Health care is a field that is constantly evolving and growing over time. There are many laws out there related to health care, especially when it comes to things like starting a home health care agency. Starting a private home care sitter agency is possible, but there are certain steps that one has to go through to set up a successful business that is fully legitimate and recognized by the law.
Start With a Plan
Once you have decided that you want to get into the home health care field and set up a business of your own, the first logical step is to organize your ideas. If you already have the degree a huge hurdle has been removed from your way. If you don’t, that is where you should begin. Before you start, have a clear picture in mind of how long you expect your studies to take, the type of funding you will need and what you plan to do to get it, and some general information about your dream. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy at first, but jotting down your ideas gives them life and can help you figure out where you need to go next.
Get the Education
If you don’t have it, the first and most important step is to pursue a degree in nursing. A nursing degree can’t be obtained overnight, but with a bit of dedication you can have one in a few years. Keeping a high grade point average can ensure acceptance into nursing school. Take the time to ensure that the school you choose is properly accredited for what you want to do.
Obtain state licensing to be official. Requirements for home health care agencies vary from state to state. Once you have your degree in hand, find out where you need to go to obtain the correct license and certification that is required to operate a private home care sitter agency.
Get a Location
Just because you are going to conduct in-home care does not mean that your business will not need an office. While you don’t have to have enough room to house patients, there does need to be a place where home health aids can check in, be trained and where the overall business practices can be conducted. Your location should be a positive reflection of your company goals and image.
Before you begin practicing, you will need to obtain insurance. Just as doctors have malpractice insurance, a private home health care agency should have insurance to guard against certain types of malpractice as well. While you should take care to hire the best the industry has to offer within your budget, insurance is always a good idea to guard against the possibility of liability.
Since the majority of the people you will be caring for are elderly patients your agency must be set up to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments. Apply through the Medicare agency of your state and obtain a $50,000 surety bond. After your agency has been checked to be sure that it has met all of the requirements and you have seven clients with three months’ worth of steady income, your agency should be approved to accept Medicare payments.