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Dennis Detweiler says
June 13, 2018 at 9:17 pm
I did not get the names and numbers of the tax people and the payroll contacts.
Gene Testing says
June 13, 2018 at 11:37 pm
Let him know you’re with Gene Guarino RALAcademy
Thanks, Gene Guarino
Jessica Sanchez says
June 14, 2018 at 8:38 am
How do you know, how much to pay a manager or caregiver? I assume it’s best to start with yourself and spouse first to ensure actual gain.
June 14, 2018 at 1:04 pm
There are many different arrangements you can make with the payments of you manager. It depends what actual job duties you’re giving them, how many homes they’re overseeing and how many residents in each home, etc. You can structure it so they get paid more when the homes are 100% full and less when they’re not. You can structure it so they’re part owner of the company and get paid their percentage. You could pay them a certain flat amount per home, etc. We discuss all of this in depth in the live 3 Day Fast Track, I hope you can join us there soon. http://www.ralacademy.com/events
June 14, 2018 at 10:03 am
You mentioned that we provide with the furniture if the resident required, Do you have to provided with a hospital’s bed and if so where is good to look for them?
June 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm
Your state will tell you exactly what furniture you must provide, but in general you’re going to want to give everyone a twin size bed (easier to maneuver around), a dresser, tv and a night stand. We don’t suggest filling every room with furniture first because residents will bring some of their own things and then you’re going to have to end up paying for storage to hold the furniture you bought. Start by furnishing just 1/2 the rooms and move the furniture around as people move in and don’t need/want some of the things you’re providing.
A good ole twin size bed is great, hospital beds aren’t necessary, but some residents will bring in their own hospital beds, so you may end up with a few in your home eventually.
Ray Castillo says
September 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm
Do you provide health insurance for employees?
If the manager chooses to be an independent contractor then you don’t even need to offer insurance, correct?
September 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm
Correct. Our employees are independent contractors so no insurance.
Crys Turner says
November 5, 2018 at 5:14 pm
Could you please clarify? The manager can be an independent contractor but the caregivers are employees, correct? Would the employees (caregivers) need to be offered health insurance?
Thanks in advance,
November 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm
Our administrators and managers are independent contractors so no insurance.
Caregivers are employees and can be offered insurance, we are just starting to offer that.
Joel Copas says
December 30, 2018 at 8:19 pm
In the previous training modules you specifically stated multiple times that the caregivers are employees. However, in your replies above you state that your employees are independent contractors. Can you please share with us what type of arrangement you set up with your caregivers that allowed you to classify them as independent contractors vs employees? As you know, that is very beneficial from a tax and payroll perspective for the assisted living business entity itself, and I would like to better understand how you were able to do that. Feel this information would be very beneficial to all of your online students. Thank you!
December 31, 2018 at 5:41 pm
Caregivers are employees.
Managers and administrators can be employees OR independent contractors, I typically hire them as independent contractors.
If you heard or read something differently please screenshot the exact reference and email it to email@example.com
September 30, 2018 at 1:13 pm
How do you notify families for tenants that now need “nursing care” and not just assisted living care?
How long do you give them to find a new home?
Do the managers use the situation to build relationships with nursing homes? Hopefully if you are referring a nursing home to families the same nursing home is referring families to your home when they find tenants that are not requiring Nursing Care yet.
October 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm
Their doctors will determine that the resident needs to move on, not you.
Their doctor will usually require them to be hospitalized immediately so they will be moving out very quickly. It’s typically because something happens, like a fall which caused a broken hip or a major decline in health.
Your managers should have good relationships with all other homes in the area and of course independent living facilities and nursing care facilities as well. It’s a tight knit community, as you will discover. You are welcome to refer to a nursing home that you like and possible collect a placement agent fee if you work out an arrangement with that owner.
Hope that helps!
Kathryn (Kathy) Clinton says
January 14, 2019 at 12:47 am
Regarding above response:
‘Their doctors will determine that the resident needs to move on, not you.’
might this vary by state? In Colorado if we can no longer demonstrate that we can provide the care needed, or if the care needed falls outside the scope of Regs or our own Policies and Procedures, it is up to us (the facility) to provide notice to resident/ family of the need to move. Is this different in other states?
January 14, 2019 at 6:01 pm
For the most part it’s the doctors who will determine that, for example they need to be on life support, etc. But when you’re doing your 60-day check-ins with each resident and assessing their needs and you determine you can no longer help with their needs, then YES, do the right thing and send them somewhere that can help them. You should build great relationships with the hospitals and nursing homes and you can be a placement agent and even get paid for transferring your resident to another home/facility with the right options for the resident.
September 30, 2018 at 1:15 pm
Is it important to families to have same sex caregivers especially when the tenant is in need of extra help bathing or in the bathroom or changing clothes in general?
October 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm
Some families may ask for this so it’s important to have both sexes on staff. But it is a very rare ask. Most families understand that this is part of life and it is fine because it’s the caregivers job. But do note it is also a great idea to have a male on staff in all of your homes because of heavy lifting, some residents are quite large and having a strong man who can help lift them is always good. Make sure your caregivers are provided with back braces to help them with lifting. Some will bring their own to work, but you could always provide them as a added benefit to keep them safe and healthy with their heavy lifting!
Valerie Odom says
January 21, 2019 at 12:30 am
Gene, are you required to have workers’ compensation for caregivers? I believe in Florida employers who have 4 or more employees must have workers’ compensation. I do plan to have at least 3 homes employing 2-3 caregivers at each, so I would have to pay for WC if all the homes are under the same corporate entity, correct? Your comment about “heavy lifting” made me think of WC laws.
January 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm
If your state requires it, then I would advise you to follow all state rules and regs.
AQUILA WODAJO says
February 15, 2019 at 2:00 am
February 15, 2019 at 6:05 pm
Glad you’re enjoying them!
Vincent Marec says
April 26, 2019 at 1:37 am
I unfortunately missed yesterday’s Q&A call as I was busy with customers. Does RAL Academy know investors that would partner with your students to sponsor loans if they cannot qualify for it, as it would the case for newly self-employed entrepreneurs?
What is the typical equity split in that case? is some of the NOI shared as well? What is the best set up for these partnerships, joint ventures?
Sorry, lots of questions…
April 26, 2019 at 3:34 pm
We have a huge list of private investors and in our live training we teach you all about the different ways to raise capital and how to present yourself with a custom business plan. There are many options we have resources for you to choose from including SBA lenders, private money lenders, hard money lenders, traditional bank loans, syndication, crowdfunding, etc.
Hope to see you in class soon or discuss with Emmanuel your concerns with financing once you graduate and he can offer you those options (custom business plans, private lenders list, etc) for purchase.
Enjoy the course,
Clayton A Miller says
December 6, 2019 at 3:26 pm
Can you please list the duties of a manager and a typical salary I should offer a GOOD candidate who is an RN?
Isabelle Guarino says
December 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Your managers duties can vary from hiring/firing, staffing, giving tours of the home, marketing, grocery shopping, payroll, caregiving, filling shifts when needed, organizing all outside vendors (chefs, activities, contractors for lawn care, etc). It totally depends, some people have their managers do everything I’ve listed and some have them do 1-3 of those tasks, it’s up to you and how hands on they need/want to be, also how many homes you’re asking them to oversee.
Salary can vary from a flat rate per house, to owning a percentage of the business, to $1-2 above what the caregivers make, to a true salary, to a percentage based on how many beds are full, the list goes on, you can structure it however you like!
Monica V Bailey says
January 12, 2020 at 2:24 am
Did I miss something? Are there regular Q&A sessions?
January 12, 2020 at 11:13 pm
Yes, once monthly via webinar, you’ll be sent an email for access.
The next one is Wednesday 1/15 at 6:15pm/PST
See you then!
João Alves says
February 9, 2020 at 3:36 am
Hi again Gene and Isabelle! I just finished this module. Once again, great content and customer support. I’ll be posting one last question if that’s ok 🙂 Still regarding our “team members”…I get the caregiver shift structure (12 hr 4 days/3days) and totally agree with it but what is the best way to plan/organize for their vacation time? This also applies to the chef since he/she is also considered a full time employee.
February 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm
12 hour shifts are one option, another is 8 hour shifts.
Note you’re going to have more than a couple of caregivers, you’re going to have a list of staff you can choose from to fill shifts, you need to have extras in case of call-outs or sick days or vacation days. So just because you have a 10-resident home and 2 caregivers on shift for 3-4 days, doesn’t mean you only have 4 caregivers total, it means you probably have 8-10 caregivers total and you’re working them in and out of shifts and using some for “temp” work like call-outs, etc.
I hope that helps clarify.
We usually have two chefs and swap them out throughout the week and if they no-show or can’t cover each others shifts then the caregivers do the cooking that day, just like in a normal home the caregivers are responsible for the cooking, cleaning and caring. So if they both call out and you can’t find a replacement, the caregivers will be responsible for feeding the residents that day.
Steve Bush says
February 26, 2020 at 8:44 pm
We live in California and are open to running our ALF out of state. California just passed the AB5 which concerns how businesses pay independent contractors. Have you had any experience with any other owners who are in California and how they have dealt with AB5?
February 27, 2020 at 4:41 pm
None of our CA students have mentioned it, as of yet. But I would chat with other RCFE home owners there in CA to see if it has affected them drastically or not.
Brian Groff says
March 28, 2020 at 12:10 am
Good information and education. I am enjoying and getting more and more excited about becoming a RAL owner
March 28, 2020 at 2:20 pm
Brian, we can’t wait to watch you succeed! Isabelle
Nina Rosen says
April 7, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Hi! Do you have any advice on how to recruit/screen good managers since they are such a crucial part of the team?
April 8, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Slow to hire, quick to fire.
Check on all their references, do mini tests with them (pencil drop test), try them out on a trial basis, multiple interviews, have them buy into the concept. There is a big chunk of our live training that’s all about hiring and tips and tricks, are you planning on coming to the live course soon?
Ying Liu says
April 20, 2020 at 11:46 pm
Hi i I have 6 residents care home , now I have full house. However what IF i want add another resident i master bed room as shared room, what i the requirement? What should i do? Is it worth it?
April 21, 2020 at 3:35 pm
How many residents are you licensed for? If you’re licensed for 7 or more, it should be no problem as long as the resident in the master bedroom is okay sharing, you will have to make their fee a little less now, and discuss with their family to confirm this is okay with them.
For example a private master bedroom with private bath might be $6k/mo, but if it’s shared it would be $3500/mo per person.
If you are only licensed for 6, you need to go back to the zoning and fight for a variance, get some legal backing (www.ralna.org) and make sure you have enough sq/ft, etc to be approved.
Eden Burgard says
September 21, 2020 at 9:55 pm
One thought came in mind, I am not sure what are the numbers as far as how many people (1 out of 10 or a %) end up leaving your facility to a higher care home/facility?
I would think that families who are looking for a home for a parent will not want to look at it as a temp solutions…any idea or thought? Thank you.
September 22, 2020 at 3:37 pm
Eden, very few, I would say less than 10% need to move on to a nursing home. Mostly people just pass in our home, about 85%. The other 5% choose to leave for whatever reason, maybe they go back home, health improves, maybe they change facilities as their finances change, or maybe we need to move them out because we cannot accommodate any longer.
Katherine Huff says
September 30, 2020 at 12:37 am
I can’t see the quiz for the review of this section
September 30, 2020 at 12:55 pm
Katherine, Once you complete the entire section the quiz will pop up.
Erin Mccue says
January 17, 2021 at 11:49 pm
Hi, I’m enjoying the course so far! I am in California and plan to open a home in Napa or Sonoma counties. A five bedroom house in this area starts at over $1 million. I have been calling around and it seems like local facilities only charge around $5000 a month for a private room. I could never be profitable with such a large mortgage. Any advice on focusing only on memory care where I could charge more? I’m worried about ROI. Thank you!
January 18, 2021 at 3:49 pm
Erin, You may need to apply for a certificate of occupancy which allows for more residents, 5 or 6 residents may not be enough if your heart is set on that area. But memory care is a great option as well and you can usually charge an additional $1000-1500 per resident based on their needs in MC.
Can’t wait to watch your success,
Niko fitzpatrick says
March 17, 2021 at 11:19 pm
Hi, I am enjoying this class! You talked about policies/procedures BEFORE you get licensed 1) if your looking at buying your 1st existing home, how do you go about that? Do you use theirs and revise it? 2) You mentioned the ups and downs of buying an already existing CBRF. What would be the things I should look for?
March 18, 2021 at 2:43 pm
If you’re buying an existing home it doesn’t not mean it comes with contracts and paperwork, you would have to negotiate that. If you’re going to buy an existing home and take their P&P’s but change them you will have to issue a notice to the staff, residents and families on new ownership and exactly what you’re changing so they can choose to leave or stay.
Ups and downs of buying an existing – you can’t renovate much, there are people living there so you can slowly do one room at a time, but you can only do construction between 10am – 4pm due to residents sleeping and disturbing the peace, you may also have many residents leave your home if you start renovating it because they don’t want to live in a construction site. You are also taking on their reputation, so make sure its a good one. You are also taking on their residents and families who might not be paying what you are or were hoping to charge and they will be grandfathered in for the most part, you could send a letter for new ownership, here’s the changes I’ve made and rent is going up, but they may move out. Same with the staff, the owner may say, the staff will stay, but they cannot control that and the staff may leave as soon as you come in. They may have strong loyalty to past owner, and don’t want to work for someone else.
BUT the pros of buying an existing are it’s already up! It’s already filled! You already have staff and residents! You are already cash flowing!!! Its the fastest way to get in the game and learn.
Edgar Staren says
September 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm
Do you have a recommended inspector for these homes in the Phoenix area that knows the code? How best to handle the fire code due diligence during the process of buying a facility? When/how?
September 26, 2021 at 7:07 pm
Edgar, I’m pretty sure you can’t choose who comes to the home to do the review, you schedule it and whoever is on staff is who comes.
Follow all the rules they’ve laid out and you should be good to go and get approved easily. AZ is a great and simple state to start an RAL, follow the exact rules and you will be approved. No tricks or tips besides abide by the rules. Some states don’t have any rules so it’s much more difficult, AZ is great in that sense.
You can do all the due diligence you want prior to purchasing a home, but note you will always be fixing and updating things to be up to your standard.
Kyara ousley says
September 27, 2021 at 3:46 am
Hello, I am based in Missouri. Have you ever helped anyone open a home in this area?
September 27, 2021 at 2:59 pm
We actually have A LOT of KS and MO students, it’s an incredible place to do RAL!
Can’t wait to watch your success,
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