What is a Non Medical Home Care Business?

If you have a Burning Desire to help others, non medical home care business might be the right call for you. Learn and understand what non medical home care business is here in depth and then apply your knowledge. Enjoy reading!

Non medical home care business is a type of personal care service, no professional health care providers are needed for personal care type of home care business. Any one can become a non medical home care business owner as long as proper legal business entity and licensing is established.

Depending your state regulation, some states require license for your non medical or personal care and some states do not require.

For example,

The State of Arizona does not require license for personal or non medical home care business if you are going to your clients’ homes and provide services at their homes, you get paid hourly for your services.

If you go to Atlanta, Georgia you are required to have a license and your business will get inspection and all that fun stuff from the State for the same type of services you would provide in the State of Arizona.

  • Not requiring having a license mean, there is no formal inspection or monitoring of your home care business directly from your state department of health services. Therefore, you can provide basic daily living services to a person who needs assistance in those areas.
  • Non medical home care or personal care services do not require you to have a licensed health care professional such as registered nurse, physical therapists, occupational therapist, medical doctors etc.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, non medical home care business is a type of service a caregiver person provides to someone who needs help with errands or basic daily tasks. Some common tasks include but not limited to: maintain the household with meal preparation, assist with showering or bathing, laundry, grocery shopping, and other housekeeping items.

Non medical home care or personal care service can also be provided with other home health services by a home health aide as prescribed by a physician or a medical doctor for limited period of time under the supervision of licensed health care professionals such as registered nurses or physical therapist, or an occupational therapist until the patient’s goal is met.

  • For example, when a person sustains a car accident and fractures a bone, after stabilizing the person in a hospital setting, the person will be discharged home by transitioning the person to home health level of care for limited period of time or until the person’s health goal is met.

During this home health services, registered nurses and physical therapists will come to the person’s home, complete evaluation then will start providing professional health services such as administering medications, monitoring the person’s functional level, provide goal centered personalized health education, complete blood work and work with the multidisciplinary team.

If the person needs assistance with activity of daily living, the RN will receive a physician order to approve home health aide service along with other professional services.

When the home health service which is medical home care services ends its service, the person will be formally discharged from the home health services according to the agreement.

In some cases, the person might need only assistance with activity of daily living few hours per week, then person will contact a non medical home care services and will hire them, they come to the person’s home, provide basic services, then get paid hourly rate based on the agreement between the care giver and the person receiving the service.

When home health aide is assigned to a patient for assistance with activity of daily living, the home health aide is not functioning independently as a business owner.

And, therefore that is not considered as a business for the home health aide person because the aide does not own the service, the aide can’t function independently with out the supervision of licensed health care professionals.

However, if the home health aide wants to start a home care business independently, it will be a non medical home care business to help people with activity of daily living. And the title of the care provider will change from Home Health Aide to a Care Giver.

Advantages of Personal or non medical home care business:-

  • Low start up cost, most expenses are from marketing your business and for the gas.
  • You do not have a 24 hour responsibility for the person you provide services because your services are only for few hours per week unless you agree to provide services for longer hours.
  • Your responsibility is only while you are actually providing the care unlike the medical home health care.
  • You do not have to hire care givers if you don’t want to. It is a great idea to have care givers working for your business and grow your business to the next level.
  • You can get paid by cash at a very wide range of pay rate based on who you are providing the service to. Many rich people hire personal care givers and pay out of pocket.
  • You go to people’s home and care for them at their own homes, so you do not need to have a home for your clients. And, most people are so grateful when they receive services at their own home environment and they are very appreciative.
  • It is rewarding financially and emotionally, your earnings are mostly 2-3 times higher than your expenses.
  • Doesn’t require a special degree. If you have medical background and experience, it is a plus.

Disadvantages of Personal or non medical home care business:-

  • It might take time to grow your business since this type of business is mostly included in other types of health care businesses such as home health and group homes.
  • Requires to travel to your clients’ home. Being on the road is not always fun, also put on a lot of miles on your car unless you get lucky to find a client very close by.
  • Going to people’s homes may not be safe at times.
  • Family members or other household members can be problematic by negatively interfering your services.
  • You might need a liability insurance, or you have to have Limited Liability Company (LLC) to protect your business and to prevent any legal issues coming to your personal life.

Few additional tips here:-

  • Some states use the term “In-Homecare” and “Non-Medical Home Care” business for a Group home Business.
  • Group home business is completely different from home care business. Group home is a non-medical home, or a residential facility which allows a group of people receive assistance with some degree of supervision.
  • Non-medical Group homes are different based on the type of their services and the type of license they have. Group homes are required to have license from their state, requires to have employees, policy and procedures etc. There will be inspection and monitoring system by the state officials to determine the type of license and to ensure the quality of care for the residents.

Consider to be part of the home care network in your state. For example, in Arizona, there is a Home care Association. There is no requirement to become a member of the association once you have your non medical home care business up and running. You will learn a lot from others in the association, you will be networked and you will increase your chances of getting new clients through the network.

Always be mindful of the people around you. Surround yourself with like- minded people. Learn from others, be inspiration to others as well.

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