Group homes have become one of the fastest growing businesses within the human services field. More states are moving to community-based services and downsizing large institutions. This transition has created an increase in demand for group homes that allow residents to live in regular neighborhoods and become a part of their community. This change in treatment focus has made the group home business extremely competitive. Established agencies are getting competition from new providers looking to profit from the much sought out Medicaid dollar. Why wouldn’t they cash in? Group homes can make anywhere from $80,000 - $90,000 a year per resident. This doesn’t even include rent that is also paid to the group home agency from SSI benefits. Residential services are one of the most important services case managers have to coordinate. Extreme care should be taken when helping clients find the right home. You would do the same if you were looking for a home for your family. The same care should be taken for your clients. I have listed a few things that families look for in a group home and how you can create a great home experience for your clients.
Location- Location is an important factor when thinking about opening a group home for several reasons. Choosing the right city, neighborhood, and area is critical in attracting clientele and creating the most appropriate environment. Research the cities that would work best for your agency. In my experience, most group homes tend to be in the same city as the central office. This allows for a quick response in the case of a medical or behavioral emergency. Once established, agencies can expand to multiple cities.