Tips on Starting an Assisted
Home Health Care is a popular
route to go
With the current Baby Boomer generation rapidly reaching the
age of required care, starting an assisted
is one of the most
lucrative businesses to begin.
There are a variety of
need and services needed by the aging today, and they don’t all
require residential care. Adult day care is a vital part
of the elderly every day life.
This service allows numerous seniors to live
with their families while remaining safe during the day.
Of course, there is always the option of opening an adult
day care the same way you would a child day care.
This would require a building with all the accessibility
requirements, trained staff, food service, transportation
services, and of course advertising.
However, many like minded entrepreneurs are opening
adult day care services that come straight to
the individual’s home.
While hiring more staff would be required, it eliminates the
need for a building with accessibility, which is often the
biggest obstacle of opening an adult day care.
Many families caring
for an older individual prefer this method as it eliminates the
need to get an elderly person out of the house in the early
- Of course there are specialized training issues that
each staff member would have to exceed and each state has
its own insurance regulations.
- This type of adult day care is growing in popularity
and is in excellent demand.
Home health care is similar to in home
adult day care with the exception of the type of services
- Adult day care offers supervision
and companionship for most or all of the day.
- Home health care provides medical care and often
doesn’t require an entire day is spent with any one
Home health care is more expensive for both the
provider and the recipient, but it can also be more
Any time you are
offering a service that requires employees to enter an
individual’s home you need to exceed the basic insurance
You will also need to thoroughly screen potential employees
and make sure they are bonded. Bonding is a form of insurance
that proves to the client that stringent background checks were
performed as you can not get an employee bonded without their
It also protects you new
company from bankruptcy if the employee violates the
standard of care by stealing or harming an individual,
or simply accidentally causes damage to
someone’s home or property.
Transportation is a vital service to offer the elderly.
Getting to and from medical appointments are vital to
seniors as well as being able to get to the pharmacy or
Some seniors voluntarily give
up their driver’s license due to the expense of owning
and maintaining a car or because of their failing
Some seniors are forced to
give up their licenses in the event that they can be
proven to be habitually unsafe drivers.
Transportation can begin as a one
or two person operation. The need for additional employees
will grow at a much slower rate than home health
care or in home adult day care.
The start up expenses of a
transportation service can be drastically lower than that of
other elderly services. The overhead is typically much lower
as the network of clients grows and can wind up being a
truly profitable business.
Grants, loans, and financial gifts
are available to those wishing to open up a residential care
center. It is vital to educate yourself about every nook and
cranny of the necessary licenses, insurances, education,
building standards, and OSHA requirements
prior to even beginning to start a project of this
However, if you have the
dedication and the resources to pull it together you are
not only filling a desperate need in the community, but
you are achieving a new standard in
Offering a quality
residential care environment is a quality service. As
you are pulling together your business plan,
continuously revisit whether you would send your own
mother to your center to live.
This is the standard
question that potential investors, visitors, and
eventually clients are going to ask. Save overhead and
time by researching what seniors themselves would like
to see in long term care residential
If you can fill the majority of
senior needs while offering your service at a
competitive cost, you will be destined for
Offering senior services is not an easy task and it does need
to be something you would enjoy if you’re going to be hands on
in your venture. Senior citizens are people,
and like most people they can feel when they are resented or
disrespected. It is not a good moral or business practice to
view the elderly as nothing more than a paycheck. Delivering
quality services to them with care and concern will lead to
better success and better sleep at night.
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