Is This Business Right for You?

Many people question if owning or operating a residential assisted living business is right for them.

It has incredible investment potential for entrepreneurs looking to create serious cash flow, but is residential assisted living the business for you?

The residential assisted living business is ideal for those who are interested in doing good and doing well. It allows entrepreneurs to do well, and improve the human condition while doing well financially.

If you are especially compassionate toward the disabled and elderly, opening and operating a residential assisted living home will prove to be quite rewarding.

ARE YOU CUT OUT FOR RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING BUSINESS OWNERSHIP?

There are 9 aspects to consider when starting out in residential assisted living.

  1. The Status of Your Finances
    Your financial stability is an important component in your ability to adequately start and operate your very own residential assisted living home. However, it is not a showstopper. Let me explain.
  • You need to be able to feel secure as you are developing and building this new business.
  • Do not let a brief absence of money stop you. Partnerships with those who have money, have a dream, but do not have the time, can work to your benefit. You can produce the sweat equity while they put up the financial equity. In short, even without your own capital, owning and operating your very own residential assisted living home can still be a reality.
  1. Family Dynamics
    It is true, one’s position within their family is quite telling of their success quotient in business. While it does not hold true in every aspect, it is telling.

For instance, are you the leader of the pack? Do others seek your advice, counsel or guidance? Are you the one in your family who:

  • Hosts Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter?
  • Hosts the weekly family gathering on Sunday.
  • The counsellor to the broken hearted in the family?
  • The mender of strained relationships in the family?
  • Those in financial strain seek for “assistance”?
  • Ensures the next generation gets a quality education.
  • Take care of your aging parents?

These are just some of the traits that scream, “You are a leader.” Whether you want the position or not, you are the one.

These types of folks do very well in business. They make great entrepreneurs because decisions do not elude them. They get the job done.

Maybe in your family, the leadership role is occupied by another, yet your friends and coworkers seek you even when you are attempting to hide. They call you for relationship advice, career advice, assistance with interviewing, marital strife, addiction problems they are embarrassed to tell others, and the list goes on and on.

Guess what, my friend? You are the one. You are the leader. Leading others comes naturally.

As a result, these skills translate well to owning a residential assisted living home.

So many ask the futile question, “Are leaders born or made?” As if leadership is a one size fits all model, the answer is obvious – both.

You likely have what it takes to be a success in this industry, you simply need the direction and resources. If the prospect of owning your own residential assisted living business intrigues you, contact us today. We can be that partner you need as you engage in this rewarding endeavor.

  1. Leadership Styles
    Do you lead forcefully? Do you lead gently? Do you lead consultatively? Do you lead by example? These questions are posed because they help you determine who is best to work with you. Those who are forceful work best with those who already know them. In this instance, working with family in your residential assisted living home is a good way to start, because they already know, love, and trust you. They understand you. The gentle leader requires a manager between them and others because they can be taken advantage of by wayward employees.
    The gentle leader is more visionary, and is most integral in the development, strategy, and future of the business.
    These leaders are great for expansionary efforts.
    The consultative leader is versatile. He or she can work in the home on a daily basis or install a manager so that they are freed up to do other things.
    The consultative leader listens well and has a way of implementing plans that involve cultivating the thoughts of others.
    The example leaders are individuals who get their hands dirty and really exemplify what it means to do a certain job with grace, dignity and honor.
    These leaders are very inspirational and tend to attract those who want to work alongside great people.
    However, this leader can lose sight of the “big picture” because they are always helping others do their job.
    Therefore, again, a manager or some sort of supervisor is integral to ensuring this leader does not become burned out by working at everything.
    What have you noticed about each style?
    Regardless of the style, each is a self-starter.
    Each style has one common characteristic – self-reliance. To operate your own residential assisted living home, you will need resilience. You will need to be a self-starter. You will need to be strong enough to work “hands off” for those who seek to invest.
  2. Managing Life
    The best entrepreneurs manage their personal lives well. They are not distracted by compromised lifestyles, unethical practices, or trivial matters.
    The old adage is true, if you want to get something done, ask someone who is busy.
    Why is this the case? Busy people know how to manage their time and deliver on their promises. That’s why they are busy. That’s why they are highly sought? That’s why people will wait months for their attention because they know once they get it, the matter will be settled.
    Another thing, can you delegate responsibility?
    People who delegate tasks tend to be highly productive because they delegate responsibly.
    People who manage well tend to surround themselves with like-minded individuals; thus, things get done well.
    So before diving into residential assisted living, examine how you manage your personal life, your activities, and your current responsibilities.
    Anything need addressing? Anything need buttoning up? Do it. Be deliberate. This isn’t just a great investment opportunity, it is a business that can create generational wealth and last more than a lifetime.
  3. Devotion of Time
    Once you’ve determined residential assisted living is the opportunity that you want to pursue, understand your time constraints.
  • Can you work on this business solely?
  • Do you have directorship time or management time to devote?
  • Do you need to be a hands-off investor or owner, or a hands-on operator?

Your time availability will dictate how you engage in residential assisted living. If you have all the time in the world, dive into operations.

If you have limited time but extensive resources or connections, be an investor.

  1. Current Career Status
    When you consider your current job, the timeframe is inconsequential; what do you say about it?
  • I love what I do each day.
  • It’s a good job, but a bit boring.
  • I hate this place, get me out of here.
  • I’m about to lose it.

Why this question?

It will determine how you approach this opportunity. Be sure your mind and heart are clear of anger or frustration.
While we all have these emotions, you want to be driven by purpose, not negativity.

  1. Industry Best Practices

You must have the habit of seeking current reliable information. It is crucial to operating a safe residential assisted living home.

The following questions will help determine if you are ready to jump into the business:

  • Are you familiar with what works best in residential assisted living?
  • Are you familiar with what works best in your current industry?
  • How engaged have you been in any industry to understand its best practices?

Your level of commitment to learning is crucial to your success in residential assisted living.

Senior living evolves, things change, regulations increase, decrease, codes shift and change, care practices change, disease management adjusts to fit the needs of the resident.

The Residential Assisted Living Academy supports our members with this sort of information.

Best practices must be the goal. We aren’t just investing in a business, we are in the business of investing in the health and wellness of seniors.

Work with us and we will ensure you are up to date on what works best.

  1. Crisis Management

Let’s face it, life can be difficult. Things happen out of our control and we learn to adjust. Our residents are elderly and require added attention. They must be handled with care. In addition, employees can be the source of complications as well.

So, the question is obvious, how do you handle difficulties?

  • Do you lose it? Be honest.
  • Do you freeze?
  • Do you think? Pray?
  • Do you seek support or mentorship advice?

What you do in crisis determines how your success will be in any business and residential assisted living is no different.

In this industry, you do not walk alone, your success means the success of senior living in this country. Partnering with the Residential Assisted Living Academy gives you the tools and support needed to be a success.

We’ve seen all the obstacles in this business and can often forecast what is coming that will cause another one.

Therefore, do not lose it, or freeze, or allow fear to grip you. Reach out for help.

  1. Promotion
    Not job promotion, but business promotion. Do you like to promote? Do you like to advertise what you are doing? Do you enjoy sharing with others the great ideas and vision you have?In residential assisted living, no one will know who you are or what you are doing if you don’t tell them.
    Don’t be bashful.
    You are providing a desperately needed service to our nation’s most vulnerable group. Residential assisted living provides shelter and quality care for our nation’s elderly, who have built, fought for, and secured the freedoms of this nation.
    Owning and operating a residential assisted living home speaks directly to the style of senior living that baby boomers want.
    So, tell the world what you are doing. If you are too bashful or just not the person who likes to be in the limelight, partner with someone who does not mind telling the world about your business.

WHY RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING?

Knowing your why is more than crucial, it is essential to everything. You “Big Why” could be a combination of many attributes.

  • I want financial freedom.
  • I want to take care of those who have taken care of me.
  • I want to provide generational wealth through a meaningful business.
  • My purpose is to care for aging individuals.
  • I want to give peace and comfort to those who are unable to care for their aging parents.

What is your “Big Why”?

The answer to this question will determine how and when you proceed in residential assisted living. Above are just a few examples, but you may have other reasons – list them, discuss them, and put them into action.

Experts at Residential Assisted Living Academy can help. The team of experience assisted living experts have helped thousands of owners put their “big why” into action.

The Growing Popularity of Residential Assisted Living

Residential assisted living homes have huge benefits over large institutions, the small intimate setting is causing this industry to tremendously grow in popularity.

NextAvenue.org recently published an article titled, “Why Small, residential assisted living facilities are growing in popularity.”

This is a reality many investors are facing on a regular basis.

The article starts off with an explanation as to why seniors are racing to residential assisted living.

JOURNEY TO ASSISTED LIVING

“As so many epic journeys do, mine began with a 2:17 a.m. phone call. Gary — my stepfather and my mother’s primary caretaker —had a heart attack. He was almost certainly going to survive, but that left no one to take care of mom. A year prior, my mom had a massive stroke that did severe damage to her cognitive processing.

After a few weeks with us, she ended up in the hospital. It was clear she’d need to go to assisted living after a short stay in a nursing home for rehab. The rehab didn’t help, and what we thought was a great place turned out to be a horrible experience. After three days, we knew we needed to get her out of there.

I am an expert in senior living, founding and publishing a leadership blog for senior living owners and operators. Yet even I naively believed that finding the right assisted living community in my own backyard would be a snap. It was not. After visiting several large traditional senior living communities, none seemed quite right.”

The writer of this article, like countless other adult-children, needed to find a way to secure quality care for his/her parents.

How can investors and owners benefit from Residential Assisted Living financially and personally by doing good and doing well?

WHAT IS RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING

“Our last stop, however, was a very different kind of assisted living community. It was a lovely single-family home that had been converted into a six-bed residential care home and with never more than six residents at a time. At least two staff members were around 24 hours a day. They got to know my mom and took great care of her until she died, eight months later. They also took great care of Gary, who went to visit every afternoon.

The small assisted-living model, sometimes known as residential care or board and care facilities, has evolved tremendously over the past 20 years and more of these homes are opening every week. Concerns about the health and safety of residents during the pandemic in traditional, larger assisted living facilities, is one reason interest has been growing.

One of the leaders of this movement is Gene Guarino, founder of the Residential Assisted Living Academy, which helps individuals and companies open and operate small assisted living communities across the country. Guarino’s facilities house five to 21 people.”

Residential assisted living is distinctively different from big box assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Typical Benefits of Small Assisted Living Communities Vs. Large Ones:

  • A more intimate setting that feels like a home
  • A deeper relationship with caregivers
  • A higher level of staffing with faster response times
  • The ability to live in a residential neighborhood
  • Easier control of viruses
  • Easier to accommodate visits from family members
  • Home-cooked meals

These small residential assists can sometimes be as luxurious as 5-star hotels, costing $6,000 -$10,000 monthly. You can also find small assisted living homes in the $2,500 a month to $4,500 a month.

The lower costing communities often take residents who are on government support, reducing the cost.

Government assisted senior care is not the model used by the Residential Assisted Living Academy.

REDEFINING THE ASSISTED LIVING INDUSTRY

To find a small assisted living facility, start by asking friends and family members if they’ve had any experience with one.
Also, you can begin a web search of assisted living facilities; you may have to scroll to the second or third page to find these small homes.

The Residential Assisted Living Academy teaches everything from A-Z about owning and operating a successful assisted living home.

Visit RALAcademy to register for the next 3-day course that is helping investors and owners to redefine this rapidly growing industry.

What You Need T0 Know Before Making Your Biggest Investment

The Value of Education and Knowledge

Warren Buffett is considered the most successful investor in history. He is one of the richest men in the world. He has also been a counselor to numerous presidents and world leaders.

Why?

Buffet traversed the bridge between knowledge and wisdom successfully and repeatedly. In other words, he invested in himself.

This is the asset that qualified him to lead others across that same bridge. This is why when Buffett speaks, world markets move.

Buffett examines every company the same way. He suggests investors do two things:

  1. Look at the quality of the company. This requires an understanding of the company’s balance sheets, historical performance, and future forecasts based upon current performance and organizational vision. Listening to conference calls gives insight into the culture and the competence of management.
  2. Only after you have confidence in the quality of the company should price be evaluated and discussed.

If quality is absent, do not make the purchase, even if a deep discount is offered. Bargain basement priced companies often yield sub-par results, but high-quality companies are more often than not worth every dollar they demand.

The bridge between knowledge and wisdom is education.

The best way to get educated about the investment opportunity in Residential Assisted Living is to connect with someone who is successful in the industry.

There’s no better RAL expert than Gene Guarino, who literally wrote the book on it, “Blueprint, How to Start a Residential Assisted Living Business.”

HOW TO DO GOOD AND DO WELL AT THE SAME TIME

Smaller is better for assisted living residents, their families, caregivers, and the industry as a whole. With smaller caregiver-to-resident ratios, caregivers can quickly identify and respond to seniors displaying changes in health. They also build better bonds between staff, residents and family members.

In addition, RAL homes are safer and more contained. As a result, the demand for Residential Assisted Living is greater than ever. It is the kind of investment that allows entrepreneurs to do good and do well at the same time.

If you are looking to make a major investment in yourself, Gene Guarino and the Residential Assisted Living Academy will show you how.

You Will Discover Exactly How To:

  • Find the best real estate locations for the best opportunities in RAL in your area
  • Determine if your current property is a good fit for a RAL
  • Attract the highest paying clients/residents
  • Select properties that will be suitable for a RAL
  • Attract the right investors and partners for RAL success
  • Find the right team to make your life easier and your business more successful

Remember, traversing the bridge between knowledge and wisdom starts by investing in oneself.

Assisted Living: Among the Biggest Growth Markets for Decades

Assisted Living is among the largest growth markets in the country, and market size is a leading indicator of investment opportunity. The larger the market, the more opportunity exists for investors to get their piece of the pie.

Besides market size, an investor would likely want to know how long the market is projected to remain large.

In other words, is this a short-term investment or a long-term play?

For those examining the assisted living space, this market is large and getting larger. It is a long-term investment with returns that can only increase. How so?

THE FACTS ABOUT INVESTING IN RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING

For those considering investment in the residential assisted living space, here are some facts that should both satisfy and intrigue your mind.

  • In 2019, the assisted living market in the United States was valued at approximately $80 billion.
  • The growth rate of this market is projected to increase nearly 5-percent over the next 7 years.
  • The rise in Baby Boomers becoming seniors is propelling this market.
    • Additionally, brain injuries are increasing and making the need for assisted living more apparent earlier in a senior’s life.
  • While raucous and fun, Baby Boomers are not the healthiest and have chronic conditions that require attention and/or assistance.

A demographic assessment further cements both the necessity for residential assisted living and opportunity that exists because of these shifts.

  • Globally, approximately 8-percent of the population is 65 years or older.
    • This necessitates a need of approximately 1.8 million assisted living facilities over the 20 years.
  • Gender data suggest more than 70-percent of residents will be women.
    • Women have a longer life expectancy resulting in a longer occupancy.
    • Women tend to have more chronic conditions, high disability rate and lower income.
  • In terms of age, the median range is 75-85 years, with the latter dominating the market.
    • Over 50-percent of revenue in traditional assisted living facilities was generated by seniors aged 80 – 85 years in 2019.
    • This figure is projected to grow as life expectancy is increasing by over 5-percent annually among seniors over 75 years of age.
  • Overall, In the United States, the number of people expected to become seniors will increase from 50 million in 2018 to over 90 million by 2060.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR INVESTORS

Investors should also examine the percentage of professional and/or skilled labor workers migrating to the area. This is also an indicator, as many adult-children make decisions pertaining to the care of their aging parents.

Communities experiencing expansive growth in young families will soon host aging parents. Residential assisted living is an ideal option for these families as many Baby Boomers want their independence, but not large facilities associated with sickness and death.

Some larger cities are home to many residential assisted living homes. These communities are especially suited for those with high disposable income. Residential assisted living offers many of the same amenities without the fear of being secluded in continuing care communities or nursing homes.

The idea of residential assisted living is to live in a home with others, ranging from 6 to 15 persons, where life is much as it was in a resident’s personal home.

There are exceptions. Housemates cultivate relationships with one another and care staff to ensure both safety and vitality.

With so much to be considered and analyzed, investors interested in the potential for exponential returns should connect with the Residential Assisted Living Academy.

This organization partners with investors to educate, train, and assist in the planning and networking needed to succeed in this rapidly growing market.

One cannot “go it alone,” therefore contact Gene Guarino and his staff of experts today.

THE NATURE OF THE ASSISTED LIVING MARKET

In the United States, assisted living facilities are expanding immensely. While this appears to be a positive sign, many of these facilities are associated with major corporations.

As a result, the consistency of care is often compromised by financial profits and losses – the corporation must come first in order to survive.

Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and uneasy partnerships plague the traditional assisted living facility market.

A senior may not have chosen to live in one facility, but due to a merger may result in living under that banner anyway. Relocation is not always an option, nor is relocation always reasonable or good for the overall health of the senior. Yet, their happiness may very well be compromised, resulting in a decrease in overall physical and mental health.

This reality is only compounded by changes in management. Management changes affect the delivery of care and activities. In many cases, personnel changes and the residents become uneasy with new staff people.

On the other hand, the residential assisted living home is an independent enterprise.

While the owners may be associated with a network, the home is management and maintained by the owner and his/her investors. This provides a consistency in management and care, because these facilities are smaller, they are more resident focused and operate as a home, not a large facility.

Baby Boomers prefer residential assisted living homes for these reasons. They want independence, a home atmosphere, consistency in management and care, as well as residents. Baby Boomers are community focused and want to enrich the communities in which they live.

Understanding this dynamic market is no easy feat.

Partner with the Residential Assisted Living Academy to get a grasp of the current and future outlook of the assisted living market.

Learn how to build effective teams that deliver consistent care, which results in satisfied residents and families.

UNDERSTANDING TODAY’S SENIOR

The senior of 2020 is not the senior of 1980 – Baby Boomers are completely different altogether. As they were young; rowdy, revolutionary, transformative, they are as seniors.

Baby Boomers are determined to be seniors who:

  • Remain relevant
  • Politically active
  • Technologically savvy
  • Emotionally stable
  • Financially sound
  • Physically active
  • Independent
  • Actively involved in their family

While Baby Boomers have an overwhelming desire to remain in their homes, they also understand the ramifications of such and do not want to burden their adult children.

Therefore, residential assisted living is a preferred option among them. Why is residential assisted living a preferred option among Baby Boomers?

Residential assisted living gives Baby Boomers the opportunity to be who they are. It gives them community, independence, physical activity, emotional support, healthcare, and access to their families without the rigorous rules and regulations indicative of traditional senior living.

How do you reach these seniors?

Technology.

While traditional marketing efforts reap some benefits, the decision makers for senior housing are largely found online. Social media outlets lead the pack.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • Yelp

These are just a few of the outlets where most residential assisted living homes have found great success in reaching Baby Boomers and their adult children.

LEARN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASSISTED LIVING

Learning how to engage in this dynamic market is challenging. Success is a multi-pronged approach with effective teaming as a critical component.

Demographic research coupled with long-range planning is crucial to leveraging the investment and capitalizing on the opportunity for decades.

Do not try to “go it alone.”

Partner with us at the Residential Assisted Living Academy and allow a team of experts to teach you everything you need to know from A-Z.

You can successfully invest in the biggest growth market in decades – it’s time to get started now.

Your Start in Residential Assisted Living: Organic Growth

When businesses experience high efficiency, increased output, accelerated speed, high revenue and improved cash flow, this is typically called organic growth.

When business owners use resources outside of their own means, this is usually considered inorganic. Entrepreneurs that are planning to start a residential assisted living home hope to avoid inorganic business practices such as loans and entering into mergers and acquisitions.

Securing outside capital creates anxiety for people who are interested in starting a new business.

Organic growth is a process of more natural business growth.

UNDERSTANDING ORGANIC GROWTH

In order to best benefit from organic growth, entrepreneurs need to understand four aspects of the target market.

  • Research Your Potential Residents
  • Brand a Well-defined Niche
  • Develop differentiators that make your business stand out
  • Balance traditional and digital marketing

Research, branding, development, balance and visibility is the best way to reach and maintain the attention of your target audience. This short article focuses on organic growth by looking at the five proven strategies for generating it.

  1. Research Your Potential Residents

Develop a clear picture of your ideal target resident and what motivates their decision-making.

Businesses that conduct regular research on their target audience grow up to 2x faster. Research allows owners and operators of residential assisted living businesses to keep homes fully occupied.

  • Research reduces the risk of marketing missteps
  • Research reveals what you don’t already know
  • Research develops a competitive advantage

It also enables you to generate effective marketing strategies and provide the kind of quality care needed in the residential assisted living industry. Learning information and identifying key concerns of your target market enables business owners to succeed.

Research is an extremely relevant aspect of organic growth.

  1. Brand a Well-defined Niche

Focusing on a specific niche will allow you to narrow your focus to concentrate on well-defined success.

A niche enables businesses to reduce competition and marketing expenses. A niche allows your business to surface above others like a big fish in a small pond – it stands out like a sore thumb – everybody sees it.

Residential assisted living is a well-defined and very profitable niche within the extremely large senior living market.

Did you know that 10,000 seniors turn 65 every day, and 4,000 seniors turn 85, which is why America has a serious senior housing demand? These baby boomers are changing the assisted living industry by demanding small homes as opposed to big box nursing facilities.

Studies show that high-growth businesses are 75-percent more likely to have a well-focused niche.

  1. Develop differentiators that make your business stand out

If your assisted living home is highly specialized or positioned in a well-defined niche, you’ve got a differentiator.

A differentiator is a key benefit that sets your business apart from the competition. For example, if your assisted living home provides memory care services, that becomes a high-value differentiator in senior housing.

You must ask yourself, is what you’re claiming true, relevant and provable. The least effective differentiators are those that offer no direct benefit to seniors.

  1. Balance traditional and digital marketing

The fastest-growing businesses have a more balanced approach to marketing, mixing digital with traditional. This is a great place to use your research to target the right prospects while utilizing your marketing budget effectively. Afterward, track your growth closely.

Five Digital Marketing Metrics to Focus On

  • Brand Awareness
  • Website traffic
  • Social media engagement
  • Lead generation
  • Conversion rate

Tracking your analytics puts your business in a position to sustain continued organic growth.

Make your Residential Assisted Living Home Visible

One of the greatest challenges is to make the expertise within your assisted living home visible. This can be done in a variety of different ways.

Carefully construct a campaign of blogging and article writing, speaking, social media conversations and search engine optimization.

Residential Assisted Living Academy provides a proven model that works best to get new investors and owners ready to initiate a success plan in the assisted living industry.

During the 3-day comprehensive course, Gene Guarino and his team of professionals will show you how to invest, own and operate your own small residential assisted living home.

Start planning now by contacting RALAcademy for more information about growing an organic and lucrative residential assisted living business.

The payoff is enormous when your business becomes visible in the digital landscape.

No Money? Not A Problem

Most entrepreneurs start in business because they want a lifestyle change. Usually, new business owners fit in similar categories that create a sense of career exhaustion:

  • Tired of the hustle,
  • Tired of the long hours working for someone else,
  • Tired of feeling like they aren’t making enough money, or
  • Tired of feeling like their work isn’t making a difference.

Whatever reason you have for wanting to start in business, we get it. Most of us have been where you are now. The challenge that most entrepreneurs encounter is finding an investment opportunity that fits their goals.

Oftentimes, individuals do not have the money to take the next step needed to launch. The reality is that the lack of money isn’t a problem. If you don’t have your own money to use, you can use someone else’s. You have to be prepared to do what it takes to find the best solution for your plans.

There are countless sources of funds from investors looking for their next project. You simply have to know where to look.

There is a ton of money out there and plenty of investors looking to spend their money.

If you want to be part of the senior housing solution and help seniors, we can help you learn how to raise the capital to get started.

5 ELEMENTS OF RAISING CAPITAL

Pitching your business and asking people for money aren’t always the easiest tasks. Have you identified a comfort zone for asking people for funds when an opportunity arises to collaborate on your project?

There are five known traits to generate capital for your business:

  • Relationship
  • Track Record
  • Trust
  • Compelling Opportunity
  • Alignment.
  1. Relationship

Just because people have enough wealth to invest, does not mean they want to be misused and taken advantage of – a loss is a loss. As a result, relationships must be built on something other than money.

In order to travel in the circles of wealthy people, you have to do what they do. Most wealthy individuals are involved with philanthropy.

Perhaps it’s time to start volunteering at charitable events. Whether it’s at the country club, fitness center, or a fund-raising event, identify a common interest that has nothing to do with money.

Private investments are essentially long-term relationships. This is why it’s important to focus on the relationship.

It is a great practice to have at least 6 positive interactions prior to asking someone about investing.

  1. Track record

Creating a track record to encourage someone to invest in your new residential assisted living business requires a strategy.

First, connect with highly productive people that will give you credibility. This concept presents you as a team player.

Experienced investors have no interest in investing in individuals, they are interested in the track record of the business or industry.

  1. Trust

Trust is something that is earned over time – it is built through actions, not words. Trust is a culmination of the little things that create a psychological contract.

Think about the following questions when attempting to establish trust in business:

  • Do you arrive at meetings when you said you would?
  • Do you deliver on information or details you commit to research?
  • Do they show respect for your time?
  • Do they listen when you’re talking?

If there is no trust, the first component required will go missing, there will be no relationship.

  1. Compelling opportunity

A compelling opportunity is determined by the individual investor – it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Whether your business deal attracts many or few, either way a good deal will be a magnet to capital. The better the deal, the quicker it will build large amounts of capital.

Great deals are often created and driven by how investors respond.

  1. Alignment

What’s the rate of return? What are tax consequences? What is the cap rate? These are questions residential assisted living owners and operators must think about when preparing to raise capital.

Alignment of your goals for the financial investment and the project is one of the most important aspects to consider. Create a straightforward criterion.

The investment opportunity should not only make sense to you, but also the investor. Alignment is critical, the deal has to benefit the investor and the business equally, otherwise investors will walk away.

INVESTORS ARE NOT THE ONLY SOLUTION

Loans for senior housing facilities are available. There is a host of retiring baby boomers seeking assisted living and businesses benefit from this demographic.

Securing a loan for your senior housing is a safe route to take due to four main reasons:

  • Housing is a necessity.
  • Families want a good place for their loved ones.
  • The senior population is increasing.
  • Many seniors are very wealthy.

Senior housing development loans allow owners and operators of residential assisted living to profit from these factors.

LIVING LIKE KINGS AND QUEENS

The Silver Tsunami demographics of the aging population are rather clear, with about 10,000 baby boomers turning age 65 every day. Senior communities are growing rapidly, and there is a huge influx of seniors specifically seeking smaller assisted living homes.

Baby boomers are making demands and getting them filled, because the small residential assisted living homes are continuing to grow.

Much of the wealth of the United States is held by the older generation. The nation was booming when baby boomers were young, and they experienced low prices and plentiful jobs.

Seniors are now using this money to pay for the kind of senior housing they demand.

A RAPIDLY GROWING OPPORTUNITY

Residential assisted living makes sense from multiple perspectives, quality care, safe environment, and more economical.

Aging is a fact of life, and investors can tap into this inevitably growing market.

Whether owners and operators secure loans or engage committed investors, there are many options for financing or refinancing for ownership of assisted living homes.

Everybody’s living longer, and seniors will need a safe place to live that provides quality care. So, investors should get ahead of the curve. Currently, there are not enough quality beds for seniors across the entire country.

The Residential Assisted Living Academy trains students to use the private pay concept, instead of government-funded programs. The Academy uses a proven business model that solicits residents that have their own financial resources and prefer paying for great service and a higher quality of senior living.

Residential assisted living homes generate a monthly net income of $5,000, $10,000 and even $15,000 monthly when this model is used correctly.

WHY START A RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING HOME WITH NO MONEY IN HAND?

If you’re not happy where you are in life, now is the time to make some changes. You’ve got to do something differently.

Why do you want to make a change in your lifestyle? Your “Big Why” could be a combination of many attributes.

  • Financial freedom
  • Take care of loved ones
  • Provide meaningful generational wealth
  • Tend to the aging with quality care
  • Give peace and comfort to adult children unable to care for their aging parents

What is your “Big Why”?

The answer to this question will determine how and when you proceed in residential assisted living. Above are just a few examples, but you may have other reasons – list them, discuss them, and put them into action.

Experts at Residential Assisted Living Academy can help, click to learn more today. The team of experienced assisted living experts have helped thousands of owners put their big why into action.

Even without the money to get started, don’t allow anything to get in the way of your goals and dreams.

Why Should I Invest in Residential Assisted Living?

Living is wonderful, aging is complicated. Many Americans feel the tension between the two. Aging is inevitable, but it can be done with dignity.

Three things assisted living investors, owners and operators must consider:

  • How do Americans age?
  • What do Americans want most as they age?
  • Where do Americans desire to age?

Housing is considered one of the most, concerning challenges for seniors in America. Where many seniors find themselves living is a frightening reality.

The facts are known, seniors do not want to live in traditional senior housing, which is designed for those with significant health issues.

Most seniors do not have health issues that result in their placement in assisted living. They merely need assistance with activities of daily living.

Baby Boomers refuse to accept what has been the norm and through their vibrant resistance, a business has emerged to meet their demand – residential assisted living.

So, where do seniors want to age? At home.

While this is not possible for most, residential assisted living offers comfortable homes located in traditional neighborhoods.

What makes investment in residential assisted living a win-win? It is a much-needed business. It is a very profitable business, if it is executed correctly with ethics and dignity.

Making sense of today’s senior housing options is an important component for successful investors.

Today, senior housing has become a business of multiple varieties.

As a result, investors and owners must consider every option to determine the best way to benefit seniors and their own businesses.

  • What option is best for a senior?
  • What option makes sense for a senior?
  • What is the current housing of the senior?
  • What has prompted the search for different housing?
  • What health challenges inhibit a senior from aging in place?
  • What is the senior’s budget?

There are six senior housing investment options that must be considered. By doing so, investors and entrepreneurs will be able to see why residential assisted living remains the best option.

  1. Staying at Home – Aging in Place
  2. The Village Concept
  3. Independent Living
  4. Continuing care retirement community (CCRC)
  5. Assisted living
  6. Nursing Home/ Skilled Nursing Facility

WHY RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING ALLOWS INVESTORS TO DO GOOD AND DO WELL?

  1. Aging in Place

Although many seniors want to stay in their own homes, it’s not always safe nor cost efficient. The unforeseen costs associated with reconfiguring and sometimes, refurbishing a home for safely aging.

Is this worth it? What will we do with the home once mom and dad are gone? What appears to be relatively cost effective can insidiously become quite expensive.

Residential assisted living is the most complementary option to aging in place. Why? In residential assisted living, the senior is living in a home, which is suited with all of the accoutrements for safe living in the home environment.

Residential assisted living also brings friendship and eliminates isolation. Aging in place can be lonely, but with residential assisted living, seniors occupy a space in a traditional neighborhood home with others who have similar likes and backgrounds.

  1. The Village Concept

The village concept works best in well-established communities, where neighbors are close to one another and families have been in proximity to one another for generations. The village concept is effective as long as the village endures and things remain stable; however, life has a way of monkeywrenching all of us.

There is another way to leverage the village concept – residential assisted living. By relocating to a residential assisted living home, a senior retains the village without the volatility. The senior is safe, in a home, fit with all safety measures, with housemates to enjoy, properly prepared healthy food and available and attentive caregivers only steps away at all times.

The residential assisted living home is the ultimate village that is stable and safe.

  1. Independent Living

Independent living is a housing concept for seniors that includes retirement communities, retirement homes, and senior apartments. This concept is nice for seniors to retain their independence without the burden of property maintenance, but cost can be quite steep, up to $10,000 monthly.

On the other hand, residential assisted living fuses the benefits of independent living into one environment. It makes living social, safe, independent and cost efficient. These realities also make it the best investment opportunity for those looking to profit in real estate in a nonconventional way.

  1. Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

Continuing care retirement communities are mammoth operations, many placed on large campuses where senior living is organized by progressive decline. Beginning with independent living to full skilled nursing facilities, seniors who live on these campuses are largely poised for decline. This is not quite the ideal choice for those who want to age with dignity.

Similar to CCRCs, the residential assisted living homes offer full staff support and residents are able to age within the community, without fear of losing that community.

Thus, any investment made in residential assisted living is more viable and wise.

  1. Residential Assisted Living Community

Residential care homes are small facilities offering personal service to a small group of seniors. They are regarded as ideal for those who require personal care in a home-setting. For vibrant seniors, this model offers the level of engagement and communal living so desired by seniors.

Business opportunists will quickly see that residential assisted living homes are a better alternative and align with the wants of the aging Baby Boomers. The residential assisted living home is able to maintain care with independence because of its size and focus. These homes are capable of doing both without compromising engagement, activity and dignity. The preservation of dignity coupled with engagement is at the core of owning a residential assisted living home.

This business model gives Baby Boomers what they want and quite frankly what they need.

  1. Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility

The skilled nursing facility has received such a bad reputation over the past decade. The job of these facilities is to provide care for those who have serious health conditions. The regulations are strenuous, often unattainable by most small businesses, but the quality of care needed has driven the regulations. The truth is, eventually most seniors will end up in these institutions near the very end, but the goal for ethical senior housing is to put this off until it is necessary. And unfortunately, many seniors end up in these facilities too soon due to lack of options or limited information.

Wise entrepreneurs looking for the next good model will find it in residential assisted living. So much of the economy is shifting during these difficult times, but one thing is constant – people are continuing to age. Baby Boomers want exactly what they say, and they can afford to make demands.

Residential assisted living meets their needs. Therefore, investment today will lead to returns tomorrow.

ACT NOW WHILE THE OPPORTUNITY IS AT ITS PEAK

With more than 10,000 Baby Boomers turning age 65 every day, now is the time to invest in assisted living and begin on your path to ownership in residential assisted living.

Contact RALAcademy today to register for the next 3-day course to learn from a team of experienced experts everything you need to know about the assisted living industry.

  • The service is superior – as per our proven model
  • The service is in high demand with the silver tsunami of baby boomers on the rise.
  • Residential assisted living businesses generate significant cash flow
    • Unlike other senior living business investments, RAL homes based on the Residential Assisted Living Academy model generate more profit and have reduced overhead and liability.
  • Residential Assisted Living homes are where seniors would prefer to be when it is time that they leave their own home for health and safety reasons
  • With the help of the Residential Assisted Living Academy, individuals with little business experience can build a successful brand from the ground up and provide for their family with generational wealth
  • Investors, owners and operators can make a difference by doing good and doing well.

There is a need for more viable options for the aging Baby Boomer, and you can help meet that need.

The demand is only increasing and projected to continue this pattern.

It is time for you to engage with knowledge and support to meet the needs of millions of Americans while creating a legacy for yourself.

Contact the Residential Assisted Living Academy today to get started.

This Will Be the New Normal

There is a new normal in the senior housing industry that is forcing assisted living providers to rethink senior care. With the rising tide of baby boomers about 10,000 seniors are turning age 65 every day, and 4,000 seniors are turning 85 each day.

This means more senior housing is desperately needed, but here’s the catch, baby boomers have stipulations about where they plan to live.

Here’s what they do not want:

  • Larger facilities that feel like death pits
  • Huge nursing homes guided by the one-size-fits-all approach
  • Big buildings that feel like hospitals and hospices.

There is an ongoing trend of seniors demanding senior care with a niche. Residential Assisted Living offers the smaller neighborhood-based homes that are in demand amongst today’s seniors. This is the new trend and the new normal that is sparking some serious waves in assisted living.

As a result, many entrepreneurs and investors are getting on board to help shape the future of quality senior care, while also creating generational wealth.

SMALLER RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING HOMES SAVE LIVES

In a few short months, COVID-19 has turned the assisted living industry inside out. It exposed the unforeseen cracks in senior care.

Despite frequent disasters of senior abuse in nursing homes and other big box facilities, no amount of media attention had an impact on the problem.

The rapid rise of deaths due to COVID-19, generated a strong need for smaller care homes.

The pandemic plagued big box facilities with a devastating reputation as “death traps.” The residential assisted living industry has known for years that smaller senior homes save lives. This current pandemic has shown the world how critically important it is to move away from large crowded facilities to smaller boutique homes.

How will the senior living industry adjust to the new normal of smaller neighborhood homes?

How do we create a system that is more humane, trustworthy, accountable, equitable, economical, integrated and resilient?

Instead of perpetuating a broken system, Gene Guarino of the Residential Assisted Living Academy has created a model that works.

Entrepreneurs and investors do not have to reinvent the wheel.

A BETTER MODEL FOR SENIOR HOUSING

Instead of investing in obsolete facilities run with old standards, residential assisted living is the solution to the coming tsunami. For more than half a century, senior assisted living has been patterned after medical institutions.

Nursing homes and retirement facilities are often designed like hospitals with long corridors, bright lights glaring across shiny floors, and a nurse’s station located nearby. With cafeteria-style commercial kitchens, huge common areas, and impersonal care, these pitfalls are why senior assisted living needs a new model.

Residential assisted living homes eliminate the cold and callous sentiment of isolating seniors into warehouse communities where they are further segregated from traditional neighborhoods. This model provides better quality of care that is more cost efficient. It also gives seniors the freedom of choice.

Small residential assisted living houses are designed to function like a family-style home. About 6-12 residents occupy the home, meals are prepared in a residential kitchen by personal chefs, and a team of caregivers build healthy relationships with each resident.

This model of senior housing is especially important for people living with dementia, memory loss, and those with high fall risk.

Residential assisted living is also the style of homes the baby boomers are seeking to live out their golden years.

3 LESSONS FROM COVID-19

  1. Smaller Residents
    Create smaller assisted living homes to improve infection control. Self-contained living units such as in residential assisted living accomplish this goal while still supporting relationships.
  2. Rethink Aging from Every Angle
    The new normal for senior living housing must include at least two key considerations: small households and more personable space. When we see the pandemic through our rearview mirror some aspects of senior living will remain our new normal.
  3. Infection Control
    Small households have a stronger connection with residents. This is critical for quality care and helps to easily isolate infectious diseases.

GETTING THE TRAINING FOR A SUCCESSFUL NEW NORMAL

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives and given us incentives — personal, societal, moral and economic. As a result, residential assisted living is reshaping long-term care. Investors, entrepreneurs can take full advantage of this opportunity.

Start the process by dismantling and replacing America’s archaic senior living systems with residential assisted living.

During the 3-day course at the Residential Assisted Living Academy, Gene Guarino and his team of experienced experts will help you start your own assisted living business. You will learn everything from A-Z about owning and operating a senior housing business.

Register today to learn how to do good and do well at RALA.

Residential assisted living is the change we need now.

But I Don’t Want to Take Care of Old People

Our proven system for investing in residential assisted living shows you how to set up the right systems and team to create success.

It encourages the concept of being hands-off with the day-to-day work of the assisted living home. Many of our students choose to run their businesses with a hands-off approach because it gives them the chance to spend more quality time elsewhere. As a result, owners that use our model are able to invest more time with family and doing the things that truly make them happy.

Taking care of seniors in need of assistance with activities of daily living is a job that we hold in high esteem. Not everyone is cut out for quality senior care.

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who find meaning and passion in this kind of work. It’s those people that you will want to identify and hire to work in your residential assisted living home.

So, the long answer is, yes, you can take advantage of the amazing investment opportunity in residential assisted living without having to directly care for seniors. You simply hire the right people to do the work

If you owned a McDonald’s restaurant and one of your employees calls in sick, you don’t then need to come in and work in their place. Likewise, in residential assisted living the shift manager’s responsibility is to find a staff replacement. In the same way, the Residential Assisted Living Academy gives students the tools needed to hire the right people for your team.

There is, however, a chance that once you see how meaningful it is to care for aging seniors, that you might find yourself interacting with them more than you initially thought.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO INVEST IN RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING?

There three unique ways entrepreneurs can invest in residential assisted living homes. Owning, operating and/or investing in assisted living is different from a basic real estate investment.

Your goals will determine which approach you should take when investing.

  1. Operator (hands-on)

One option for investing in a senior living facility is to become an operator and manage the business yourself. Being an operator has many expectations and requirements, but it can be the most profitable. Each state dictates the regulatory requirements for owning an assisted living facility.

The Residential Assisted Living Academy teaches students everything from needed for operating a senior living home nationwide.

  1. Landlord (hands-off)

Another economically beneficial option is to find an operator seeking to lease property for an assisted living home. This makes your assisted living investment similar to a rental property, with much greater monthly revenue.

There are two common ways to lease a facility to an operator. Many leases are set up like any other commercial real estate lease with the assisted living operator making fixed monthly rent payments to the investor. Another method of leasing to assisted living owners and operators is have each resident pay rent directly to the property owner. This method is seldom practiced and less appealing to the landlord. In this setup, they also pay the operator for their care. Such rent payments provide a good income when the place is full.

Unfortunately, with this method, the income suffers when there aren’t many residents. This method has a lot of upside potential, but less consistency.

The landlord’s income depends on how well the operator runs the business.

  1. Owner (hands-off)

With this option, the owner sets up the business and hires the right staff and manager to run the day-to-day business. The owner doesn’t need to interact with the residents unless they want to, as their capable staff takes care of everything. Any issues that come up are dealt with by the manager and anything the manager needs approval for is taken to the owner. As long as the systems and procedures are in place and the staff is informed, the owner can be very hands-off with this type of operation.

Additionally, the business owner can elect to hire a management company that would allow you to own the property while somebody else handles all the requirements and runs the business. They are responsible for handling staffing, schedules, finding residents, and all other business operations. All expenses, including staff salaries, are overhead expenses. The management company and the investor split the profits after overhead is paid.

A good assisted living manager will increase profits enough to make the split worthwhile.

STARTING AN ASSISTED LIVING HOME

There are three primary options to start a residential assisted living home.

  1. Open A New Residential Assisted Living Home
  2. Buy an Existing Assisted Living Facility
  3. Invest in an Assisted Living Fund
  • Open A New Residential Assisted Living Home
    You can start your own assisted living business. You can build or purchase a building and start from scratch with finding staff and residents.
  • Buy an Existing Assisted Living Facility
    Purchasing an operating facility will give you an assisted living business that already has staff and residents. This allows you to start receiving income right away.
  • Invest in an Assisted Living Fund
    You can partner with an experienced investor if you don’t want to be an operator or a landlord. This will give you equity in the property and a percentage of the profits from the business. Funds own different asset classes like long term care and senior housing investments.

A-Z TRAINING FOR INVESTING, OWNING, AND OPERATING AN ASSISTED LIVING HOME

During the 3-day course at the Residential Assisted Living Academy, Gene Guarino and his team of experienced experts will help you start your own assisted living business.

You can be involved in the industry hands-on or hands-off – the choice is yours.

The academy will teach you everything from A-Z about investing, owning and operating a senior housing business.

Register today to learn how to run your assisted living business the way that works best for you by clicking here: RALA.

Residential assisted living is reshaping long-term care. Investors and entrepreneurs can take full advantage of this opportunity however they choose to.

Get started with the proper training today, knowing that you can cater the business to your personal desire.

You Need This Now More Than Ever

With the turbulence that this pandemic has brought, so many people are looking for new ways to invest and create cash flow.

The entrepreneurial spirit is strong at the moment.

Unfortunately, the long term sheltering in place and quarantine is derailing many people from moving forward. If you are like many entrepreneurs out there, you see investment opportunities, but more roadblocks than usual.

From youth to seniors, this difficult period has been a struggle. It is easy to let excuses pile up when facing the fatigue and strain of quarantine.

Effects of Quarantine on New Entrepreneurs

  • Brain fog
  • Languid disposition
  • Stiff and tired joints

It’s time to reclaim your body and mind, in order to take control of your future. We can’t redo the past eight months, but there are some small changes that we can make that will set us on the path to action and reignite your passion for life.

Entrepreneurs, just like everyone else, need to be healthy in body and mind.

WHY WELLNESS NEEDS TO BE YOUR PRIORITY DURING THE PANDEMIC

Wellness is essential, even vital, especially for entrepreneurs in the residential assisted living industry.

As a result, comfort food can be counterproductive. Donuts, pizza, coffee with loads of sugar, candy, cake, pie, cookies, and the list goes on are foods given out of admiration, love, and support. These comfort foods are best suited for short periods of time and special occasions.

The long-term effects of COVID-19 means that some diets must change, in effort to preserve good health and wellness.

Unhealthy weight gains, depletion of energy, and increased diagnosis of preventable diseases, intensify amid poor healthcare.

So, what’s the cure? What’s the clear solution to an ever evolving and unforgiving crisis? In one word, the answer is wellness. Wellness is the cure and must remain the aim.

Individuals must take responsibility for their overall health and with some support from employers these programs have proven to be highly successful.

Entrepreneurs in residential assisted living, more than anyone, should embrace wellness. The success of your business is much more thoroughly enjoyed if one is well.

So how is this done? The key to an effective wellness program is full participation.

Who Should Participate in Your Assisted Living Wellness Program

  • Owners
  • Management
  • Care Staff
  • Activity Staff
  • Residents
  • Family Members

Full participation creates an environment of accountability and success. When business owners make health and wellness a priority, everyone benefits from their leadership. When leaders lead the way with wellness, no one objects to fruit trays at meetings and events, as opposed to a cookie tray.

Components of a Fully Functional Wellness Program

  1. The need for improvement in overall health.
  2. A commitment from leadership and their participation.
  3. Competition to fuel participation and engagement.
  4. Process for journaling, tracking, and showing improvement.
  5. Basic baseline labs. Weight loss should not be the only indicator of success.
  6. Low Impact Exercise during the workday.

Six Cores of Wellness

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking plenty of fluids, primarily water
  • Breathing deeply and often
  • Performing 3 exercises daily taking approximately 15-20 minutes daily
  • An attitude of gratitude.

Operating a successful wellness program at a residential assisted living home is not a complicated feat; yet, it does require intentionality.

12 TIPS TO STAYING AWAKE NATURALLY

One of the most overlooked and disregarded aspects of wellness is rest. Getting sufficient rest is a cure for many physical and mental complications. A minimum of six hours of rest nightly will solve many problems and obtaining the needed eight hours can help combat many diseases.

It has even been reported that health challenges such as weight loss, hypertension, and a sharp reduction in the severity of diabetes is affected by adequate rest.

Rest gives the body an opportunity to repair and rejuvenate.

What happens when employees are slacking in rest? Sugary solutions become the go-to fix. We all know them, as they canvas our convenience stores and grocery counters.

  • Red Bull
  • Espresso Drinks to Go
  • Caffeinated Sodas

These popular “go-to” pick-ups only solve one issue to create multiple others. So, how can you stay awake naturally?

  1. Get Up and Move Around to Feel Awake
    Movement increases blood flow, which increases oxygen, which enhances alertness. Also, many eat heavy lunches or dinners at work. Avoid these. Instead, opt to eat lighter foods and eat more often. Take a walk after lunch to enhance digestion, and increase energy naturally.
  2. Take a Nap to Take the Edge Off Sleepiness
    Who said naps are only for preschoolers? If possible, take a nap during the day. Short naps are powerful in terms of energy, focus, and productivity. A nap as short as ten minutes is long enough to rejuvenate you and keep you productive during the long afternoon hours.
  3. Give Your Eyes a Break to Avoid Fatigue
    The blue light illuminating from your computer screen is no help at all. Take a break from your computer. Limit your exposure to blue light in 50-minute increments. It has been proven that 50-minute exposure to blue light with a 10-minute break reduces fatigue and enhances productivity.
  4. Eat a Healthy Snack to Boost Energy
    Avoid junk food at all costs. That means no: cookies, cake, candy, chips, soda, energy drinks or sugar filled coffee. Instead be sure to have on hand in your business or residential residential assisted living home:
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Nuts
  • Water
  • Stevia instead of Sugar
  • Granola Bars

These are just a few examples. Snacks should be healthy, which will enhance true energy without the danger of developing disease in employees.

  1. Start a Conversation to Wake Up Your Mind
    The mind is awakened when forced to synthesize language. Therefore, talk to someone. Strike up a conversation. Talk about sports, current events, children, marriage, parents, housing, whatever intrigues you. The conversation will be a jolt of good energy as it is generated by intellectual stimulation.
  2. Turn Up the Lights to Ease Fatigue
    Dim lighting equals sleep. If your residential assisted living home has low lighting, consider changing to something more luminous. The light need not be parking lot bright, but certainly stimulating enough and bright enough to see across the room. Better lighting contributes to better energy. Additionally, it is best to get as much sunlight into the home as possible. It’s not just better for staff, but for the residents as well. Sunlight is the absolute best light. The sun is a natural energizer.
  3. Take a Breather to Feel Alert
    Literally, breathe. Deep breathing increases oxygen levels throughout the body and does so relatively quickly. Circulation is improved by this because of a reduction in heart rate and a decrease in blood pressure. Your mental capacity increases and stimulation is enhanced. Anyone with an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or any other wrist device synchronized with a smartphone has the added benefit of being triggered to deep breath. This is incredible for productivity. There are various techniques for deep breathing and the jury is still out on which is most effective. What is known is that they all work:
  • Abdominal breathing from the mouth out of the nose
  • Pulmonary breathing from the nose out through the mouth
  • Yoga-style breathing and stretching

Again, the object is to get as much oxygen into the body as quickly and calmly as possible.

  1. If You’re Driving, Pull Over When Sleepy
    Driving while sleepy is just as bad as driving while drunk. Be responsible. If you are fatigued after work, especially those working night shifts at residential assisted living homes, take a nap. Just 10-15 minutes could be sufficient to get you home safely.
  2. Switch Tasks to Stimulate Your Mind
    Change the way in which you operate at work. Switching tasks traditionally done in the morning to the afternoon causes your brain to work harder, thus stimulating you. It’s energizing to change tasks. You may even trade tasks with others in the business who will be able to fulfill them without much training. This stimulates the mind and will provide a jolt of natural energy.
  3. Drink Water to Prevent Tiredness
    Dehydration is the primary cause of fatigue. The body needs adequate water in order to operate optimally. If you are dehydrated, you will not have adequate absorption of nutrients or sufficient blood volume to carry nutrition and oxygen to much needed cells. The result will be fatigue. So, drink water.
  4. Get Some Daylight to Regulate Your Sleep Cycles
    Get outside during your breaks and get sun. You need exposure in order to inform the body the time of day. Do not worry, you need not talk to yourself and draw unwanted attention. Sun exposure is enough to get the job done. Your body will automatically clock the time when exposed to the sun.
  5. Exercise to Increase Energy and Reduce Fatigue
    Exercise is key. Sitting or walking short distances in the residential assisted living home is not enough to burn unwanted calories. You need to exercise. But, do not get the wrong idea. You needn’t lift hundreds of pounds of weight. Quite the contrary. Brisk walks, pushups, pull-ups, air squats, stretching, yoga, breathing, light jogs are just a few things that qualify as sufficient exercise. When combined with a healthy diet, your body will change. More importantly, your blood chemistry will change. That means, glucose numbers start dropping, hypertension reduces, cholesterol gets in appropriate range, and you feel, look, and work better.

BALANCING WORK AND WELLNESS

Entrepreneurs have always shown America what to do and how to do it. The ingenuity that accompanies the entrepreneur fuels our society.

t’s important for owners and operators of residential assisted living homes to learn everything it takes to be successful in the business.

This is why the Residential Assisted Living Academy teaches everything from A-Z during the 3-day course.

Visit RALAcademy to learn more and get registered.

Do you want to take advantage of the incredible investment potential in residential assisted living? Do you expect your employees to be productive? Do you desire them to be happy and deliver quality care to residents? The key to success starts with unlocking the door to wellness.