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Occasionally we find something potentially useful to share with others, especially regarding integrity, transparency, and accountability in the field of services. Health care, elder care, child care, pet care, home maintenance, lawn care, property management. The common theme is that people do things for other people millions of times every day. And today more than ever, we need to share what we learn with each other.

 
     
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REVISED: How to approach your helpers about monitoring their work

Dec 28 2015
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REVISED: How to approach your helpers about monitoring their work

One of the things I hear quite frequently from people considering TaskAssure is: 

"Even though I want better information about tasks being performed for me, I am concerned that my helper will be offended if I ask them to let me monitor their work with TaskAssure. How can I approach them?"

After talking with so many people on the subject, I hope you will find this article useful when considering how to handle this potentially challenging situation.

Five no-cost ways to keep informed while tasks are being performed for you

Five no-cost ways to keep informed while tasks are being performed for you
Through our interaction with users, we often hear great ideas that people are trying to keep informed about services they have arranged, when they won't be there to watch. As you know, that's a problem that TaskAssure solves (very well, we think!). In this brief article, I will share five no-cost ideas we have seen people use. 

Stop and smell the "roses"!

Jun 03 2014
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Stop and smell the
All of us seem to have a busy life. For some, it is raising a family and all that that entails. For others, it may be doing well in school so they can begin their career. Still others have a demanding job, and perhaps some extra stress deciding if the path they are on is actually the right one. The list goes on... but from what I see, even those that retire are quite busy. Be sure and stop and smell the roses as often as possible - whatever your "roses" may be.

Fruit or robot? The REAL bottomline on the difference between iphone and Android.

May 21 2014
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Fruit or robot? The REAL bottomline on the difference between iphone and Android.
I am often asked by family and friends "which type of mobile phone should I buy"? (Or for that matter, which computer?) They consider me a technology insider and so they hope to get an answer. In many cases (especially for the older folks) they do not even know at the highest level what the difference is between an iphone and an Android. I've been asked on numerous occasions, "which one is a smart phone?". (My answer: A smart phone is simply a mobile phone that allows us to download programs (called "apps") from various companies that can do interesting, useful, or fun things on our device. Both Androids and iPhones are smart phones.) If they aren't even sure what a smart phone is, perhaps that gives a clue to their ability to understand which is a better buy for them. So, I'm going to get "real" here, even if it does disappoint you.

Tools for finding services

May 08 2014
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Tools for finding services
One of the Internet's greatest benefits is the ability to help people find, evaluate, and hire services. (And yes, now with TaskAssure, verify services!) Today, whether you are looking for home care services such as lawncare, repairs, plumbing, or cleaning; or more personal care for your loved one including elder care, child care, pet care, or home health care; or just about any other form of service you can think of, there are now tools that can help you find the best match, hire, and pay them. In this article, I want to share some of the alternatives.

Home monitoring is a rising trend in eldercare

Home monitoring is a rising trend in eldercare
In my research and reflected by discussions with real people, it is clear that home monitoring is increasing nearly as fast as "aging in place". Of course these two trends are related, as people that want to support their elder family members' desire to age in place, also want to be more aware of their status. In part because I see these as potential synergistic partners for TaskAssure, I keep abreast of this trend. In this article I offer an overview, with some helpful suggestions for how to find products in related market segments.

Tools to help coordinate care for family members

Apr 01 2014
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Tools to help coordinate care for family members

 

Nearly one in every 5 adults in the U.S. now help provide care for someone else with medical, disability, or other long term care challenges. This significant and growing need has prompted new tools to be offered in recent years. I call this market "care coordination". I thought it could be helpful to post my list of care coordination products. Some of these are still in "Coming Soon" mode, but most are available now. In a future article, I will offer results of my evaluation.

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