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4 Ways Home Care Can Improve Sales via Content Marketing

Posted by Jed Hammel on Nov 30, 2015 10:48:13 AM

Bostinno is a useful online resource that covers the startup and innovation industry in the Boston area.  They also have sister sites that cover Chicago, Washington DC, and Austin TX.  One of their recent articles, "When Content Marketing Doesn't Work," caught my eye.  It offers some easy-to-implement ways for our home care audience on this blog to improve their online content campaign and perhaps increase their content marketing ROI.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, triple aim technologies, December 2015 Newsletter

The 10 Most Prescribed Drugs in America: A Home Care Primer

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 27, 2015 12:21:06 PM

 In non-medical home care, whether it be private duty or programs like Medicaid, we don't get too involved directly in health care matters and instead focus on activities of daily living (ADLs).  In some agencies, this is changing and people are realizing that paraprofessional care providers can play a key role in helping the people they care for to avoid preventable hospitalizations.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions

The New York Times Shares "Home Care 101" with its Readers

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 23, 2015 2:19:01 PM

I think of the New York Times as a serious news source that generally teaches me things that I don't know.  By contrast, I think of home care as being something that everyone understands, but I guess I'm wrong...  The New York Times recently published a piece entitled "Learning the Unfamiliar Language of Home Care."  Reading this article didn't teach me new things, but it did remind me that not everyone understands home care, and when their loved one is in need of additional care, they might need a crash course.  

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, December 2015 Newsletter

10 Reasons to Provide Advanced Chronic Disease Education

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 19, 2015 4:23:49 PM

 One of the industry experts I learn from every time we speak is Ginny Kenyon, principal at Kenyon Home Care Consulting.  Ginny helps open home care agencies and has given Ankota great inputs on our software.  We at Ankota strongly believe that keeping elderly people healthy and comfortable in their homes (and out of the hospital) is an important step in the evolution of healthcare.  Ginny is one of the pioneers driving moves in home health delivery.  Enjoy her post (below).

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, Ginny Kenyon

How Bob Villa's Winterizing Tips Can Help Your Home Care Agency

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 16, 2015 2:22:28 PM

We all love Bob Villa formerly of "This Old House."  I just came across a great article on Bob's website entitled 11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget.  Whether or not you consider this to be relevant to your home care agency as outlined below, you should read this article for yourself and see if there are some easy things you can do to winterize your own home.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, December 2015 Newsletter

A Word to the Home Care Industry about Breast Cancer

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 11, 2015 8:49:45 AM

Last month there was a lot of breast cancer awareness pink on display, but even though the pink is gone, it's not too late to get yourself screened for breast cancer, and to recommend the same for your caregivers 40 and over.  As described in this New York Times article entitled Why the Annual Mammogram Matters, the US breast cancer survival rate is almost 90% and this is attributed to early detection via mammograms and improved treatment options.The bottom line is that by detecting breast cancer early, there's an excellent survival rate.  Many tumors detected early can be treated or removed easily.  You make be asking what a guy who makes home care software would know about this topic, but I actually do know a lot based on the experiences of my sister and my wife.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions

5 Steps to Building and Maintaining Home Care Referral Sources

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 9, 2015 12:35:20 PM

Today’s guest post is from Max Gottlieb, the content manager for Senior Planning. Senior Planning provides free assistance to seniors or the disabled and specializes in long term care—mainly finding and arranging care services, transitioning people into senior living facilities, and applying for state and federal benefits.  

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions

3 Ways Home Care Startups Can Improve via Agile Development Principles

Posted by Jed Hammel on Nov 5, 2015 9:06:09 AM

There is a growing industry of Success and Time Management gurus who promote different paths to success in life and business.  One well-known author/blogger/speaker is Tim Ferris, author of "The Four Hour Work Week."  As the title suggests, this book offers ways to streamline your work time/practices down to the bare mininum.  The hope is to create and maintain a successful business(es) on only 4 hours of work per week.  Another well known author/blogger/speaker is Gary Vanyerchuk.  "Gary V" believes that success requires constant "hustle," and that working 15+ hours a day as well as the weekend is what is usually needed to acheive success in business.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, agile development, triple aim technologies

What are the Types of Nurses? A Home Care Primer

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 2, 2015 8:55:50 AM

Nurses are wonderful and in the editorial opinion of this blog, nurses and home care workers will be the key to health care reform in the US.  Our belief is that by having nurses oversee the care of our large population living with multiple chronic illnesses, that we can achieve better patient satisfaction and lower healthcare costs to the broadest population (also known as achieving "The Triple Aim").

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, triple aim technologies

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Ankota provides software to improve the delivery of care outside the hospital, focusing on efficiency and care coordination. Ankota's primary focus is on Care Transitions for Reeadmisison avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact Ankota.

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