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Ankota: Ushering in the Next Generation of Homecare Blog

25 Lessons for Managing your Home Care Workforce

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 30, 2010 7:27:00 AM

I usually don't share 25 of anything, but these are quick and great lessons for home care managers.  The original author, Tamsen S McMahon, introduces her article by recounting that early in her career a manager advised her to "do her hair and wear more lipstick" - obviously not appropriate employee feedback.  Perhaps this inspired her to focus on the things that actually do matter and do work in sharing this inspired list...

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Topics: Healthy Caregivers, Home Care Best Practices

Ankota Guest Blogger Sherri Dorfman discusses the Silver Tsunami

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 29, 2010 6:46:00 PM

One of the people who helped to organize last weeks session on the Silver Tsunami was Sherri Dorfman, from Stepping Stone Partners.  She shared with me some great insights from her blog and I share them with you here.  Click on the title below to go to Sherri's blog, or click on the Stepping Stone banner below to learn more about Sherri's company.

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Topics: Senior Demographics, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Health Care Reform, Aging in Place Technology

Introducing the Aging Technology Alliance: A Home Care Resource

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 27, 2010 12:24:00 PM

Last Thursday, I attended a seminar that I helped to organize entitled "Emerging Technologies for the Silver Tsunami" which was presented by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (www.masstlc.org).  It was a fantastic program with a keynote address by Laurie Orlov from the Aging in Place Technology Watch (www.ageinplacetech.com).  The event started with Laurie's keynote, then had presentations and a panel discussion with Judy Willett from Beacon Hill Village and Andrea Cohen from Houseworks.  The latter portion of the meeting was a panel of Aging in Place Entrepreneurs including big company representation such as Philips Home Care, and small companies like BeClose (see related posts here and here). 

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Topics: Elderly Care, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology

Home Care Software Geek explains the Impact of Software Company Size

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 22, 2010 6:59:00 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: Aging in Place Technology, home care software geek, Home Care Technology

Giving Good Feedback to Home Health, HME, Private Duty Employees

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 21, 2010 8:30:00 AM

Wow—I like this arcticle! It is a quick, simple read and you can put the information to use instantly, no matter what your role is in the home care ecosystem.

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Will Hicklen

The Joint Commission to Launch Primary Care Home Option in 2011

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 20, 2010 3:38:00 PM

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen

Is Home Care ready for the Silver Tsunami?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 15, 2010 11:05:00 AM

There are some amazing elder population statistics that Home Care needs to take notice of, one of which is that there are 78 million baby boomers who will reach age 65 starting next year at a rate of 8,000 people per day.  Wow!  Are we ready in home care?  I just attended a presentation by Bill Dombi from the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), and he started with the strong statement that he's "bullish of the future of home care" but that traditional home care players need to watch out because the market is looking very attractive to other players (such as hospitals who are starting to repackage themselves as "Community Care Centers."  What this means is that Home Care needs seize the opportunity like an entrepreneur starting a new company.  This is a key reason that the Ankota blog focuses a lot on home care entrepreneurship and keeping home care up to date on technologies and opportunities that can lead to growth and success...

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Topics: Senior Demographics, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, Announcements, NAHC

Family Caregiver Compensation: What Home Care Agencies Should Know

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 14, 2010 7:09:00 PM

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Elderly Care, thought leadership, Will Hicklen

Developing Leadership in Home Health Care, DME & Related Companies

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 9, 2010 2:32:00 PM

As a reminder, you can register to receive automatic email notices when new entries are posted to Ankota’s Healthcare Delivery Management blog. Simply look to the right side of this page and you will see the place to enter your email address. No other information is needed. I am excited to report that our registrations and readership have more than DOUBLED over the last month. So, if you are one of the people who have passed along the link or posted it on your own blog—we thank you very much!

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Will Hicklen

Home Care Software Geek uncovers Four Key Mobilization Trends

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 9, 2010 8:35:00 AM

My friend Barbara Bix from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (www.masstlc.org) was able to attend a session on the future of mobility sponsored by MassTLC and featuring John Donovan, the Chief Technology Officer for AT&T.  We're in an exciting time of "disruptive technology" (learn about disruptive technology here and by video here) with respect to mobile applications running on phones.  Due to the availability and improved affordability of wireless data to cell phone a whole consumer industry has been born for "mobile apps", led primarily by the iPhone and the Droid phone.  The importance of this for home care is that the consumer market will drive down the prices for phones and data plans and will rapidly improve the user interfaces for these mobile apps; and will thus pave the way for rich home care applications to move to cell phones.   Here's Barbara's article:

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Topics: Aging in Place Technology, home care software geek, Home Care Mobile Solutions

Elder Care Tips from CNN Money Magazine and Ankota

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 7, 2010 1:00:00 PM

Home Health and Private Duty agencies might share this with their clients or repost on their own web sites.

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Topics: Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Will Hicklen

Aging in Place Technology Update for Home Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 7, 2010 9:11:00 AM

We often blog about "Aging in Place Technologies" and the reason is that we beleive that these technologies represent an opportunity for home care companies to do two things: 1) keep abreast of what's available (and often marketed direct to consumers and their families) and 2) Look for ways to grow your businesses with this technology.  As an example, two weeks ago we did a blog post entitled Wired Homes for Tracking the Elderly: A private Duty Differentiator that you can read here.  That post talked about home monitoring solutions that families are considering in lieu of private duty care, but then outlined a way that you can in fact grow your business by embracing the technology.

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Topics: Alzheimer's, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, Announcements

Home Care in a Hurricane - Are you Ready?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 2, 2010 5:35:00 PM

We love planning, and scheduling!  We love to be organized and efficient! We pride ourselves on being in control!  But we don't always get to dictate how things are going to run in our home care operations - sometimes mother nature has the last word.  With Hurricane Earl running its course, it's good to prepare for home care in a hurricane...

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Technology, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Home Care Scheduling Software

Blackberry & Home Care Businesses

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 1, 2010 1:55:00 PM

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Care Coordination, home care software geek, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen, Home Care Scheduling Software

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