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Ankota: Ushering in the Next Generation of Homecare Blog

Home Care Technology Reality Check Courtesy of Jason Tweed

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 30, 2011 9:40:00 AM

Jason Tweed is someone I admire a great deal.  I receive his Private Duty Today newsletter from his company Leading Home Care.  I've only met him once, at NPDA in Philadelphia, where I heard him speak about hiring quality caregivers for private duty organizations.  After the presentation, I had a brief chance to meet him and his wife and his dad (Stephen Tweed, whose content we blog about frequently, like here and here).  Jason has a disability that confines him to a wheelchair, but that doesn't prevent him from working in private care plus consulting.  The thing I really admire about Jason is that he sees reality for what it is and when he communicates, he "calls it like he sees it."

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Topics: Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, Home Care Technology, Home Care, Home Care Scheduling Software

The Best Way to Measure Home Care Quality

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 25, 2011 9:57:00 AM

As a consumer, measuring quality is usually second nature.  You can look at a restaurant or a handbag or a pair of shoes and almost immediately decide whether it's a quality product or not.  Perception is reality in many cases.  But while it's often easy for the consumer to measure quality, it's a much harder job for the provider of a product or service to figure out what to measure in order to know whether they're providing a quality product, and sadly many organizations who try hard to measure and improve their quality fall short of the mark.

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Topics: Marketing Home Care, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, transitional care, Home Care

Elderly Care is "The Unpoken Crisis in America"

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 23, 2011 3:21:00 PM

Since we "live" in the home care community, the discussion about how to care for the elderly is something we're a part of each day.  We think and talk about the benefits of aging in place, the merits of private home care as an alternative to assisted living and nursing homes, and all kinds of other related topics like how the costs of chronic disease management can be reduced with coordinated care in the home...

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Topics: Elderly Care

Home Care Veteran Launches "Support for Caregivers" Blog

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 22, 2011 7:47:00 AM

Veteran Home Care nurse Colleen Lindblad RN has launched a new blog that provides support for caregivers, and is appropriately titled http://supportforcaregiver.blogspot.com/.  Although this is a new initiative for Colleen, it is based on expertise that she has gained over her 25 years as an RN in Home Health and Home Care.   In addition to running an agency that provides home care, and home health therapy services, she started a support group for Adult Children of Aging parents that meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 94 West Main Street Suite 202 in Bayshore NY 11706.

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Elderly Care

Home Care should "Deliver Best what your Customers Value Most"

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 17, 2011 3:25:00 PM

A few weeks ago we shared some compelling home care industry strategic guidance in our post Home Care 100 Roundtable Sets Industry Strategic Direction.  The inspiration for that post was a set of meeting minutes from a meeting with 14 top home care industry leaders that was held in Atlanta.  Among those leaders was Beth Carpenter, from Beth Carpenter and Associates.  Since that time, I've gotten to know Beth better through chats on LinkedIn and have learmed more about her and her company.   Beth is a 20 year veteran healthcare executive who at one time had statewide responsibility for post-acute care and  is known for driving operational excellence and cost controls in every organization she touches.  Today she leads a consulting firm that helps improve performance of home health, private care and hospice agencies.

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership

Elderly Care 101: What options exist for Senior Care?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 15, 2011 10:26:00 AM

If you've come to this article, you're likely to have an elder family member or friend who is either temporarily or permanently struggling to live safely on their own and you're wondering what you can do to help them.  This post is a survey of options for you to consider for the care of Americans over age 65.  What you choose depends on the person's physical condition, available finances, and support.  Note to our regular readers, this post is intended to help the consumers who come to our site.  We wanted to have a resource to help them get started.  If you can help improve the content, please let us know and we'll do it.

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

Home Care is Talking about Social Media: Point and Counterpoint

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 11, 2011 12:15:00 PM

In recent weeks, the Home Care industry has started to do a lot of talking about social media, and interestingly, there are two distinct sides to the conversation...  On one side there's a great article by Merrily Orsini on Ginny Kenyon's blog entitled  Utilizing the Web and Social Media in Home Care Marketing Strategy.  This article outlines the steps you can take to kick off your social media strategy.  But on the other side, there's been a very provocative set of discussions on LinkedIn under the topic heading Why Social Media Doesn't Work in Home Care Sales and Marketing initiated by Stephen Tweed.  If you follow this blog, you'll know that we've featured great content from Merrily, Stephen, and Ginny and on a more personal level each of these three people have freely shared great advice to Ankota.  Here's my perspective:

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Topics: Marketing Home Care, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, NAHC

5 Percent of the Population Accounts for 50% of Health care costs

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 9, 2011 12:20:00 AM

Only 5 percent of Americans accounted for roughly half of all U.S. health care spending in 2009, according to a report from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation.  Conversely, the 50 percent of Americans with the lowest health care costs accounted for just 3 percent of the total cost of health care in 2009.

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, HME, Checklists

Two Ways Home Care is Reforming Health Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 5, 2011 11:04:00 AM

The website www.healthcare.gov shared an informative article entitled Better Health, Better Care, Lower Costs: Reforming Health Care Delivery.  First of all, I absolutely love the title because it essentially matches Ankota's definition of what health care reform should be, which is to provide Better Care and Lower Cost.  Often our blog posts are an invitation to read more in the full article, but this time we'll bring you the two home care high points.  They are as follows:

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, Home Care Technology

10 Ways to Network for Success in Home Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 1, 2011 10:33:00 AM

Today's post is about Networking for Success.  It comes from the Private Duty Today newsletter published by Stephen Tweed's Leading Home Care organization.  The article was written by Stephen Tweed and can be found at www.privatedutytoday.com.  In Ankota, nobody networks better than our Chief Operating Officer (COO) Marc Ottinger.  Marc's personal playbook includes lots of the points raised below. In other words, they work!

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Topics: Marketing Home Care, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Leadership

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