How to start your own home care nursing agency

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How to start your own home care nursing agency
The home care nursing sector continues to grow. (miniature model of nurse image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

As baby boomers age, the need for at-home nursing services grows, according to HomeBusinessCenter.com. New mothers and individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities also use these services. This offers the business owner a prosperous financial opportunity while filling an important service in providing health care.

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Instructions

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    Secure the proper business and health care licensing. All states require nurses to be licensed. Check for business regulations with your local government or visit the federal Business.gov website, which keeps a listing of licensing requirements. Go to the business licenses and permit page, enter your Postcode, city or state, choose "home health care," and click "Search."

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    Purchase computer applications to help run day-to-day operations. Companies such as Healthware.com offer applications geared toward running a medical business. Such programs can help you keep track of patient information, finances and billing.

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    Create a list of qualifications for staff. One of the largest liabilities home care nursing agencies face is nursing staff who provide inadequate care. Screen applicants carefully and invest in background checks. Stick to your requirements when hiring staff. This protects both the business and patients.

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    Run staffing ads for employees. Advertise in local newspapers and on online medical job boards. Interview continually while building the business. Hiring qualified, caring staff stands as one of the most vital parts of a well-run home care agency, cautions Robyn Rice, author of "Home Care Nursing Practice."

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    Familiarise staff with OSHA guidelines and offer training. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts local inspections to home care facilities. OSHA.gov provides information on requirements for nursing agencies.

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    Purchase liability and malpractice insurance. Hire a medical attorney specialising in medical malpractice liability and let her know what services the home care staff offer. She can recommend an insurance company that provides adequate malpractice insurance. Purchase business liability insurance and bond all staff. Insurance companies provide bonding policies to businesses to protect from employee theft as well as property damage.

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    Market the home care business. Introduce the business to doctors specialising in geriatrics, to local nursing homes and rehabilitation centres and to the staff on maternity wards and in OB-GYN practices. List the business with the local department of ageing and with other online medical businesses such as birthing centres and senior homes.

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