Fort Worth’s Caregiver Inc. Acquires Four Companies to Rapidly Expand as a Long-Term Services and Supports Provider

Caregiver plans to use its acquisition plan, and recent rebranding, to invest in employees and forward-thinking technology that will bring the long-term services and supports industry into the 21st century.

Caregiver Inc. wants to bring long-term services and supports for people with disabilities into the twenty-first century.

The Fort Worth-based company operates on a mission to enable those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead their unique lives. The goal is to foster an environment of dignity, independence, and inclusion.

According to CEO Mark Lashley, that means investing in both employees and forward-thinking technology. Caregiver is a different type of long-term care services and supports provider, he says, as its investments are “designed to greatly improve the quality of care” to vulnerable individuals.

To continue fueling its growth—and pioneer change—in this arena, Caregiver has closed on four strategic acquisitions since September.

That includes: Heartland Residential in Indiana; Opportunities To Succeed in Ohio; Concepts in Community Living in Ohio; and Hope Homes of Richland County in Ohio. The deals will allow Caregiver to expand its service offerings in these states, which includes providing care through supported living sites, group homes, family supports, and adult day services.

They also bring around 200 individuals and 300 employees into Caregiver, according to the company.

“We continue to support our mission of providing high quality supports to our individuals and local communities while making strategic investments in this underserved yet critical area of care,” Gary Nettis, Caregiver’s chief development officer, said in a statement. “Each of these acquisitions have similar traits focused on a strong service core whereby we will leverage our resources and technologies to create unique opportunities for all.”

Caregiver rebrands

In June, Caregiver unveiled a network-wide rebrand to build on its corer values of supporting the people it serves.

The visual-based initiative included a new logo with a circle, to represent a commitment to high quality care without end; hands, to show a focus on supportive leadership; and three colors demonstrating an atmosphere of inclusion.

“We are excited to launch the new corporate brand that represents our commitment to being a best-in-class choice for IDD services,” Lashley said. “The results of a collaborative process, the fresh branding honors the incredible investment our colleagues make to serve the individuals we care for day in and day out.”

As of June, Caregiver had acquired 20 companies in five states. It planned to embark on a “new acquisition season” following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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