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Can I Use My Existing House for Residential Assisted Living?

Can I Use My Existing House for Residential Assisted Living?

There are 74.1 million baby boomers, and 10,000 of them turn age 65 every day, while 4,000 seniors turn age 85 daily.

As a result, the need for senior assisted living housing continues to rise. 

This expediential growth is a rapidly evolving investment opportunity yielding generational wealth. 

It’s commonly referred to as the silver tsunami of baby boomers, resulting in an overwhelming need for a quality assisted living care. 

The silver tsunami is causing many people to pop the big question – Can I turn my existing home into residential assisted living?

Gene Guarino, the founder of Residential Assisted Living Academy, has the answers homeowners are searching for.

He’s showing owners, operators and investors step-by-step how to earn $5,000, $10,000 even $20,000 additional cash flow monthly. 

He has a long list of video testimonials of successful business owners who have used his blueprint. 

This added income is based on utilizing one single-family home for assisted living. 

Guarino’s motto is “Doing Good and Doing Well.” He educates students on everything from A-Z about owning and operating a RAL home. 

If you are ready to ride the wave and increase your cash flow significantly, residential assisted living is the opportunity you have been waiting for.


Less than a century ago, “old folks homes” housed the elderly and provided very little care for those with memory loss. 

Attempting to avoid this experience altogether, many seniors would opt to live in large mansions that provided optimal care.  

These estates were frequently donated from wealthy foundations and operated as upscale quality assisted living homes.

New-aged regulations governing assisted living housing impose codes, licensing, staffing requirements that did not exist decades ago. 

Depending on your house, neighborhood and state, it may not be possible to convert your current home into an assisted living facility. 

Sometimes it can be a lengthy conversion process. 

Also, location is key for a successful assisted living home. RAL Academy walks students through the process of turning traditional homes into assisted living facilities. 


It’s important to do your homework prior to embarking on this journey. Assisted living homes are businesses – they have some unique stipulations and cannot always be converted based on residential zones. 

Be sure to check with the city and county about the zoning of your property. There will likely be an application process for a local business license. 

Oftentimes, businesses are required to present blueprints and a business plan with the application form and fees. 

Usually, the state will conduct a site inspection during the application process. 

You will be made aware of the modification needed in order to obtain your license. 

Research is critical in the beginning stages.

Most states place assisted living licensing under a department related to health or social services. 

Also, study the state regulations for size, space and safety requirements. 

If you are transforming an existing home into an assisted living home, compare the requirements to your house. 

Remember, you will need to comply with state, city and county codes.

Get several estimates prior to proceeding with the work of transforming your home.

Verify the cost and requirement for building permits for required work – every municipality is different. 

Evaluate the costs of renovations, modifications, and installations. 

You will also need to secure enough financing to make cosmetic changes to your homes, hire caregivers and support staff.

It is reasonable to assume that it will take about six months before earning sustained cash flow. 

Initially, you will need to occupy your RAL home with residents – this will take time. 

Meanwhile, state staffing requirements still apply, and these requirements will require additional revenue despite limited profits when starting up. 

Even when you only have one resident, you will be held to the same staffing requirements.

Various states have staff-to-patient ratios to accommodate the needs of residents.

Transforming your single-family home into assisted living senior housing is a detailed process that RAL Academy training makes easier to accomplish. 


How to convert a single-family home into an assisted living home?  This is a question that I’ve received many times – it’s a big question.

This blog article is intended to point you in the right direction. 

However, to gain most success, attending the Residential Assisted Living Academy will provide an A-Z blueprint for owning, operating and investing in the industry.  

Three most overlooked components of residential assisted living are the following:

1.     Local Zoning 

2.     State Regulations 

3.     Network 

Local Zoning

Some cities make it easy while others make it more difficult.  Fair Housing laws often limit a city’s ability to restrict residential assisted living homes.

Some zoning requirements limit the number of beds you are allowed to have in your assisted living home to remain in compliance. 

Zoning is one thing, building codes are another.  

State Regulations

Assisted living facilities are all regulated by each state, whether large or small. Regulations are always online.  

Understanding how to implement and interpret the regulations is imperative. 

To help sort out state regulations, attend classes or hire a consultant. Staying connected with other RAL business owners and operators. 

The extra money it will cost to hire a consultant is nothing compared to the penalties you will have to pay for non-compliance. 


While there are many helpful resources, networking is key – stay connected. Use shared resources to navigate your path. 

Local and state networking is beneficial to the rapid success of your business. 

Networking also enables you to get the needed training to help you through the process. Networking teaches you how to do it and everything to avoid.


Visit to learn more than register for the next 3-day course. Converting your home can be a great idea, but there’s a lot to consider. 

However, there are a lot of options that are really important to take into consideration. 

Get started by gaining the necessary information and education from the Residential Assisted Living Academy.  

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