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The Positive Impact of Home Care and How it Improves Quality of Life

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 29, 2016 12:22:52 PM

Today's guest Blogger is Evan Kaden.  "Evan is a rare-breed of freelance writers who, believe it or not, doesn’t drink coffee! With a passion for sustainability and quality of life, he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s had to share his thoughts and stories with people through this crazy place called the internet."

As we grow older, there are times when home-care is regrettably needed and sometimes our friends and family cannot always be available to lend a hand (as much as they would want too). There may also be someone you know who has a physical or mental disability who is in an equal need of care – Whatever the circumstance, it is often a delicate matter that requires great attention and forethought.  In these instances the person in question may be housebound – Therefore, both medical attention and home-care may need to be given in the house as opposed to travelling to the local doctor. Research has shown that having a well-balanced mix of both professional medical care, and personalised home-care can greatly improve the patient’s quality of life.

Medical Care – Vital for Patients' Health

The first and foremost aspect of home-care is of course the actual physical health of the patient. This will usually be carried out by a home health care Agency and can include such treatments as:

  • Medical Assessment
  • Wound Dressing
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Medication Training

The trained professionals will ensure the patient is fully cared for and has everything they need to cope with their condition or situation. The health-care staff will be qualified and have to comply with government standards and there are even specific roles like the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) who deal exclusively with Home Health Care.

Non-Medical Care – Vital for Patients' Well-Being

The other aspect of Home-care is sometimes overlooked and when not considered can actually be detrimental to the patients’ health and well-being. This is of course the Non-Medical care or “home-care” and deals with the day-to-day activities in the house that a patient may not be able to complete such as:

  • Bathing and washing
  • Using the toilet
  • Eating and drinking
  • Shopping for groceries
  • Managing money
  • Housework

While these tasks may seem trivial, they are actually a huge factor in a patient’s well-being and should be given an equal amount of attention to their medical care. If you are unwell, the last thing you want to worry about are bills, housework, or cooking – Having a professional there to help with the general day to day tasks (Also known as IADLs) can take that worry and stress away, allowing you to concentrate on improving your health. 

How Combining Both Can Help

To provide the most effective home-care to a patient, a tried and tested way is to balance the above two aspects and ensure that both the patients’ health and home are tended too. Providing excellent medical care to a patient whose home is falling into disrepair is unadvisable; while in the same instance, ensuring a patient has an immaculate home and a huge stock of food, but failing to change their dressings on an open wound could be equally as disastrous. Balance is key!

CDPAP – A Beneficial Medicaid Program

There are certain programs designed to combine medical and home-care to give patients an all in one package and cater for all their needs. The CDPAP is one such directive and is well known for providing excellent care, but also giving the patient/family more freedom to choose who gives care etc. In traditional care, the vendor (care-giver) will decide which providers to use etc, whereas with CDPAP, a family member or spouse will make such decisions. This gives greater control and provides the patient with a flexible and personal home-care option.

Creating The Right Balance

As you can see it is important to find an appropriate balance when concerning home-care – The patients well-being and quality of life is paramount and ensuring both their health and home are looked after will go a long way to contribute to this.

For more Best Practices, you can download a free eBook Seven Habits of Highly Effective Home Care Agencies.  Just click the link or the picture to download.

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

Click Here for a Free Demo

 

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

A Compelling Vision for the Future of Healthcare at Home

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 19, 2016 1:35:49 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, October 2016 Newsletter

4 Issues Home Care Attendants Should Escalate to Their Nurses

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 19, 2016 8:10:33 AM

Today's guest blogger is Rachelle Wilber.  Rachelle is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends investigating gerontology degree programs for those that are interested in being a caregiver. Follow her on Twitter at @RachelleWilber and on Facebook.

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

5 Tips to Get Your In-Home Care Agency on the Healthcare Radar Screen

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 19, 2016 8:05:00 AM

Care Coordination Concepts, Inc. provides practical approaches to help non-medical home care providers enhance market position by focusing on delivering health maintenance value to clients and their health system providers.  Cathy Meckes was co-founder and president of a licensed and Joint Commission accredited provider of private insurance and waiver program funded in-home skilled nursing, nurse care coordination and non-skilled supportive services.  Cathy has written todays blog (and the white paper below).  Enjoy!

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

9 Growth Hacking Tips for your Home Care Agency

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 15, 2016 10:22:00 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

Can Your Home Care Agency Compete with Start-ups with $40M in Funding?

Posted by Jed Hammel on Sep 12, 2016 10:27:00 PM

We've shared with you several stories about well funded homecarestart-ups with big venture capital money.  The "big three" are Honor, Home Team, and Home Hero. If this is the first you're hearing about them, please check back with the following previous articles:

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

How Gratitude Can Improve Quality of Life for Your Home Care Clients

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM

 

Today's guest blogger is Laura Newcomer.  Though her focus isn't generally on Home Care, this article on the topic of the benefits of gratitude is an interesting way to improve the lives of caregiving clients.  Laura has a wealth of knowledge about the environment and sustainable living. She has taught environmental education in Maine and Pennsylvania, and has had her writing featured in a variety of well-respected publications. Laura practices what she preaches and prides herself on living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

There are many things that you do each day to boost the health and well-being of your caregiving clients. You might help them get up and get moving—even just a short walk. You might work with them to improve daily nutrition. You may also encourage them to reach out to friends and family to reap the benefits of social contact. But there’s one additional thing you may not be aware of that you can do to help your clients improve their quality of life as they age: gratitude.

Practicing gratitude has a host of benefits that many may not be aware of. It can improve physical and mental well-being, which can in turn reduce stress. For patients in your care, helping them practice gratitude may also improve their sleep and their appetites. 

There are a number of different ways your caregiving patients can work on practicing gratitude. You might encourage them to write down gratitude thoughts every morning after breakfast or dinner. They might simply want to talk with you or someone else each day for a few minutes and reminisce about what they’re grateful for that day. However your elderly patients choose to practice gratitude, they’ll help to improve their well-being physically, mentally, and emotionally. Use this graphic for more ideas.

For more ideas to help improve your home care agency, you can download a free eBook Seven Habits of Highly Effective Home Care Agencies.  Just click the link or the picture to download.

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

Click Here for a Free Demo

 

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

9 Time Management Tips from our Home Care Social Media Expert

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Ankota's marketing director, Jed Hammel doesn't come from the home care world but instead is an expert is social media marketing, filmmaking, event planning and more.  I found his recent blog article on the website of the Startup Institute to be inspiring and thought that his time management tips could be helpful to our home care audience. Managing time effectively is a skill that every one can benefit from as we pioneer the future of healthcare at home.

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

5 Benefits of Home Care for Your Loved One

Posted by Ken Accardi on Sep 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan writes on a broad variety of topics including healthcare and is pursuing a masters degree in health informatics. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

When you have someone living in your home who needs constant care, it is best to get help. If you try to do all of the care on your own, it is likely to run you down in the long run. In order to prevent this, hiring a caregiver to come in and help is the best solution. Here is a look at five benefits you will enjoy when you get a caregiver to provide home care for your loved one.

  • The Comforts of Home - One of the primary reasons to get help at home is to prevent your loved one from having to move into a nursing home. When loved ones get to stay in their homes, they get to enjoy being surrounded by all their familiar comforts. This makes for a much better life than being surrounded by strange people and things in a nursing home.

  • Professional Care - Another reason to get home care help is to provide professional care. Even if your loved one does not need any kind of specialty medical care now, they are likely to at some point. It is always nice to have a professional worker in your home to handle any of the specialty care that is necessary.

  • Allow Your Love One to Remain Independent - No one wants to move to a nursing home and become dependent on their transportation. If you have a home care worker for your loved one at home, they can keep the feeling of independence that they have enjoyed all of their lives. With the help of the caregiver, they can get everywhere they need to go.

  • Reduce Your Stress - If you are already the caregiver for your loved one, you know just how stressful it can be. Taking care of another human being is a full-time job. If you do not have any help with it, you are likely to get stressed out quickly. Consider hiring a professional that can help complete the daily needs of washing, dressing, and feeding your loved one.

  • Communication - Professional caregivers are skilled communicators. This is especially true of healthcare workers who have a health informatics masters degree. They know how to involve every member of the family in the conversation to make sure that all aspects of care for your loved one will be taken care of. This avoids mistakes and misunderstandings regarding the caregiving, which can happen easily if you try to add caregiving duties to your already full life.

Taking care of your loved one does not have to be a burden. You can share the load without feeling guilty. In fact, your loved one will be better off when they have a professional caregiver. The peace of mind you will enjoy when your loved one is looked after by a professional is amazing.

For more Best Practices, you can download a free eBook Seven Habits of Highly Effective Home Care Agencies.  Just click the link or the picture to download.

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

Click Here for a Free Demo

 

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

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