Interim HealthCare Inc. has expanded its footprint in the South with a new franchise location. The new Interim HealthCare of East Louisiana, a provider of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing, will serve New Orleans and other nearby communities.
Interim’s franchise business model is unique in health care. Franchise owners in the network range from large private equity investors to mom-and-pop startups, some of which have been in the owners’ families for two or three generations. The company recently ranked 24th in Franchise Direct’s Top 100 Global Franchises. In addition to hospice and palliative care, the company’s franchisees provided home health care, home pediatric care, health care staffing and senior care services.
Bob and Mandy LaFleur, a married couple, will own and operate the franchise.
“We are delighted to have Bob and Mandy in the Interim HealthCare network of franchisees,” said Jennifer Sheets, Interim HealthCare Inc. president and CEO. “With decades of combined experience in health care leadership, community engagement and business management, the LaFleurs are positioned as ideal representatives of our mission to provide whole-person, individualized care for each patient and family.”
Interim HealthCare of East Louisiana will offer a range of private duty services that include cognitive care with a focus on dementia, diabetes, heart disease and chronic illness care.
Hospice utilization among Medicare decedents in Louisiana was in line with the national average at 50% in 2018, according to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Utah leads the nation in utilization at 60.5%.
Seniors represent about 12% of the Louisiana population, a number that is expected to jump more than 42% by 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Having been raised, built a career and a family right here in Louisiana, we know what it takes to keep our community close and well cared for,” Bob LaFleur said. “At Interim HealthCare of East Louisiana, we take our role very seriously and believe we can help [Louisiana residents] age in place while being active community participants.”