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Meet Rachel Nystrom, Allegiance Home Care

Business Profile

HGBA member since 2014




Company Background

Business owner- when and why did you decide to start your own company? 

Employees – how long have you been at your current job, why did you choose your firm? I have been with Allegiance for about three years. I chose this company specifically because of the owners and because I love the idea of helping seniors to age in their own homes. The company has a true passion for helping seniors and they share that passion with everyone in the company. The owners also value their clients and employees more than I have seen in any other company I have worked for.

How does your business serve the Haymarket-Gainesville community? Allegiance provides home care services to adults and seniors. This allows our clients to remain in their home when they otherwise would not be able to.

How have you been involved with HGBA?HGBA has given me the chance to share our service offerings with other business owners. I have even been able to help other members get care for their own family members.

Business Experiences

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your business. My greatest moments happen when a caregiver that is placed with a client becomes like family. Having a family tell me “thank you” for helping to take the stress off and for allowing them to enjoy spending time with their love one again is what makes me love my job the most.

Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town? No, I am from Maryland. I moved here after meeting my husband. I love this town because there are so many local businesses and the support to shop local is fantastic.

What are the top business tips & tricks can you offer other business owners & professionals?

  • Build relationships with everyone you can, you never know who could need your services or be a good referral.
  • Take value in one-on-one meetings.
  • Always follow up and follow through.

Working with HGBA

For you, What is the primary benefit of being an HGBA member? The primary benefit for the Town is actually twofold. First, it’s informational--it lets other HGBA members know what’s happening here in the Town. Secondly, it draws potential new businesses to set up “brick & mortar” locations here in Haymarket.

Just for Fun

What is your favorite season in this area, and why? Spring. I love to be outdoors and in this area there is never a shortage of outdoor activities.

What is your favorite restaurant? It depends on what I am in the mood for. For breakfast and lunch I love Hidden Julles CafĂ© and for dinner I love Firebirds.

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession? My first job at a local movie theater in my hometown; lots of free popcorn. To this day the smell of movie theater butter makes me nauseous.

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