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Ankota: Ushering in the Next Generation of Homecare Blog

What Home Care Executives can Learn from Television Producers

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 30, 2016 10:40:00 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

5 Sales Hacking Tips for Home Care via a Startup Leader

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 28, 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 how "Sales Hacking," a term coined by the startup world, can be incorporated into your home care agency's sales strategy.  

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

Home Care Software Geek Explains Cloud Computing

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 22, 2016 11:27:00 AM

 

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices

5 Ways for Your Home Care Agency to Shine at Your Next Networking Event

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

Networking is a critical skill for home care agencies to grow. In most cases, thriving agencies are winning because of their referral partners.  Specifically, folks in your community who regularly come in contact with potential clients for your home care business. Some of the successful referral partners agencies work with are as follows:

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

What Will Home Health Star Ratings Mean to Your Agency?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 16, 2016 9:35:40 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

5 Factors That Impact the Cost of Home Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 14, 2016 10:30:46 AM

Today's guest post is from Stephanie Lynch.  Stephanie is a freelance writer who works for the cost-helping database Howmuchisit.org.  She currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona, and in her free time, she enjoys hiking, the great outdoors and spending time with her family.

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

4 Ways Your In-Home Care Services Can Bring Fun and Joy into Client's Lives

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 8, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Today's guest post is by Kara Masterson.  Kara is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah and is currently working with Corner Home Medical, a provider of respiratory therapy services delivered in a home care setting. 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! 

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

5 Qualities Every Home Care Worker Needs to be Successful

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 7, 2016 11:27:00 AM

Today's guest Blogger is Dixie Somers.  Dixie has written for the Ankota blog in the past, she is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

The home health care profession can be extremely rewarding in helping people in the most vulnerable points of their lives, but it can also be difficult and demanding. In order to become and remain successful, there are a few important qualities every home care worker should strive to develop and maintain.

Organization

Organization is key. As a home care worker, you will be juggling multiple duties. Developing good organizational skills can help you keep on top of everything. Get yourself in the habit of keeping an up-to-date personal planner or calendar so that you never have to worry about forgetting something important. When in doubt, write it down.

Staying Informed

It is also very important for members of this profession to keep themselves up-to-date with what is going on in the medical community at large. Modern medicine and medical technology are evolving faster and faster in the global community created by the internet, and it would be all too easy for you to fall behind, which could negatively affect your patient later on. Getting higher degrees can also give you the edge you need to stand out amongst competition. Consider an online BSN program for better career opportunities and knowledgeability with your home care patients.

Communication

Of course, a home care worker must also maintain excellent communication skills. Bedside manner, of course, is the primary concern for home care. Patients are often interacting with home care workers at difficult times in their lives, when they are ill or frustrated, which means that you must be patient, reassuring, and compassionate, while also projecting an air of calm assurance to help them feel confident that you know what you're doing. This is important even when you yourself may feel overwhelmed or tired.

Stamina

You will also need quite a bit of stamina to work in the health care industry. Some patients may be demanding, and you will often have to work long hours. Despite this, you will still be expected to treat your patient with the same respect and compassion.

Ability to Relax

Finally, remember that while you take your job seriously, you don't have to take yourself so seriously. If you are able to learn from your mistakes and laugh at yourself once in a while, you will be much more able to keep the positive energy that will help you get through those long days and help your patients relax themselves.

The home health care field is not an easy one to be in, but it is definitely worth pursuing. It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you don't let it beat you down, you and your patients will reap the rewards.

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.

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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

3 Tips For Helping Your Parents As They Age

Posted by Ken Accardi on Nov 2, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Today's guest post is from Emma Sturgis.  Emma is a freelance writing currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. Information for this article was gathered from South Coast Home Health Care. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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

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