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There are different types of group homes you can start, including elderly group homes, teen group homes, group homes for children, mental health group homes and group homes for those with disabilities.

In most cases, these homes are private residences which may have been converted for the purpose of providing living space and assistance to small groups (usually under 20) of people.

These people share common living spaces, and there is staff or a resident manager on the premises.

Steps to Starting a Group Home:

1. Start by selecting a location for your residence. Each city has its own zoning requirements, but you also want to consider the neighbors. Ideally, you want to locate in a community that appreciates having your group home in the neighborhood.

2. Put together a business plan to analyze your start up and operating costs. This will also help you lay out marketing strategies and financial timelines so that you have simple steps to follow. You can find a free sample business plan for a nursing home on this page.

3. Check with your city, county and state to get a business license and any necessary permits. Each state has its own requirements, so start by going to your state's website and looking for "assisted living licensing".

4. You can also contact the Department of Health in your state. You will also need to get a tax ID number from the IRS. Most likely, you'll need CPR and First Aid certification as well. You can get information on this online through FirstAidWeb.com.

5. Choose a name for your company and register it with your county clerk's office. If you want to form a corporation, find out how to incorporate your organization.

6. Check with your state and the Small Business Administration for financing sources. Set up a business bank account. It is important to keep business and personal finances separate, and business bank accounts can often offer lots of additional assistance to operating your business.

7. Whether you decide to handle the accounting yourself or outsource the work, talk to an accountant to get advice on business tax deductions and setting up an accounting system that works for you.

8. There are several types of insurance that you may need, liability for one. You can get information on the different kinds of insurance and get a free insurance quote online, and you can also talk with a local insurance agent to answer your business insurance questions.

How to a Residential Care Facility

How to Start a Group Home If you want to start your own care home, you'll find this resource helpful, especially if you are a beginner in this field. This guide is especially useful in answering questions and providing instructions on how to get started.

You get a sample business plan and program designs, by-laws, tips on how to obtain financing, how to acquire property and more. Topics dicussed relate to group home businesses, foster family homes and other care facilities as well.

Educator Romwell Sabeniano has extensive experience in health care management - this is a great opportunity to learn from from his years of knowledge. 

How to Start Your First Care Facility


Home Care Supplies & Equipment

The Medical Supply Depot
Group homes and and care facilities can get daily living aids, equipment for bathroom safety, walking aids, skin care items, incontinence, diabetic supplies, mobility scooters, wheelchairs, wound care supplies and more.

Home Care Forms and Templates

MyOnlineMedForms.com provides custom forms for home care businesses. They have business manuals, medication profile forms, nursing evaluation, plan of care forms, consent for care, rights and responsibility templates, Oasis forms and more - downloadable individually.

Finding Clients

  • InsideEldercare.com helps families find care services.They offer advertising on their site.
  • LeadingAge.org is also a good advertising resource for your market.
  • SeniorCareMarketer.com offers leads to adult care businesses.

More Group Home Resources:

  • ALFA Assisted Living Federation of America
  • AAHSA American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
  • Questions about Medicare: phone 1-800-633-4227
  • Some online courses include Caring for Seniors and Nurse Aide Training.
  • Get the knowledge and skills you need to work with the aging population. Find out how to get a Certificate in Gerontology online (for nurses, social workers, physical therapists, personal care assistants, administrators).

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