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Why Home Care is a Great Job: Lessons About Motivation

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 30, 2010 8:25:00 AM

Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive, which together have been translated into 28 languages. His research and books are about motivation, and more specifically about debunking the conventional wisdom that money is the best motivator.  Instead, he creates a compelling case that the most important motivators are as follows:

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Topics: Healthy Caregivers, Elderly Care, thought leadership, Video

Is Failure OK in Home Care Innovation?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 26, 2010 8:41:00 AM

One of the bloggers I enjoy is a guy named Seth Godin.  He has a great skill for making a compelling point in just a few words.  Often when I share an article or research with you, I try to give an executive summary or perhaps share a few of the most compelling key points, but in this case I share the full article with all credit (and links) to Seth Godin's blog.

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, thought leadership, Home Care Technology

Home Care Software Geek shares updates from the Cloud Computing Guru

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 22, 2010 10:28:00 AM

The Home Care Software Geek posts in this blog don't talk about Home Care Nursing Software, Private Duty Telephony, DME Delivery Software, Home Infusion Care Management or the other topics we focus on regularly at Ankota.  Instead, these posts are intended to keep our readers up to date with technology trends that might be useful to your agencies, such as social media technologies, mobile devices, and what's happening from the big-boys like Microsoft, Google and Apple.

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Topics: home care software geek, Home Care Technology, Home Care Scheduling Software, Product Information

Reducing Home Care Nurse and Caregiver Burnout

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 21, 2010 2:31:00 PM

Does this picture of a caregiver remind you of yourself or someone on your staff?  Home healthcare nurses, private duty caregivers, and other home care providers often work long shifts and deal with adversity throughout their days.  As such, we've added a "Healthy Caregivers" focus to our blog with articles such as Monday's piece on nutrition which you can read here, and today's write-up about reducing stress for care workers.  Today's content comes from the article "Seven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Burnout" that was published on the Media Health Leaders website.  We encourage you to read the full article by clicking here or on the banner below.

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Topics: Healthy Caregivers, Elderly Care

Home Care Innovation requires "Reframing" the industry as we know it

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 20, 2010 9:48:00 AM

According to this new article in the Harvard Business Review blog, there's a quiet revolution unfolding in many industries.  We may be completely unaware of it because we can't see it in the streets, nor watch it on the news. This new revolution is actually happening inside the heads of the leaders running your rival firms.  We would be wise to presume that home care, private duty care, DME and other forms of care delivery outside of the hospital are part of this revolution.

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Topics: Home Care Industry, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Home Healthcare Delivery Management

Expert Nutrition Advice from KC Hayes: Home Care Bonus

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 19, 2010 8:03:00 AM

Over the past few years, I've gotten to know a very nice and interesting gentleman named KC Hayes.  KC is a PHD Nutritionist and a professor at Brandeis University.  One of KC's claims to fame is that he invented the concept for the product "Smart Balance" which is a buttery spread that helps to balance cholesterol.  KC is also a highly accomplished photographer and shares his photography, usually once a week with people on an email distribution list that he maintains.  His photography also contains inspirational messages that he shares to encourage his friends and former students.

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Topics: Healthy Caregivers, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership

Home Care & Operational Excellence in Summary – 6th of 6 parts

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 15, 2010 9:51:00 PM

Question -

When all is said and done what is the impact of Operational Excellence? 

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Technology, Home Care Scheduling Software

The Journey to Operational Excellence in Home Care – 5th of 6 parts

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 14, 2010 10:35:00 PM

Question -

What journey have you chosen to achieve Operational Excellence in your Home Care Agency?

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Home Care Scheduling Software

Balancing Act to Ensure Home Care Agency Success – 4th of 6 parts

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 13, 2010 10:57:00 PM

Question -

What in the balancing act you need to execute to ensure the success of your Home Care Agency?

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology

Out-Executing Home Care Competitors - 3rd of 6 Parts

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 12, 2010 11:23:00 PM

Question -

Do you have the understanding, drive, and alignment to out-execute Home Care Competitors?

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Home Health Aide Software, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, Home Care Technology, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Home Care Scheduling Software

Execute on the “Dominant Vector” of Home Healthcare - 2nd of 6

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 11, 2010 11:29:00 PM

Question -

Do you have the structure to execute on the “Dominant Vector” of your Home Care Agency?

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, Home Care Technology, Checklists, Home Care Scheduling Software

Operational Excellence Home Care Agency? - 1st of 6 parts

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 9, 2010 4:33:00 PM

Having worked in logistics for approximately fifteen years one of the industry rags I pick up on a regular basis is Logistics Management.  Recently there was an article titled “The Five Hallmarks of Operational Excellence.”  It was written by Mark Pearson, who is in Accenture’s Supply Chain Management.  This article applies equally as well in home healthcare including DME, Infusion Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy. 

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Technology, Checklists, Home Care Scheduling Software

Telehealth, Home Monitoring and Home Care Business

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 7, 2010 4:06:00 PM

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Technology, Will Hicklen, NPDA, Home Care Scheduling Software

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