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Home Care Software Vet Proposes Health Care System Solutions

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 28, 2016 7:09:59 PM

My friend Scott Herrmann has been a home care industry veteran with broad industry experience in home care not only in the US but also in Canada and Australia.  He recently helped Ankota with our early development of Foresight Care.  He's now working for Medocity who provide a patient engagement and telehealth solution.  Scott is our guest author today and shares suggestions for fixing the healthcare industry from his own experience.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices

Home Health Administrator's Handbook is a Must-Read per Tim Rowan

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 26, 2016 12:21:18 PM

Tim Rowen of Home Care Technology Report is a favorite of folks at Ankota, and both Tim and HCTR are invaluable resources for anyone interested in keeping up with innovations in the home care space.Tim did a pretty glowing book review of "Handbook of Home Healthcare Administration" of Home Healthcare Administration."  Tim and his team spent months pouring through this 64-chapter handbook for home health administrators and has given it a big thumbs up.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices

The Right Path to Paying Home Care Caregivers $15/hour or More

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

There's been a lot of talk and press about getting homecarecaregivers to a $15/hour wage, which equates to an annual income of roughly $30,000 per year. There's even a movement called Fight for $15 that is organizing strikes and lobbying efforts to raise the minimum wage. According to this page on payscalecom, the present median hourly wage is $10. The silicon valley darling home care company Honor is paying wages in this range and they're able to do it because they charge more and justify their higher wage with a tech-enabled better experience.  But as long-time homecare expert Stephen Tweed points out in this article, a rate increase of this nature would not be affordable to seniors or to Medicaid waiver programs and would likely put homecare companies out of business.  I agree that caregivers should be able to receive a living wage, but I don't think that many people will be able to afford Honor, and I agree with Stephen that if we do homecare the way that we've always done it and raise the wage to $15, that it won't work.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, Care Transitions, August 2016 Newsletter

Longevity is More Related to Health Than to Age

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

University of Chicago Study recently concluded that age is not the best predictor of mortality, and instead you should look at the person's healthMore specifically the study looked at mobility, sensory function, mental health and healthy behaviors and concluded that a sedentary isolated 75-year old with a bad diet might be closer to death than an 85-year old salad-eating person who walks with friends everyday.  The study implies that mobility and social engagement are better indicators of longevitythan blood pressure and cholesterol.

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

7 Deadly Sins of Going it Alone when Starting a Home Care Agency

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 14, 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).

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, Ginny Kenyon, August 2016 Newsletter

4 Takeaways from a United Health Foundation Study

Posted by Jed Hammel on Jul 11, 2016 10:30:00 AM

The United Health Foundation recently published an in-depth study on the health of seniors in the U.S.  Here's the link for the entire report, but as a start, here's a quick rundown taken from the report to help whet your appetite:

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

What Caregivers Should Know About the Elderly and Their Health

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Today's guest blogger is Rachelle Wilber (see her bio below)

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

7 Reasons Why You Should Choose Care at Home

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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

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