Home Care License in Wisconsin

Get your Wisconsin Home Care License. Learn what steps are necessary to achieve home care licensure in Wisconsin. 

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Home Care License in Wisconsin

Get Your Home Care License in Wisconsin

Choose a name for your home care business that makes sense. A common issue with starting a home care business and getting it licensed is the choice in name. If you use words that relate to medical terminology it can hurt your ability to market and give consumers the wrong opinion about what services, your home care business is offering and can offer. Transparency is the best marketing strategy for your home care business. Be clear and concise on what you are trying to convey to the consumer (i.e. Using words like Health or Medical or services such as nursing or therapies). This can also cause issues with licensing your home care business further down the line and depicts that your business is not what it seems (Home Care and Home Health Care are not the same – If you would like to learn more about starting a home health care business or would like to know the difference between the two, call us today for more information.)

Make it unique! The constantly growing home care market is saturated with common names that why the state mandates that it’s unique. The State also asks that you Please do not use “Advance”, “Assure”, “Caring”, “Community”, “Compassion”, “Family”, “Golden”, “Hands”, “Health”, “Helping”, “Home”, “Life”, “Peace”, “Tender” or “United” as the first word in your agency name. There are other barriers that can also prevent you from registering your name.  As with many great ideas, there is a chance someone thought of it first. Names that are matching other business names cannot be registered and names that are too alike can also be rejected. Researching to see if the name is available is always required and this is done with a search on the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website.

Deciding the best option for your home care business taxation is a huge decision. People often work with consulting firms, attorneys, or accountants to best suit the needs of the home care business. The way you register your home care business will also determine filing fees and other annual costs that will be required to make sure your home care business stays in good standing.

Create a brightly lit path that can help you pave the way to success by knowing the ins and outs of what to expect when your dream becomes your reality. Otherwise, it may turn into a nightmare. Researching the market and determining that there is a need for your type of home care business can seem overwhelming. That’s when utilizing a home care business consultant might become a good idea.

There are many barriers to entry. The owners of the agency must be able to pass a background check.  There are fees associated with the formation of the Agency and licensing. Researching the census and local competition in Wisconsin is very important. Determining your pay sources are important as well as there are Medicaid Programs available for Wisconsin, determining referral sources, etc. Furthermore, your home care business must have enough capital to get the business started and run it for at least 6 months.

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Formation, Employer Identification Number, State Tax ID, and a National Provider Identification number will be needed to get your home care business started. You will need a tangible address to start the agency (P.O. Boxes are not acceptable). This is where a little help from a home care business consultant will come in handy.  We do all of this for you. 

The State of Wisconsin requires the following for home care licensure in Wisconsin:

The State of Wisconsin requires that the business be covered by both General/Professional liability and Workman’s Compensation to operate. Please give us a call to learn more. 

To start your home care business, you will need to apply for your home care license in Wisconsin. A home care license is also known as a Personal Care Agency. There is a specialized PCA Module for Online Training for PCA’s Main Website that will need to be completed before a home care license application with home care policies and procedures will need to be compiled and submitted with a $300 fee and $10 for each Key staff member to the state.  Initial Licensure application review can take up to 6 months. The State of Wisconsin does not accept incomplete application and will mail back the whole application if it’s not perfect. A one (1) Year provisional license is granted. A survey readiness packet must be submitted 90 days prior to the end of the provisional license to grant a permanent license if the agency passes the survey. Let us take the stress off handling this long and complicated process with our team of professionals.

Researching the Wisconsin regulations is a must when starting this process of applying for your home care license in Wisconsin. A Registered Nurse for supervision of the aides is needed to oversee the Agency and general operations. This individual should have at least 2 years’ experience in a home care setting and 1 of which has been in a supervisory role. Wisconsin also requires an Administrator and Alternately qualified individual to run the home care business. This person should be a professional with a bachelor’s degree with either experience or specialized training in the administration of health institutions or agencies and the knowledge, experience, and ability to effectively manage the agency. All staff must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check. 

The Home Care License is not permanent in the state of Wisconsin but there is an annual renewal process to keep the status of the license active. This is not an easy task, professional assistance will most likely be required to navigate the process and keep the business running smoothly. Our home care license and home care business startup consultants can help. Call us today. 

The county or township may have specific requirements that need to be met with an application for a local license to conduct business in that area. Having an optimal location and the proper office set is important. Make sure all the proper licenses are in a conspicuous area.

Your home care business will need staff to open its doors and in the case of Wisconsin the key staff/managers need to be identified in the initial application process. Hiring the staff and making sure they get paid is an important part of starting your home care business. This process can be done by the home care business owners or a professional equipped to handle these situations. The state of Wisconsin has very specific laws associated with being an employer. This can make or break the agency if they do not follow the letter of the law.

Wisconsin Resources for Starting your Home Care Business

What are you waiting for? Get started on your Wisconsin home care license today!

Call us today to get started on your home care license in Wisconsin application.  Ask us how we can help you start your home care business. We do the work for you! 

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