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Adult Foster Home- A Home Business That Can Pay for Itself

Health Care for an Aging Population
The Crisis, the Need and the Opportunity

The Crisis

American society faces a looming crisis of unprecedented size and consequence. 77 million aging baby-boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), who comprise slightly more than 26% of the U.S. population, are nearing retirement. When the boomers begin retiring in 2011, they will represent the largest generation of retirees in American history.

An unfortunate fact of aging is that the older people get, the more they consume in the way of health care resources. They suffer from functional declines due to an assortment of age-related illnesses, and they’re more prone to injury-producing accidents. At a time when their medical needs are becoming more frequent, their recovery times are taking longer. The net effect is to place more stress on the health care system.

Hospitals, health care professionals, private insurance programs, federal programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, state assistance programs, extended-care facilities and other components of the health care infrastructure are already overburdened by increasing demand. As a result, health care costs are rising, and the problem will only get worse in the future.

A shortage of health care resources not only contributes to higher health care costs, but to a decline in the quality of health care services, too. Perhaps most devastated by the sharp rise in costs are those who privately fund their health care – for many of them, rising costs are nothing short of catastrophic.

The elder care crisis, as it’s often called, is not just a medical problem. It’s not just a corporate problem, or an employer problem. It’s not just a government problem, or a Social Security problem. It is, in every respect, society’s problem, because every member of society will, in some way, be affected by it.

The Need

Out of every crisis arises a need; every need creates an opportunity. Now that the elder care crisis is upon us and the long-term care system is struggling to meet demands, our aging population urgently needs many new adult foster care facilities to help ease the burden and avert disaster.

Medicare and Medicare supplemental policies subsidize acute medical care, but they do not support long-term care. Long-term care options include nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, residential care facilities and adult foster homes. Costs for these vary, but can exceed $5000 per month.

Except in cases where care is provided by family members, adult foster homes are, by far, the least expensive long-term care option available to the elderly. They provide a home-like environment, interesting activities, diet and medication management, and other amenities and benefits. Because adult foster care costs significantly less than other options, it minimizes the financial impact for many.

Sometimes, state assistance programs help with the financial burden. In these cases, residents pay a portion of their social security benefits to the care facility, and the state picks up the tab for the balance.

The long-term health care crisis will worsen until the demand for care facilities is met. For this reason, the crisis can be viewed as an opportunity for enterprising, motivated people who have the desire, ability and resources to provide adult foster care services.

The Opportunity

Long-term care requirements create a need for long-term care facilities, which, in turn, results in long-term opportunities for adult foster care providers and substitute caregivers. At a time when many families are finding additional sources of income essential to survival, those who provide adult foster care have discovered that it makes an attractive alternative to more traditional income-producing methods.

Starting an adult foster home is not difficult; however, your home must be approved for adult foster care by the state licensing authority, and caregivers must meet minimum requirements. State licensing authorities provide various training programs and monthly training seminars to support foster home care providers. Oregon’s adult foster home “boot camp” training is called EQC (Ensuring Quality Care).

To qualify for a license, prospective adult foster home care providers must successfully complete the EQC training program and pass a test. Although a CNA, LPN, RN or PT certification would be an asset, you can establish an adult foster home without a medical degree or a license to practice medicine.

Apart from emotional and spiritual gratification and hefty financial rewards, there are definite tax advantages, not to mention the satisfaction of self-employment. Adult foster care is one home-based business that really works.

In future chapters we’ll address every aspect of starting an adult foster home. We’ll show you how to start your business, get your home approved, get licensed and how to attract your first clients. Then, we’ll suggest some ways you can expand your operation, and give you some ideas on how to deal with problems that are sure to arise. We’ll help you to get it right the first time, because success isn’t something you should leave to chance.

Tom LeBlanc operates Magnetic Businesses. He believes that your business can become “Magnetic” and attract those potential customers who are actively searching for what you do best…
your products and services. He believes that this creates a “win-win” situation
for your business and for your customers.

“No Matter What Your Products or Services Include…
Potential Customers Are Searching Right NOW…

For What You Do Best!
Will They Find You?”
Tom LeBlanc

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  • Janice1065

    Everything is good to go i am even a nurse, but i have been waiting for permanent clients over 6mos i have had some respite so i am glad to find some positive statements concerning this business because by now everyone i know has lost all faith in the socialworkers promises. where are the people in need i am in a excellent location ready to help.

  • Tseringbeauclerk

    Thank you very much for all your kindness. it's helpful to read this article. I think i am the first generation among tibetan lady who starting a new business to served a senior in our community where i live. I am a nurse and waiting for clints for 2mos. I am glad to find some answer concerning this field.

  • An assisted living community for seniors provides Elder Care   for persons who need some help with activities of daily living, yet who wish to remain as independent as possible. These communities bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes.

  • But i think for starting a foster home care you should have a nursing license. Home care providers also should have a nursing degree from any nursing school or a university. You should also have good nursing skills.

    • Bisonheadranch

      I think it is a plus. However I started my care home 2 years ago and I have one of the Best reputations in Douglas County, and have only had the need for a nurse on some occasions. Now with that being said I had been in the medical field for 17 years as a caregiver. I also have a certificate as a Medical Assistant which helped.

      • tina

        Hi, I have just receive my license for my Adult Foster Care Home, how do you get clients?