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Posted April 22, 2008

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Professional Caregiving: Getting Clients

Q. I opened a personal care home with a permit for two people. Can you help me to provide some residents, or can you tell me who can help me? Thank you for your time and your help. Have a nice day. With respect,

Victoria R., Auburn, Georgia.

A. I assume you’re operating an Adult Day Care or Residential Care facility, and have all the necessary state certification to do so.

First, you should look in the classified ads in the newspaper or on the Internet to see if anyone is specifically looking for your types of service offerings. Such ads are few and far between, but you might get lucky.

Second, look for ads seeking daily or live-in home care, and call them to explain the advantages of care in your home. You’ll know that a care need exists for the person you’re talking to, and you might be offering a better alternative that they hadn’t even been considering.

Third, you might try placing classified ads of your own in an appropriate section/category such as Home Health Services or Elder Care.

Generally speaking, however, your clients are most likely to come through referrals.

You should contact everyone you know, both personally and professionally, and let them know what you’re doing and the types of clients you’re looking for.

You should contact and register with all the local and state government organizations dealing with the elderly, including senior centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and social workers. For a more inclusive list, you can go to the CaregiversHome website, click on "Resources," and go to "Eldercare locator". This should provide you with an excellent starting point.

Best of luck in your endeavors. You are helping to fill a great and growing need!

This answer is provided by Steve McCloskey, president of Caregiver’s Home Solutions, an in-home elder care business based in Fairfield, Connecticut. He can be reached at smccloskey@caregivershome.com and his company website is www.caregivershomesolutions.com.

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