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Growth Hacking Tips for Home Care via Startup Marketing

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 31, 2016 9:21:00 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.  Jed wrote today's article about a term coined by the startup world, "Growth Hacking" and how its methodology can be incorporated into your home care agency's marketing strategy.  

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

5 Minutes, 10 Reasons To Invest In Disease Management Training

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 26, 2016 10:13:00 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

11 Tips on Strokes for Home Care from WebMD

Posted by Jed Hammel on Oct 24, 2016 11:36:00 AM

WebMD pubished a useful article entitled, "Tips for a Caregivers of Someone Who's Had a Stroke," that offers a series of in-depth suggestions for how to support a loved one (or client) who has suffered a stroke.

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

When Will Smart Tech Become a Key Part of Home Care Services?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 19, 2016 8:17:00 AM

Today's guest post is from Beth Kelly who has been featured on this blog several times in the past. One of today's big technology areas receiving a lot of hype is the Internet of Things (IoT) and many articles talk about how this smart home technologies will impact home care and healthcare in general. In my opinion most of these articles are over-hyped and the reality is that adoption will take much longer. Beth's article, below, speaks to this reality and provides a balanced view of the likely adoption curves. My recommendation for home care agencies is to read through the post to become more familiar with IoT and Smart Tech for home care.

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

5 Diseases That Homecare Caregivers Should Know About

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 17, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Today's guest Blogger is Lizzie Weakley.  Lizzy is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.  Twitter: @LizzieWeakley.  Her article shares some ailments that private-duty homecare caregivers may come across with their clients.

Many seniors face health challenges in the form of conditions and diseases. Several of these diseases can be prevented when steps are taken early or can easily be managed with the proper care. Take the steps now to stave off these diseases and enjoy good health in the senior years.

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's is a form of dementia that causes memory loss, problems with carrying out a conversation and the decline in the ability to care for oneself. The disease may be able to be slowed down or prevented by taking steps to keep the brain healthy. Just like the other muscles in the body, the brain must be exercised. Reading, crossword puzzles and word problems help strengthen the brain. Additionally, eating a diet high omega-3 fatty acids can help boost brain function, keeping it healthy.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes bones to lose their mass, making them brittle and fragile. Seniors with osteoporosis are more susceptible to broken bones and serious injuries during falls. Health professionals, such as those with an online gerontology degree, work to find solutions to elderly diseases, such as osteoporosis. Eating a diet rich in calcium and doing weight-bearing exercises can strengthen bones and prevent bone loss from occurring.

Heart Disease

Heart disease affects the heart and blood vessels and can stop the organs of the body from receiving vital oxygen and nutrients via the blood. Taking care of the heart with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent heart disease from occurring. Smoking causes the blood vessels to narrow and puts individuals more at risk of heart disease. Stop smoking now to help prevent heart problems in the future.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

One of the leading cases of blindness in seniors, age-related macular degeneration causes blindness in the center part of the eye in the macula. Eating a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent the disease from occurring. Sunglasses that block ultraviolet and HEV light should always be worn outdoors in order to protect the delicate vessels in the eye.

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body no longer is able to use the insulin that is being produced, causing excess glucose to remain in the blood. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to kidney problems, blindness and nerve problems. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a diet low in refined carbohydrates can prevent the body from becoming insulin resistant, a precursor to diabetes.

The senior years should be spent enjoying the freedom of retirement, rather than the stresses of poor health. Take steps today to prevent these diseases from occurring and enjoy the senior years in good health.

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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, November 2016 Newsletter

Is Nurse-Tech In Home Care's Future?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 13, 2016 8:16:17 AM

Today's guest post comes from Dixie Somers, a freelance writer from Arizona. Her post highlights several ways that technology is impacting the role and practice of nursing. I've had the privilege of meeting many home care nurses and have experienced a mixed set of reviews when it comes to technology. Most nurses pride themselves on their strong combination of medical knowledge and skill in care delivery and don't want technology to get in the way. This conversation has mostly come up when discussing point-of-care documentation where there is a strong preference for most nurses to focus on the patient and their health at the point of care and not to encumber that care or make it impersonal with a laptop. I do believe however that technology that improves care will be embraced by nurses. Please enjoy Dixie's article.

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

5 Ways to Differentiate your Home Care Agency

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 7, 2016 11:22:15 AM

Today's guest blogger is Christine Rudolf If you're looking for a way to illustrate to folks the value of home care, here are some tips: 

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

5 Ways Home Care Brings Value to Clients

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 6, 2016 12:22:04 PM

Today's guest blogger is Anica Oaks. Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.  Today's blog outlines 5 ways that home care and home healthcare can help your prospective clients.  If you're looking for a way to illustrate to folks the value of home care, here are some tips:

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices

5 Tools Everyone In The Homecare Industry Should Be Using

Posted by Ken Accardi on Oct 3, 2016 7:34:17 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

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