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Quincy, Mass.-Based Best of Care, Inc. Acquires Boston-Based Independence Home Care

QUINCY, Mass., Sept. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Family-owned and operated home health care agency Best of Care, located in Quincy, Mass., has acquired Boston-based Independence Home Care (IHC).

Best of Care's acquisition integrates Independence Home Care's clients, employees and practices while maintaining a high quality of services and relationships with clients and their families, according to Best of Care Vice President Kevin Smith.

As a result of the acquisition, Best of Care's service area expands from 80 to 115 towns from North Shore to Greater Boston to South Shore communities.

(Visit http://www.bestofcareinc.com/massachusetts-home-healthcare/ for a listing of towns.)

Best of Care also adds 30 new employees from IHC and expands its managerial depth.

Founded in 2009 by Joan Farahmand and Patrick O'Connell to meet a growing demand for senior home health care services in Massachusetts, over four years Independence Home Care (IHC) built a strong reputation as a boutique home health care provider. In mid-2013, Farahmand and O'Connell approached Best of Care to discuss a potential acquisition of IHC.

"The well-being of our clients is important to Joan and me, and we wanted to ensure they will continue to receive the care and attention they deserve," said O'Connell. "The fact that Best of Care is a family-run and independently owned home health care company, with an excellent reputation in the industry, was paramount in our decision to transfer our clients to their care."

"According to recent data from the University of Massachusetts, one in five of the state's residents is over 60 years of age, and 14% are over 65," said Smith. "To help our state's aging and disabled residents remain at home, specialized care may be necessary that's not always covered by Medicare or Medicaid."

"Because Best of Care's business model is not entirely dependent on reimbursements from these government programs, we're able to offer a high level of flexibility and quality to clients who pay through their health insurance, long term care insurance plan or other private resources," Smith added. "Because Independence Home Care shares our approach and philosophy, we expect the integration of our agencies to happen rapidly."

Services to IHC clients will continue uninterrupted during the integration of the companies' management, personnel and marketing operations in September and October. IHC clients and prospects should contact Best of Care directly at (800) 310-5800.

For more information, contact Best of Care Vice President Kevin Smith at (617) 773-5800 or kevin@bestofcareinc.com

About Best of Care

Best of Care has delivered home care services in eastern Massachusetts since 1981. Owned and managed by Stephen Smith and his son, Kevin, Best of Care was one of the first agencies in Massachusetts to earn its accreditation from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. Best of Care provides an extensive array of home health care services including personal care services, homemakers and companions, hospice care, private nursing, nursing care management and specialty services as they relate to dementia, psychiatric and acquired brain injury care.

CONTACT: Kevin Smith, Vice President, Best of Care, Inc. 1245 Hancock Street, Suite 33 Quincy, MA 02169 Office: (617) 773-5800 Email: kevin@bestofcareinc.comSource: Best ofCare Inc.