How to Start a Private Home Care Business

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Recovering from a stroke or a physical injury can be costly if a patient remains in the hospital for an extended time. It can also impact the patient’s emotional well-being by causing her to be away from home and family. There are cases where a person doesn’t need hospital care, just assistance from time to time. Private home care service takes over where the hospitals leave off. Start a private home care business and help people recover in the peace of their own homes.

Private Home Care Business Beginner's Guide

Set service policies and procedures. Decide what services your healthcare providers will offer, such as physical therapy, live-in care, preparing meals or transport assistance. Calculate expenses to pay healthcare providers, to buy software and to market the business. Establish a goal for start-up capital.

Present your financing proposal to private investors. Interview brokers, who can be located in a telephone book or by referral. Jerry Chautin, a business counselor, writes for an Entrepreneur Network article, “A winning loan presentation has substantially more sizzle than a business plan. Your loan presentation should contain several sections with extensive narrative and exhibits personalized to your situation and your lender's underwriting.”

Get licensed as a healthcare provider. Even if you will not perform the services yourself, some states require healthcare business management to be certified as well. Attend certification classes recommended by the State Health Department. Request complete guidelines from your state’s consumer health affairs organization or department of health.

Lease a business office. Locate a business office park in close proximity to a hospital. Build a website. Write text that explains your services, your promise, pricing structure and how to contact you.

Build your computer operating system. Construct a system to protect customer’s information. Search online job boards for computer tech professionals or ask a business colleague to refer you. Hire a freelance information technologies professional. Encrypt your system. According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services requires patient information to be kept confidential by “Health care providers who conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically.”

Sign up for the next job fair in your area. Rent a booth. Rates can be as low as $300 for a day. Accept resumes and interview healthcare providers. According to Inc Magazine, “In order to attract top candidates in their field, you'll need to offer a competitive salary. Searching competitors' job listings can be a useful means of finding that industry information.”

Perform background checks on the providers. Most states perform background checks before they certify professionals, but double-check to protect your business from fraudulent applicants.

Purchase business-liability insurance for additional protection from personal liability. Purchase a surety bond through an insurance provider. States require surety bonds for as much as $250,000 to ensure families that you can cover mistakes made by your employees.

Ask for referrals from hospital and clinical executives. Send them an introductory letter. Schedule a meeting so that you can explain your services and how you can help in person.

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About the Author

Sam Williams has been a marketing specialist and ad writer since 1995. He has been published in magazines such as "Reaching Out" and "Spa Search." He served in various sales and marketing positions with major corporations such as American Express, Home Depot and Wells Fargo. Williams studied English at Morehouse College.

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