10 Basic things you MUST have in your Personal Care Home

Every home is different and should provide supports and services to meet the unique needs of the residents. As you begin to think about what population you plan to support, it will become clear what items you will need to help your clientele feel comfortable, safe and right at home.

If you are supporting children, consider what you need in the home to effectively support children. Keep in mind that the needs of the adolescent teen are very different from the needs of small children.

For homes that are set up as Memory Care programs, its important to consider safety measures for residents at risk of wandering or elopement.

Whether you are planning to operate a personal care home for senior citizens, children, homeless veterans, or people with mental health challenges there are basic items that every PCH should have to ensure the health and safety of its residents..

Below are 10 basic items you must have in your home.

These are the basics and not in any way the only safety items needed. This list is not exhaustive. There are and will be many other items that are required by your licensing board, state government or that you personally find useful.

  1. Smoke Detectors
  2. Carbon Monoxide
  3. Fire Extinguishers
  4. Fire Ladder
  5. First Aid Kit
  6. Emergency Food Supply
  7. Flash lights
  8. Batteries
  9. Wheel Chair Ramps
  10. Bedside Commode

If your regulations allow it, you may need door alarms and arm bracelet for those at risk of wandering or elopement.

So check our the rules and regulations in your area for setting up and operating a personal care home and go get what you need!

 

 

 

Your employees can Make or Break your business

I hate to have to bring this up, but its true. Your staff can cause your business to sink or swim.

No, really! In this business of caring for folks, the staff people who you hire can uplift or destroy your reputation and all that you worked hard to build. It is incredibly important to choose your employees wisely. This does not mean that your girlfriend or church member is the best choice just because they make you laugh and appear to be “nice”. Stay away from hiring someone based on your feelings about them personally and use your “business head” when determining who you think is reliable, trustworthy, and efficient. The person you hire should be self-directed and able to handle urgent and emergent situations in your absence.  He or she should be a person who loves to provide care and take direction well, accept a leadership role in your absence and someone who you truly trust to make the right decisions to ensure the safety of your residents.

What I just described may not be what your friend is capable of doing. Your auntie may make a mean apple pie but can she document effectively or ensure medications have been supervised in a timely manner? Make decisions like the boss that you are and not base hiring decisions solely on your emotional connection to people.  Always conduct yourself as the leader of your agency or company and don’t fall prey to hanging out with your employees or sharing intimate details of your life. Keep it professional at all times.

Anther point to consider is that when employees are paid fairly and trained well, the outcome is very favorable. Create a training schedule to ensure that your staff members are trained in all aspects of care such as fire drills, proper nutrition, meal planning, medication management, driving laws, incident reports, personal grooming and hygiene, diabetic care, dementia care, cultural diversity, etc.

In addition, be present and responsive to your employees. Have an open-door policy. If your staff  sense that its impossible  to get in touch with you or that you are inaccessible to them, they will begin to get careless and unmotivated. Implement a schedule for staff meetings (yes, even if you have one employee) to ensure that everyone is on the same page and feel supported.

Remember that the end goal should always be that your clients or residents get the best care possible.. When your staff feel supported, trained and valued it improves client care and the overall morale of the personal care home. Additionally, your business should aim to maintain a positive reputation in the community for repeat business and satisfied customers. This is a recipe for success in this business!

It’s Here! Our new Facebook group

Please help me to celebrate our long awaited facebook group!

Initially I did not see the need for a facebook group and then I felt that I did not want another thing to manage.

Well, after repeated several requests, I decided that the FB group could actually offer much more intimate contact, direct feedback and the sharing of pictures, videos and other information to help you to feel more confident and connected to this community of people who are embarking on this business of caring.

Go on over and check it out. You have to request to be a member of the group however and soon it will be a secret group for just a select few.

http://www.facebook.com/personalcarehomes

Get an Audio Recording of the Coaching Call!

Greetings PCHer’s,

The Four Week Group Coaching call was amazing!!

I shared so much useful information to help get your idea out of your head and into reality. I shared  my years of professional experience in this business to help you avoid the pitfalls.

I covered things you need to do to set your PCH home up and explored ways to decide on the best location , offered cheap or no cost marketing and advertising tools you can use , provided my “formula” for coming up with your fees/charges, and shared creative ways to get money to fund this dream of yours,  and much much more!

For a very limited time, I am offering the audio recording of the 4 Week Group Coaching Call. Please let me know if you want the recording.

Hey, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you can stay on top of everything I put on this blog. You wanna stay in the loop, right?  :-)

What’s keeping you Stuck?

So, by now you’re probably pretty sure you want to do this. You want to open a personal care home to serve the people of your community.  You think about your dream both day and night. You find yourself daydreaming at your current job or during lunch breaks. The thought of you running your own business is an unshakeable desire. It feels exciting, it feels good and it feels right.

But, there’s just one thing…..you haven’t done anything yet!  You haven’t taken any steps or made any move toward your goal. Or maybe you have researched and researched and still have not done anything tangible toward your dream.

My question to you, what are you waiting for? When are you going to take the first step toward realizing and manifesting your dreams. You know that you have what it takes to be an awesome caregiver and business owner. So what’s got you stuck?

Fear may be why you haven’t moved. Fear is normal. Fear pushes us in one direction or the other. It pushes us closer to or further away from our goals.We all have it in one form or fashion. Acknowledge your fear, breathe through it, and do what you fear anyway.

Self doubt is another creepy little thing that holds us back. Self doubt keeps us immobile and scared. It reminds us of previous failures. It shuts us down.

Blame is yet another toxic thinking pattern that keeps us stagnant. Do you blame your family, friends, co-workers, employers,  etc. for holding you back? Do you find yourself making up stories about why you are stuck in an attempt to rationalize your stuckness? Do you make statements  like, “Well if he hadn’t done that , I would be able to do this” ; or “I can’t start my business because she won’t loan me the money”; or “My job works me too hard and I don’t have time to follow my own dreams”, etc.

Taking full ownership of your dream may be a very important first step. Of course it helps when others help and support you; however, if you are looking for someone to do the work for you or hold your vision in the same light as you do, you may be disappointed. Take ownership and decide what you need to do today to get started.

Create a checklist list of what action steps YOU need to take. Each week create a new list and start checking them off one by one. Before you know it, you would have made so much progress all because you took action and got yourself unstuck !

In a word (or two). Tell me what keeps you stuck. Who knows… others may be stuck just like you. Drop your response below (1-2 words).

I believe in you, you can do this!

Peace and Love

 

 

What’s your WHY?

I bet you are on this blog post, obviously, because you have a burning desire to do something different. You want to impact lives in a big way and want to provide great care to those that need just a little help and support, right?

In order to do that you should know, or at least, have a general idea about what drives you. Why do you want to do what you want to do?  In others words, what’s your why?

To help you figure this out, go ahead and ask yourself these few questions. Once you have taken some time out to really think about this, you should have your why question answered for you. Get ready, get set….go!!

So, what’s the mission of your business?

Why does your business exist?

What purpose does your business provide?

What problem do you solve?

Now, go  ahead and answer these few questions. If you get stuck, no worries, just think about it while taking a walk, a shower or when meditating. Your friends and family might also help you to remember why you want to get into this business (remember folks, it is a business). So, don’t be afraid to ask them. They may help to remind you of your qualities, experience, knowledge, gentleness, etc.

What ever your why is, it’s unique to just you!

 

Difference between a Personal Care Home and Assisted Living Community

Many people use the terms ‘Assisted Living Community’ and ‘Personal Care Home’ interchangeably. But did you know that there is difference?

A few years ago, Georgia  for instance, decided that they would not give a permit to a PCH that had the term ‘Assisted Living’ in its title.

For example an owner could not call their home “My House XYZ Assisted Living PCH”. In fact, some owners were required to remove the title from their PCH, that must have sucked!

When naming your PCH (Personal Care Home) make sure you do not use the term ‘Assisted Living’ in its title unless it truly is an Assisted Living Community. Check the rules and regulations for your state if you are not in Georgia.

So what is the difference you ask?

Well,  an Assisted living Community is a Personal Care Home but its for homes with 25 or more beds (that’s why its a COMMUNITY)! These are larger scale facilities that offer a myriad of services and supports.

If you have or considering less than 25 residents in your home, well you might be a PCH. In most cases, PCH’s are homes that support 2-10 people (depending on your area rules and regulations). Anything more than that is some other type of residential care arrangement.

In any event, check with the local licensing board in your area to confirm if this is true for you.

Hope this helps bring more clarity to your business vision!