Guide to Starting a Group Home

Guide to Starting a Group Home

a construction of a houseA group home is a facility where people who are unrelated to one another live in a cooperative-type environment. This gives the residents access to amenities and resources; therefore, allowing for semi-independence. Its nature is different from a nursing home due to the absence of aides and full-time staff.

But because it is a substitute for nursing homes and other facilities that provide care, a group home is subject to the same rules and regulations that cover nursing homes. Starting a group home is not different from starting any other business.

Alternative Home For Independent Elderly Citizens

Group homes for the elderly are grouped according to the level of service and medical care provided. They are licensed and regulated by the state Department of Health and Human Service. A group home also has to be registered as a business entity even if it is a non-profit organization.

Whether it is a corporation or a limited liability company, it will have to keep records of its expenses and have its own financial recording system. This is best done with the help of an accountant. As a taxpaying entity, it has to apply for a tax identification number.

Type of Group Home

There are several types of group homes, including adult group homes, foster care, as well as group homes for handicapped, troubled teens, youth, veterans, autism, Asperger’s, and others. Traditional homes do not cater to these groups. Group homes cater to more than just senior citizens or those with special needs. Typically, the residents of group homes are capable of working or helping themselves.

A group home is not a business for the fainthearted. It is a non-profit endeavor meant to help those who are in need. Even though the residents have an independent lifestyle, the group home needs highly trained staff to perform the tasks efficiently.