How to Start My Own Personal Care Home in the State of Georgia

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How to Start My Own Personal Care Home in the State of Georgia
A personal care home offers a nicer touch than a hospital or nursing home. (home sweet home image by David Dorner from

The main type of people who personal care homes in Georgia service are veterans or elderly. Starting a personal care home is easier than you may think. It can be marketed for veterans, disabled, or developmentally delayed. You will have to work with several government organisations before you can set up your personal care home.

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    Call the Office of Regulatory Services Personal Care Home Program at 404-657-4076. It will mail you an application package that will need to be filled out in full and returned to the ORS Personal Care Home Program.

    Office of Regulatory Services Personal Care Home Program 31st Floor 2 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30303

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    Apply for a business license from your county business licensing office. If you anticipate being able to have more than 24 residents in your personal care home, you will need to also contact the Department of Community Health to obtain a "Certificate of Need."

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    Complete any zoning requirements of the building that you would like to use for a personal care home. If the location is within city limits, contact that city to see what the zoning requirements are. If the location is not within a city's limits, contact the county for zoning regulations.

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    Install safety features in your personal care home. Give thought to whom your clients will be and what they will need. Some things to think about are wheelchair access, handrails throughout the house, flooring that does not get slick or slippery, and hot water heater limits.

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    Hire staff to work in your personal care home. Your staff will need to have criminal background checks done on both the state and federal levels. They also need to have completed first aid and CPR courses. Staff will need to be able to cook three full meals and two snacks per day as well as be able to complete care of the residents.

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