Our Heritage

We have been providing quality home care, across the world, for over 20 years. The company was founded in 1998 by Larry Meigs, who, after two decades in franchising, felt compelled to make a change in the care industry. Utilising his extensive business acumen and franchise know-how, Larry launched the very first Visiting Angels office in Havertown, Philadelphia, USA.

We now have over 600 franchisees operating in five countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the UK. We proudly support over 15,000 clients and provide work to almost 16,000 caregivers worldwide. Our global network enables unprecedented sharing of best practice, innovation and peer-to-peer support.

Today, Larry is still Chief Executive of Visiting Angels worldwide and plays an active role in the business. His passion and enthusiasm just keep on growing… as does our network!

In 2017, the Visiting Angels brand came to the UK under the expert leadership of Dan Archer; a franchise veteran and passionate ambassador for quality care at home.

Dan launched the first UK office in October 2017. In less than 12 months, Visiting Angels Sheffield proved to be one of our most successful new franchises. Ever. We’re now focussed on finding and supporting an army of likeminded professionals to imbed the Visiting Angels brand across the UK.

The Visiting Angels brand

There’s more to a name than just sounding charming. Our brand totally encompasses the care, comfort and confidence that we bring to the lives of those we support. People in the UK, and across the world, often refer to our caregivers as “Angels”; add to that the fact that we visit them at home and it’s easy to see why our name is so apt and so memorable.

For our franchisees, being part of a brand which is unforgettable helps to secure your position both as a care provider and employer of choice in your local community; which proves essential for building a strong business.

For our clients and their families, our name brings with it a feeling of positivity and warmth, reassuring them of our best intentions. Given the choice, wouldn’t you want an angel to care for your loved one?

Think care, think Visiting Angels.

“Visiting Angels really do care about their employees and clients. Other companies I have worked for have been very task orientated and overload you with calls, seeing different clients each day and having no consistency and commitment between you and your clients – that’s where Visiting Angels are different. We are all about person-centred care, we don’t rush in and out and move onto the next call, we are there to give the client the care and attention they deserve and need. I am blessed with compassion and love that I have been led to Visiting Angels. I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else and I truly enjoy my work and feel extremely honoured to be a part of the company.”

Lynsey Hague, Visiting Angel.

Meet the team

Dan Archer – Managing Director

Dan’s journey in home care started with a personal experience which wasn’t a positive one. He saw first-hand how damaging irregular and inconsistent care can be. His family struggled to secure a reliable home care service and he came to realise that he had to get involved to try to make a difference, to do home care differently.

Visiting Angels was launched in the UK because too many home care services pay lip service to the importance of their carers but do not match this with their actions. We don’t just talk about how important the Visiting Angels Family is we have built our business around our caregivers. Our Mission Statement explains our ethos and why we are different.

Dan’s career has given him experience of some of home care’s leaders in best practice and he has been able to introduce the very best of this into our homecare service.

Tray Hall – Area Development Manager

(North & Midlands)

Tray ensures that our home care service provides the market leading support that you would expect from one of the world’s largest care providers. Tray has worked in homecare for several years and has also been activity involved in community support projects in her home town.

Tray has seen the pressure that short term visits and poor carer pay can have on a home care provider and she joined Visiting Angels because she believes in the company’s approach of minimum one-hour visits and a carer centred business.

Bella Hallam – Area Development Manager

( South)

Bella’s career in care started at the age of 18 as a Care Giver. Having grown up in the industry she gained extensive experience in care delivery, care management, and business development. At Visiting Angels, Bella specialises in the coaching and development of our Franchisees to establish and develop successful businesses. From very early on in her career, Bella recognised the need for change in the sector and made it her mission to be able to influence that.

“ I experienced first-hand the challenges that Care Givers are faced with daily. I endured long shifts with very little pay and incentive, I was faced with unrealistic time frames to deliver care, I was personally impacted by the poor retention rates in the industry and felt powerless to provide the outstanding service my clients deserved. I had a vision of what outstanding care looked like, and a notion for what an inclusive company culture with focus on its people felt like, but I was yet to find a service brave enough to try and change the face of social care. Until I discovered Visiting Angels. It gives me great job satisfaction knowing that I can positively influence the care and attention given to both care givers and clients by coaching and empowering our network to deliver care the right way – The Carer Centric way!”