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  • April 27, 2022 | Industry News

    We have heard loud and clear that employee recruitment and retention are high-priority pain points for the home access industry. We have an industry that is slowly starting to mature but has a ways to go. Many companies struggle to provide a career path for their field technicians and, in some cases, their customer-facing representatives. We also hear of companies finding great potential employees, but they lack the skills needed to work as a tech in the field, and training is challenging when the...

  • April 27, 2022 | Industry News

    As April comes to an end (already?), we have a few things to report on industry happenings. Home Accessibility Bill Update The final touches are being put on the home accessibility bill about to be introduced. The score (cost estimate to the government) on the bill is the major holdup to date, but we expect the cost to be neutral when the Congressional Budget Office releases it. If the score comes in neutral or very low, there are numerous members of Congress ready to sign...

  • April 11, 2022 | Industry News

    By Brooke Kraft, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, VGM Group, Inc Everywhere we look, we see the signs: now hiring, help wanted, please be nice to the staff that did show up today (that one is my personal favorite and a good reminder). Our favorite restaurants, bars, and coffee shops are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, menu items are limited, and our coworkers are leaving for possible greener pastures. Regardless of how you are internalizing the current labor market, you can likely relate...

  • March 23, 2022 | Industry News

    Happy Spring, everybody! For everyone in the northern U.S., it’s time to come out of hibernation and get some vitamin D! This month, I have some quick key announcements to bring your way as we have a lot of projects in the works. Welcome new corporate partner SanSpaUSA! We are happy to announce a new partnership with SanSpaUSA, wh make a swing open, walk-in tub that is best in-class quality and priced right for your customers. SanSpaUSA offers marketing support...

  • February 1, 2022 | General, Industry News

    We are excited to release our latest member-exclusive resource, “Succession Planning: Identifying What Is Next for Your Business and How to Make It Happen,” written by Mark Higley, vice president of Regulatory Affairs, VGM Government Relations. Members may download this guide under in the Resources section of the members-only portal. “By numerous requests from my friends and colleagues in the industry, I am honored to have had the opportunity to coordinate and develop the...

  • January 25, 2022 | Industry News

    It’s here! 2022 has arrived, and we are excited for a new beginning to what promises to be another turning-point year in the home accessibility market. There is much optimism regarding the easing of the pandemic in late spring, and with that, hopes that we will be able to go full force with some great events for our members as we move through the year. Highlights to note: April 4-8 - Building Opportunities Installer Summit in Ravenna, Ohio: We return to Access to Independence...

  • January 25, 2022 | Industry News

    Partners with Seniors Home Services to Deliver the Best Possible Care; Also First Healthcare Technology Company in the HomesRenewed Coalition  DALLAS, January 20, 2022 – Axxess, the leading technology innovator for care in the home, is helping home health providers deliver the best possible value-based care by partnering with aging-in-place specialist Seniors Home Services and joining the HomesRenewed Coalition.   “The public health emergency has increased the demand...

  • January 20, 2022 | Industry News

    This article was originally featured in HomeCare magazine.  By Jim Greatorex, vice president of VGM Live At Home In Iowa—where VGM Live at Home is based—there are two sayings from the iconic movie “Field of Dreams” that are reiterated often. They are, “If you build it, they will come;” and “Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.” I can’t help but think of these two phrases as I report on the current state of the home accessibility market....

  • December 20, 2021 | Industry News

    HomesRenewed Coalition recently presented a paper, “The Cost Efficiency of Home Modifications to Reduce Healthcare Costs,” that outlines the cost-effectiveness of remodeling homes for safer aging in place. This paper shows that the government will save on healthcare costs if more people modify their homes for aging in place.

    According to the press release: 

  • November 22, 2021 | General, Industry News

    As we get to the holiday season, we tend to take some time to reflect on what’s important to us in our personal lives and our work lives. I also think it’s a great time to just spend some time thinking about our purpose in both, and for many of us, our work life is important because of personal life. My purpose is to bring great services to people of all ages who need their home modified so that they can live in it safely and independently as long as they wish. We do that here by working...