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Ankota: Ushering in the Next Generation of Homecare Blog

Building Home Care Relationships: Social Networking vs. Face-To-Face

Posted by Jed Hammel on Feb 27, 2012 10:29:00 AM

Social Media and inbound marketing expert Jeremy Hammel helps Ankota manage our sales lead flow, and he contributed today's blog article.

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Topics: Blogging, Home Care Best Practices, Home Care Blogs

Is Overtime Pay for Home Health Aides a Good or a Bad Idea?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 22, 2012 2:27:00 PM

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog article entitled "Home Care Dilemma: Why I'm Glad I'm Not Bill Dombi" and the subject was whether legislated mandatory overtime pay for home health aides is a good idea or a bad one...  Most people I've spoken to about this (who are people running home care businesses) say that the legislation will force them to cut back the hours of their workers to 40 or less because their clients can't afford the extra pay.  The other side of the issues claims that it's unfair not to pay overtime.

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

Home Care and Social Networking: Have We Figured It Out Yet?

Posted by Jed Hammel on Feb 20, 2012 10:14:00 AM

Social Media and inbound marketing expert Jeremy Hammel helps Ankota manage our sales lead flow, and he contributed today's blog article.  We're hoping that it will be the first of many. Enjoy!

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Topics: Blogging, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Home Care Blogs

Home Care will create 1.3 million American Jobs from 2010 - 2020

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 17, 2012 6:58:00 AM

A great deal of Americans have been without jobs in the past few years.  Home Care is coming to the rescue with the creation of 1.3 million jobs between 2010 and 2020.  According to the article "Healthcare jobs will grow the fastest of all industries" by Karen Cheung in the February 3rd edition of FierceHealthcare, here are the highlights:

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Topics: Starting a Home Care Business, Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, Health Care Reform, Home Care Scheduling Software

Home Care Blogging: Why and How

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 16, 2012 7:16:00 AM

One of our goals in the Ankota blog has been to encourage the use of social media in home care.  Usually we share a short topic, but today we're going against the grain and sharing quite a long piece, courtesy of Leading Home Care's Jason Tweed.  The length is worth it - Jason's post is almost like a textbook on the do's and don'ts of blogging...  Enjoy!

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Starting a Home Care Business, Blogging, Home Care Industry, Home Care

How Should Home Care Hack-proof your Passwords?

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Feb 15, 2012 1:45:00 PM

Criminals are getting smarter, so should you. 

Home Care Professionals access Ankota and other sights every day with passwords.  It is important those passwords you use are protected.  Our protection of your client data is only as strong as the passwords you use.  I am outlining what I believe are the most important password-protection measures experts recommend to keep hackers away: 

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Topics: Home Care Best Practices, Home Care Technology

Working in Home Care enlightened me on Long Term Care Insurance

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 9, 2012 8:29:00 AM

A few mornings ago, I spent some time with my wife and a representative from AARP/Genworth Financial to look into long term care insurance for our future.  I probably never would have thought to do this if I didn't work in home care and have daily views on the cost of long term care.  Even though I'm in my 40s and in excellent health, this seems like an important consideration for our future and our children.  Here are a few things that I learned:

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Geriatric Care Management, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Home Care

Firing Home Healthcare Staff: The 10 Worst Things You Can Say

Posted by Will Hicklen on Feb 7, 2012 11:58:00 AM

Whether you are part of a hospital system like Johns Hopkins Home Care Group in Baltimore or an independent Physical Therapy agency like Rehab Maxx in Chicagoland, Ankota's customers must sometimes face the very difficult task of firing people. As anyone who has mishandled a firing before will tell you: Don't mess it up. (Our customers don't mess it up...we're just sayin').

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Recommended Reading, Starting a Home Care Business, HME Delivery Operations, Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Checklists, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen, Home Care, Home Health Therapy Software, Physical Therapy software

Home Care Software Geek explains what we can learn from Facebook

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 7, 2012 7:53:00 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

Good Communication in Home Care is about Listening!!!

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 6, 2012 12:02:00 AM

I really enjoyed this short but powerful post on the blog at KevinMD.com.  It's written by the Reverend George Handzo, a pastor in New York City.  In home care nursing and caregiving, we have a great opportunity to listen and to be the main point of communication and advocacy for the people we serve.  Enjoy the post:

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Topics: Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, Home Care

Leading Home Care launches video series for Private Duty Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 1, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Through their outreach to the home care community, Ankota has had a chance to learn a lot from Stephen Tweed's company, Leading Home Care.  We've shared content from Stephen and his team, including his son Jason Tweed, on numerous occasions.  Here are some prior posts:

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, Home Care, Video

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