Since 2014, The Downes Residential Care Home has been using Mobile Care Monitoring – an electronic care planning system from Person Centred Software.
Registered manager, Steven McLean, is enthusiastic about the benefits of using the system. “Now I can access and analyse care records from any location as the system is cloud-based. This means any laptop, tablet or desktop computer! I can see full records of my residents’ care plans, care notes and a live stream of care delivery as it happens.”
Electronic care planning is the future of care
“Mobile Care Monitoring has everything a care manager needs to manage the care in their home.” An early adopted of electronic care planning, Steven maintains, “Mobile Care Monitoring is easy to use, convenient to access everywhere and the future of care.
The Downes is a small care home. The staff team care for 17 residents needing elderly and learning disability care.
“The system gives individuality to service users with preferences. These come from the care plan and care staff see them on the handheld devices. This enables everyone at The Downes to deliver person-centred care.” says Steven.
“We can communicate residents’ preferences to everyone and ensure they receive the highest quality of care. This saves us so much time; time that we now spend with residents.
“The QR code and bar code functionality for room visits is also a great tool for safeguarding.”
Saves small care homes money and extra resource
Denise Kara, deputy manager, estimates that The Downes saves “around £200 a month on ink and paper. We also save money employing a senior member of care staff to write reviews. Insights are now auto-compiled for us in the electronic care planning system.”
Steven says, “It was fantastic to see from the very start the potential to calculate residents’ care prices based on how much care they received. This is useful for the management team to meet Care Act requirements and to increase funding if applicable.”
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