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Feeding Residents in Residential Assisted Living

By Gene Guarino

Food, It’s important for all of us. In assisted living, it’s actually the number two activity, if not number one inside an assisted living home. If we feed the residents properly, they’ll be healthier. They’ll live longer, they’ll be better behaved, they’ll be more comfortable, they’ll be a joy to be around. However, if somebody is uncomfortable, with either the food choice, the amount of food, the quality of food…that is so easy to fix.

How much does it cost to feed residents?

The cost of food is not very much at all. The national average per day per person in assisted living is $5 to $7 a day per person. If we’re to take a 12-ounce piece of Filet Mignon, and bring it to the seniors, that would easily feed four of them. Buying that filet at the store might cost $15 a pound. So if you bought $15 a pound and you bring that into the home, that’s about $4 per person for that filet. If you had filet once a week, you’re head and shoulders above every other assisted living home out there.

What do the residents want to eat?

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I always ask the residents when they come in, what’s your favorite? What do you love to have? What haven’t you had in a while? What’s your favorite cake and pie and the rest of it? If they say, I love seafood, shrimp, fish and so on. You can get jumbo shrimp the size of your finger that costs you very, very little and if they ate one, two or three of them, that’s all they need. For them, the high-quality foods served on a special occasion is a real special treat.

Can you hire a chef? What are my options?

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Now, if you really want to go for it and be special, if you really want to have a home that people will wait in line to get into, have a chef, a dedicated person who is culinary trained. Maybe even having a menu on the table. Do cook to order breakfast. How much extra did it cost you? Not much at all. The reality is most of those seniors are going to eat the same exact meal every single day and there’s probably not going to be that wide of a variety, but if there were five things they can choose from. How special would that be? Lunch could be a set lunch, or maybe two choices. You have one simple that’s a staple. It’s soup and sandwiches, and another one to choose from. Maybe it’s chicken salad or it’s some other meal that’s available that you have, and that’s the one meal that’s made. In between breakfast and lunch, they’re making a wonderful meal for dinner. With wonderful smells throughout the house, the seniors are looking forward to it all day long and then that food will be served by the caregivers when it’s dinner time. You could charge a thousand dollars a month more because you have a chef. The chef is a feather in your cap, it’s what will bring people in and they’ll stay with you for it.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

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The Difference Between Memory Care and Assisted Living

By Gene Guarino

 

Let’s talk about Memory Care versus Assisted Living. Are they the same thing, or are they different? There has long been some confusion regarding the difference between the two of them. So let’s simplify the differences, but first you should know that you have options.

You don’t have to take care of them yourselves.

The ideal situation would be for the kids to take care of mom or dad, or to hire a caregiver to go in to the home daily to provide help with the activities of daily living. But, If that is not an option, don’t feel guilty. Not all of us are comfortable with being the caregiver to our parents, or gifted with the ability to do so. That’s perfectly ok, you have other home care options available.

How do you determine which type of care they need?

Let’s say that mom or dad has been living on their own and taking care of themselves for quite some time. You have noticed that they are starting to need some help with daily activities, bathing, preparing meals, taking medications, grocery shopping, or maybe they are lonely and need some companionship, etc. Assisted living is the way to go here. They will receive the help that they need to get through their daily activities. Plus there is the added benefit of companionship, and activities that are available for them to participate in. The Facility may house 10 to 15 residents and have trained caregivers.

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Now let’s say that mom or dad is displaying some memory lapses. They could be the normal lapses that most of us have, such as forgetting where we put our car keys that are in our hands, or sunglasses that are on our head etc. This happens to a lot of people. Or it could be more severe, like forgetting where they are, and why they are there. They may need the more specialized environment of a Memory Care home. This type of home will typically have fewer residents, generally up to 8 residents, and more required training of the staff according to state regulations, and will be what is called, a lockdown facility. The doors will have either magnetic, or combination code locks to prevent the residents from walking out the door, for their own safety. These locks will be tied to the sprinkler system, fire suppression, smoke detectors, and or the emergency equipment. When any of these emergency systems are activated, the locks will release to allow for staff and residents to get to safety.

Be informed and prepared.

So we talked about several things in regards to Assisted Living versus Memory Care. The three main points are as follows:

  1. The housing concept is slightly different between the two with varying security requirements.
  2. The caregivers have different levels of training according to the level of care needed and state regulations.
  3. The age of the resident moving in tends to be younger, and stay longer in a Memory Care home versus an Assisted Living home.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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How Can You Make Money in Residential Assisted Living?

By Gene Guarino

 

How to make money in assisted living.

That’s what everybody wants to know. I’m going to share with you the three best ways to get started right now, making money in Residential Assisted Living. 1 – Own the real estate, lease it to an operator and make higher than market rent with a long term, low impact tenant. 2 – Lease the real estate and own and operate the business. The real estate is a good cash flow but the business is much higher. The business is taking care of the residents and charging $4,000, $5,000 or $6,000 a month or more. The net profit before taxes from that is going to be about 30 percent. You’re going to pay rent to somebody for the real estate. But the business itself can be incredibly profitable. 3 – Own the real estate AND operate the business. What I do is I own the real estate in one entity, and I own the business in a separate entity. The entity that operates the business leases the real estate from the entity that owns the real estate. You own and control both entities so it’s the best of both worlds. We own the real estate, get the tax benefits, depreciation, appreciation. The entity that owns the business, the operating entity, pays rent to the property owning entity. We have a long term tenant and we get great financing options on the real estate.

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Staffing is 24/7

You can operate your RAL home in a number of ways. You can have live in caregivers where the caregivers are there 24/7. They’re living in the home, they’re asleep at night, and they’re being paid a monthly salary. They may be responsible for five days a week. There are replacement caregivers hired for the other 2 days each week to allow them to have some time off. They also have a place to live, which is part of their compensation package.

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Use an agency.

Another way to staff your RAL home is to hire the caregivers from an agency that will provide caregivers to you. If you do this, you’re going to have to pay more than if you hired them yourself. The profit that the staffing company is making is potential profit that comes out of your pocket. It does make it easier if you hire somebody else through an agency but it is more expensive and you have less control over the caregivers. An agency would be the ones that hire those people, train those people and so on.

Contract for care.

There is also way number three, and that would be you bring those residents in the home and they’re paying you to live there, then they contract out for the care to a 3rd party that provides the staffing and care directly. So they may be paying you $2,000 a month to live in that space, but they’re paying $3,000 a month to a caregiver. There are lots of ways to make money with assisted living. The key is to get started.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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What NOT to do When Building Your Residential Assisted Living Team

By Gene Guarino

 

Should you do everything yourself?

You as an entrepreneur can do anything that you want to do. You’re capable. You absolutely can do anything you want. However just because you can do something yourself doesn’t mean you should. There is no ceiling, there is no lack of opportunity. On the other hand, if I was to do it all by myself, I wouldn’t have made it nearly as far as I have. So when you look at your own life and you look at your own opportunities and capabilities, you really have to decide, is this something that you can do and should do, or something you can do, but you choose not to. So let’s talk about the team.

The importance of having a team to be successful

So let’s talk about surrounding ourselves with the right people, a team. What I think a lot of people are afraid of, especially when it comes to something like assisted living. You’ve never done it before. It’s new to you. So the best thing you can possibly do is surround yourself with a team of people that have done it before, who are not only experienced, but they know what to do, and more importantly what not to do. And they’re willing to teach you. Surround yourself with a team of people that have something that you don’t have, that are willing to contribute something that you don’t contribute. A team of others that have skills that you don’t have, that have maybe the time that you don’t have. Because as soon as you say to yourself, well I’m the best, or I’m the only, or I am the one that must, you’re kind of defeating the whole purpose. I’d rather work with somebody instead of thinking of them as competition.

We all need help sometimes

If you want to know something, ask somebody else. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. As a matter of fact, that’s Biblical, ask and you shall receive. So the concept of asking for help, reaching out beyond yourself, it’s not a matter of pride. It’s not a matter of profit. It’s a matter of let’s just get real and be reasonable. You need a team of people around you. I’m just offering you help. If you want, I’m willing to teach you and show you how. Not just say, I want everything you’ve got, but I’m not going to ask you any questions. Not going to learn from you. Not going to get a team of people around me. I’m just gonna. Figure it out on my own.

We want you to succeed

If you want to do something, surround yourself with a team of people that have done what you want to do, that is where you want to go, that are willing to help you get there. Not pulling you down, But the people who want you to be successful. Who is willing to help, willing to share, willing to be a part of that success? Because frankly, when it’s all said and done, doesn’t matter how many houses you have or how much money you have in the bank, it’s the people and the relationships. Those things are magical and they last forever.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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The Myths in Residential Assisted Living – Part 3

By Gene Guarino

Can I do this hands-off?

You can absolutely operate a Residential Assisted Living home and business in a hands-off manner. Hands-on means you’re in the home every day. You’re watching the residents and the caregivers on a regular daily basis. You’re overseeing, maybe even micromanaging the manager or maybe even being so hands on that you are the manager. I don’t do it that way. I own the business. I don’t want it to own me, so my job is to hire a manager. The manager’s job is to hire the caregivers and then to find residents for the home and manage that relationship with the family. So if we do it properly, if we want to be hands-off, our job is to manage the manager. Can you do it hands off? Absolutely, there is no right or wrong way in those two options.

Do I have to do it in the area where I live?

Another myth that I want to reveal is, I have to do it in my own backyard. I want to encourage you to live where you want to live, but work and have your business where the numbers make sense. The reality is, if I have 10 people in my RAL home and they’re paying $5,000 a month, we can make a lot of money. But if I’m in a home where I can’t fit 10 people and those people can only pay half that amount, that will negatively affect my profitability. Half the number of people paying 1/2 the amount is not a good business model. So can you do it long distance? Yes. But the key to success is the right location and the right demographics. Next is having the right team in place.

Who do I hire to run the business if I am hands-off?

The manager is critical to your team and your success. Finding staff to work in your home or work for you or for your manager, that’s easy to do. Finding the right people is the key. It’s not just finding somebody who can fill the space. You are looking for those high-quality people who love what they do. The type of person we’re talking about is typically not a mercenary, they’re not just there to make a dollar. They’re there because they want to be there. They love to work with seniors and this is a part of who they are, “their calling” if you will. What should your role be? Really your job, your function, should be to find other people who can do it as good and better than you can and then to manage those people. You can definitely be hands off. Let them do what they do best, while you do what you do best. There’s no reason to do this just to create a job for yourself.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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The Myths in Residential Assisted Living – Part 2

By Gene Guarino

Where do we find the seniors?

There are tens of millions of seniors in our country today who will need assistance with their Activities of Daily Living, according to AARP. That doesn’t mean they’re all going to move into an assisted living home or facility, but they will need help. The question is how do they get that help? How are they going to find you? Are you going to help with that assistance by providing a home for them to live in and or the care for them? If so, that’s what Residential Assisted Living is all about.

Do seniors want to live with other seniors, and are they going to get along?

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Yes. There’s a lot of seniors who are aging in place at home right now. Their kids have moved away. They’re at home all alone and maybe they can take care of themselves, but frankly, they would much rather have people around them. Being with other seniors their age is vital to their health and their mental stability and wellness as well, so it’s a great thing. Are they going to get along with strangers? People ask us that all the time. The answer is yes. The reality is they get it. They understand, they would rather be in their own home with their own family all around, but they know that’s not their reality. They do need help in a different level, different kind. They want to be with peers of their own age and there’s give and take.

How can they afford Residential Assisted Living?

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You know, a lot of people think the government’s going to take care of the long-term care needs of the parents or grandparents in their life, and the answer is, well, the federal government does give money to the state government. The state then comes up with a program. They basically say to their citizens, show us that you’re of age, let’s say 65 and above, show us your assets, your income, your age, and we’ll determine if you qualify for our program. That state’s program may pay out $2,000 a month for long-term care or assisted living, but that amount is going to be reduced by whatever income they have. We focus on private pay. Private pay is where that senior’s assets are being used to pay for their care or the family is subsidizing it privately, but it’s private money, not government money, not an insurance program. Now there are long-term care insurance programs, which are wonderful. The reality is less than 10 percent of the people that come into our homes have those long-term care policies. Most of them are using private resources, the senior’s home that’s been liquidated, a retirement account IRA, a pension fund that they or their widow, spouse are now receiving and collecting. It’s usually those three things, liquidating any other assets they have and once that money runs out, then it’s the kids who are supplementing whatever it is they need to take care of mom and dad.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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The Myths in Residential Assisted Living – Part 1

By Gene Guarino

Is this considered commercial or residential?

The first myth that I want to cover with you is commercial versus residential. We talk about Residential Assisted Living because it’s a single family home, in a residential neighborhood. The home itself might be a little bigger than your average home. Instead of a three bed, two bath home, it might start with a four bedroom, three bath home or maybe a five or six bedroom home. It’s a residential home, but we are using this for a commercial purpose. Now be careful how you word it and think about a RAL home. I didn’t say we’re running a business or operating a business out of a home, that’s different because many places that have an HOA, and have CC&Rs or covenants, codes, and restrictions, are going to have some kind of wording in there that says you can’t operate a business out of your home. When we talk about Residential Assisted Living, it is a residential home and a group home for the elderly, so it’s not a business. We don’t have a lot of customers coming and going all day long. You have to understand that’s what most of those restrictions are for. They don’t want to have a retail establishment in the middle of the neighborhood, but it definitely is residential and we’re using it for this specific purpose.

Is it hard to get financing?

financing-3536755_1280 Now when it comes to the lending, It’s a residential home. It’s non-owner occupied, so you could pretty much go to any bank as if you’re just going to buy a house that you’re going to use as a rental property, it’s called non-owner occupied because you’re not living in the house. This might be 20 percent down and then the bank will finance up to 80 percent LTV or loan to value. That can be a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan or other types of residential loans the bank is offering, so again it is a residential, not commercial property. Now we can also use private lenders, investors and joint venture partners, people who will provide the capital that’s needed.

What will it cost to renovate it into Residential Assisted Living home?

It depends on where the home starts. What does it already have? Do you want to add space, maybe convert a garage into bedrooms or a living space? That would all cost money, but at least we’re starting with the concrete floor, the walls, the ceiling, the electric. We may have to upgrade the HVAC, level the floor, put in walls, closets, doors, and windows. You can convert 20 x 24 garage for approximately $20,000 to $30,000 depending on your location. Always get permits, use proper contractors and so on.

Keep this in mind.

rocking-chairs-522757_1280Keep in mind that it is a residential home. It’s a group home for the elderly, but it’s a residential setting. Remember, step one is location. then find out what the rules and regulations are, and then begin. There are a lot of myths regarding Residential Assisted Living, and we are going to help you through it.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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Senior Activities within Residential Assisted Living

By Gene Guarino

Seniors may be starting to slow down, but it’s just as important for them as it is for you to stay active! They need to move and be engaged to stay healthy and happy. The types of activities seniors can do come in two main categories: the mind and the body.

hand-3672941_1280Activities that engage the mind are ones that offer seniors social, spiritual or intellectual interaction, with themselves and with others. Activities that engage the body are physical ones, exercises that get the senior up and moving around. Having both kinds of activities is incredibly important for healthy aging. Here’s a quick look at some types of activities in each category.

rollator-2298056_1280Body Mobility is one of the biggest issues that seniors face when participating in body activities. There are just certain things that seniors are unable to do, and these limits vary between people. One person may be able to get around with a cane, while another needs a walker and a third uses a wheelchair. All three of them need to exercise and move their bodies. They can all do activities, just at different levels. Physical activities are important because they improve balance, strengthen muscles, and stimulate blood flow – all important things for a senior! These seniors may not start out with much endurance, being able to only do five minutes a day, but with consistency they will gain endurance. A senior can build up endurance to participate in body activities from 5 minutes to 10 to 30 and even higher, it just takes working a little bit every day.

man-4229198_1280Mind Stimulating the minds of seniors is equally as important to their health as moving their bodies. There are many activities that any senior can do to engage their own mind as well as those around them. Art therapy is incredibly popular, especially with colorful and tactile projects. Crafting and arts can help improve seniors’ mood, dexterity and focus. Another great activity is to read a book aloud for the seniors or have them listen to audiobooks. Listening to a story really allows them a chance use their mind. Playing games is something everyone can enjoy! Some of the most popular games among seniors include classic board games like checkers, chess, and parcheesi or popular card games like spades, rummy, and canasta. Activities like games that engage the whole group make for some real stimulating fun. One of the best and most effortless ways to mentally engage a senior is to play music from their generation, from when they were teenagers. It really helps bring clarity and spark memories from their youth, and has even been shown to help those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. An active senior is one who is being stimulated physically and mentally on a regular basis through exercising, creative activities and social interaction. Consistent mind and body activities can really help improve mood, focus, dexterity, mobility, flexibility, endurance and so much more! Keeping active as a senior is vital to leading a happy and healthy life.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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Transforming Your Home Into Senior Housing

By Gene Guarino

What exactly is senior housing?

Senior housing can be anything from independent living to assisted living or even memory care or a SNF (skilled nursing facility) . For independent living, it is a home that would be considered “senior safe” with grab bars, smoke detectors, wider doors and the like. To really make it safe you would potentially remove the obvious trip hazards of uneven floors and small steps or transitions within the home. There maybe safety features like smoke detectors or cameras within the house, being monitored by an outside service. It could even include fire suppression. All of those things are potentially a part of providing safe senior housing.

What is Independent living?

From the real estate perspective, Independent living is providing a home that is “senior safe”. That may mean grab bars, smoke detectors, wider doors, trip hazards removed. Think about the “Golden Girls” The TV show from the 80s. The home itself may have 3 or four bedrooms with 3 or 4 or more people living there. If you have a home right now that is on a single level that could be converted to four bedrooms with at least two bathrooms, so there’s two people to a bathroom or maybe you add some extra bathrooms. That could be a good transformation or conversion from your current home into “Golden Girl” style senior housing.

smoke-315874_1280In that golden girls or golden boys model, the rent that you’re charging can be anything that you want of course but it’s higher than normal rent. That is because you’re including things like utilities, upkeep on the house, maintenance. Now imagine if instead of renting the house for $1,200 or $1,500 a month, you are renting each bedroom for $1,000 a month and it includes all of those things. That is $4,000 instead of $1,500. Even with the utilities accounted for you are potentially netting an additional $2,000 a month. So a senior wouldn’t have to worry about the upkeep and the uncertainty of the maintenance on the house. Even the utilities become a fixed cost because its included in the rent. They can be confident that all of their housing expenses are taken care of. Now they can just call a number and somebody comes and fixes whatever is needed. Peace of mind knowing that their housing is taken care of is very important to seniors.

What is Assisted Living?

No one moves into Assisted Living unless they need assistance. People that needed some help or assistance with 2 or more “Activities of Daily Living” or ADLs, would be the market for a AL Home. There is 24/7 care provided by properly trained caregivers. These are not nurses and doctors but rather people that are trained to help seniors and assisted them with their ADLs.

hospice-1902144_1280In residential assisted living we have residents not tenants. They pay a monthly fee for the care they receive and they are provided with a place to live but they are not tenants paying rent. Assisted Living means there’s going to be caregivers there. They’re not necessarily living in the house with them as live in caregivers though. If the caregivers are living there as “live in” caregivers, there might be a room that’s designated for the caregivers. But the conversion itself is fairly similar to Independent Living. The home needs to be “senior safe” but not ADA compliant. There may be a few more requirements to make sure it’s appropriate for assisted living.

Transforming your home into senior housing, whether it be golden girls and golden boys, or whether it be assisted living and all of the benefits that come with that, is an option that create tremendous cash flow. Being in a location that is close to things like Libraries, grocery shopping, movies and those kinds of things are more important for independent living, golden girls, golden boys, than it is assisted living. In Assisted living they’re going to be in the home, and their families visit them there.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

 

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Making Money Or Helping People – Do You Have To Choose?

By Gene Guarino

Can I do a RAL home as a business?

20 years ago, when I first heard about assisted living, I learned about the silver tsunami that was coming. Because when you think about it, the baby boomers have been driving our economy for decades and decades. The next move in our economy is in, taking care of seniors, those that need the help, that are aging in place and getting older every single day. It is the fastest growing demographic in the US and throughout the world.

tree-97986_1280When I 1st heard about the opportunity in the aging of the baby boomers, they were sharing it from the business perspective. I wanted to learn more but there was nobody willing and able to show me how it’s done. Six years ago, when the real estate market had virtually crashed all over the country, I said, “now is the time to get in.” But when it comes to the real estate part of the RAL home, it’s just bricks and sticks. You can fix it, flip it, buy it, hold it and rent it. That just feels kind of cold and meaningless. My next thought was “is there more of a personal side to this?” I was really looking for something besides the money that could be made.

What if taking care of people is my priority?

Taking care of the elderly could be your priority or focus in life. They are the greatest generation, and they need help with the transition. It’s more than that though, it’s personal. It’s your mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa too. It gets emotional for many people.

hospice-1821429_1280Make sure that your heart and your eyes and your focus are in the proper balance. You have to take care of business, but you also must have a heart. We’re taking care of people, but it’s okay to make money. This isn’t a charity and it’s a not a nonprofit.

You can help people and make money at the same time!

Making money is why we do it, but we can choose to do it in a way where we can make money and help people. The more money you make, the more you can give and it flows through you, the faster it comes.

Many of you would like to help more charities or provide more support for other people. If you need money, we can show you how to do that and if you want to help other people, you know you can do that as well through residential assisted living.

You can have the best of both worlds and take care of your own family.

couple-4871069_1280We are all getting older and have parents or people who are older than us. Eventually, somebody is going to need to take care of them. So on one side, you can start your own home so that they can move in and live for free. Or you can move them in and you can charge them whatever it is that they can afford and that you are willing to accept.

You see, it’s about the care. You want to take care of them. You want to have a little bit of control over the caregivers and managers, but not be the caregiver or manager. So by owning the Residential Assisted Living home, you can have that control, and you can help them do good and do well. It is truly the best of both worlds. Making money and helping others.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.