Top Ranked Franchise by Forbes Magazine Opens First Location in Canada

BrightStar Care of North York Answers Call for a Higher Standard of Home Care for Local Residents

TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - BrightStar Care, already a U.S. favourite of Forbes magazine, and numerous other franchise publications, is now open in Canada. With more than 320 locations in the United States, BrightStar Care's exploding popularity has now expanded into Canada with the announcement of its first location in Toronto.

For the third year in a row, Forbes Magazine has named BrightStar Care, as one of the best franchises in America. Once again, BrightStar Care has left its mark in the top ten of the category of brands with entry costs of up to $150,000 U.S.

"When we originally researched the home care industry in Canada, we were shocked that the industry standards appeared to be so low," said Michael Shneer, master franchisor for BrightStar Care in Canada. "We felt there was a tremendous opportunity for a company like BrightStar Care to come to Canada and to become the most respected and popular in-home care provider in the country by providing Canadians with a higher standard of care."

Shneer added, "The glaring absence in Canada of a higher standard of care made the decision to bring BrightStar Care to Canada an easy one. We believed that BrightStar's U.S. success, growth and popularity all stemmed from its commitment and practice of providing its clients with a higher standard of care. We are confident that Canadians will embrace the brand in the same way for the same reasons."

According to a research from IBISWorld, the home care industry is massive and showing no signs of slowing down. With fierce competition around every turn, in-home care companies, both independent and franchised, need to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. BrightStar Care continues to set itself apart from the competition with one key factor—its provision of a higher standard of care, which is continuously validated by the Joint Commission. For the fourth year in a row, the nationally recognized healthcare quality standards organization awarded the company with the Enterprise Champion for Quality Award. BrightStar Care is the only national home care franchise to have earned this distinction.

BrightStar Care recently conducted third-party research that shows that as families seek quality in-home care for their aging loved ones, the most important factors they consider include having a compassionate caregiver they can trust, somebody who understands the unique needs of their loved one, and having qualified, skilled medical professionals overseeing the care. The lack of clinical quality standards within the local and national private duty in-home care sector, combined with the public's lack of knowledge of the industry, calls for a solution to the challenges families face when looking to select a trustworthy service partner. 

Further setting them apart from the competition, the BrightStar Care of North York's Registered Nurse Director of Nursing creates unique, personalized plans of care for each client and oversees a professional care team of well-qualified, trained, experienced caregivers to deliver expert, compassionate, and personal care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Registered Nurse Director of Nursing also leads regularly scheduled care plan review meetings.

BrightStar Care of North York is part of an international network of over 320 individually owned and operated private duty home care and medical staffing franchises that provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care plans on opening 65 franchised locations across Canada.

About BrightStar Care
Based in Chicago, BrightStar Care is an international private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 320 locations that can provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care professional nurses and caregivers deliver expert, compassionate, and personal care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each BrightStar Care location is required to pursue Joint Commission Accreditation. BrightStar Care received The Joint Commission's Enterprise Champion for Quality award and is committed to having each of its agencies comply with Joint Commission standards. In 2015, the company ranked No. 177 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list, No. 27 on Crain's Chicago "Fast Fifty," ranking and was included for the ninth consecutive year on Inc. Magazine's prestigious Inc. 5000 list. BrightStar also received top honours with Franchise Times. BrightStar Care uses the nationally known patient satisfaction survey company Press Ganey to measure client satisfaction and is proud that nine out of 10 clients would recommend BrightStar Care to a friend or family member. For more information on BrightStar Care in Canada please visit

SOURCE BrightStar Care

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