How to Start a Homecare Business

Starting a homecare business is not just a simple business because you will be able to earn for your self and at the same time help other people with their health care needs.

For you to be able to start your own homecare business here are the things that you should do.

The first thing that you should consider in starting your own homecare business is the location of the office. It is ideal to choose a place wherein there are a growing number of senior populations since the people who primarily need homecare are elders. You can seek the help of the appropriate government agency wherein you can check the census profiles of different cities. Choose huge cities to maximize your potential.

In starting any type of business, it is a must to obtain legalities such as licenses. Since the licensing policies vary depending on each state, make sure that you check with your local state office about the requirements in obtaining the said legal papers. Make sure that you obtain all the necessary permits for you to be able to operate legally.

When it comes to hiring employees, a certain degree in nursing is required so make sure that you hire someone who is qualified to do the required tasks. It is also recommended to hire part-timers at the beginning to somehow manage with the cost. It is also advised that you perform a background check for every employee that you hire – particularly criminal history. Remember that the reputation of your business greatly depends on how your employees do the job. There are websites who offer this type of service at a minimal cost.

Another thing that you should consider in starting a homecare business is the medical insurance. You should accept medical insurance by checking with your agency if the individual insurers meet the requirements. You can contact them directly to check the list of requirements.

The next thing that you should do in starting your own homecare business is to obtain additional licenses and certification from the State Medicare agency so that you may be able to accept clients with Medicare and Medicaid. After submitting an application with the state Medicare agency, a representative will conduct an inspection in your agency. The inspector will then tell you if you have met all the health and safety standards.

There may be instances wherein you will need additional funding source. If you do not have enough money on hand, you can try borrowing from banks or other lending firms. But you have to take note that they will charge you for this – known as the interest. The bigger you borrow, the bigger the interest will also be. Make sure not to borrow excessive amount of money to avoid being in trouble in the future – such as not being able to pay on due time.


  • sharon queener said on February 4, 2011
    my business is in youngstown ohio on 2312 market st
  • Michelle Zimmerman said on March 11, 2013
    I am interested in starting a respite care center
  • Emma Thorpe said on April 25, 2013
    My name is Emma Thorpe and I live in Durham North Carolina. I would like to start a caretaker respite relief service to relieve caretakers in their homes. Do I need a license or certification? If so how do I get started? Can you email me the rules?
  • Emma Thorpe said on April 25, 2013
    My business location will be in Durham North Carolina
  • lana said on September 17, 2013
    Want to start a non-medical homecare business in Colorado Springs, CO. Don't know where to start:( Should I start with a seminar of some kind or are there any good books to read, like "Starting Homecare business for Dummies"? Thank you for any response:)
  • Sara Jognson said on March 13, 2014
    I would like to start an agency in New York. How would I go about getting funding from medical insurance companies? What would be a good way to start? Thank you for your help.
  • Alicia Tanner said on April 12, 2014
    I want to start a Respite care business in my area. I don't know how to get started. I need some information about the next step to take. I hope to open and start a Respite Care business this year. Please help. Thanks!
  • Jernel Alexander said on May 17, 2014
    I need info. on how to start a respite care in a facility
  • Jenene Dotson said on August 8, 2014
    I want to start a respite business for 0-10 developmentally disabled in their homes, do I need a license or certificate? I have a Master's Degree in Developmental Disabilities and I have done 15 years of in child care. thank you, j. dotson
  • Dina Kimmel said on May 12, 2015
    I would like to start my own Respite Care Company. I live in Los Angeles California. How do I go about dong this?
  • kelly nicol said on July 30, 2015
    Hi, I would very much like to begin a day care programme in house or in a space for the elderly in South Carolina. As a health care professional I feel there is an urgency in providing creative programmes for elders living with Dementia. Please can you provide some information or networking contacts on how to begin this process. Thank you
  • Sharnequea Weatherspoon said on May 12, 2016
    I would like to start my own Respite Care Company in Fort Worth Texas. I have been a nurse for 16 years how do I go about doing this?


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