Richard & Emily Magrath - Franchisees, Caremark, (North Down, Ards & Belfast)
How to open a home care franchise.
A simple, effective process with a full start-up package
At Caremark our goal is to make opening a home care franchise as easy, quick and efficient as possible, so you can get your business up and running within minimum fuss and start making a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.
Find out more about our exciting franchise opportunities by calling us on 01903 266392 or filling out this form.
The five stages of creating a home care franchise
Our comprehensive process is so much more than just a business plan. Refined and added to over many years, it provides a step-by-step guide to get your franchise on track and thriving, from choosing your area to doing your research, employing staff and managing the ups and downs of a new business.
The initial meeting
- Present the opportunity
- Share preliminary figures
- Tips on researching your market
- Answer any questions
- Discuss areas and draft business plan
- Franchise finance contact at the bank
- Agree territory with recruitment team
- Pay the deposit
You join Caremark
- Agree target signing and training date
- Sign franchise agreement
- Pay balance of franchise fee
- Commence start-up plan
Open for business
- Gain CQC or other registration
- Attend training
- Launch business
- Access support when required
You may then need to have a follow-up meeting with our franchise recruitment team, during which you’ll both agree the territory (it will then be reserved for you for a maximum of four weeks). Once all these elements are in place, we’ll move to the approval stage and we’ll ask you to pay a pre-arranged deposit to secure your franchise.
You join Caremark
To enable you to join Caremark we will need you to sign and agree our franchise agreement and pay the balance of the franchise fee. We’ll then hand over to the support team, who will commence a start-up plan with you. You’ll then be required to prepare relevant documentation for your training and attend the pre-arrange training course at our head office.
Open for business
Initial Franchisee Training Course
The CQC, UKHCA and other regulatory bodies
The Care Quality Commission (CQC)This is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. As a commission they ensure that all health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and they encourage care services to improve. They publish their findings, including performance ratings, to help people choose the best type of care.
Caremark is regulated by the CQC so our franchisees must register with them. We will help you with the registration process.
The United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA)This is a professional membership organisation for organisations providing home care and nursing care to people in their own homes. Members of the UKHCA need to agree to comply with the associations Code of Practice, which sets out requirements for areas including standards of care, staffing and organisational management.
Our franchise package will provide you with all you need to know
Making sure you run efficiently and successfullyIn addition to your training our franchise start-up package includes the following to ensure your business – once launched – will run efficiently from day one. Don’t forget that we’ll be on hand to guide you through every step of the way, from helping with initial research to launching your franchise and beyond.
A comprehensive training programmeAn in-depth training programme complete with ongoing support as required.
Operations manual and reference guidesGuides you’ll be able to refer to whenever you need to along your journey.
Access to customised computer software and specialised guidance in its useWe’ll show you how to use our tailored IT software to keep in control of every aspect of your business.
Bespoke pages on the Caremark corporate website, email and hostingYou’ll need these to be able to market your franchise and as communication tools when you are up and running.
Full stationery package and marketing materialEverything you’ll need to market and run your franchise, including branded stationery and logos.
Official corporate home care uniformsYour staff will need to wear Caremark’s official corporate uniforms at all times while working for you. We’ll introduce you to our ordering system so you can request uniforms as and when you need them.
PR launchWe will support you with the planning and launch of a PR programme.
Membership of a recognised professional bodyWe’ll help you with your CQC, CIW, RQIA or Care Inspectorate registration (these vary depending on where the franchise is based).
Signage allowanceYou’ll find all the info you need on signage in our franchise pack.
Get in touch
Would you like further information about owning a Caremark franchise?
If you would like to find out more about our exciting franchise opportunities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 01903 266392 or filling out this form. A member of our team will be in touch to give you more information and guide you through your options.