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Kristy 3rd Nov 2019 Support Worker
Hi everyone!
I am brand new to this forum and website...what a fantastic thing it is!!! I am looking at starting my own business in community aged care offering "portable" activities and games to the elderly in the comfort of their own home. I would like to focus particularly on those in the early stages of dementia with cognitive activities. I was wondering if anyone has done this sort of thing at all? Looking for some help with a "personal details" type form to fill out when I first visit to get to know interests/hobbies etc. Any advice as to the type of questions that would be helpful? Any assistance would be appreciated thank you!!

Susan 5th Nov 2019 Activity Director
This is very ambitious of you
I did an activity by telephone group
The hardest thing was getting people to join us
There are many things to think about when you are visiting people in their home
You want to set up an LLC so you are not personally responsible for any damage or injury to the people you were working with
You will also need insurance
Have you gotten a grant sometimes you can get money from organizations specially if you tried to set up a nonprofit organization
This does not mean that you won’t get a salary you can have that in the expenses but put some money back into your program
Do you have a client base or will you be starting from scratch ??
The Alzheimer’s Association may be able to help you but they do have certain restrictions
Before you spend a lot of money on things make sure that you will be able to get people to Be in your visiting program
In terms of finding out peoples interest there are some forms on: Carers you might want to use
You can modify it as necessary
Good luck let me know how it goes And if you have any other specific questions
Kristy 6th Nov 2019 Support Worker
Hi Susan and thank you for taking the time to reply!

So I currently work as a support worker in community aged care in our regional town. My plan is to register with Mable who are an online platform where people looking for support workers/nurses/allied health can go. Mable organise insurance on our behalf.

Essentially, I suppose I will be a support worker offering activities. Rather than just going and providing say 2 hours respite... which is normally just sitting and chatting. I would bring things such as games, perhaps give a "manicure", make rum balls, do a craft with them etc. Whatever they are interested in. Although people could pay privately, I am probably looking more at those with Aged Care Packages to spend. I would be starting from scratch, but I am working in the industry in a smallish town where I know lots of people. Would love to be able offer something for those who prefer not to join group outings etc.

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