How to start a non medical home care business

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If you enjoy helping others and running a business, starting a non-medical home care business may be the right choice for you. As people begin to age, they may need help performing day-to-day tasks such as cleaning, dressing and eating. Non-medical home care businesses tend to their clients needs while offering companionship and security. Those who have disabilities or those who are recovering from an injury may also be in need of these services.

Contact your state's department of health and human resources or business administration office to learn more about the licensing and certification necessary to start a non-medical home care business.

Ask about the licensing and certification your staff will need to complete as well.

Choose a location for your business. Even though your staff will be attending to the needs of clients in the client's home, you will need a central location where you can hold staff meetings, attract new clients and store business records.

Register your business with the Internal Revenue Service. All businesses must have a Federal Employment Number (EIN) for tax purposes.

Choose the appropriate business structure when applying for an EIN. Business structures include sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, S corporations, corporations or partnerships.

Hire qualified staff members. Nurses (RN/LPN), physical therapists, nurses' aides, office managers, salespeople and accounting/payroll clerks are some of the staff needed to run a non-medical home care business.

Choose staff members carefully. Staff may need to pass state criminal checks and may need special training depending on the needs of your clients.

Contact at least three insurance providers for business and general liability insurance quotes. Insurance covers you, your staff and your clients in the event of an accident or injury during business hours. Insurance also covers damage to equipment, property and other items associated with your business.

Market your business to hospitals, nursing facilities, churches, physical rehabilitation centres, adult day care facilities and charitable organisations that help the elderly or disabled.

As the elderly population continues to grow, there is an increasing need for home care assistants. Market to the children of elderly clients by giving presentations, hosting events at your office and creating an informative website.

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