of VA’s Top Links for Vet Services

In honor of Veterans Day, here is one of our more popular post to help Vets,  “Thank You!” to all veterans for your service and devotion to our country.

You Can Help Get Information Out to Our Vets

The Veterans Health Administration wants to let Veterans know about the health support services available to them. Check out 13 of VA’s top links for Veteran services below.

We can use your help in getting information about these services out to Veterans. Here is a quick list of links to the many programs available to our Vets.

If you know a Veteran, we hope you will print out this list (pdf) and give it to them.

It may be a homeless Vet you pass on the street every day — you can suggest they take the list to a public library computer to learn what VA has to help them.

It may be a young Vet recently returning from a combat zone, who is not aware of the benefits he or she is entitled to.
There are many potential opportunities for you to help Veterans make the connection to the services VA has for them, benefits they have earned!

In addition to the doctors and nurses who provide our Vets with high-quality health care, VHA has many programs to help Vets reach their optimal health.

Vets! Here are 13 of the top links for VA services. Use these health support services to maintain your physical and mental wellness:

Health Benefits
www.va.gov/healthbenefits
Start here to learn what VA health benefits you are elligible for and apply for care.
Helpful Phone Numbers
Health Benefits: 877-222-VETS (8387)
Other VA Benefits: 800-827-1000
Homeless Services: 877-424-3838

Compensated Work Therapy
www.cwt.va.gov
A vocational rehabilitation program to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs.

Disease Prevention
www.prevention.va.gov
Advocating for health promotion, disease prevention, and health education for our nation’s Veterans.

Geriatrics & Extended Care
www.va.gov/geriatrics
Geriatric and extended care services for Veterans including non-institutional and institutional options.

Homeless Services
www.va.gov/homeless
To end Veteran homelessness within the next five years, VA offers a variety of resources, programs and benefits to assist Veterans who are homeless.

Mental Health
www.mentalhealth.va.gov
Maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research.

MyHealtheVet
www.myhealth.va.gov
Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
www.ptsd.va.gov
VA’s center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)
www.vetcenter.va.gov
Offers services to Veterans and their families to aid their successful transition from military to civilian life.

Rural Health
www.ruralhealth.va.gov
Improving access and quality of care for Veterans living in rural areas.

Substance Abuse Programs
www.mentalhealth.va.gov/substanceabuse.asp
Treatments addressing problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions.
Veterans Crisis Line

veteranscrisisline.net
The Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1) is a toll-free, confidential phone support line that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.

Women Veterans Health Care
www.womenshealth.va.gov
Implementing positive changes in providing care for all women Veterans.

Always Best Care Listed Among Top 50 Franchises for Minority Owners

50 Top Franchises for Minorities

Recent release of Franchisor Rankings Selected by National Minority Franchising Initiative – NMFI

http://worldfranchising.com/download/USA_Today_2012_Top_50_Article.pdf

“Build a Business.  Make a Difference.”

Always Best Care Announces New VP of Clinical Services

We are very excited to pass along this important announcement …

Our new Vice President of Clinical Services is an experienced medical professional, with over 25 years of nursing experience specializing in Home Health, Palliative Care, Patient Advocate, Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, House Supervisor and Nurse Management.

She brings an immense amount of health care industry knowledge to the Always Best Care executive team and will provide great value to the franchise system with oversight of all skilled care licensing, program development and ongoing skilled care operational support.

“Build a Business.  Make a Difference.”