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Opening a nursing home?
When my grandmother was sick we took care of her until she passed away, we did the same thing with my grandfather. All in our house.
We have a pretty huge house and my mom came up with an idea of opening a nursing home in our own house. I think it's a great idea, we would take care of maybe 2 - 3 seniors in our house, give them as much personal attention as possible, perhaps assign someone to watch them and stuff and then at night have maybe one person watch all of them while they're sleeping? My mom also wanted to hire some doctors and nurses or something. Anyway, does anyone have any idea if this idea would work? I personally enjoy spending time with seniors since I was raised by grandmother, I always wish I had the opportunity to spend more time with her, before she passed away.
A noble cause, but you would need to check your state regulations through the state agency that regulates licensed facilities and senior services (typically it is the Division of Aging or Department of Health in most states).
Each state has different licensure levels. Each state will also provide information on who doesn't require licensure. Usually the stipulations for not requiring licensure are that one is not providing protective oversight, continuous nursing care, and a set number of individuals can only reside in the home. Licensure requirements will always include fire safety. So if your plans are in looking at becoming licensed, keep in mind that many states will require new license applicants to meet new requirements, regardless of how old the home is.
Just to define for you... a nursing home provides 24 hours skilled nursing services, and with that nursing homes vas to meet specific state and federal regulations for not just nursing care, but physical plant, construction, environment, dietary services, social services, activities, and life safety code (fire requirements). So an existing house environment would not qualify as a skilled nursing facility in any state.
Source(s):12 months ago
I work in a nursing home. If you are going to be set up to accept Medicare and Medicaid it is probably not practical. And I doubt you could make enough money of of 2 or 3 persons to pay for round the clock nursing care, a supervising doctor, etc. etc. Plus they probably woudn't approve your home for the site. I personally know a woman that does what you are talking about though. She does not call her place a nursing home, though, but she takes care of anywhere of 1 to 8 old people by herself in her home. I'm not real sure how she does it legally. But anyway, you would not be able to accept medicaid funds but you could do it as long as you get the right permits and things, just not as a nursing home. Probably the best place to start would be contacting the right type of lawyer for information.by what did i do to deserve this - 12 months ago