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Ankota's Book of the Year: The Checklist Manifesto

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 31, 2011 9:42:00 AM

Before January is over (and yes this is hours away) we wanted to take care of unfinished business for 2010 and one exciting part is to name our book of the year.  The winner for 2010 is The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande.  Also, the book is now available in paperback for only $9 on amazon.com.

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Elderly Care, Checklists

Need to Educate Home Care Workers about Technologies that Can Help

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 27, 2011 7:37:00 AM

Some blog articles take a long time to research and others just pop into my inbox.  Today aging in place expert (and my friend) Laurie Orlov shared the news of a study regarding caregivers and technology that I'm now pleased to share with you.  The study was performed by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC - not to be confused with NAHC) and was sponsored by United HealthCare.  You can access the study here.

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Topics: Elderly Care, Aging in Place Technology, home care software geek, Home Healthcare Delivery Management

Overcoming Compassion Fatigue is Critical for Home Care Workers

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 25, 2011 8:00:00 AM

I've recently read a number of articles about compassion fatigue.  In short, people who focus their lives on caring for others are succeptible to become tired and less compassionate.  Compassion fatigue is also called secondary traumatic stress disorder.  It's a real problem that affects home care workers and other medical professionals including doctors.  There's a lot to learn about compassion fatigue and many sources of information and help.  Click here to google it.

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

Challenges for Home Health Care in 2011

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 20, 2011 11:13:00 AM

As a follow up to yesterday's post on the opportunities for home health care in 2011, today we bring you a compilation of challenges for home health care in 2011 from industry expert Stephen Tweed.  This post is reprinted with permission from Home Health Care Today. Copyright 2011 Stephen C. Tweed. To receive a FREE subscription to this newsletter, log on to www.leadinghomecare.com.

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform

Opportunities for Home Health Care in 2011

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 19, 2011 3:40:00 PM

In his first newsletter for 2011, Home health care expert Stephen Tweed shared a compilation of opportunities and challenges for home health care in 2011.  Below we share the opportunities, and tomorrow we'll share the challenges.  This post is reprinted with permission from Home Health Care Today. Copyright 2011 Stephen C. Tweed. To receive a FREE subscription to this newsletter, log on to www.leadinghomecare.com

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, transitional care

Home Care Nurses Don't Know Everything...

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 13, 2011 9:51:00 AM

One of the services that we provide on the Ankota blog is to share with you some of the interesting writing that we find from others in home care.  We believe that doing this has numerous positive results, as follows: 1) It exposes you to interesting content and good writers who you might be interested in, and 2) to promote social media in home care... Today's blog article comes from Julianne Heydel from Heydel Consulting Services in Baton Rouge Louisianna. 

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Topics: Home Care Best Practices

Managing Home Care in a Snow Emergency

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 12, 2011 8:17:00 AM

I'm just bad luck...  Last year around this time I had to cut short a trip with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia when they shut down the office to manage a Blizzard, and yesterday I had to cut short a set of meetings with Johns Hopkins to get home before a massive snow storm hit the northeast, which it did (after posting this article, I'll go outside and start shovelling the roughly one foot of snow that's fallen so far here in metro-Boston).  So I thought it would be appropriate to share information about managing home care in a snow emergency...

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Topics: Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management

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