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Are Healthcare Aide Education Tools Worth The Money?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jun 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM

 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).

Online aide education is something many healthcare organizations consider, but may not fully understand the benefits or consider this type of education valuable. Many wonder if online aide education tools are worth the cost. We’re here to tell you yes, they’re well worth it!

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Of all the education tools available today, online learning is perhaps the most effective and efficient. It’s convenient, written by industry experts, regularly updated, easy to access, and saves your agency time and money. Still not convinced? Here are six examples proving that online aide education tools are worth every penny!

1. Saves Time

Why reinvent the wheel? The time spent developing materials and presenting programs to staff is saved when you provide team members with online education tools. This allows you to spend that time growing your business, networking with referral sources and taking care of clients . Remember the saying, time is money!

2. Saves Money and Prevents Hassle

Speaking of money, offering more traditional methods of aide training can quickly break the bank. If you bring in an outside educator, you’re responsible for speaking fees and possibly travel costs for the speaker. Likewise, sending your team members to offsite education events is no less expensive. You pay for their time, accommodations, and other travel fees. And you’ll need to find and pay replacement staff to care for clients in your aide’s absence .

3. Supports Recruitment Efforts

Every business-savvy professional knows the value of an elite staff. Whether you run a clothing shop or manage a homecare organization, the people you hire have the ability to empower or derail growth. Offering online education is an added employee benefit and an effective way to recruit the best.

4. Improves Retention

Once you’ve recruited the best aides, it’s time to work on retaining them. An employee’s happiness and likelihood of sticking around begins with onboarding and a comprehensive orientation. However, this employee investment must persist and become part of the organization’s culture. Providing online aide education gives employees a career path within your organization. Providing advanced knowledge and skills ensures they remain loyal staying for the long-haul.

5. Allows for Specialized Services

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Educating aides beyond the basics opens opportunities that your organization wouldn’t otherwise have—namely, specialized services. And when you have the ability to offer clients specific chronic disease care, you’re able to increase profits. This more than offsets the costs incurred from online aide education.

6. Increases Referrals

Aide education boosts employees’ expertise, confidence and self worth making them happy. Happy aides equal happy clients/families. When clients/families are pleased, they talk which produces more referrals. More clients means more revenue for your organization.

Aide Education Tools And Kenyon Aide University

Our Aide University gives healthcare aides the skills and knowledge necessary to provide five-star client care. It’s the only online aide education program of its kind, and teaches aides:

  • How to recognize red flags and respond appropriately
  • How to prevent trips to the emergency room and hospital admissions
  • How to intervene on a client’s behalf

Educating your aides is crucial for growth, but can be costly. Online aide education is the best solution. Get started and find out more here.

This article, ARE HEALTHCARE AIDE EDUCATION TOOLS WORTH THE MONEY? first appeared in Kenyon HomeCare Consulting blog.

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One of Ankota's recent whitepapers, entitled "Selling Care Transition Services to Hospitals" is available for download and we think you'll find it useful.  Please click the link or the picture below to download.  If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

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

mmLearn Interview with Ken Accardi on Home Care Trends

Posted by Jed Hammel on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

 Ken_Accardi_primary.pngAnkota Co-Founder, Ken Accardi, was recently interviewed by mmLearn.org about his thoughts on the current trends and his vision of the future of home care, healthcare, and technology.

The full interview is available via this link: "Expert Interview Series: Ken Accardi of Ankota on Home Care Software for Caregivers," but as a start, here are a few of the questions he addresses in it:

  • What are the biggest trends or headlines you're following as they relate to seniors and healthcare?

  • What are the most common health problems facing seniors who want to live at home?

  • What are some of your favorite digital tools or apps that help caregivers and patients?

  • What are the most important things seniors and their caregivers can do to help maintain health and happiness?

 

Ken covers a number of other senior-related questions as well so I encourage you to check out the full interview. If you have any questions for Ken, feel free to post them below in the comments or contact him here

Click this link to learn more about Media Shower and their Thought Leader program.

Ankota focuses on home care agencies who are looking to futureproof their businesses with capabilities like those listed above and agencies looking to position themselves to manage care transitions.  Let us know if we can help. 

As a start, you can download our white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry.  Just click the link to download.

If you're interested in learning more about our home care management software solutions, or about our Care Transitions component as a way to increase revenue, just click the button below: 

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, Care Transitions

The Inevitable Demise of the Certified Home Health Agency

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jun 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM


For those of you who read the Ankota blog, you know that we're very excited about the future of the home care industry.  That hasn't changed one bit, but the industry as we know it today will change dramatically over the coming years and the certified home health agency as we know it today won't be a thing for much longer. Here's what's going to happen instead:
 

  • The Home Care Payer Will Shift from Medicare to the Hospital: This is starting already. Here are two examples.  With the ACO (Accountable Care Organization) model, a health system (combining payer and provider) receives a fixed dollar amount for each patient and they become the payer for all of that patient's care including post-acute care. In the bundled payment model, which went into effect for knee and hip replacements in almost 800 hospitals on 4/1/2016, the hospital receives a fixed fee for the treatment and recovery (and are also financially responsible if there's a rea16205025164_af51bc2026_b.jpgdmission)

  • More Hospital Discharges Will Go to the Home: In 2015 roughly 40% of joint replacement discharges went to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). With Medicare paying the bills, the hospital would determine whether the patient seemed ready to go home after the surgery and if not, would send them to a SNF or other facility.  Now that they're paying out of their own pocket, they're going to send more and more patients home.  This is good for home care because they'll get more referrals, but read on...

  • Successful Care at Home Will Require More that Healthcare:  Certified Home Healthcare Agencies provide nursing, medication oversight and physical, as well as occupational and speech therapy.  These are all important but cost between $80 and $125 per visit and since many of the patients would have previously been sent to a nursing home, the medical services won't be sufficient to meet all of the needs of the patient. Winning agencies will provide the aforementioned skilled care services, plus non-medical care (at $20 per hour), call center support at $5/call, and automated check-ins (such as friendly "robocalls" at 75 cents per call).

  • Value-Based Purchasing is Coming to Home Health: To make matters worse, the value-based purchasing program is moving to home health (we offer a free eBook on the Home Health Value Based Purchasing program). In short, Medicare will rate each agency and the best-scoring agencies will eventually be paid 17% more than the lowest scoring agencies.  This program will drive a significant number of home health agencies out of business.

How to Win

Despite the ominous and inevitable changes described above, this story will have a very happy ending for the agencies that embrace the future and start preparing for it now.  The key will be to optimize around the new models (ACOs and Bundles) even though today they only represent a minority of the cases.

Will Your Agency be Blockbuster or Netflix?

In a recent conference presentation, Bob Fazzi from the home care consulting firm Fazzi Associates, made an analogy between Blockbuster Video and the present state of the home care industry.  As we all know, Blockbuster was a highly successful company where we all had memberships and rented our videos, and now it's gone.  But we still rent videos.  For a while we got them in the mail from Netflix and now for the most part we stream our rental movies and we look for original programming in shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black."  The point here is that Netflix saw the inevitable changes in the way that consumers would want to rent videos and they've changed their model numerous times to continuously adapt.  Home care agency owners have the historic opportunity to do the same.  Those that don't act, will perish.  Those that do act will transform themselves into a new kind of organization that optimize a combination of automation, call centers, non medical care and skilled care in a way that keeps patients/clients at home and minimizes cost.

How Can Ankota Help?

Ankota can help in numerous ways.  If you're a home health agency delivering nursing, PT, OT and Speech Therapy, we can give you the tools to also manage aides and call center personnel and the scheduling capability to optimize across disciplines.  We also offer our Foresight Care service that uses automated phone calls to check in with patients so that you can get early warning signs of preventable hospitalizations.  Please contact us if you would like to learn more.

As I mentioned, wee have a new e-book available for download, Winning with the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Program, that offers further insight on the discussion.  Just click the link or the picture beow to download.

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, July 2016 Newsletter

10 Qualities of Successful Homecare Agency CEOs

Posted by Jed Hammel on Jun 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 Dr._Travis_Bradberry_Emotional_Intellifence_2.0_-_Ankota_Home_Care_Blog.jpgIn the opening of his article "How Ridiculously Successful People Think Differently," Dr. Travis Blackberry notes: "Successful people come from all walks of life, yet they all have one thing in common: where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome."  

I would guess that most folks starting up, maintaining, or expanding a private duty homecare or home health business understand how true that quote is.  Running an agency is hard, and with economic, competitive, and regulatory factors changing as they do, focusing on innovation and finding ways to differentiate your business is paramount to success.

The way I look at it is that if you adopt that way of thinkng, as well as the habits listed below, homecare agencies can give themselves the best chance for success in the future.

I suggest that you read the entire article here, but as a start, here are 9 qualities that Dr. Blackberry says all "ridiculously successful" people possess:

  • They’re Confident 

  • They’re Composed

  • They’re Honest

  • They Seek Out Small Victories

  • They’re Always Learning

  • They Keep an Open Mind

  • They’re Fearless

  • They Turn Tedious Tasks into Games

  • They Dream Big but Remain Grounded

What would be on your list?  Comment below.  I would add that not only do they embrace change, they seek it out as a way to differentiate.  With that in mind...

Free Webinar on Bundled Payments and Homecare

During this free webinar with Ankota's CEO, Ken Accardi, you can learn "How Homecare Wins in the Bundled Payment Era” happeninhg on Thursday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM EST

Register via this link:  https://curaport.leadpages.co/bundledpaymentshomecarewins/

This Ken_Accardi_primary.pngwebinar is great for home health and home care agency owners, leaders, executive directors, strategy leaders, managers, directors of nursing, operations directors and anyone that wants to be prepared for bundled payments.  This unique webinar will focus on payment models and how they are changing for post-acute care and ongoing chronic care.   These changes necessitate different models of care delivery.  This webinar describes how to win with these new models.

The webinar is being presented by Curaport.  "The Curaport Network brings together news, content, tools, and learning programs from credited, trusted information sources. Curated by a leading group of advisors, consultants, key thought leaders, and content affiliates, Curaport is THE news and information portal for the Healthcare Continuum." 

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Learn More

Ankota focuses on home care agencies who are looking to futureproof their businesses and agencies looking to position themselves to manage care transitions.  Let us know if we can help. 

You can download our white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry.  Just click the link to download.

If you're interested in learning more about our home care management software solutions, or about our Care Transitions component as a way to increase revenue, just click the button below: 

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, Care Transitions

5 Reasons Why In-Home Healthcare can be the Best Option

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jun 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM

 

Today's guest post is by Kara Masterson.  Kara is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.  Her article outlines the advantages of in-home care for folks in need of 24-hour care.  Enjoy Kara's article and feel free to comment below!

Crowson-age_3416066b.jpgMany of us know someone who has been in need of 24 hour care at some point in their lives. When this type of care is necessary, it can be hard on both the loved one and their family.  In cases like this, looking into in-home medical care should be part of the discussion for finding the proper care. There are many benefits of in-home care, but here are just 5 reasons why it may be the best option for your loved one.

Maintain Their Independence

If your loved one enjoys having Sunday dinners with the family, or cooking for special occasions, in-home care may be the best option. Being at home gives your loved one the ability to go about their day and do things like cook, while being assisted by a skilled aide. This type of care can help your loved on feel more independent while still being able to get the support that they need.

Keep The Privacy of Their Home

Giving your loved one the ability to stay at home for care means that they can take advantage of all the comforts of being home. Who doesn't want to sleep in their own bed and be surrounded by their treasured possessions and photos? There is nothing better than being at home, especially when you aren’t feeling well. Having your loved ones receive medical care in their own home can also make it easier for family and friends nearby to come visit.

Your Family Situation is Unique

You should only need to pay forimages.jpeg the home care your situation necessitates. If you are able to care for your loved one on the weekends, or for certain portions of the week, you only need to pay for care for as long as you need it. Your in-home care is as flexible as your schedule is and is there when you need. This can help make getting medical care for your family a lot easier and a lot more convenient. It can also help save you money.

Increase Healing

It has been shown that individuals that heal at home, heal faster than those who are institutionalized.  Choosing in-home care for your loved one could ultimately help them live longer, because they are able to live in an environment that they are used to and comfortable with.  You would be surprised by the impact of our environment on people's health.

You Don't Choose Nursing Home Staff

In-home care aides are chosen by you. You know who is caring for your loved one and get to both see and hear about the quality of care. In nursing homes, the quality of care varies and nursing home neglect does happen. In these instances, you may need to call a medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice is very serious and requires that you get help right away. However, there are a lot of myths about these types of medical lawsuits. I found an interesting article about medical malpractice lawsuits here.

If you or someone you know is considering in-home care for a family member, know the many benefits it may have for your loved one and make sure to do

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One of Ankota's recent whitepapers, entitled "Selling Care Transition Services to Hospitals" is available for download and we think you'll find it useful.  Please click the link or the picture below to download.  If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

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

Exercise Can Reduce Falls and Ward Off Dementia in Elderly

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jun 13, 2016 10:19:53 PM

In the gym where I work out, they have a TV that scrolls through pictures and sayings.  One of them, attributed to Dr. Kenneth Cooper says, "We don't stop exercising because we grow old - We grow old because we stop exercising." According to this study from the University of Chicago, this appears to be true.  The study showed that you can get a better determination of mortality based on mobility, mental health, health behaviors and sensory function than you can from vital signs such as cholesterol and blood pressure.

Wall Street Journal Article with a video shoTai_Chi_for_the_Elderly_WSJ.pngws that Tai Chi is a great exercise program for the elderly that includes both an exercise component as well as a companionship program. (photo/video credit to WSJ).

Yet another study an Alz.org Research Center suggests that physical exercise and diet are key to preventing or delaying the onset of dementia and other forms of Alzheimer's disease.

What Does this Mean for you Home Care Agency?

One of the biggest success factors for the growth of a home care agency is how you differentiate yourself.  This is one of the habits in our free eBook Seven Habits of Highly Effective Home Care Agencies.  Perhaps you can focus your agency on maximizing mobility for your clients and you can train your caregivers on how to get clients up and exercising to the best of their ability.  As the studies show, it can reduce the risk of falls, ward off the onset of dementia and extend life.

If you're interested in scheduling a live demo of our software solutions, just click the button below:

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 
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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, June Newsletter

A New Home Care Model for the Sickest Patients

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jun 9, 2016 12:30:43 PM


continents-1055958_1280.pngMy wife Tracy has been a health care technology executive on the medical device side for a long time.  She's presently in charge of technology for Hologic, a leader in breast cancer detection.  At one point Tracy went to a leadership conference in Asia, and met with the Minister of Health of Taiwan (honestly I might have the country wrong, but I'm pretty sure it's right). 

At the time, this minister put a program in place where the most expensive patients in the country would receive a personal visit from a member of the minister's office, and that team member would make a plan to reduce their health costs.  In some cases they found that some expensive patients were frequently visiting the nursing room because of loneliness.  They solved the problem by having people call the patient each day and talk to them.

A recent Wall Street Journal article reminded me of this story.  It described a new pilot program authorized by congress where a very high risk patients are authorized for "extreme home care."  The article profiled Luberta who had a stroke, was paralyzed on one side, had emphysema, diabetes, was on oxygen and had a torn rotator cuff.  The program provides in home care, nursing anFotolia_29564617_Subscription_Monthly_M-1.jpgd physician care in the home.

If the providers are successful in reducing cost of care by 5% over two years, they receive a bonus.  The article goes on to explain that by providing this high level of care with the primary goal of eliminating hospitalizations, that the savings are significant.

Unfortunately, the main message of the article was that the pilot program was capped at 10,000 patients and is no longer funded.

Why is This Important?

Given that the program is no longer funded, you might be thinking that it was a waste of your time to read about it.  Here's why it's relevant.  There's an emerging model of care called Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  These organizations are paid a fixed fee for each patient in their census.  There's a very likely chance that these organizations would love to partner with providers who can provide healthcare at home and avoid hospitalizations

ACOs and Bundled Payments are Changing the Rules

In addition to the ACO model described above, there is also a new model of reimbursement called "bundled payments" where the convener (generally a hospital) is given a fee to cover an entire acute episode (such as a knee replacement and all of the associated post-acute care).  The good news about this is that the hospitals will be more likely to discharge to home than to the skilled nursing.  The bad news is that the patients will be sicker and need a combination of healthcare (like med management, wound care and PT) and home care (assistance with activities of daily living).  This will cause the historically strong lines between home health and home care to blur.  Agencies of the future will provide both, and perhaps more (such as telehealth and call centers).

The Conundrum of Reimbursement vs. Cost Management

As we move from fee-for-service to value-based-care, there will be more of a demand to provide these great outcomes with lower cost.  In the WSJ example above, the patient received 6 hours a day of non-medical care and the article says that this is more care than they would receive in a nursing home.  When a hospital or ACO is paying the bill, they are likely to want to pay for fewer hours. The way to afford this is to look for other ways to deliver care such as call centers and automation (such as Ankota's Foresight Care).  You can click on the Foresight Care logo below to learn more.

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If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, July 2016 Newsletter

Who, What,When, Where, Why & How Of An Excellent Homecare Startup

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jun 7, 2016 8:34:31 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).

Imagine embarking on a homecare startup and not hitting a single bump in the road. Or expanding your services and growing your business to a level of success you never dreamed possible. While it’s nearly impossible not to encounter any issues during a startup or growth process, there are ways to help things run more smoothly.homecare startup

Six Crucial Factors of a Successful Homecare Startup

Whether you’re starting from scratch, adding a location, or expanding your services, to-do lists can quickly become overwhelming. And when that happens, progress falters. Consider the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of an excellent homecare startup, and you’ll be on your way.

The Who 

Any successful entrepreneur knows a big part of achieving your dreams is surrounding yourself with the right people. These friends, colleagues or experts encourage, provide advice, guide, and point out when you’re headed in the wrong direction.

How does that relate to a homecare startup? You need a support system to get through the road bumps of this tedious process. Here are a few people to include in that support system:

  • An experienced consultant. Someone who knows the homecare industry inside and out. Assists with planning, marketing, hiring, setting realistic goals and more.

  • Professional referral sources. Medical professionals who provide knowledge, advice and become excellent sources for future referrals. Get to know them by networking.

  • An elite staff. A must have for any leader— a productive, knowledgeable, efficient team.

The What 

Now that you know who you need for a successful homecare startup, it’s time to discuss what you need. This is a line of attack— a business plan, a marketing plan, and an operational plan. Let’s break that down a bit.

Getting started on the right foot is all about strategic planning and developing. Begin with market research to determine how you should go about getting ready to launch. Next, create a business plan and include the following:

  • Operational and systems development

  • Methods for staff recruitment, training, development, and retention

  • Marketing plan, support and analysis

  • Branding, website development, logo design, etc.

  • Funding details

The When

When do you start each step of the homecare startup process? The simple answer is now! But to be more specific, start getting the word out about your homecare agency, new services, or new location as soon as you set a launch date. It’s important to get people in your community excited about what you’ll be offering so they can brainstorm ways to get involved.

Next, firm up the specifics of your business plan. Do your research, lay out details, and set precise time frames. The more structure you establish upfront the better. With your plan in place, you can begin looking for experienced staff.

The Where 

Determining where your new agency will be located may be tough. You want to make sure the demographicsare right and that there’s a legitimate need for your services in the chosen area.

To help with this decision, conduct a competitive analysis to evaluate the competition. Always investigate industry trends and learn what services are needed in your market.

The Why

Remember your “why.” What’s the motivation behind starting a homecare organization, expanding your reach, or adding specialized services? Remind yourself daily of the reasons you’re working hard to reach your goals. Doing this gives the push you need to get a running start and the confidence you need to grow your organization.

The How 

The details that could be included with the “how” are vast. But when learning how to complete a successful homecare startup, the key is to take the process one step at a time. Plan thoroughly, spread the word, grow your support system, seek expert advice and then get to work!

Experienced Consultants and Your Homecare Startup

At Kenyon HomeCare Consulting, we know all about the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of a homecare startup or expansion project. We go beyond the basics to give the kind of service that drives your agency toward success, including experience in:

Reach out to us today, and let’s see what we can accomplish together! 

This article, originally entitled, WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY & HOW OF AN EXCELLENT HOMECARE STARTUP, first appeared in Kenyon HomeCare Consulting blog.

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One of Ankota's recent whitepapers, entitled "Selling Care Transition Services to Hospitals" is available for download and we think you'll find it useful.  Please click the link or the picture below to download.  If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

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

Falls are Leading Cause of Accidental Death for the Elderly

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jun 2, 2016 11:22:39 AM

According to this article by Rob Geller on LinkedIn, falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths in seniors by far.

Illustrating this point is a case where it's better to let the picture tell the story:
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As you see, falls make up 55%. Other causes, though tragic are almost not even worth noting (but include traffic accidents at 14%, suffocation at 8%)

What is Your Agency Doing to Prevent Falls?

One of the toughest things for a home care agency to do is to be different... Based on this statistic, perhaps fall prevention can be your thing... Can you train your supervisory nurses to do home safety inspections based on falls? By securing throw rugs, adding grab bars, encouraging use of canes or walkers where indicated, and training your clients on safe ways to navigate steps and other hazards, you can potentially create the advantage that will result in winning more clients. Think about it...

The second graph in Rob's Article indicate that deaths due to falls accounted for around 35% of accidental deaths in 2000 but that has increased to over 50% in 2013.

If Not Falls, How Do You Differentiate?

It's really important to differentiate. If you're doing it in a great way, let us know and we'll feature you in an article about it. If your not sure, consider falls or perhaps one of the other ideas in the free eBook, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Home Care Agencies.   

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 
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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, July 2016 Newsletter

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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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