Service efficiency
Mar 11, 2019

Can a care home app really save you money?

The care sector continues to face tighter budgets, rising costs, and financial pressure, you're probably asking yourself how a care home app can save you money.

As the care sector continues to face tighter budgets, rising costs, and financial pressure, you're probably asking yourself how a care home app can save you money. The good news is that care home apps can be cost effective as well as save time, so just keep reading to find out how.

What are care home apps?

In a nutshell, a care home app is a really simple and intuitive way of implementing electronic care recording into your care service. They make it easy to manage teams or tasks, whilst efficiently storing and accessing your residents' data, all without the burden of paperwork and physical filing. If it helps, you can think of it in two parts that work together - one part for the managers, and one part for the carers.

What do they do?

The manager of the care home can set up a central database and add details on residents, carers and rotas. Tasks and to-do lists can be set up for the whole care home, or for individual carers and residents. Carers can download the app onto their own smartphones or tablets and access their tasks or relevant information. Jobs can be checked off on the app in real time and everything can be accessed from the cloud. You just need an internet connection to be up and running.

How do care home apps save Carers' time?

Carers access their daily tasks and plan their time effectively. Information about their responsibilities can be logged with a few swipes or taps and jobs can even be snoozed for later. Instead of spending hours writing up notes or finding out relevant information to help deliver the best quality care, data can be quickly and securely accessed or uploaded through care home software at any time, from anywhere.

How do care apps save Care Managers' time?

Daily tasks can be reallocated and distributed at the click of a button, and reports can be managed in just minutes. As well as this, information on stocks and supplies can be analysed through the software which helps to easily keep on top of requirements. Data can be confidentially searched and retrieved from anywhere that has an internet connection, meaning you don't have to spend time sifting through paperwork, simple!

How does this translate into monetary savings for the care service?

Luckily the core software of care home apps such as Log my Care is completely free, saving you money from the get-go. As well as this, you won't need to invest in training or hardware because the app is so intuitive and readily available on smart devices that it can be used by anyone. A major bonus is the amount of time that is saved from writing up notes and logging information.

This time can be used more effectively, which can ultimately save money and help give residents the high quality of care that they deserve. It's clear that care home apps are simple to use and cost-effective it's likely that they are taking the UK care sector by storm.

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