Article by Alyssa Elting McGuire, MA, MPA
So, you’re thinking of opening your own adult care home for seniors and persons with disabilities? Congratulations! This is an exciting decision. Maybe you’ve worked as a caregiver for several years in an adult care home, assisted living facility, nursing facility, or as an in-home caregiver.
You’ve now decided you’d like to take the next step and become an adult care home provider with your name listed on the license. You most likely feel passionate about caring for elderly and disabled individuals. This is great; however, this is not a decision to be made lightly. Owning your own adult care home business and being a caregiver for another provider are two very different experiences with their own unique challenges.
Now is the critical time to reflect on your motivation and passion for becoming an adult care home provider, while also considering the realities of this role. Now is the time for a frank discussion. I’d like to talk about seven reasons to open your own adult care home, and three reasons to consider another career path.
Let’s start with the reasons not to open your own adult care home.
Okay, I admit that was a bit intense, but in my time working in adult care homes in both a protective services and regulatory capacity, I’ve seen it all. My purpose is not to scare you away from this business, but to make sure you’re going into the business with your eyes open and for the right reasons.
Now let me give you the reasons you should consider opening your own adult care home business.
Now is the perfect opportunity to really reflect on your skills, passions, interests, personality, and lifestyle before you make the leap into becoming an adult care home provider. It can be a challenging, yet highly rewarding career, especially if you go into the business for the right reasons. As the old adage goes, choose a job you love, and you never have to work a day in your life.