Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May 4 - 10, 2014 is National VNA Week

By Stephen Tweed

Several weeks ago, Elizabeth and I had the privilege of spending three days in Las Vegas for the VNAs of America annual conference.  It's always a delight to reconnect with our friends and clients from the various Visiting Nurse Associations across the US.  VNA's have played a huge roll in the growth and development of Leading Home Care.

The Story begins in 1982 when I received a call from our pastor who had just been elected Chairman of the Board of the local Visiting Nurse Association in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  (Read the rest of the story)  Since then we've worked with over a hundred VNAs across the country from Portland, Maine to San Diego, and from Key West, Florida to Seattle.  Our work with VNAs has centered on four specific service areas;  strategic planning, leadership development, marketing strategy, and private duty home care.

I've also served on the Boards of Directors of three different VNAs in Oil City, PA; Reading, PA; and Louisville, KY; and as the interim President and CEO of the VNA in Louisville. Over those year's I've been active in the VNAs of America, attending as a board member, keynoting our convention, and providing educational programming for members.

This coming week, May 4 - 10, 2014, we celebrate National VNA Week as we salute VNAs and all of the not-for-profit home health agencies and hospices who come together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and support home health care in America.

Here's Your Home Health Trivia Question

How well do you know the history of home health care in America. Here's your trivia quiz for today?

When was the first organization formed that became a VNA?

 Write your answer in the comment field below, and then we'll post the answer.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Refocusing on Home Health Care and Hospice

By Stephen Tweed

Since 1982, we've been working with home health agencies and hospices across the United States to help you grow your business, develop your leadership teams, and get ready for the future.  Our client list represents a who's who in the home care and hospice industry.

For the past ten years, we've also put a significant amount of energy, research, and talent into studying the private duty home care industry sector.  We've done so much work in that sector that many leaders in home health and hospice think of us primarily for private duty.


A dear friend of ours, Bill Gove, the first president of the National Speakers Association always said, "Don't forget what brung you."  He meant, stick to your knitting. 

Well, we've always stuck to our knitting of business strategy and leadership development for home health care and hospice, but we also added the third leg of the tripod, Private Duty.  Now, it's time for us to come back to our original focus.  So, we've rebuilt our web site at Leading Home Care to reflect more accurately the three things we do:

Keynote Speeches and Learning Seminars

If you are looking for a keynote speaker or workshop leader for your next association convention, corporate meeting, or franchise conference, I'd like to ask you to consider either Elizabeth Jeffries, RN, CSP, CPAE, or myself - Stephen Tweed.  Elizabeth and I have both been speaking professionally for over 30 years. We met at the National Speakers Association Convention in Atlanta in 1990 and married two years later.  Together, we formed Tweed Jeffries LLC, and later Leading Home Care ... a Tweed Jeffries Company and Executive Mastery ... a Tweed Jeffries company. 

Strategy and Business Growth

If you are considering holding an executive strategy retreat, a board of directors retreat, a sales and marketing retreat, or you just need someone to talk with you about business strategy, then give us a call.  Personally, I've facilitated the strategic thinking and planning process for over 500 different companies.  Using a unique technique called Storyboard, we help you ...
  • make ideas visible,
  • stimulate creativity,
  • apply critical thinking,
  • and turn strategic initiatives into focused action plans
Talent Management Solutions

To quote the national champion head basketball coach of the Louisville Cardinals, Rick Pitino, "If there's one thing I've learned from professional basketball, it's that talent wins and wins consistently."

We've learned that same thing in home health care, hospice, and private duty home care.  The agency that can recruit, select, train and retain the top talent wins in the marketplace ... and wins consistently.

I'd like to extend this personal invitation to you to visit our new web site for Leading Home Care.  Take a few minutes to explore, watch the videos, and consider what support you need to grow your business and get ready for the future.  Then give us a call  at 502-339-0653 to discuss how we can help YOU!

In addition to these services for home health and hospice, we continue to support owners and CEOs of private duty companies through The Academy for Private Duty Home Care®.

And if you want to improve caregiver recruiting, selection, training, and retention, then you'll want to visit Caregiver Quality Assurance®.

No other company brings you the experience, the talent, and the resources to grow your home health agency, hospice, or private duty home care like Leading Home Care.  Take a moment to take a look!