Here is What Will Make or Break the Small Group Home….

Here is What Will Make or Break the Small Group Home….

The small group home is here to stay, although they are not what we once accepted them to be. 30 years ago we relegated them to the backs of neighborhoods, prejudged many to be substandard and gazed at their populations of often only the developmentally disabled and the mentally ill. Today they are among the …
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Some Tips on Making Residential Adult Day Care Meaningful…

Some Tips on Making Residential Adult Day Care Meaningful…

Group homes are all over the place and a significant percentage of them are doing a wonderful job caring for the most vulnerable among us.  A trend today includes many of these homes adding a day time component that does not impact their resident census and that new component is known as Residential Adult Day …
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In Residential Care, the Sanitation Program Can Make or Break You

In Residential Care, the Sanitation Program Can Make or Break You

There is never a crime in focusing first and foremost on person-centered resident care when developing group living programs.  It would be a mistake, however, not to tie the home’s sanitation program to the success of person-centered care. Such a program or plan must take everyday and divide it into four, (4) or six, (6) …
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Lack of Collaboration in Care Both Dangerous and Unfortunate…

Lack of Collaboration in Care Both Dangerous and Unfortunate…

The business of care has many faces.  From hospitals to the small group home that may be around the corner to medical care in correctional facilities, there are many mechanisms for taking care of the aged, disabled and injured among us.  Collaboration in the larger spectrum is pretty solid as hospitals share in research projects …
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Specialization Works in Small-Scale Group Living

Specialization Works in Small-Scale Group Living

Often when we hear the term specialization in the business of operating a group home we think about the process of being recognized to serve those with mental and developmental challenges.  This is the case with many regulatory designations, including within the Michigan adult foster care system. However, for many specialization involves a much broader …
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Its So Crowded….

Its So Crowded….

I recently attended a meeting of new Medicaid providers in a southern part of the United States.  I listened to representatives of the Department of Health remind providers – primarily in home care – who were looking to operate in a heavily saturated metropolitan market that their marketing needed to be aggressive and consistent.  The …
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My Time with Young Entrepreneurs in Care…

My Time with Young Entrepreneurs in Care…

I guess once you past 50 not everyone wants to call you young anymore.  I am ok with that, after all you are as young as you feel, right?  (and lol if it works for you).  The beauty of my age is what I can contribute to confident younger entrepreneurs in care who may be …
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Life Assurances in Assisted Living Management Bring Peace of Mind….

Life Assurances in Assisted Living Management Bring Peace of Mind….

Now that I think about it, the year was 1997.  My next door neighbor was the late John Dickerson, a retired police lieutenant and 3rd Degree Mason from the City of Detroit.  He lived at 6013 Artesian near Ford Road in Detroit, Michigan and mom and I lived at 6021.  He told me he lived …
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Pre-Sales in Assisted Living Complement Life Planning….

Pre-Sales in Assisted Living Complement Life Planning….

Pre-sales in assisted living are becoming more and more common and to the advantage of not just assisted living owners, but families as well.  This term is used to describe the process of allowing future residents to pay for their suites before construction or renovation is completed. Often before a move into an all-encompassing assisted …
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Know Legal Wage Requirements Before Engaging Live-in Staff

Know Legal Wage Requirements Before Engaging Live-in Staff

In smaller and sometimes larger assisted living homes, including adult foster care, personal care homes, adult family care homes, etc. live-in staff can reduce overall wage obligations.  At least they should. At the same time it is urgent that providers know the applicable laws, both federally and state based that affect what you need to …
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