Nurse Next Door vs. Visiting Angels Home Care Franchise: Review

Here’s why Nurse Next Door outshines competitors in the home care industry

The home care industry in the United States is about to explode, and the statistics prove it. The industry is currently valued at $93 billion, and studies show that 90% of people over 50 prefer to age in the comfort of their own home. By 2050, 21% of the population will be 65 or older, and the majority of this growth will happen between 2010 and 2030.

With the population aging at an increasingly rapid rate, the ‘silver tsunami’ is on its way–and Nurse Next Door is riding that wave. As the need for home care services grows, so does the demand for an organization that can provide personalized services; ones that not only focus on seniors’ physical and medical needs, but their emotional ones as well.

This bold pink brand is growing quickly

Nurse Next Door was born in 2001, and we began franchising in 2006. After becoming well established in the Canadian market, we expanded into the U.S. in 2012 (and currently have over 100 locations in the country). We’re now recognized as the  #70 fastest-growing franchise brands and we are the #1 fastest-growing home care franchise company in America. People love us for our bold and disruptive approach to aging.

Our first-of-its-kind partnership with multi-billion-dollar health care system, St. Joseph Health, led us to reach and help thousands of people in California. Joining forces meant St. Joseph was able to extend post-hospital care via Nurse Next Door’s skilled home nurses and caregivers. Their taking simultaneous possession of 41 franchise locations earned us a prestigious Dealmakers Award through Franchise Times in 2017.

That same year, we added almost 40 new locations. Nurse Next Door is recognized year after year for system-wide achievements, most recently ranking #50 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of the top 500 franchises. That’s after competing against over 1000 brands on criteria like unit growth, investment cost, brand stability, support systems, social media presence and more!

Profit magazine calls us one of the 500 fastest growing companies in Canada. Our team consistently earns ‘best employer/most engaged workplace’ awards, and Franchise Business Review ranked us in their top 50 for franchisee satisfaction.

How does Nurse Next Door compare to Visiting Angels?

All of the above, along with the way we celebrate aging in a traditional industry, are just a few of the reasons we stand above the rest.

Take a look at the chart below that shows how Nurse Next Door stacks up next to a home care franchise business like Visiting Angels:

Nurse Next Door Visiting Angels
Total Investment $108,115 – $202,600 $122,460 – $153,310
Skilled Medical Care Yes No
Total Units 200+
(premium markets available)
Entrepreneur 500 (2018 ranking) #50 #74
Franchising Since 2006 1998
Liquid Cash Requirement $125,000 $105,000
Franchise Fee $58,000 $48,950 – $72,950
Ad Royalty Fee 1% 2% – 2.5%
Training at Headquarters 5 days 5.5 days

Sources: Nurse Next Door, and Visiting Angels franchise sites

Nurse Next Door has only been around for 6 years in the U.S and we’ve proven our worth as a premium brand. Nurse Next Door’s youthfulness means that we are much more accessible for first-time business owners because there is a vast selection of premium markets available in the United States. Visiting Angels has been around for longer and has almost 600 franchises, which means that market availability is limited. Nurse Next Door puts our people first. We can provide options for financing, licensing and anywhere else you might need a little support.


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Here are five reasons why a Nurse Next Door home care franchise is a smart business decision for entrepreneurs:

1. A Recognizable and Bold Brand

At Nurse Next Door, we like to do things differently. Our bold pink branding and whimsical flowers are hard to miss, they’re instantly recognizable, and they keep our name top of mind for anyone who sees one of our cars or display ads. While our practices aim to keep seniors safe and Franchise Partners at ease, we also aren’t afraid to take a few risks with our marketing. It’s paid off since 2001 and has helped propel us to the top of our industry, so why stop now? Nurse Next Door’s approach to aging reflects a unique and fun culture that we all live by, whether we’re caregivers, Franchise Partners, or on the team at our HeartQuarters. Our core values guide our actions: Admire People, WOW Customer Experience, Find a Better Way and Passionate About Making a Difference.

Compared to the sterile blue that’s often synonymous with health care, our spirited imagery and use of bold pink grabs people’s attention and encourages them to celebrate life!

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2. 24/7 Centralized Scheduling

One of the most common causes of burnout in the home care industry is administrative tasks like taking scheduling requests and calls. We’re the only home care franchise that has a 24/7 Care Services Center (CSC) designed to handle all of these responsibilities. Our established and reliable platform leaves you with more time and energy to focus on growing your business.

You’ll be able to connect with a Care Services Specialist who can help you with client or caregiver requests, scheduling, and taking calls–even at 3 am. As your business grows, so does the support you receive, with a growing number of Care Services Specialists dedicated to helping you.


3. The ‘Happier Aging’ Philosophy

Happier Aging is a unique experience dedicated to helping clients get back to doing things they used to love doing. While providing the care they need, caregivers work with clients to rediscover activities or interests that bring them happiness–ones they thought they’d lost forever.

It’s a refreshing take on home care and quality of life in an industry that’s often a little too task-oriented. From light housekeeping and companionship to skilled nursing and end-of-life care, Happier Aging is always our focus.

4. Medical Care

Not all home care companies provide skilled medical care. However, Nurse Next Door does! Our services range from companionship caregivers to experienced Registered Nurses(RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to administer medication management and tend to other medical needs. This means more business opportunity, because Nurse Next Door has access to a larger group of potential clients and families, all of whom we can support with skilled nurses and caregivers.


5. Flexible Franchise Models

When it comes to running your own business, we offer three unique models to fit your entrepreneurial dreams and investment levels. Our Traditional Franchise Concept, Sophisticated Investor Model and Health System Model each provide its own benefits. Geared towards entrepreneurs and organizations who want to build scalable, robust home care businesses while making an impact in their community, Nurse Next Door’s franchise models are tailored towards candidates’ experiences and preferences.

Traditional Model – Buy one or several franchises, and operate them yourself.

Investor Model – Build a scalable, multi-unit business concept, and hire a GM to operate your franchises and grow the team.

Health System Model – If you’re a healthcare agency or a hospital system, partnering with Nurse Next Door to extend your service offering into patients’ homes. Click here to find out how we partnered with St. Joseph Health to impact thousands of people in California.


Becoming an entrepreneur with Nurse Next Door

In this $93 Billion industry, it takes a certain type of person to rise to the top; it’s about caring, not just health care. With 150+ locations across North America and still rapidly growing, a Nurse Next Door franchise enables entrepreneurs to develop a thriving business in a growing market and to make a difference in people’s lives. 

Start your entrepreneurial journey now with Nurse Next Door. We’d love to talk to you about our home care franchise opportunity. Want to know more? Download our free franchise report here.