The home health care industry is growing as the population of elderly citizens grows. Cost containment resulting in early discharge of patients from hospitals is influencing growth. Medical progress is allowing frail people with serious health care needs to live in their own homes.
A home health business must have a comprehensive business plan that addresses financing, organizational structure, marketing and mission. The U.S. Small Business Administration and your local chamber of commerce can provide guidance.
Obtain needed permits and licenses. Regulations and licensing requirements vary by state. Check with your local authority.
Develop personnel, office, policy and procedure manuals. Consider hiring a consultant to assist you.You may also purchase books and templates to expedite these tasks. An emergency management plan needs development.
Recruit your staff and start by hiring an administrator to oversee operations. Interview and obtain background checks and license information on all candidates.
Put your marketing plan in action. Advertise. Meet community members and professionals that offer non-competing services to your potential clientele. Offer exceptional care and service to your community. Growth is often slow until referrals from satisfied clients start to occur.
National Institute on Aging
CDC: Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
U.S. Small Business Administration
FEMA: State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management
AmeriCare: Home Care Clients Bill of Rights