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start a home health agency

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Opportunities to open home care agencies continue to grow due to the aging population and preference of many older Americans to be cared for in their homes. Starting a home care agency to meet this great demand for in-home care may potentially be a rewarding business enterprise.

A home health Care business offers helpful services for needing people, especially the elderly. The home health business owner can go to the patient’s home and provide services.

Initially it is very important to understand the distinction between starting a medical skilled home health agency versus a non-medical home care agency. Medical skilled home health agencies as the name implies administer skilled licensed nursing and rehab therapy services under physician’s orders with strict guidelines imposed. Medical home health agencies require extensive licensures that could include Medicare and Medicaid certifications. Basically non-medical home care services include personal care, assistance with daily living activities, meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation. Such services are often vital for folks to remain safe and comfortable in their homes. Private pay rather than 3rd party billing sources are the most common form of payment for non-medical care.

Your next decision is whether to start a homecare business on your own or team up with a home care franchise. By choosing a Franchise company you will be subject to franchise fees and must abide by a franchise operating agreement. This includes re-occurring franchise fees and territory restrictions. Starting a homecare business on your own will have lower start-up costs and right to provide services in all counties permitted in which your state license allows.

Formal training or a medical background is not required for owning and Start a home care agency. Many healthcare workers often find this business endeavor attractive due to their experience but by no means a prerequisite. Strong communication and organization skills with a well planned business strategy are more fundamental to success. Licensure requirements vary widely from state to state for non-medical homecare agencies however are generally not so complex to discourage many from undertaking. Start by contacting your state licensing board to request a package or kit detailing all requirements.


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