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Diversify Home Health, Home Care And Hospice Services

Have you ever heard the advice to not put all your eggs in one basket? Well the advice is good, especially if you are a Home Health, Home Care or Hospice agency. “Putting all your eggs in one basket” in the Home Health, Home Care or Hospice industry means having only one line of business. In today’s environment, one line of business is a dangerous path to walk. Already we have seen repeated cuts to the Home Health reimbursement formula, and Hospice is under scrutiny and will probably see some rather dramatic cuts in the future. Some Home Care (Private Pay) agencies are seeing a decline in both clients and hours, as well. Just as the chant “location, location, location” is cited for a business success, diversification is the same for agencies in the Home Health, Home Care and Hospice industry.

As a Home Health or Hospice agency, you may be asking how you can diversify. You already take private insurance, much of which doesn’t even cover your expenses. Where can you diversify?

Years ago, many Home Health agencies invested in private duty services. Unfortunately, many of them tried to run these agencies the same way they ran the Medicare-Certified agencies. This turned out to be a less than a financial success for them and, as a result, most of the agencies closed their Private Pay agencies or sold them. I was one of those administrators running both types of agencies. Fortunately, the corporation that owned the agency I managed understood the differences required to successfully operate these two very distinct businesses. As a result, the internal structures and systems for Private Pay were run with entirely different staff and procedures. Fortunately, the Private Pay agency was a financial success and a great partner for the Medicare business.

In today’s environment, it may be wise for Medicare agencies to look again at the Private Pay industry and invest in another line of business that will not be subject to the changes of CMS. This holds true for both Medicare Home Health and the Hospice agencies. The opportunities in a Private Pay agency are endless. The services offered are as open and vast as the community served will support. By using the lessons learned from the previous attempts to diversify into Private Pay, the new line of business makes the difference between surviving and thriving.

For Private Pay (Home Care) agencies, diversification is just as important. By having only one or two lines of business, you will very likely have some down times with loss of revenues. Diversification of services helps to diminish the effects of the decline on your personal care or live-in services. There are so many opportunities in the Private Pay arena, it really is a matter of finding out what your marketplace will support and then developing it in such a manner that your customers will see value and buy.

Over the years I have seen some very creative and innovative Private Pay agency owners create truly unique services that were well received by their communities. One agency had a very viable service line in cruise companions. They had a high end senior population that were used to cruises, but because of declines in health and abilities, many of the seniors could no longer travel. The agency developed a contract with a major cruise line where they provided the personal care workers or aides that accompanied the senior on the cruise. The client paid for all the related cruise expenses as well as the daily live-in rate for the aide. Reportedly a great time was had by all.

How To Choose The Right Roller Blinds For Your Home?

Are you done with the decoration of your rooms? Paint is dry and shinning, wallpaper is gorgeous and carpets are luxurious and now think about window treatments. For some rooms designed in a conventional manner, such as dinning room or lounge, old-fashioned curtains can fit the needs but for other rooms including bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and children’s bedroom roller blinds are the best choices. One of the leading reasons for the popularity of roller blinds or roman blinds (as they are often called) is their availability in a wide range of designs, styles and colors. So they will definitely go with any type of home decoration. For instance, the woven wooden blinds are perfect for bathroom while vinyl roller blinds having prints of cartoon characters, animal forms and forest scenes are ideal for children’s bedroom.

Roller blinds are easy to clean. Curtains have to be removed and washed from time to time. It is quite a task to open the curtains and then either wash them yourself or send it to the cleaners. Roman blinds on the otherhand can be cleaned with a quick wipe using damp cloth. Ease of cleaning makes them a favourite in kitchen where there is a lot of soot deposition everyday. These blinds are very easy to install too. Some people prefer to install the blinds themselves. In this regard professional help should always be sorted. Installing the blinds is work of experts, if the blinds are not installed properly then you may have problems while using them.

All the above mentioned features have made roller blinds best choices for interior decorators and individual users. With every passing day popularity of the roman blinds is only on the rise. To reap benefits of this popularity there are many online blinds stores stocking large list of roller blinds. While buying blinds online you have to find a reputed online dealer. Only the reputed websites have large stocks of roller blinds. There are roller blinds of various shades, materials, designs available at these stores. It has been seen in the past though that such a large number of choices baffle the first time blind buyers. So the below given information will help you make the perfect choice:

Match with Interiors: Roman blinds are available in various shades and designs so you can match with the interior designing of the rooms. Blinds should match the color of walls or furniture present in the room. With the right choice of roller blinds you can significantly beautify your room and give it a new look. If there are many electronic goods in the room then it will be a good idea to go for the remote controlled blinds. These blinds will give a techie look to the room.

Choose Color: Wall color is a very important consideration while choosing blinds. Choosing bright colored roller blinds is crucial to give a refined look to a room that is otherwise pale colored.
Look for Discount Deals: To compete with other companies most blind sellers provide discount offers from time to time. Wait for such offers and latch on to them. This will further reduce your expenses.

Eco Ways Of How To Save Water

Saving water might be pretty easy and not only a money saving task but also friendly to the environment. If you are aware of water saving problem and have a lot of information about it take a look at the bullet point below and make sure that you know and have done everything to make usage of water as much efficient as it can be.

1. Don’t let the water flow when shaving, washing face or teeth. It’s simple but people usually do this without thinking.

2. Try not to use the water only once – you can use it again to cleaning, watering garden or flushing the toilets. Sometimes you can even use your water from the bath.

3. Check your pipes and taps – one drop per second can bring you even 12 thousands liters of wasted water per year. Leaks will surely be expensive for you.

4. Avoid unnecessary flushing toilet – there is no need to put everything in there. For some things with have a bin.

5. Replace a long bath with fast shower. This can be nice too and if you don’t want to forget about taking a bath you can make it a wonderful weekly habit and every weekend have a little bit of pleasure for yourself.

6. Make sure that dishwasher and washing machine are full before you turn them on. It’s the only way to make those appliances efficient and worth working.

7. Wash your car with a brush – this can save a lot of water. Stop flushing it all over. The water won’t flow constantly.

8. If you do not have a closed-loop water, avoid installing a fountain. This won’t be a good idea for your garden and for your pocket.

9. Irrigate your lawn in the morning. The wind speed is the lowest at this time of the day and water won’t be lost on the street.

Going Into Business

With the hard financial times looming over like a storm cloud, many are looking for ways to earn a living. With so many losing their jobs, some are looking at opening up their own businesses as product wholesalers. Starting up any business requires a little bit of homework. Try to learn as much as you can about the works of the business. Here are some facts about the world of wholesale.

The role of a wholesaler is to get products from manufacturers to dealers. They purchase products from the manufacturers or other sources and sell the products to dealers. The profit earned is the difference between the manufacturer’s price and your dealer’s price. As a wholesaler, you will run a private company in which you will own warehouses to stock the products obtained from the manufacturers. These products are then transported to your dealers at a higher price from the manufacturers’ product price.

In other words, as a wholesaler, you buy goods and sell products to clients. The difference with the retailers is that you sell items in bulk and you will not deal directly with the buying public. You will deal more with manufacturers, other wholesalers and retailers.

Decide on your product line. Get items that you know will sell fast. Location also plays a part in the flow of products from manufacturers to your clients. Set up near your clients so as to save one transport expenses and time for products to arrive to clients.

Good communication and negotiating skills are good values to possess in this business. Negotiating with manufacturers for the least possible price and handling dealers is part of your job as a wholesaler. The power to persuade and convince clients to regularly purchase your products will guarantee your way to succeed in this business. Moreover, being able to recognize trends in product demand and quickly acting on getting your hands on those goods will make your business even more profitable.

Basically, in the wholesale business, one must be determined and have the drive to manage such an endeavor. One must maintain a good relationship with suppliers and dealers to have a more pleasant and profitable business venture.