Starting a Home Health ..Help? - page 2

Hi Everyone, I'm new to this forum. let me first introduce myself, I'm a very young BSN turned semi entrepreneur, and im taking a plunge into starting up a home health; however, I need all the advice, inputs, criticisms,... Read More

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    Okay, things are making a little more sense now. You're right, getting into a state position like the health department or Jails is a little different and more lengthy a process than applying to community hospitals. I did ER at queen of the valley in west covina as a new grad and just accepted a position at Arcadia Methodist, ER. I'm also working two others facilities in the area. As far as I am aware, most hospitals in my area are hiring-assuming you have a little more to offer beside an RN license-and that can be your personality,tenacity, team player attitude, whatever.

    Good luck,


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    Congratulation on your job at Methodist!!!

    I hear what you are saying, I am easy to get along with and think I have a pretty good personality which I think may help me at Glen Adventist. Its funny all of my instructors in Nursing School told me not to go to the OR because my patients would not benefit from the bedside care I had to offer them as well as my personality. I did not listen, however, I do feel I made a difference in my patients level of anxiety in my pre-op assessment as well as during their intubation/extubation

    I have considered applying at Arcadia. Anyone who has been a patient there has been pretty happy. One of the nurses I worked with at County works in the OR at Arcadia. I'm also thinking about Home Health. There is one local agency I know of that offers training. I plan on contacting them and two others this week.

    How many hours do you work a week? That is unbelievable.

    As far as Home Health, have you checked out "Becoming Independent Nurse Contractor" on allnurses specialties? It looks pretty interesting and might be something you could do before starting your own agency while working at Arcadia Methodist.

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    You worked at County? I went to Los Angeles County College of Nursing. We did most of our clinicals there and I thought it was great.

    I actually don't have experience as a HH nurse, but I do plan on working for an agency maybe once a week just to wet my feet a little bit before I begin to actively pursue the hh biz.
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    I also went to LACCON and graduated in May 2006. What a coincidence. When did you graduate?? I went through the OR Training Program right out of school. I then gave them my 1 year per my contract and then left for the 12 hour shifts at Huntintgon Hospital.
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    I meant to ask:
    Do you know of any agencys who will train you and then send you out on assingments. I would love to work agency or per diem (problem:no experience)and keep some sense of flexibility. Do you have any advice for me?? It sounds like you know what you are doing.
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    No way! I was right behind you, Class of 07. I kinda stood out because I was the youngest in the class. You were probably one of my student teachers-haha.

    Anyways, when I find a good agency I'll let you know.
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    Quote from natkoz82
    Speaking from personal experience, the business is hard and there is a lot of competition. Not only are the franchises competing with one another but so are the smaller owned home-care agencies. The problem with owning your own business is the start up cost and overhead expenses, on the other hand buying into a franchise is also costly but you have your name, logo, flyers etc.. all made up for you already (you have to have the right qualifications to buy into one as well). I worked for two major home-care agencies and I can tell you they were struggling and this was five years ago. Most charge the client 17-22 per hour and alot of the times if the person is insightful enough to do their own background check on the caregiver they can have one for as little as 10 per me these agency owners know nothing but the background check about these caregivers and whatever it says on their resumes.
    Most of the time your major job will be marketing and that is a headache all in itself. Some of the clients are really odd as well and will only need help for 3 hours per week! I mean that doesn't cover anything, even if you own and operate out of your house. Find out what your local department on aging says, is there a need for this type of service in your particular area, what is your competition? Research as much as possible, I don't mean to sound completely negative but it is really tuff and I live in a huge city.
    If your in home health you should be in it for the medicare license. I dont believe home health is hard to run if you have the right person running the company. We went from 14 patients (medicare) when I started to 75(medicare) in 6 months. Multiply that number by $2500(average per patient) every two months.

    Here's the deal. The medical industry is very difficult for those that have no experience in it. Most people have the ability to learn home health and run an business but the quality of that business is up in the air.

    I have seen too many business people run home health agencies into the ground because they couldn't relate medically to why their staff kept leaving and why patients were not getting seen. They would cut costs in the worse areas possible and make purchases that made no sense.

    I am currently pulling a company out of the dirt; well already pulled out now just washing off. They even resist me at times with ideas but there is a right way and a wrong way to do home health and if you do it wrong your throwing your money away if you do it right you'll make more than you imagined.

    By the way I'm looking to open and certify a home health agency; looking for the capital. Might just do it myself already now I can get the patients as well as the license.
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