Some activities can be put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social care isn’t one of them. In fact, the need for people to receive care in their own homes is likely to increase. Some care settings might not be open and care homes may well decide to restrict new admissions.
The other big unknown is the number of care staff who will contract the virus or need to self-isolate. Organising how domiciliary care services are delivered will call for even more agile planning to ensure staff resources are deployed productively.
Finding More Time to Care
The number of care staff available to work will probably fluctuate in a way that’s hard to plan. Overall, there will almost certainly be fewer carers and more hours of care to be delivered. So where will that time come from?
The first place to look is at the time care staff spend doing anything other than delivering care. Time spent travelling between appointments is a major time thief.
Planning efficient runs is highly complex at the best of times. Throw in added uncertainties such as rapidly changing care user lists and unplanned staff absence and the complexity multiplies.
You could spend a whole day with Google Maps and a spreadsheet and still end up with a plan that wastes hours of valuable time. Time that could be spent delivering care.
The answer: get a computer to do it. CareBooster is a unique run-planning application that automatically works out the most productive care visit runs. It minimises the time and cost of travel and ensures that you make the most productive use of the care staff resources that are available.
The application is completely proven. In the case of one local authority team with fewer than 30 carers it freed up the equivalent of four extra team members to be deployed delivering care. See it in action by clicking here.
Get it Free
We recognise that this is a challenging time. COVID-19 is placing enormous strain on the system. So we are offering a free single user licence of CareBooster for 12 months to any care provider. Simply click here and get started with a free trial.