I’ve been teaching exercise to seniors – strength and motion, yoga and cadio, using chairs at local gyms for the past year. I want to expand on my own to assisted living centers. I would provide fitness assessment, equipment, music. How much to charge per class to the facility? Based on number of participants? size of facility?
as you did not have a profile at IDEA FitnessConnect, I have a few more questions. Have you already approached those facilities to see what their policy is like? Most have some instructors on staff and may have already rules for such classes.
A major issue for assisted living facilities is liability. The seniors going to local gyms are under the rules of a health club. When you teach at an assisted living facility, you are taking on a more expansive responsibility and they will probably screen you and need proof of insurance and certifications and such.
(As it so happens, I just went through this process myself because a client of 14 years moved into a nursing facility, and the family asked me to continue to train him. The facility required proof of certification, insurance, TB test, drug test and criminal background check. I will be able to use the facility equipment in the physical therapy facility.)
I would not make a proposal with charges until I understand all that will be required. LaRue made some good suggestions there.
I hope it will workout for you.
Hi Robin. In my opinion, the size of the facility is less important to your fee than the number of participants. Whenever I offer a proposal to an organization or facility, I base my pricing on a ‘per person’ basis. It’s important though to keep in mind that most (if not all) assisted living facilities have a very limited budget (if any at all) for this type of program. To get your foot in the door, you may need to take less of a fee than you might expect on the gym side. That being said, if you have no idea what others in this area are charging, a good strategy in my opinion is to offer the facility a ‘choice’ of sever different types of programs/services, with the pricing escalating as the sophistication of the services/programs increase. This way, you will not be pricing yourself out of the market by presenting a “take it or leave it” single pricing, but instead will be offering the potential client the opportunity to match their budget with your pricing.
I hope that this helps.