Starting a Rehabilitation Health Center

There are many types of rehabilitation centers. But one thing is sure for all – building one is a tremendous task. You’d need to think about a business plan, funding, location, licenses, and staff hiring.

Would you like to know the specifics to consider when starting a rehab center? Read on and find out from our basic guide.

There are many kinds of rehabilitation centers, each offering a specific service to the specific need of particular patients. There are rehab centers for cardiac patients, alcoholics, drug addicts and those that are recovering from accidents. As a health facility, building a rehab center requires a lot of funding, and numerous licenses acquisition. Here are some things to consider when starting a rehab center:

Location.

A rehabilitation center is a place meant for people who are undergoing or recovering from an illness or condition. These people need a place conducive to healing, typically a place far from stress and noise. You need to find such an ideal place for your rehab center, ideally a suburbian area.

Licenses.

As a health facility, you’d have to meet requirements in addition to the usual licenses required of non-medical related business. Such licenses and permits, including health and environmental permits, are meant to ensure that the operation of the facility is not a threat to the health and safety of the people and the environment around it. Ask your state’s health department for a list of requirements needed for your type of rehabilitation center.

Facilities.

This includes the physical location of the center as well as the equipment needed. Buildings may be acquired, built or leased. Equipment needed for the facility may be bought new or second hand.

People.

They are your most important assets. Depending on your type of rehab center you’d need an assortment of medical professionals like therapists, doctors, counsellors, nurses, and aids. For the administrative, management and accounting aspect you’d need people to work as staff, cashiers and clerks. It would be best if you can find such professionals near where you intend to operate the business. Otherwise, you have to hire people from other places, which could entail higher pay because of the relocation factor.

Funding.

You’d need a lot in order to have all of these. The size of the fund will depend on the size, the way assets will be acquired, and nature of the facility you are planning to have. Rehab centers that require a lot of equipment and machine, like a physical therapy center, will typically cost more. It will also require more immediate capital outlay to build buildings than to lease one.

Business Plan.

A solid business plan is needed not only in the operation of the rehab, but also during its development. It will be needed in obtaining licenses and in acquiring funding from investors and banks.

35 Comments

  • Nuwagaba Sheila said on October 12, 2010
    am very concerned about how we are faced with heartfelt losses of our loved ones who have engaged in severe smoking and drinking which maybe considered minor in our daily lives.i would love to stand up and face it, helping individuals who are prey. regards uganda
  • dr.jay gupta said on August 24, 2011
    cardiac rehabilitation therapist...want to give facilities of cardiac as well as pulmonary care to all category of peoples.....in mumbai and other aera......thanking you...please do the needful. Regards...DR.JAY GUPTA M.P.TH.(cardio pulmonary condition ) (33323-PT 09 ICD USA) professor medical college..nashik
  • dr neelu rana said on September 1, 2012
    i want to start my rehab center in saharanpur(u.p.). pls give me some dynamic ideas for this. thanx.
  • Anguzu Derrick said on September 17, 2012
    Being an agent here in Uganda, I visited one site at the lakeside, the first idea that came into my mind was a rehabilitation centre, am really interested in sharing this idea, coz it can really be a very good location. And since rehabilitation services are still low here yet more psychological problems crop in, it could be a very good venture.
  • varaprasad said on October 30, 2012
    help me making rehab center; with an detailed example, thanking you
  • John Dipuo makhubela said on March 2, 2013
    I want to start a woonga (nyaupe) rehabilitation center I am in south africa +27 I have to identify a farm of city of tshwane I can buy it. but I don't have funds I need help and I have to change the world . This is really killing people And boy of tomorrow Are really dieing (please help I can do whatever it take to see this opportunity) My number is 0713141341
  • aobakwe said on March 20, 2013
    Good day i would like to setup a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. the youth in my country here in Botswana are abusing drugs and alcohol. they really need help cause most of them are educated they hold diplomas and degrees but they resort to drug abuse instead of helping in the nations building and youth empowerment schemes. the our parliament has just passed on a motion to build rehabs that can help the youth in reaching their heights and creating employment. pls can anybody help or form a partnership with an existing rehabilitation centre. i can be reached at +26772734629 or email me at aobakwekobedi@yahoo.com.thanx in advance.
  • Dr. Mazen Murad said on March 24, 2013
    I want to establish a comprehensive rehabilitaton center . I need to know how to start, funds needed, building requirements, equipments to buy, staff needed. thank you
  • Bakashaka mbabazi said on June 19, 2013
    The idea of rehab centre should be treated with urgency because we are loosing the generation not only that but also we face a mental health nation in near future why because we are sited here thinking someone else is responsible. I have idea, I have knowledge but who is ready to develop this idea. I have experience and I am a counselor and I need some out their to respond to me and we work together to save Ugandans who at cross roads in every thing. I need to develop the proper direction of this idea then I look for finders whose objectives focus the communities and the location is ready located research made and the need is there please let's start now.
  • Bakashaka mbabazi said on June 19, 2013
    The location is in western Uganda. The urban poor Mbarara where all non educated and the jobless educated have flooded the urban in search of better life but this. Has more Most finders target the rural forgetting the urban centres. Mbarara boarders with Congo, Rwanda so there is quite a lot of need of services and this will make a big change not only for families but entire nation and good neighborhood.
  • JOHN. DIPUO MAKHUBELA said on February 13, 2014
    Hi I need someone who want to invest I have a plan in running a rehabilitation Center in soshanguve. Pretoria south Africa my numbe is +27713141341
  • Jeannette Botha said on May 8, 2014
    We want to establish a comprehensive rehabilitation center. We need to know how to start, what government requirements have to be adhered to, funds needed, building requirements, equipments to buy, staff needed, where to apply for grants, ect. thank you
  • Michelle Smith budden said on September 10, 2014
    Nj would loved to find and inquire more information for opening a brain injury rehabilitation center that takes all insurance that none is left behind in their recovery
  • prakash rao said on October 15, 2014
    Hi, i want to start new rehabilitation center in hyd. kindly guide me.
  • Dr. Noreen Khan said on November 16, 2014
    Would like to change my clinic to rehabilitation centre. As I am located in a quiet area. How do I go about it?
  • beauty kekana said on April 20, 2015
    my mum was discharged from the hospital and dr. referred to home based care that he knew it was non-existing. I need funding to establish a rehabilitation centre for the elderly at Suurman in Hammanskraal.
  • matete said on June 4, 2015
    I'm base in limpopo province at motetema location next groblersdal. I would to know more about drug abuse Rehabilitation center and how to start.
  • Haji Saifudin Tantry said on August 19, 2015
    I want to start an aids rehabilitation centre in handwara district kupwara state jammu & kashmir india
  • Ellen said on October 5, 2015
    I really long to open in zambia,most people are lost because they don't have one to control and help them have self esteem.
  • joseph said on August 6, 2016
    I would like to start a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center here in Kenya what should I do
  • RAMESH SALVE said on September 30, 2016
    I want to establish a comprehensive rehabilitation center for old age and stoke patient in shirdi, maharastra. I need to know how to start, funds needed, building requirements, equipment to buy, staff needed. thank you contact no 09921353736 RAMESH SALVE
  • Baveeta said on January 17, 2017
    @Ellen...Please email me concerning set up in Zambia. Are u currently involved doing that or looking for ways to do a rehab centre.
  • Richard said on May 29, 2017
    I'm Richard I have a plot 4.30 hectares I need information on which channels to follow and Qualify for funding to open a rehabilitation centre in bloemfontein can you assist with such info where do I start Richard 0172088917 (drugs and alcohol rehab) I don't like to teach the victims how to do farming and construction skills as part of the healing programs
  • Betty Barajas said on October 14, 2017
    Yes id like help perhaps guidance perhaps education on opening a detox center of Opiate Dependents. I have a sensitivity for such individuals a have got this itch of interest for it . any input please inform??
  • STANLEY SHUSTA said on November 15, 2017
    OUR CURRENT DRUG REHABS DONT WORK THEY DONT. I HAVE BEEN TO TWO OF THEM AND WHAT I LEARNED HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MY PROBLEM. FIX THE THINKING AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS DRUGS GO AWAY NO LONGER NEEDED. I NEED HELP IN REALLY PUTTING A PLAN TOGETHER FOR A REHAB EVEN ON A SMALL SCALE AT FIRST. I HEALED THROUGH MY OWN RESEARCH . ON HOW TO DEAL WITH DISTURBING OR JUST UNEASE .THINKING AND EMOTIONAL I KNOW IT CAN BE DONE . I HAVE NO FUNDING FOR THIS AND NEED A SMART BUSINESS MAN WHO KNOWS HOW TO PLAN. PLEASE GET BACK WITH ME SO WE CAN COLLABORATE AND REALLY HELP HURTING AND DYING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THANK YOU SO MUCH
  • Hemanta thakuria said on March 4, 2018
    Plz give me some information about how can I start my rehab center... My number is 9435819609
  • ABDUL RAHMAN KOROMA said on April 26, 2018
    IF I DO HAVE SPONSORS, I WILL LIKE TO SETUP ONE FOR DRUG ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS IN SIERRA LOENE.
  • Carolyn Underhill said on April 27, 2018
    I am presently taking a course in Business Office Administration. Each student has to choose a business that we would like to start own businesses. I chose a rehabilitation center for patients that have had surgery, accidents and strokes and were referred by their doctors for therapy. I would like to know how to get started.
  • Mrs.Ranju Tripathi said on July 12, 2018
    hello, i am psychologist i am planning to start a rehabilitation center for special need children. i am planning to assess their mental ability and plan different skill development programme like social & personal skills, speech therapy, occupational therapy, yoga & meditation, special education programme etc. i am staying in badlapur, there are many special need children but there is only one special school, which is very far away from badlaur so all special need people are not able to get benefits out of it. so i need some information on how to start a rehabilitation centre for especially need people.
  • Joseph Kalema said on November 8, 2018
    I've people from the US who're willing to help me start a rehabilitation center here in Masaka Uganda! Could you please let me know what I must put in place first?? Yes, I've read all of them but let me hear from you still. I'll be waiting for your email, please!
  • Hari Krishna Sharma said on June 23, 2019
    Spinal Cord Injury Association Nepal is a registered non government organisation working for the betterment of SCI/D since its inception in 2000. We are going to establish SCI/D rehabilitation center. We need funding, medical rehab equipment etc.We need your advice and support.
  • Donnie Missouri said on August 6, 2019
    Hello My name is Donnie from Baltimore and I want to start my own treatment can you help me please.
  • michelle bonn said on October 7, 2019
    Hi my name is Michelle Bonn and I was looking to open up a affordable drug rehab for people who cant afford it in Kenosha wi. Please let me know where I can start thank you so much I would greatly appreciate it.
  • Anthony Pierce said on October 17, 2019
    Thank you for all the information on your web page. I too like many others are keen to address the scourge of alcohol and drugs. I have been approached by a local church to workshop them on the establishment of a community based drug centre, what should the business plan entail?
  • Anthony Pierce said on October 17, 2019
    Not sure whether you received the earlier mail. I have been approached by a local church to workshop them on the establishment an based.of a rehab centre for drug users and alcoholics. I am South African based. A.Pierce

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