As a software, it’s electronically based and can be accessed by carers and managers in real time to help carers provide the best care for residents. It really isn’t as complicated as it sounds and many care providers are ditching paper and moving to software for their care records. Keep reading to see our guide for 3 things to consider when choosing a software (and 1 bonus).
Firstly, let’s talk about the software – what can it do?
Using software such as Log my Care, managers can upload information about residents and their care plans and distribute tasks and relevant data to carers. Carers can see this information via an app, which they carry with them on their smartphones for quick and easy access when delivering care. Using the app, carers can update care notes and tick of tasks using an intuitive display and series of touch icons. This is fed back to the manager who can oversee care delivery and resource use throughout the home and generate reports accordingly.
3 Steps for choosing your software
We don’t provide the only care coordination system on the market (well, it is the only software that’s free). So what things should you think about when looking for a care coordination software? Here’s a simple 4 Step guide:
Assess its functions
Think about what you need from a software, and whether a software can meet those needs – can carers access their data as and when they need? Is it GDPR compliant? Can care managers organise carers time and distribute tasks to carers easily? Can carers update their notes quickly using a few iconised buttons? Does it work smoothly and compliment your care home? Does it help you to identify problems in your care plans?
Assess its usability
You also need to consider whether the software will fit into the daily lives of carers. Log my Care has been designed with carers in mind, so it should fit seamlessly into the daily routines of carers. Think about whether the software is easy to use and intuitive, or if there are training guides or a support team who can help you set it up and use it.
Assess its cost
This can be a major factor for many care homes, especially as the care industry is under more financial pressure than ever. You need look out for upfront costs, or if you need a yearly or monthly subscription to access your data. It’s also worth checking if your carers have access to a smart device for the app, or if you’ll need to set a budget for an investment in smartphones.
Here’s the bonus – Are there other benefits?
There’s actually a fair amount of data that can be pulled from most care coordination systems that can help your care business owner to make useful and commercially minded decisions. We do go into this in a bit more detail as it’s a fairly lengthy subject in itself over in our business metrics for care providers article.
Get your care coordination software from Log my Care
If you’re looking to take the plunge and move your care service onto a new care coordination software package, then you should definitely consider giving us a try. It’s free, simple and you’ll be up and running in no time at all.