By responsive, we mean that services are organised so that they meet people’s needs. In residential care, this means that people get the care they need, are listened to and have their rights and diverse circumstances respected.
By caring, we mean that staff involve and treat people with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect. In residential care, this means that people, their families and carers experience care that is empowering and provided by staff who treat people with dignity, respect and compassion.
By effective, we mean that people’s care, treatment and support achieves good outcomes, promotes a good quality of life and is based on the best available evidence. In residential care, this means that people are supported to live their lives in the way that they choose and experience the best possible health and quality of life outcomes.
In the last ten years, there has been an increasing amount of focus on person-centred care, care tasks, documentation and rehabilitation. As a consequence, today’s care staff are spending less time socialising with the residents. This can leave care staff with a stressful feeling of not quite cutting it, and not providing the level of care to the residents that they deserve.
By safe, we mean that people are protected from abuse and avoidable harm. In residential care, this means that people are supported to make choices and take risks and are protected from physical, psychological and emotional harm, abuse, discrimination and neglect.
According to a lot of people, now is the time to place digitisation at the forefront of your care service. But why? This article unravels a few truths about this new “holy grail”, and hopefully challenges you to walk the line – even when digitising.
First, we are looking at the motivations for change. What would make someone look at care planning in the first place?
When enabling care services through acquisition of new technology, and making that vital change from paper or admin-centric systems to a digital solution at the point of care, it’s important to remember how change requires management directions and supporting structures. One of those being the Super User or IT Champion. We prefer the first term, as IT has very little to do with succeeding in “going digital”.
An LD care village in Denmark is experiencing a large effect from implementing a digital solution in their care homes providing efficiency and far less incidents.
The pressure on the care sector is pushing some organisations to their very limits. Digitisation is a part of the transformation ahead and using new tools may improve efficiency and boost the care quality. We have gathered 8 steps to bear in mind when switching from paper based care documentation to a digital solution.