How to Start a Respite Care Business

Did you attain education in healthcare? Then you can use that in gaining more profits before the year 2010 ends because the respite care business is highly in demand today.

This article will show you ways which will aid you in reaching your goals by doing your business well.

Your healthcare service will be very much appreciated today especially that the case of cerebral palsy is on the rise in the US. Usually, the respite care is given through healthcare providers, private individuals and non-profit organizations. This type of service is hard to find on certain locations so the family whom you will be rendering your service to will provide you more money than what you have expected because aside from your service, you will be providing them rest and relief. You also need to remember that the service you will provide will only last for a day or for weeks.

Tips to Start a Respite Care Business

In this kind of business, what you need to have is your certification, license and credentials to prove that you are really a professional. Without having them, people will doubt you of what you can do and your capabilities as well. But if you think that credentials are just what needed, then you are wrong because you also need to have experience working with professionals.

Two of the areas which you need to be trained the most are in first aid and CPR. If your duty requires you to do so, you will also be asked to administer medication.

What is good about this service is that you can start even at very low cost because even if you are in the comfort of your own home, you can provide your service in your locality and in the neighbourhood as well. In order for you to know the types of services that a certain family needs, of course you need to speak with them.

If you think that you are already on the go for getting started in the respite care business, you need to make a contact with the departments for licensing in your state. If you plan just to center your business in the homes of your potential clients, then you need to open a high-quality facility. You can make all your goals possible with the help of some community centers and churches because they donate rooms which you can make use of as facilities.

In order for more potential clients to know that you have this kind of business, you need to have your service registered in the website of the ARCH National Respite Service. All you need to do is just click on the “Add You Program” and fill the information as requested by the website form.

207 Comments

  • Lee Stammers said on June 12, 2011
    I am trying to get information on starting a respite business for autistic males and females aged from 4 yrs to 50 yrs who may have other spectrum syndromes also. I have 11 yrs experience and NVQ 2 AND 3 IN SOCIAL CARE, i am currently in my 2nd year in a access to nursing and midwifery at college, and many other yearly qualifications. i would be grateful if you could offer any information to help me achieve this goal. for example;
    -if I need to gain licenses or certificates.
    -gain clients for my services.
    -useful contacts.
    Thank you for your time. Mr Lee Stammers.
  • Terry Burgess said on October 13, 2011
    please send me start up information on starting up a respite service in me home and how to become certified in the state of Orlando, Florida. thank you.
  • Lillian Shepard said on October 15, 2011
    I live in Garner, N.C. I need all the info i can get. I am now an administrator in the family care business. please let me know what i need to do as i am coming into some money and is eager to start.
  • Grace Masha said on January 3, 2012
    I would like to start a respite business for school age children with Autism and multiple disabilities in Columbus Ohio. I have taught children with Autism and multiple disabilities for 27 years and want to try something different. I have also provided respite in clients homes through a company for 2 years. Please advice me on what is required certification/license wise, useful contacts, best ways to get clients etc. Thanks in advance, Grace
  • Dorris West said on January 12, 2012
    Have not yet started respite service, looking for information on how to start. I have thirty years of nursing experience in acute and long term care. please help.
  • Steve Calvit said on February 2, 2012
    Trying to find out how to start a respite center. I been teaching kids with autism for 8 years. I'm 24 yrs old with a masters in rehab counseling. I'll be licensed with the next year.
  • serena said on March 3, 2012
    I'm looking to start a respite business to serve children and adults with disabilities. Could you send me more info on what laws I need to look into. If I need additional insurance and what legal documents I will need. I'm thinking I will provide care at the home of the clients. Is that a bad idea? Most families I have talked to do not want to send their loved one to another home. Any thoughts?
  • tymekia king said on March 12, 2012
    Radclift INC. Southfield, MI 48237. Looking to start this business with respite care for adults and children. this company already take care of the mental and disabilities with adults. would like to expand the company.
  • Daneen Clendening said on March 15, 2012
    My sister and I would like to start an in-home support/respite care business for children and adults with disabilities in Valrico, FL (Hillsborough county)
  • Cheryl Egiebor said on April 27, 2012
    I would very much like to open a respite home for autistic boys ages 5-16. A home that will house about 12 children at a time. I am looking to hire all of the professional staff. Would you please provide me with all of the info and details needed. (Legal,insurances) This business will be in Albany County New York. Thank you
  • Melissa Linkous said on May 2, 2012
    I live in Rocky Mount VA and would like to start up a business for children and adults with disabilities Respite care. Would like any information I can get to start one up. I am a nurse and have been in the medical field for over 10 years
  • Lonnie James said on May 14, 2012
    Looking to try and start a respite care facility for teens who have no place to live or go. I am a licensed minister and have 17 years experience working with adolescents. I live in Jersey City NJ in the USA and hope to open a respite care facility in my city/state.
  • Tisha Conner said on May 16, 2012
    Looking to start a respite care facility in GA. Please send information if available. Thank you
  • Melia said on May 25, 2012
    I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities for 10 years. I live in a small Southwest Colorado town,where services are limited. I would like to start a respite program and serve individuals in their own home for long periods of time, or my home for short stints. Please advise. I have a degree in Human Services and am CPR, 1st Aide and Med Administration certified. Thank you!
  • Leslie said on May 28, 2012
    I have janitorial & building maintenance company in Pittsburgh, PA. 15206
  • sadia chaudhry said on June 6, 2012
    I want to start respite service in my own home , provide this service for any child and young person with learning disability, epilepsy or any others. i got 15 years experience in working care sector and 6 years with young childrens, i had nvq 3 in both care sector. medication training. and lots of other training as well.thanks
  • Lanelle Currie said on June 15, 2012
    I would like to start my own business with children with disabilities. I have 13 years of experience in the health care field. I'm a certified Nursing assistant. Thank you
  • Rachel Ramos said on June 18, 2012
    I want to start my own respite company, I have worked with children with Autism and other disabilities for 5 years. I have a B.A. in psychology. What license and credential do I need to get started on?
  • ericka said on June 19, 2012
    I have multiple interests. Will address in an e-mail. 15 yrs of nursing experience with children & adults.
  • Michael Hayes said on June 22, 2012
    I been working with participants with disabilities for 6yrs, i'm medical certified to administer medication in my state, CPR CERT, First AID CERT..... i managed a home that was very successful during inspection etc.. i know the requirements and what the state are looking for.... I would love more information on how to start my own small respite company... Please give me the information i need to get participants, all requirements, legal laws, etc. Thank You
  • Rebecca said on June 25, 2012
    I live in Utah. I am a certified special educator for students with severe disabilities. I would like to start an afterschool activities program for these kids. I already have a group of kids (parents) interested. What should I do next? Would this qualify as a service covered by Medicaid or insurance?
  • Sandra Miller said on July 3, 2012
    I have a Health Education and Psychology degree and currently working on a Master of Occupational Therapy. I also have an active CPR and CNA certificate. I also have 20 credits in AI post graduate work acquired. I would like to start a respite business in the state of Michigan for Developmentally Disabled Children and Adults. I would like to know the steps and what insurances would fund such services? I am also interested in liability insurance and bonding for workers? Thank You, Sandra L. Miller.
  • ANGELA D SMITH said on July 5, 2012
    Would like to start a respite care in my home for ages newborn-12yr old. How do I apply to be a provider for medicaid or other insurance that covers this service. Is there a license or certificate I need to obtain. I have worked as a Medical Assistant for over 20yrs, have a child I adopted with special needs and have the experience. I live in the State of Georgia.
  • desiree girdy said on July 15, 2012
    I would like to start Respite services in the state of Md for Hospice clients, and would like all information available including grants needed to start.
  • Tory Prevost said on July 17, 2012
    I would like to start a respite home based business in Georgia. please send me information on applying to become a medicaid provider and any other insurances that covers this service. Please include the licensure/certification required by the state of Georgia. I am currently working in the financial industry, but I have a passion to offer this service.
  • florence T. said on August 29, 2012
    I would like to start a respite services in the state of ohio for hospice clients or adults with disabilities. I am currently working as a nurse. I also have a business background in finance and management. I would like to know what requirements i need e.g; licensure/certification in the state of ohio.
  • Barbara said on September 3, 2012
    Houston, Texas. I am looking to start a Respite Care business for Foster Parents of children and including Special needs children as well. I would like to know what type of certification I will need in Texas and Whom do I contact to get that needed training? Thanks.
  • adele lynch said on September 6, 2012
    I am interested starting a respite care location for hospice patients and seniors. I live in Clinton Maryland and I already have extensive everyday experience in dealing with hospice patients and seniors. Please let me know how to get registered in my state of Maryland.
  • Brenda said on October 11, 2012
    I live in Northern Ohio (west of Cleveland) and have 2 special needs boys (ages 17 & 26), we are in need of respite weekends and a vacation week and can not find anything in our area. Have 49 years of personal experience with specials needs, worked in the field for over 20 years. We are wanting to open our own respite care center for all ages and disabilities. Need as much help as we can get to get started such as funding, credentialing, etc. Thanks
  • ms. robertson said on October 12, 2012
    Hello, can you please email about starting respite care services in South Florida.
  • Alisa Twitty said on October 14, 2012
    Hello.. I am looking to start a business with my focus being adults and or children with disabilities and special needs. I have 10 years of experience with special needs and have worked in the medical field for 22. I would like as much information as well as funding etc to get started because this would be a blessing being this is my passion and desire to be a blessing to any and everyone in need so information would be a blessing. Thanks.
  • Kathryn Adams said on October 17, 2012
    I am interested in starting a non-profit to provide respite for children with disabilities. Initially I think I would like to provide the care the the child's home and then branch out and have center-based care. I am getting reimbursed for respite I receive for my 12 year old daughter with ASD through an elderly and disabled waiver. I would like my business to work with families getting reimbursed via the waiver. I want the business to work on getting grants and additional donations. And the final goal is to set up group homes. The agencies I worked with when I first moved here provided terrible case management and I am doing a consumer based management where I hire the caregivers and the paperwork goes thru Public Partnerships LLC. Do you think I could continue to work with PPL as a non-profit?
  • Patricia Gill said on October 18, 2012
    I am interested in opening a Respite Facility. I am interested in caring for ambulatory patient. This facility would be Home away from home for not LONGER than 7 days. I need to know where to start. I am located in Charlotte, nc in Mecklenburg County
  • desiree girdy said on October 21, 2012
    Wanted more information on starting a in home respite service for hospice clients. I have my LPN License and have been in the field since 1990. The last 12 years have been hospice homecare. I'm starting from the ground up. Currently looking to rent with the option to buy due to bad credit to start my business. Need a lot of guidance.
  • Mr.Reid said on November 28, 2012
    located in Charlotte, NC. Have a facility ready to go, but not sure how to start the respite center. Was trying to start a day program, but with the new MCO requirements, did not make the deadline. Now have a 1 year lease, fully furnished and need some direction please.
  • Mr.Reid said on November 28, 2012
    5 years experience in Respite, Day Support, Day Group, Home and Community and Personal Care servicing the DD/MR community.
  • Ebony S said on December 4, 2012
    I am interested in providing after school programs for children and teens with dd. I would offer parties and socialisation for both family and students. Columbus.
  • Theresa said on December 9, 2012
    I would like information on how to start a in home Respite care business for children with special needs in California. My 8 years old son has autism, I would like to know the licensing involved to start such a business
  • Brian said on December 15, 2012
    My friend and I would like to start a respite care business in New jersey. Please help to provide the details on how to get licensed and how to get consumers and the necessary network that we need to accomplish this.
  • Anitra said on December 25, 2012
    I have worked as a Respite team leader for two years in FL. I now live in Texas and want to start my own respite services business. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I would like to serve disabled adults and children and would like info on how to get started.
  • Johnita said on December 29, 2012
    I am a registered nurse in West Palm Beach, Fl. I would like to obtain information regarding starting a respite care business for the elderly in my home. I need information on any state and federal regulations.
  • Katrina said on January 7, 2013
    I have worked in the respite field for over 20 years and in special ed. for 9 years. I would like to start a Respite Home in the thumb of Michigan. Could you please give me any info you have on how to accomplish this. Thank you
  • shawnda jackson said on January 18, 2013
    I am a vent nurse experience with mvi, spinal cord injury ,cp,quads i used to do respite in my home through neighborhood services but would like info on how to start up a business on my own can you help with. Thanks in advanced.
  • Georgia Roysdon said on January 19, 2013
    I am a Registered nurse in NE Ohio with 20 yrs experienced. I am interested in opening a respite provider care services in my area. Any information would be appropriated and helpful. God Bless
  • Stella Tabe said on January 22, 2013
    I am a licensed professional nurse interested in opening a respite care business for children and adults with disabilities in Houston Texas. Please provide me with necessary information. Thanks
  • Melissa G said on January 25, 2013
    Hello, I'm a Lpn in the Destin, Florida area. I am hoping to open a respite service in which I would go into the patients home. I have no idea what kind of licensing and insurance I need. Do I have to work under a RN or MD? Thanks so much!
  • Dorothy Makoni said on January 25, 2013
    I have just registered a respite care service, and would like more info on how to go about
  • W. Campbell said on February 4, 2013
    I am interested in opening a respite care home/facility for people with respiratory care needs. such as home oxygen, trachostomy and those who are ventilator dependent. From birth to 100 yrs plus. I have been a respiratory therapist for 25 plus years specializing in the home care field for 12yrs. I see the need for this area and would appreciate all the information you can provide for the state of Texas and Louisiana th
  • Dorothy Makoni said on February 5, 2013
    May you please kindly send me more info on how to start a respite business including licensing and insurance thank you
  • Deborah said on February 7, 2013
    I'm presently employed as a residential manager for 10 adults with intellectual disabilities in South Africa, and would like to start up my own facility. Kindly supply more information. Thank you
  • Kurina said on February 9, 2013
    Grays harbor county , wa ... I would like more info on starting respite care. I have 20 yrs exp as a cna in acute care ltc adults children, i also I have a med tech exp. Cpr first aid adults and infant,child.
  • Shonise Kiah said on February 15, 2013
    Aberdeen, NJ. I would like more information on how to start a respite care facility of my own. Please forward me the necessary information. Thank you.
  • ann jensen said on March 3, 2013
    Need Info regarding arizona law to open respite home for adults or kids.
  • Nell said on March 3, 2013
    I would like help in opening a Respite home, or Support home for Fosterparents in a Small town in Arkansas. please help with any information to get started. I'm a Fosterparent with 20 plus years of fostering. Thank-You
  • Christina said on March 12, 2013
    I live in Colorado Springs, CO. I want to know how to start up my own Respite care and implement Behavioral Therapy. How do I get insurances involved to help families pay for care?
  • jaymie said on March 19, 2013
    Hello there, I would like information on opening a business in respite care or becoming a home care provider. I have been working with MR/DD individuals for the last few years. Please forward me any information that is needed to get started. I reside in Atlanta, Ga. Thanks in advance
  • Swanica Nero said on March 21, 2013
    I would like to start a respite care home based business in New Orleans Louisiana I need information regarding Louisiana law to open a respite care for kids. Please forward any important information needed. Thank you
  • kay stutchbury said on March 22, 2013
    I would much like to open a respite home for children with autism. in Sydney NSW AU A home that will house about 6 children at a time. and probably employ 10 staff i have been working in the industry for the past 7-8 years as a teachers aid in a school for children with autism am qualified in SNR first aid CPR Epilepsy medaz crisis prevention intervention and many more. i have a registered business, ABN & TFN Would you please provide me with all of the info and details needed. public liability etc certification as such. thank you Kay
  • Donna said on March 26, 2013
    I need information regarding Louisiana law to open a respite care for Adults. I would like to start a respite care business in my home in New Orleans. Please send any important information required to do so. Thank you very much in advance.
  • Zoe said on March 26, 2013
    I am looking for information on opening an eldercare respite facility in wayne, oakland or macomb county in Michigan, as well as information on elderly fostercare homes in the same demographics. Dementia clients too! thank-you!
  • William Jones said on April 8, 2013
    I am in Hillsboro, OR and would like to open a day respite care for elderly and imfirm. I am an RN. What does it take to start? Is it as difficult as starting an adult foster care home? TYVM
  • Syed said on April 14, 2013
    Hi, I am interested to give support to intellectual disable people from age 5 to 40. I am public health worker and working since 2000. Please advise what I need to follow the rules to open respite home in Canada. Regards,
  • GERRY said on April 19, 2013
    PLEASE SEND RESPITE INFO FOR START UP IN DELAWARE. ABLE TO OPEN LARGE HOME TO ADULTS. WORKING WITH HOSPICE PTS NOW,NURSE FOR 27YRS. THANKS IN ADVANCE.
  • Jean Mason said on April 19, 2013
    Hi, I am looking for information to start a group home care setting in my area for MR people. Any information that you can send me would be greatly appreciated.
  • Kirstin said on April 24, 2013
    Hi I'm a nurse in NJ and I am seeing a great need for it in my area... If you could assist me with any contacts, info on state guidelines, or information regarding respite care... Also if there is any federal funding...
  • blimie wertzberger said on May 7, 2013
    Looking to open a respite little group of 12 kids in my home , what are the requirements, Thanks. Blimie
  • Tina Williams said on May 28, 2013
    My location is Middletown, DE, and I'm very interested in obtaining some information in how to start up a respite care business. I have over 23 years of experience in a hospital setting/community living arrangements/ group homes etc... I've worked with infants to the elders; people with disabilities and with out.
  • Tomika Stubbs said on June 3, 2013
    Hello I am trying to find out how I can start my own respite business in st.petersburg fl(pinellas county) please help with any information you can on where to start, thanks.
  • Annette said on June 4, 2013
    I am a Master's level registered nurse with over 25 years of experience and would like to start a residential/care home in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Iredell or Union County, NC. Please send information on the requirements to get started. Thanks
  • Elizabeth McDowell said on June 7, 2013
    I currently own a Medicaid Waiver Service in Louisiana and would like to become licensed for Respite Care in a home like setting. Please send information to steer me in the right direction. Thank you very much!
  • nadine said on June 8, 2013
    I am in need of information in the ga. Area on how to do respite-care for changled children
  • suzanne brown said on June 11, 2013
    I am in northern California. I would like some info. on how to get stated on opening an agency for children with atisum. thank you
  • Dr Mary E Abram-Parish said on June 15, 2013
    Houston, TX: I am seeking information on how to become a Respite Care provider and then start a business after I become trained. Respectfully, Mary Parish
  • Elizabth said on July 10, 2013
    Glendale, AZ, Looking to start a Respite Co-Op, or Respite care providers for children w/ special needs
  • Teresa Lucas said on July 11, 2013
    I would like information regarding starting a Respite Care Center for Teens and adults with ASD in the Michigan area.
  • Heather Mann said on July 30, 2013
    Hi, I'm looking to open a business in Canton Ohio focusing on young adults aging out of foster care and have no place to turn. What License/Certifications/Educational background would you need to pursue this successfully. Any help information on how you would go about receiving payment that would help support staff and the facility would be greatly appreciated. Thanks : )
  • Michael Aguirre said on August 7, 2013
    I am in Orange County, California. I would like some info on how to get stated on opening an agency to do in home respite services for children and adults with autism.
  • Kisha Gaskill said on September 2, 2013
    I live in Burlington county NJ. I work with parents and children that are autistic or have intellectual disabilities. I do have first aid and CPR along with personal experience of raising a 12 yr old autistic son. Is there anyway possible of opening up a respite without medical experience. Maybe it being called something other than respite. I am finding that while working with these families that there are many roadblocks for families of autistic children. especially finding respite. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. thank you
  • JMayhue said on September 2, 2013
    I live in Monmouth county, New Jersey and interested in starting a home based business. Please send me information.
  • Lydia said on September 5, 2013
    Hello, I would appreciate some more information on starting a respite business. Thank you
  • blimie wertzberger said on September 8, 2013
    looking to start a respite program for children in my community many years of experience in nursing and dealing with disabled kids
  • Cindy stockhusc said on September 8, 2013
    I would like to start up a respite type daycare for developmentally disabled people.
  • Priscilla Lebednikas said on September 14, 2013
    I am interested in starting a respite care for developmentally disabled people. I do respite in my home but I only have room for one person I want to get a building to rent . How do I get clients.
  • Veronica Campbell, DHA said on September 23, 2013
    Please supply me with information on starting a respite center in Michigan
  • Shaun said on October 10, 2013
    I live in Charlotte NC. I would like to start a respite business for children with Autism Please send me the necessary information I will need to get started.
  • Julie Mitchell said on October 23, 2013
    I am currently an LPN in the state of Illinois. I am looking to purchase the home next door to me to open as a Respite home for seniors or terminally ill clients. I wanted information on how to start my business successfully.
  • bridgette witherspoon said on November 4, 2013
    I am in Charlotte NC looking for information on starting a respite care HOME, here one must have a home care agency licensure, but I want to provide a home where a caregiver can drop their love ones off so that they can go on vacation, weekend getaway, wedding etc. Please provide me with any and all information! I want to cater to the elderly population. Quality of Life
  • Yolanda said on November 6, 2013
    Hello, I would like to start a caregiving business for children with disabilities in Palm Beach County, Florida. I would be providing respite care services in their home. I have six years of previous experience working with children and young adults with all types of disabilities. In addition, I have my certification in Home Health Aide. Please provide me with the information on how to start my business successfully. Thank you!
  • Maria said on November 23, 2013
    Would love some information to look at! Considering starting a respite business in Canada.
  • THERESA KASUMBA said on November 25, 2013
    Our Business location will be in San Diego California. We would like to get information for starting a respite care business to cater for children with autism ages 4-10.
  • DEBORAH said on December 10, 2013
    LOOKING TO OPEN A RESPITE CARE BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.
  • Tina said on December 17, 2013
    I live in the state of Arkansas, I am interested in starting a respite/emergency home care for children newborn to the age of seventeen. Need all info I can get.
  • kevin said on December 18, 2013
    My name is kevin and i would like more information in starting respite services in the state of Arizona. Please send me more information.
  • EGO said on December 18, 2013
    I AM INTERESTED IN STARTING A RESPITE SERVICE IN AUSTIN, TX OR IN SOUTH AFRICA. PLS FORWARD MORE INFORMATION . I AM A RN FOR 29YEARS . I WORKED WITH AUTISIC CHILDREN FOR 12 YEARS . I AM A VERY CARING AND LOVING PERSON . IT IS MY PASSION TO DO THIS. GOD BLESS ALL
  • Mrs. Boone said on January 2, 2014
    My business location will be in the rural area of Sumter SC. I would like to get information on starting a Respite Care business to serve the elderly. I have plans to have a facility built as well, so please share all information or tips you may have. Thank you
  • MRS. Taiwo said on January 4, 2014
    I like to start group home with respite care, but i do not know the way to go about it. I need help to start these business. Am a register nurse that have work with acute care, hospice care, LTECH, and rehabs center.Please i need all the information that can make me be successful.Thank you.
  • Mrs. Gunn said on January 8, 2014
    I am a Lpn residing in Omaha,Ne and I have developed a interest in providing respite care to children initially from my home and as my business grows moving into a larger facility. Please send me some information to help me get started.
  • William said on January 9, 2014
    Hi, I am looking for information on how to open/start a respite facility for ventilator dependent patients in Michigan. I am an experienced respiratory therapist. Thank you.
  • toni johnson said on January 9, 2014
    i would like info on starting a respite care business in buffalo ny
  • John Tarakchian said on January 15, 2014
    Hi need all the info i can get plzz! Trying to open a respite for school age children with autism. Location: north hollywood CA or anywhere in LA

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