April 11, 2011

Corporate Executive Turned Entrepreneur Provides Non-Emergency Medical Transportation to Local Residents

Author: vickihls

Starting a business in the recent economic climate is a daunting task. Fortunately for local resident Sue Perszyk, her business - EMT, Express Medical Transporters - not only has survived the economic downturn but is thriving.

In 2008, Perszyk left her 20-plus year corporate executive career in global sourcing and procurement to fulfill her desire to become an entrepreneur. With gas prices soaring at $4 gallon and the stock market crashing, Perszyk worried that the timing may not be the best to invest in a transportation service. But, after diligent research and a solid business strategy, Perszyk chose to invest in EMT USA, the nation's first non-emergency medical transportation provider. In May 2008, Perszyk launched her EMT USA business, headquartered in St. Peters, serving the St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. Her business provides transportation for clients of any age to medical appointments and events, such as family gatherings and weddings, as well as over 60 students per day to and from school. These are students who for whatever reason do not have access or can not be accommodated on a school bus route.

"EMT USA matched our personal interests and values, and when we're transporting hundreds of people a day, it's very rewarding and exciting," said Perszyk. "Just because some of our clients can no longer drive, doesn't mean they should lose their freedom to be able to get out and go!"

Since opening the business, the monthly gross sales have doubled and the company has grown from 13 to 22 employees. The transportation fleet, originally eleven vehicles, has almost tripled in size and they had to relocate from the original office space of 900-square-foot to a 3,800-square-foot location. Perszyk evens plans a territory expansion in early 2010.

"There is a tremendous need for our services and we are a very professional, customer focused operation. Taking care of our customers is our utmost priority and that has been the key to our growth, "said Perszyk.

EMT provides professional, non-emergency transportation services for a wide variety of clients including passengers in wheelchairs, seniors and the disabled, special-needs children and many others. Agencies, institutions, adult day care, rehab centers, mental health facilities, medical offices, dialysis centers, state Medicaid, hospitals, schools and more all utilize EMT's services. For more information about EMT USA or to find a franchise near you please visit www.emtusa.net.





Ambulettes Non Emergency Medical Transportation - Best Business To Start?

Author: S. Faith Williams

Ambulettes is the best work from home business I've come across in a long time. I'll make my case by giving you five reasons I think this is such a great opportunity.

- Low start-up costs. You can start a non emergency medical transportation service with nothing but a used ambulette, a cell phone, and one driver. If you drive the van yourself, then you have no labor costs.

- Non emergency medical transportation is recession-proof. This is a vital service within a community. I don't like to be negative, but there will always be sick people. It's an unfortunate reality of life. In every town, there are disabled people. There will always be people in wheelchairs and those who can only be transported on stretchers. These folk will always have doctor's appointments they need to get to. The U.S. government recognizes this need and provides a Medicaid benefit to pay for it.


- This is a business with a growing customer base. Simple demographics will bear this out. Our population is growing older. An aging population will tend to produce more people with special needs.

- An ambulette service is an easy business to run if you like to drive. An ambulette provides door-to-door transportation for people who usually cannot walk. The driver takes the client out of the hospital or nursing home (or wherever they happen to be)and puts them into the van. He or she then drives the client to their destination and, unlike a taxi, takes them into the building and makes sure they are where they are supposed to be before leaving. This is what differentiates ambulettes from taxi cabs.

- No special education is required. You do not have to have a degree to run a non emergency medical transportation business. There is no expensive training you have to go through. You do not have to have a medical background as you will not be providing medical services. A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are all you really need.

I know I said I would give five reasons, but I'm going to throw in one more to make my case rock solid.

- High income potential. I researched two ambulette services near my home. One generates approximately $101,000 per year in revenue with one employee. The other generates about $156,000 per year with two employees. The overhead for these services is low (you're starting with just one van which you can park in your driveway) so a good portion of their revenue goes straight into the owner's pocket.

This is what makes ambulettes the best work from home business I've found in a long time.

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For more information about starting an ambulettes business visit http://homemade-money-guide.com/ambulettes.html.

Faith Williams has been working from home for more than 15 years doing everything from sewing for a teddy bear company to writing web content. She is currently the publisher of http://homemade-money-guide.com, an online guide to work from home opportunities.




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Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: A Special Kind Of Service

Author: Ismael Tabalno

Advantages of NEMT/NEST

There is a specific type of service specially designed for people who require special needs, wheelchair or stretcher transportation with medical supervision but not an emergency one. This service is called Non-Emergency Medical Transport Service or NEMT Service. In essence, it takes two very different services and fuses them into one.

First, the transportation needs of people are a basic concern. As such many companies have come up with transportation and rental services with various routes. People who need to get from point A to point B often put their trust on private transport services. The second service that is included in the NEMT is medical in nature. Having someone medically trained with you is an advantage. However, not every one is actually certified by medical associations. Now, taking these two together creates a very special type of transport service designed for people with special transportation needs.

So what makes this service better?

Specific needs are met

The most obvious one is that it is a specialized type of wheelchair or stretcher (NEST) Non-Emergency Stretcher Transportation service. There are people who require transportation while requiring medical supervision. Not all transport services can provide medical assistance at the level of certified medical professionals. Likewise, transporting people with specific medical needs require an ADA certified driver and ADA certified vehicle. On the other hand, not all medically trained and certified personnel can spare the time to escort patients simply to go somewhere. This is where NEMT shines out. When you need both medical supervision and a reliable and certified transportation, this is the only choice for you.

Trained and certified

From the person driving, to the medical personnel, down to the vehicle itself, everything must conform to a standard. More than just compliance, a certification is secured so that you can breathe easy. When the life and safety of someone you care and love is on the line, don't take your chances. NEMT service offers you this peace of mind.

Cost effective

The cost of hiring an ambulance to transport a patient can be overwhelming. Just imagine doing this several times a month or several times a week. This is because emergency transport vehicles and its crew are equipped for emergency situations. The question is do you really need all those emergency equipment when all you require is someone who can supervise the health of a person while being transported? The answer to that is a resounding NO! With just a fraction of the cost, you can have the peace of mind that ample medical attention is given minus the hefty price tag. NEMT offers the only solution that will give you the confidence of transportation without the need to dish out exorbitant amounts of cash for one trip.

Special attention when ever you travel

Any person requiring medical needs require someone supervising his/her condition. Traveling can take a toll in one's health as such, someone with the expertise and training must be present. When you get a NEMT service, you can put your mind at ease that you are in good hands. Allow the trained personnel to do the driving and do the medical supervision. All you have to do is simply enjoy the ride.

You name the place and time

NEMT is your transportation solution when ever or where ever you may need to go. Get the combined service of a transport vehicle and the expertise of a medical professional in one. When you need to be somewhere, you can trust NEMT service to take your there. NEMT service takes travel safety to a different level.

Finding a special service such as this need not be a toss up between cost and medical needs. You can get the best of both services in one simple and dependable service.

Operating in Washington State, Sam's Ambulette Service (SAS) is an NEMT/NEST service specially tailored for clients with wheelchair or stretcher needs, ambulatory elderly and even disabled patients. Being an NEMT service provider, they offer a safe and reliable transportation service while ensuring medical needs along the way. It is through this special attention and quality service that NEMT providers like SAS truly make the difference.

Why choose between cost efficiency and medical attention when you can have both in just one service?

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About the Author
I. Tabalno has been a Member/Manager/Driver for Sam's Ambulette Service, LLC located at: http://www.samambuletteservice.com since March of 2009. As a disabled US Veteran he understands disable and special needs transportation.

4 Reasons Why a Cabulance / Ambulette Service Is Best for the Disabled

Author: Ismael Tabalno

When it comes to transporting people with special needs, it is important to remember that the usual method of transport is not enough. Moving from one place to another is made more complicated and sensitive when the passenger has a medical condition or has a physical limitation. As such, special arrangements and services must be used to ensure safety and comfort.

The majority of patients that require special travel arrangements are in their senior years. Up to 75% of patients ages 70 to 90 require special transport services. Often times, the trip involves going to doctor's clinics but the transportation services are not limited to this. The most appropriate type of transport for people with special needs is a Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT) service. Commonly known as a Cabulance or Ambulette, it offers the passenger and their family the peace of mind that no other transport can provide. So what makes a Cabulance or Ambulette service a better choice?

ADA compliance is a must

The Americans with Disability Act outlines all that is necessary to provide people with disability with the proper care especially in this case – transportation. Without the accreditation and certification a NEMT service provider has no right to offer their services to people with special needs. Once the company complies with all the requirements, they have the know-how and the equipment and vehicles that will provide a safer trip.

Transporting people with special medical conditions and physical disabilities is a very specific and sensitive job. As such, it is important that the people involved in the transport are knowledgeable and properly trained. Compliance with the set of standards is not just a requirement but a necessity to ensure safety.

Special trainings required

Every personnel in a Cabulance or Ambulette service are trained to function in their particular area. Driver training is most important as it involves the safety and comfort of passengers. Special training is required for a driver to operate an ADA-compliant vehicle. Moreover, using the equipment properly to ensure safety is a paramount concern.

The Sam's Ambulette Service, LLC (SAS) is a NEMT service provider in Washington State who goes all out when it comes to training its personnel. One exercise that is part of driver training is to let their trainees use wheelchairs and stretchers. This way the trainees know how it feels like to be strapped onto a wheelchair and stretcher. More than just the experience, it is meant to make the drivers more sensitive to their passenger's needs.

Cost effective choice

Not all transport service can provide the balance between comfort and medical assurance. Rented vehicles may have top notch drivers included. You can save a lot using their services but their drivers and vehicles are not certified to provide the needs of disabled people. Moreover, the driving techniques and other important concerns are not covered with basic driving skills. Only a certified and accredited ADA driver can do this. Another alternative is to get an ambulance. The problem here is that it can cost you a lot. Just imagine dishing out twice, thrice or even more for every trip that you take. It is undoubtedly a financially questionable move when you get an ambulance service. With a NEMT service you get the skill and expertise without the hefty price tag.

Though majority of the patient transport are for medical purposes – doctor's appointments, clinic appointments etc. as much as 20% of other trips using a cabulance involves more personal events. This can range from special family events like weddings and parties to social gatherings and Sunday church service. This underscores the affordability of this service compared to other similar transport service providers.

Additional services

Some cabulance service offer courier services as well. This is most especially helpful if you need to be with your family rather than deliver a document or laboratory specimen. SAS Cabulance or Ambulette services offer this as a means to lessen the burdens of patients and family members. To an extent, this is a service that is actually beyond their normal duties. Not many offer this additional service so it's best to look for one that offers this as well.

Of course there are many options when you need to go on a trip. But the choices quickly diminish when you are with someone with special travel needs. For people with disabilities or medical conditions, the safest and most cost effective way of traveling is through an NEMT service. It balances cost and medical needs like no other. But more than just the cost and comfort, it's the peace of mind that you get when you use a Cabulance or Ambulette service like SAS NEMT.

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About the Author
Ismael Tabalno has been involved in SAS NEMT service since March of 2009. Being a disabled US veteran, he knows what you require in a NEMT service. More than just a manager, he personally sees to it that clients get the best service. That includes driving them himself if needed. This is his commitment to providing only the best service in the industry. Learn more about SAS NEMT and discover how you can benefit from it at: http://www.samambuletteservice.com



April 10, 2011

Wheelchair or Stretcher Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

By Ismael Tabalno

At first glance a transport service with medical personnel may seem an odd combination. But when you think about it, many people would rather stay home due to some physical ailment or condition. At times they miss very important events in their lives (even scheduled checkups!) simply because of health reasons. This has to end.

Don't let your physical ailment or condition stop you from experiencing life.

NEMT is the solution

Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT) is what you need to continue enjoying your life. Hiring an ambulance just to move someone is too costly. On the other simply renting a vehicle or chauffeur does not provide the medical supervision required. This is why NEMT answers the call for a service that combines safe and comfortable travel with the confidence of having a medical professional by your side.

Show up at your doctor's appointments for a change. Go to hospitals, clinics and other medical centers so you can continue your treatments. But why stop there? Since this service is tailored fit so you can enjoy life better, here are some other places you can go:

* Shopping and recreations centers

* Hotels

* Restaurants

* Sporting events

* Sunday Church service

* Family reunions

* Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries

* and other special occasions and events

Don't miss out on life. With NEMT service you can truly enjoy life better.

Your special needs are covered

Your special needs are taken cared of. So don't worry about anything except enjoying the ride. The NEMT service includes a driver that is certified by the National Safety Council and the American Safety and Health Institute. To make things better, the vehicle you will be using is ADA certified as well.

NEMT service is specially designed to transport people with special needs. If you require a wheelchair or a stretcher, they've got it covered. Whether the client is an ambulatory elderly or a disabled person, you can be assured that you will get to your destination safely and comfortably. On top of this is an added reassurance of having medically trained personnel with you.

When you think about who requires such a specialized service, you may first think only a handful of people do. But when it comes down to providing the most appropriate transport service to your family with special medical or physical needs, this service is actually for everyone. Why take the chances when it's the health of someone you love?

Don't let your physical ailment or medical condition stop you from enjoying and experiencing life. Allow NEMT service to let you do just that!

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Who Can Avail a NEMT (Non-Emergency Medical Transportation)

By Ismael Tabalno

To answer this question, it is important to first understand what a NEMT service is. Well, as it happens, not everybody is in need of an emergency service. That is actually good to know. However, for some people requiring transport but not in an emergency situation, a special service is required. That is where NEMT service comes in. NEMT stands for Non-Emergency Medical Transport service, NEST stands for Non-Emergency Stretcher Transport. So in a nut shell, if you have a special medical and/or physical need when traveling, a NEMT/NEST service is what you require.

Getting a rental is an option that many people with special needs turn to. The problem here is that there is no one with the medical training to supervise the transport. Perhaps it is important to underscore the fact that transporting people with special medical conditions and physical limitations take extra care and expertise. Unfortunately your ordinary rental service can not provide this. As such, the best option is to get the services of an experienced NEMT service provider.

NEMT is no ordinary transport service. First of all, not every driver or personnel are accredited for special medical transport. This is only given to individuals who have passed the qualifications of National Safety Council and the American Safety and Health Institute. In addition, you just can't get any vehicle and let people with special needs ride there. The vehicle must have ADA certification and approval.

These are all done so that anyone requiring a special non-emergency transport can have the peace of mind when traveling. Of course you want your family or friends to be taken cared of.

So going back to the original question of who can avail of a NEMT service. It's practically anyone with special needs. Whether the passenger is an ambulatory elderly, a person requiring a wheel chair - or even a stretcher (NEST), or any body with medical or physical limitations can avail of this service. If you need to go somewhere fast and with the assurance of a medically trained staff, this is the best option.

You may be wondering where you can go with this service. That is actually a good question. The answer is anywhere! You might think that getting this service is limited to the home and the hospital. Well, it's definitely not! As long as you need to go somewhere, a NEMT service can take you there. The trip doesn't have to medical in nature. Of course this is a good way to ensure that you won't miss any doctor's appointment. You can attend Sunday service, go on a date, attend birthdays, weddings or other family events, or you can simply get a joy ride around town. The bottom line is, this provides you with the capability to enjoy life. So who says medical conditions and physical limitations can hold you back from experiencing and enjoying life? Well, NEMT service can prove them wrong.

There is a NEMT service in Washington State called Sam's Ambulette Service (SAS) that does not just provide transport, they also offer courier service especially for medical documents, laboratory and specimen samples and the like. That's truly going out of their way to provide quality service.

In the final analysis of things, the NEMT service is more than just a transportation option for people with special needs - it's a lifeline to the world. This is a cost-effective, secured way of getting around town when ever you need to. It's practically freedom on wheels.

You are welcome to discover additional information about Sam's Ambulette Service (SAS NEMT).

If you know of someone who could benefit from our outstanding cabulance service, visit http://www.samambuletteservice.com where you will find more valuable information.

We would be more than happy to offer a 20% discount on a first time use of our Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT). Call or write us for details. We are not too busy for any referrals and please feel free leave us a Review or Comments.

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Overcoming Difficulties of Transporting Patients

By Ismael Tabalno

It is no joke, having some in the family who requires special care is a big responsibility and a huge commitment. Even the most basic task of going for a check up is made more difficult because of physical and medical restrictions. Such limitation not only takes a toll on the family but hinders the progress of the patient as well.

Challenges at home

Everything changes when you have to care for someone. One of the most basic and most demanding challenges is mobility. Everything has to be wheelchair accessible or stretcher friendly. But the truth is not everybody has the financial capability to do that. What happens next is a downward spiral of many patients and their family. It's frustrating to see someone cooped up in his or her room just gazing out the window which he/she can not look through. It's downright frustrating to have someone lie at the same space without the comfort of being outside. You want to help and make things a lot better, but your hands are tied down as well. The limiting factor is mobility. Of course you can carry the person around from the bed to the sofa or a chair beside the window. Sometimes you need to do the same for basic things like going to the bathroom. If you have some at home who has limited mobility, then you know what this feels.

If the person caring for the patient feels exhausted, just imagine how the patient feels. Being carried around, moved through the corridors using a wheelchair or pushed through doors on a stretcher, it can likewise be overwhelmingly frustrating. The emotional impact of being too dependent even for the simplest task of getting up and moving a few feet away is just overwhelming. Having a physical or medical limitation can be a prison in itself. We are just talking about mobility inside the home!

Keeping appointments becomes harder

The difficulties of transporting a patient with special needs becomes increasing more alarming when you need to go outside the home. Most public transport systems are not equipped to transport people with special needs. Of course efforts are being done to accommodate them but still, public facilities are still lacking. Even if they are, would you take the chance at jostling people for a ride during rush hour? Most likely you won't. Of course cabs are a more personal and "private" option but they are not wheelchair accessible in most cases and obviously not designed for stretchers. You're left to struggle with either getting an ambulance service or just calling doctors for home service and visits. Either way, they are too expensive for the average person.

Apart from the lack of public transport option that can accommodate people with special physical needs, the medical supervision during the trip is likewise a big concern. Anything can happen from point A to point B. From monitoring the patient's condition to simply ensuring comfort, the medical needs of patients never stop – even during transport.

A gift of freedom

Emancipating the patient from the prison-like limitations is something all relatives would want for their ailing family. Giving them to freedom to go out and experience the simply joys of being with family and friends or participating in basic social engagements and event is a gift as precious as life itself. Being able to go to Sunday church service, attending a friend's birthday party or wedding of a family is gift many people living through physical and medical limitations want. The world does not stop when a patient's mobility is challenged. Life does not stop when patients are limited by medical conditions. Unfortunately, many feel that it has simply because of the limitations their physical and medical conditions present. Wouldn't you want to give the gift of freedom?

Going over the hurdles

Physical limitations and medical conditions prove to be hurdles that test human spirit. The idea that one can do only so much is a pessimistic view of what can be done for the comfort of the patient. What ever can be done must be done. When transporting patients, one need not dig too deep into their pockets just to get an ambulance service. There is a specialized transport option for people with special physical and medical needs. Not many people know about it that's why they resort to the usual expensive and inappropriate choices. However, NEMT is available for anyone. Non-Emergency Medical Transport service or NEMT is specifically designed for the transport of people with special needs. You need not worry about wheelchair accessibility or stretcher lifts since they provide all the necessary equipment and vehicle for such purpose. More than just a transport service, they offer medical supervision especially for people with special medical needs. The safety, the comfort and convenience are all worked out into the equation. NEMT provide you with the means to go over hurdles that would usually stop people at their tracks. It offers the opportunity for you to give the gift of freedom from the confines of a lonely world. It allows you to give back life to a patient.

The difficulties of transporting people with physical and medical needs are real. Whether it is the huge cost for an inappropriate emergency service, the lack of facilities in public transportation or the lack of a medical supervision required for the patient, the difficulties of transporting patients is real. Coupled with the emotional burdens of both the family and the patient, things can turn bleak in an instant. But there is hope for everyone in need of a special needs transport service. With (SAS) Sam's Ambulette Service NEMT , there no reason to miss a doctor's appointment, a laboratory test appointment, the sermon on a Sunday service, the wedding of your family or even a special dinner at your restaurant of choice. Moreover, with this transportation option, the patient has a chance to experience and participate in life's pleasures once more.

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About the Author
Mr. Tabalno knows what true NEMT service means. Being a disabled US veteran, he knows what you require in a NEMT service. Through Sam's Ambulette Service (SAS) since 2009, he provides all the essentials – and much more! Visit http://www.samambuletteservice.com and learn how you can enjoy it as well.



Special Care for the Elderly

By Ismael Tabalno

Reaching senior years of often met with mixed and contrasting sentiments. On one side are people who welcome the golden years with open arms. On the other end of the spectrum are people who have anxieties about reaching old age. This is practically normal as each person sees the future differently. Regardless of how one sees the twilight of their years, one thing remains the same, the special care that they may require when they reach their senior years

Psychological and emotional

How one perceives growing older is influenced by experiences and ideas during younger years. Once at that stage, the elderly may still have the same sentiments as when they are still younger. So to consider the emotional and psychological needs of the elderly, each must be treated differently. Keeping in mind that the uniqueness of a person does not stop when they reach their senior years is a critical element in caring for their psychological and emotional needs. In fact, questions about fulfillment in life, reaching life goals, family concerns, financial worries, death and dying, sickness and disability are just some of the things that maybe going through their minds.

At this stage, they are no longer as productive or as physically active as they were before. Because of this change, the way they see themselves may be have changed. Anxieties, self pity, or even the feeling being unproductive can be demoralizing. On the other hand some seniors welcome the idea of having to relax without worries of work or making a living. Either way, an environment that will foster their psychological and emotional needs is a critical requirement. Expert and professional help will definitely be a great help so that seniors will really enjoy this stage in their lives. But nothing beats the comfort that they get from family and friends. Nothing is as stronger as psychological and emotional bonds they have worked hard on for years.

Now more than ever, they require the psychological and emotional support since this is the final stage in their lives. However, enjoying life at its fullest must never stop even when advance in age.

Physical and mental health

It is during the senior years when the physical body and the mental faculties may fail them. From mobility to mental alertness down to basic bodily functions, the life of a senior maybe full of challenges. Physical capabilities are no longer as what they had during their early years. Some may require special tools, wheelchairs, and equipment just to do even the simplest things. Because of the physical and mental limitations the activities that they can do are also limited. But this does not mean they no longer require physical and mental stimulations. In fact, it is during this later stage in life that doing even the simplest tasks can keep their bodies in shape and minds active.

Because of physical or medical limitation many seniors often retreat to their homes than go out. Of course there are many activities offered inside homes for the elderly and similar facilities but there is much to see outside. There are events and occasions that they miss out simply because of their limitations. Special services tailored for these instances are actually available so that they can continue to experience life outside the home. Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT) service is the best and most appropriate solution for this. It combines the required equipment to transport the elderly as well as the medical supervision that is essential to them.

Medical needs are likewise very important at this stage. Close supervision of their basic vitals is important. Taking medications is also a big concern as it must be closely monitored. Regular check ups and physical therapy needs (if needed) must be done. Geriatric medicine is getting busier now thanks to modern science and technology. Of course many will attribute this to healthy living, proper care and faith. But the fact remains that medical advancements and equipment has made the quality of life of the elderly better through the years.

Physical and mental aging can be limiting for the seniors. But the quality of life that they deserve does not diminish with their physical and mental capacity. They require a place where their physical needs and their medical needs attended to regularly.

Social needs

Humans are essentially social beings. Not even age can stop people from sharing and communicating. Seniors require the same social interactions and social acceptance like any other person. Technology allows varied modes of communications and social interactions making the lives of the elderly more socially sound compared a few decades back. Today, technology allows communication across the globe in real time. As such keeping ties strong between family friends and the elderly is made easier and more convenient. Of course nothing beats visiting friends and family or attending family reunions and gatherings. Because keeping the connection alive with family and friends is an integral part of the senior's life, special needs transport services are available for them.

There is much to experience even outside of the home or senior care facilities. There are many events and opportunities to keep the ties strong. Thanks to new technology, equipment and transport service (e.g. NEMT Non-Emergency Medical Transportation), the elderly can continue to participate socially.

The life and care for the senior citizen is unique. It can be both difficult and frustrating for the primary care givers, the family and friends. Caring for the elderly does not have to be difficult. A little understanding and some patience can do the trick. With the innate desire to make their lives better, anyone can actually make a difference. Providing quality of life must be dealt in these three basic fronts: psychological, physical and social needs.

Caring for people in their senior years is neither difficult nor easy, it simply is a commitment.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/disabilities-articles/special-care-for-the-elderly-4355034.html

About the Author
Ismael Tabalno knows what true NEMT service means. Being a disabled US veteran, he knows what you require in a NEMT service. Through Sam's Ambulette Service, as a Manager/Driver, he provides all the essentials – and much more! Visit http://www.samambuletteservice.com and learn how you can enjoy it as well.

April 7, 2011

A Rarely Considered Recession-Proof Business

By Joel E Davis

Our struggling economy and increased unemployment rate continues to force many people to strategize and think about a possible "Plan B" for their financial future. Rightfully so, many employees have no choice but to prepare for what they will do if and when the day comes when they are laid off? Similarly, many existing business owners are forced to find new and creative ways to diversify and even expand into new markets and business opportunities.

But despite the struggling economy, not all news is bad. In fact, there remain many existing bright spots and money-making opportunities that are proving to be relatively recession-proof.

For example, almost anything associated with the medical industry continues to be incredibly prosperous irregardless of economic conditions. There are many reasons why the medical industry continues to grow exponentially to include technological advances, population growth, and by the simple fact that people are living longer. Thus, all such variables demand the continued growth and expansion in the number of hospitals and medical facilities.

Unfortunately, despite the medical industry's growth and prosperity there remains very little market opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. But there does exist one important and very realistic opportunity that is allowing motivated entrepreneurs to enter and profit from the medical industry. Further good news is that this opportunity does not require a wealth of knowledge or experience or a large amount of upfront capital.

This market opportunity is the medical transportation industry. In proportion to the continued growth of the medical industry, the medical transportation industry is growing exponentially. In fact, simply put, the medical transportation industry is exploding!

The reasons for such growth are two fold. First, as mentioned, the medical industry is growing. Secondly, the elderly population is literally doubling and, thus, forcing market opportunities. Not only are the number of hospitals and medical facilities continuing to grow, but so too are the number of nursing facilities, day-hab facilities, and senior independent living centers; all of which are rapidly filling with the growing elderly population.

Coupled with general population growth and people living longer, the demand for transportation to and from medical appointments will always exist. Further, especially for elderly people, there is a rapidly growing need for wheelchair, stretcher, and specialized ambulatory transportation.

Because of the diverse and long-term growth potential, the medical transportation industry is proving to be a very realistic and viable money-making opportunity. Entrepreneurs don't need to be intimidated by entering the medical transportation industry because although it's highly profitable it does not require an exhaustive amount of knowledge or prior experience. Thus, entrepreneurs can profit by leverage the exploding elderly population and the medical industry.

Joel Davis is the best-selling author of "How to Build a Million Dollar Medical Transportation Company," creator of "Dispatching Made Easy" software system, and host of the "Million Dollar Seminar." Learn more about Joel and the Million Dollar medical transportation opportunity by visiting him at http://www.milliondollartransportation.com.

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How to Start a Medical Transportation Company Pt. 4

By Joel E Davis

One of the most common misconceptions regarding the non-emergency medical transportation industry is that you need to be Medicaid approved in order to operate. This could not be further from the truth. There are many ambulette services that only service Private-Pay and contracted work. In fact, for the first two years of my business, I was exclusively a Private-Pay transportation provider until I figured out how to gain my Medicaid Provider Number.

Under the Social Security Act, the Department of Social Services is mandated to reimburse medi-van services for the non-emergency medical transportation of approved Medicaid recipients. However, Medicaid reimbursements rates can vary significantly not only between states, but between counties. There is no one single universal rate of reimbursement.

Further, in some counties and regions across the United States, the Department of Social Services outsources their administrative responsibility to brokers. Rather than work directly with transportation providers themselves, the Department of Social Services will contract with these "middle men" to reduce the burden and hassle to Social Services. In turn, these brokers are responsible for organizing, contracting with, contacting, and coordinating essential medical transportation for Medicaid recipients.

As is typical with any form of brokerage system, the broker makes money by taking a percentage of each transport. For example, using fictitious easy numbers, if the Department of Social Services pays $50 for a one-way wheelchair transport, the money will go to the broker. The broker will pay you, the transportation provider, $40 and the broker keeps $10.

Now, what you do with Medicaid transports, either working through a broker or Social Services directly, has NO bearing on what you do with Private-Pay or contracted work. Once you've gained proper operating authority within your state, you're technically in business. You can begin soliciting facilities and customers alike to meet the transportation needs of Private-Pay clients as well as begin soliciting and negotiating contracted work.

Medicaid or brokers have no ability to grant you operating authority or have any influence in what you do with Private-Pay or contracted work. Again, there are many transportation providers across the country that performs no Medicaid transports. For them, the Medicaid reimbursement rates might be too low to make it profitable or they're simply too busy meeting the needs of their Private-Pay and/or contracted clients.

I typically use the analogy of bricks and mortar. Depending on where you live, either Private-Pay or Medicaid will be the bricks of your foundation and the other will serve as the motar that keeps generating further revenue and keeps your vehicles moving. Typically, Private-Pay clients will yield a higher profit margin. Thus, you will want to always focus on your Private-Pay clients and use Medicaid transports to keep your vehicles and drivers moving and generating additional sources of revenue.

Joel Davis is Founder of the "United Medical Transportation Providers Group" and author of the best-selling ebook, "How to Build a Million Dollar Medical Transportation Company." Learn more about Joel and the medical transportation industry by visiting him at http://www.milliondollartransportation.com.

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How to Start a Medical Transportation Company Pt. 3

By Joel E Davis

Whether you're a new or experienced entrepreneur, building a NEMT business can be a great asset in your portfolio! It will also serve as an outstanding learning and networking opportunity as you will meet a wide range of clients, professionals and strategic partners.

However, a very important piece of counsel is that you, the entrepreneur, thoroughly consider all sources of industry-related information prior to spending any money or committing to anything. Wise and calculated entrepreneurs always invest in thorough research and investigate the industry before entering for which some of this research does indeed cost money. In fact, very little credible information can be found for free.

Those working to gain an advanced academic education or learning a specific skill or trade are required to invest time, money, and effort into such education. So why would it be different when it comes to learning the details of starting and building your medical transportation business or any other type of business?

What are proving to be much more common occurrences are prospective entrepreneurs blindly following what I categorize as "simpleton" advice; very generic, broad advice that is highly limited in credible substance. Unfortunately, such advice is readily offered online from people who have never owned, operated, or even worked for a non-emergency medical transportation company. However, such "simpleton" advice illustrates and supports the age-old success principle that "Free advice is always more expensive!"

The result of this "simpleton" advice is a growing number of entrepreneurs frustrated, disheartened, and confused. Again, this is not limited only to the medical transportation industry. Many times, as a result of following poor advice, these entrepreneurs waste more time and effort trying to un-confuse themselves. Misguided entrepreneurs have to correct the mistakes that they've been making and "fill the gaps" as a result of misinformation and inadequate detail.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm definitely NOT belittling anyone's attempts at sharing information or helping others. In fact, I am a very strong advocate for the sharing of ideas, information, and creative thinking. But the problem is that although the internet is a wonderful and incredible resource and opportunity to share and disseminate information, there exists a great deal of convoluted and unending stream of inaccurate information.

Although the medical transportation industry is not a high tech business it is, none the less, more involved than simply getting a vehicle, some insurance, and business cards. Needless to say, starting and building your own thriving non-emergency medical transportation company consists of much more detail, preparation, licensing and registration.

But here's the morale of the story. The problem with much of the free information that is available online is either wrong, incredibly inaccurate, or altogether misleading. So, always consider what you pay for. Whether it's the medical transportation industry or some other industry, if the information you're gathering is free, it's probably going to cost you the most! It may not cost you the most in terms of money, but it can definitely cost you the most in terms of time and effort into further research and preparation.

Joel Davis is Founder of the "United Medical Transportation Providers Group" and author of the best-selling ebook, "How to Build a Million Dollar Medical Transportation Company." Learn more about Joel and the medical transportation industry by visiting him at http://www.milliondollartransportation.com.

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How to Start a Medical Transportation Company Pt. 2

By Joel E Davis

Medical transportation is not only limited to ambulettes and medivans. In many instances, ambulances are also used to meet the growing non-emergency transportation (NEMT) needs.

Ambulances, typically thought of only in regards to emergency transportation, are often enlisted to provide non-emergency transports in areas where there is a lack of adequate medivan services or areas where there is a failure in understanding of the convenience and cost-savings abilities of using ambulettes.

Unfortunately, many staff, facilities, and organizations fail to understand the versatility and cost saving opportunities that exist in using ambulettes versus using an ambulance. Typically, a NEMT being performed by an ambulette is, on average, 70 - 90 percent cheaper and more cost effective as compared to an ambulance performing the same transport of equal distance and dynamics.

The cause for this gross disparity in cost can be attributed to the simple overhead economics. The cost of vehicle, insurance, training, and equipment for an ambulance is considerably more as compared to that of an ambulette. Further an ambulance is always staffed by multiple certified EMT's; further driving up labor and training costs. Conversely, an ambulette can be staffed by a single licensed driver trained only in state and local mandated transportation requirements. But again, this is only feasible for NEMT exclusively.

In states, counties, facilities, and areas where more and more ambulettes are being called upon to meet the non-emergency transportation needs of the growing elderly and disabled, there is a greater reduction in financial costs to insurance companies, Medicaid and Social Services, brokers, hospitals, non for profit organizations, and the like. At a time when budgetary concerns are being critically tested, such savings in using more ambulettes for non-emergency transportation needs is not only sensible and practical, but it's critical. Rather than reimbursing an ambulance service thousands of dollars for a single non-emergency transport, the cost to private-paying clients and facilities alike for a comparable transport can literally be reduced to a hundred or so dollars!

Needless to say, as we move forward with ever growing medical and transportation needs, coupled with changes in health care practice and policies, the need for practical and cost effective non-emergency transportation solutions will become more apparent. The need for safe and adequate services will increase with a continued attention on overall cost of delivery of such services, hence, the growing opportunity of non-emergency transportation services.

Joel Davis is Founder of the "United Medical Transportation Providers Group" and author of the best-selling ebook, "How to Build a Million Dollar Medical Transportation Company." Learn more about Joel and the medical transportation industry by visiting him at http://www.milliondollartransportation.com.

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How to Start a Medical Transportation Business Pt. 1

By Joel E Davis

As we all know, we are currently enduring a struggling economy that is accompanied by rising inflation and an unemployment rate that is consistently holding close to 10%. In such times, there is now, more so than ever before, more and more people looking to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in an effort of creating additional streams of income.

In light of such economic uncertainty, there are two niche markets that are not only continuing to rise, but are literally facing an explosion.

The first is the elderly population. By the year 2030, the elderly population will have literally doubled reaching in excess of 72 million US citizens; a sizable niche market that will require an increase in medical attention as well as an increase in medical transportation.

The second is the medical industry. By the year 2016 the medical industry will be consuming 20% of the US Gross Domestic Product and growing. By the time the elderly population has doubled, this number is expected to be a full 25% of the US GDP.

With such realistic predictions, the doubling of the elderly population and the rapid growth of the medical industry, the demand for transportation will continue to increase for both niche markets.

Elderly and disabled people will be ever more in need of medical attention and assistance as well as medical transportation to and from treatments and appointments. Furthermore, as hospitals continue to increase their outpatient procedures and treatments, the need for more and more non-emergency medical transportation services are on the rise all across the United States and into related industrial countries.

The entrepreneurial opportunities in the medical transportation industry are growing more and more unprecedented and offering an increase in profitable solutions for many motivated entrepreneurs. The reason for such profitability is because the transportation needs of the elderly and disabled are indeed wide and diverse.

Many seniors remain ambulatory and in need of only limited transportation assistance. Although many seniors may require more time in walking, sometimes with a cane or walker, the do remain relatively independent in terms of mobility. However, in time, more and more seniors and disabled are finding the need for wheelchair and non-emergency stretcher assistance warranted for both safety and convenience concerns.

Under such circumstances, non-emergency medical transportation vehicles, also known as ambulettes or medivans are used to meet the diverse transportation needs of such clientele. Typically charged with taking clients to and from medical appointments, medical transportation companies are finding flourishing opportunities from both clients and facilities alike because of their diverse capabilities.

Ambulettes are typically equipped to accommodate a combination of wheelchair and ambulatory passengers as well as, in many instances, stretcher transports. With the assistance of hydraulic lifts mounted either in the rear or on the side of the vehicle, wheelchair-bound patients are safely lifted into and securely fastened via securing devices and a seat belt. These medical transportation vehicles are very much accommodating and comfortable for all passengers regardless of physical needs and conditions.

Joel Davis is Founder of the "United Medical Transportation Providers Group" and author of the best-selling ebook, "How to Build a Million Dollar Medical Transportation Company." Learn more about Joel and the medical transportation industry by visiting him at http://www.milliondollartransportation.com.

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