I know in ohio there are several types. one is a social model and one is a health care model where they do treatments and such. I know there are health care regulations and maybe your state health department can help you with that. If your thinking about accepting different payors such as a waivered program they have their own regulations.
Good place to start. Some of the day cares take Passport clients which is an Ohio waiver partially federal and partially state funded to keep people home and out of nursing homes. I worked an adult day care and loved it till I was laid off. What part of Ohio do you live in? I might be able to give you some names of people to talk to if you want-if it is in an area where I know some one. I am from NW Ohio but now live in Columbus.
I'm in SW Ohio. After visiting three of these day care centers today, I think I'm shelving this idea. It seems some big Nursing Homes have gotten involved in this area. I saw some very nice facilities, and I know I can't compete with the services they're providing (all for Medicaid reimbursement)!
Nancy - that's the secret. Do not try and compete. Offer something more personalised, private, in home etc. etc. Smaller businesses, even in healthcare, get breaks on what gets licensed. Consult small business bureaux etc. Think about looking at independentrn.com
RNs can be independent medicaid providers in most states. Check out your state.
Nancy: DO NOT GIVE UP THIS IDEA! Believe me, this type of care for the elderly is going to be very much needed and in the near future, I might add. The health care model is the one that will be in demand.
Are you talking about a sort of respit type thing? A casual place for a few elderly to meet and socialize while care provider takes a break? I think that would be excellent idea and filling a HUGE need. I never thought of that. I hope you persue it. I think you just gave me a goal for my career. Good luck.
Angelbear, there IS a huge need for this type of care. My dad had dementia and my mom took care of him at home. She was exhausted. I found a day services program in the basement of a local church for him, and a bus took him there three days a week. They had coffee and rolls, read the newspaper, played games, and made crafts. He loved it!
My dad was terrified of having to go to a nursing home, but my mom needed help. This program was perfect, because he thought he was just going to a Senior Citizens group. One of the men there called it "going to work".
I was thinking of starting a program similar to that one: a small group of seniors who just needed someplace to go during the day.