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Rise Up And Take Care Of The Greatest Generation


By Gene Guarino

Should I help take care of the elderly?

I know some of you have been inspired to take care of the elderly or you enjoy doing exactly that, and I want to encourage you to continue to do that. There is a real need for caregivers of all types and that is a looming crisis out there that you can help with right now. There is the opportunity to help, to engage, to be a part of something big and something important. We’re all aging and people are lasting and living longer than ever. The question is, are you going to be a part of the solution that is going to help society or part of those who complain about it and sit back?

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Some of you right now are thinking that you really do like taking care of people but may be busy at another job. If taking care of the elderly is your passion, that’s what you should do. You see, right now there’s a lot of caregivers that are needed to take care of the elderly population, and that crisis is only getting worse because more people need help for longer, but there are fewer caregivers and family members that are willing to do it or are trained properly to do it. So if you are inspired, and you feel the calling, then I encourage you to do exactly that.

Could I just volunteer at an assisted living home?

senior-4549666_1280You can start by volunteering at a home and see if it’s right for you. Read a book, do a puzzle, play cards, sit and talk, play some music, sing along, whatever it is that you can do to be there and interact. Those care homes can use the extra hand and you don’t need to be the caregiver. If you can just be there providing some company, companionship, or a conversation. That alone would be incredibly helpful to those caregivers, and those seniors need it.

Why is this generation called the silent generation?

One of the saddest things In our society today is that more than half of the people polled feel lonely. I think a lot of that is technology. We look at our phones and all of those things that take us away from talking to each other face to face. There’s a lot of seniors who would just love to have somebody stop by and say hello. It really doesn’t take much. It may not even take a conversation as much as just sitting with them. If you’re sitting in your home watching golf over the weekend, why not go sit with them and watch golf providing companionship and then ask them a question, did you ever play golf? What kind of clubs did you use? Before you know it, you’re going to find out about wooden clubs and how they used to play with just three clubs, and that was it, and they played the whole round with three clubs and 1 ball.

You can do this!

Have those conversations. Take that time. The greatest generation, the silent generation, needs your help and you will truly be a part of the solution by simply being “present”. Volunteering your time is one way. Starting a residential assisted living business with an excellent home with excellent care is another. It’s totally up to you, but you can do both.

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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 Influence of Age and Longevity on Residential Assisted Living


By Gene Guarino

As we age, health and longevity become a prevalent topic. People want to know how to increase their longevity. They want to live longer and live better. How well you age, and your longevity is a projection of your health. There are some genetic factors to consider when talking about your health, but in many cases, it’s based on the choices you make. It’s a reflection of what you do to your body and what you put in.

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to pay attention to the food you eat.

Food is brought into the body then it’s converted to energy. Think of food as fuel for your body. Is it good or is it bad? Is it high octane or is it low octane? It’s important to get the right amount of fuel. If you’re taking in too much, you won’t burn it off and your body stores it instead. If you don’t take in enough, your body won’t have the energy it needs to function properly. A diet of a variety of fresh foods like vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grains are delicious and provide our bodies with the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Diets that are high in sugar, fat or salt can seriously impact the health of that individual in a negative way.

salad-2756467_1280You’ll also want to focus on the amount of water you consume daily. Your body’s systems require hydration in order to function properly. Though just about every liquid contains water, like soda or juice, many of these also contain sugars, salts, or other ingredients that can actually dehydrate you.

An active body is a healthy body. Get your body moving and working. Action is imperative to your health and works in conjunction with what you put into your body. Take up an activity like hiking or yoga. Get up so that you aren’t just lying in bed or watching TV. Your activity level has a direct impact on your health and therefore on your longevity. The more active you are, the healthier you are. The healthier you are, the longer you will live.

The third component to health and longevity is social interaction.

elders-401296_1280Humans are social creatures and need to keep company with others, not just being a lone wolf, staying at home sitting in front of the TV or computer. Really interacting with other people, whether its a quiet activity together or something a little more boisterous, can spark life and invigorate you. Increase your health and longevity by getting out there and connecting with people!

When it comes to aging and longevity, good health is the key.

For good health, what you put into your body, your activity level, and your amount of social interaction are all important factors to consider. A diet rich in good foods and drinking plenty of water is just as critical to your well-being as exercising, or being active regularly, and connecting with 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.

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What Should Assisted Living Look and Feel Like?

By Gene Guarino

What should a Residential Assisted Living home look and feel like?

beautiful-home-1680789_1280When we talk about the look and the feel, it’s a home so it should obviously look like a home. Sometimes people try to take a commercial building and convert it into residential assisted living and it just doesn’t work as well. Mom grew up in a home. It’s got to feel like a home. Part of that is looking like a home. Usually there’s a roof of some kind. There’s a door, there are windows, it looks like a house. There might be landscaping on the outside. It should have driveways where people can pull up and easy to walk on walkways so somebody can get from the car to the front door. When you walk inside, is there a step up? You put a ramp in at that front door so if they have a walker or a wheelchair or just to avoid any trip hazard at all. When you walk in, it’s open, big. That is what a typical RAL home will look and feel like.

What should it smell like?

apple-pie-3723444_1280It should smell like a home. Some people’s homes don’t smell that great, but for a care home, it’s critically important that we make sure that it smells great all the time. We have special air purifying systems inside the home to make sure the air is circulating all the time. The only extra smell I want there is the smell of home cooked food, something that smells good when you walk in.

What should the inside look like?

The colors might be lighter, neutral colors. There should be shades, or curtains on the window to give it a homey feel. The front room has nicer furniture, maybe moldings around the room, so it’s a more upscale look. There’s artwork on the wall, so when you walk in, you feel good.

We want the person in the family that makes decisions to walk through the front door to look and say, “wow, this feels great, I could live here.” Because if she’s thinking that, she’s also thinking, “my mom would be comfortable here and I would be proud to have my mom here.” When they walk through the front door, it’s got to be clean, and smelling good because frankly, if you’re not taking care of the walls and the doors and the floors, they’re expecting you not to be taking care of their mom and dad.

What other little touches should you have?

turntable-1328823_1280As you walk around the home it should be convenient and make sense. The floors are smooth, easy to clean. When you walk into a bathroom there are grab bars by the toilets and the showers, so it’s safe for mom. You’ll want some artwork hanging on the wall, the license for the home, the manager, the code of ethics, and the numbers for them to call in an emergency. They should be hearing either music or maybe even books on tape, music from their generation. Music is such a powerful thing that really just jogs the memory. It brings them right back and all of a sudden their body takes on a remembrance of where they were and what they could do. So it is a home, not home like. It’s an assisted living in a home setting. If you put all of that together, you’ll have a winning combination for a very successful Residential 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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Why Become a Residential Assisted Living Expert?

By Gene Guarino

What will you be an expert at?

You’re going to become an expert at something. The question is what? There’s the saying that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. Now when you think about that, at 40 hours a week and 50 weeks in a year, that’s 2000 hours in a year, so if you devote five years of full-time effort to anything, you’ll be an expert. That job that you have that you could be an expert at, whether it be Infusionsoft, marketing online, selling a product, starting a store, or being a chef, the question is what and why. Why do you do what you do? What is it really all about for you?

It’s your choice.

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So, what is it that you’re becoming an expert at? 2000 hours a year is 10,000 hours in five years of your life. You should decide what you’re going to devote yourself to. You could be more efficient and cut that time in half and make it 5,000 hours and get it done in one year by going to somebody else who knows what they’re doing and is willing to show you how so that you can become an expert very quickly. Because it’s not knowing something. It’s doing something with what you know.

Learn from the example set by experts.

Richard Branson has 300 plus companies, but not one office. You see what he focuses on is finding people that have invested their time and have the expertise. He hires them and becomes partners with them. He puts them in a position, gives them the tools and the ability to thrive in that environment. He brings people on and teams with them. He hires them to be the expert so that they tell him what to do.

Always be an expert in communication.

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Communication is one of the things that you need to become an expert in. Maybe you are a really good team player and don’t need to be the front man. As long as the leader is heading in the right direction and you believe where you are going, then stay on that bus.

What are you willing to do today?

Think about how many books or articles on the subject have you read. How many webinars you have watched. Who is it that you’re hanging out with that may be able to help you? Where are you getting your input from? What is it you’re doing today will allow you to be an expert in your field, in your desire or your passion? And then we’re back to the why. What does that mean? What is the reason? What’s the passion? I guarantee you’re going to become an expert at something. The question is, is it productive, Is it profitable, Is it something you have a passion for? Is it with the right people? Why do you do what you do? Just decide what it is you’re going to become an expert in before you move forward.

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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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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

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

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.