It’s a sad fact that it can take a crisis of the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic to reveal who is doing the really valuable work in society. We are starting to realise how much we depend on people who used to go largely unnoticed, such as delivery drivers and people who stack supermarket shelves.
The crisis has also emphasised the importance of people in health and care services. On one level, most people already understood that the work they do is essential – but did they really value it? Well, now they do.
As self-isolation becomes the new normal there will be a greater need than ever for care staff to deliver care in people’s homes. The system will become even more reliant on these key staff at a time when we don’t know how many might contract the virus or have to self-isolate.
Less Time in the Car, More Time to Care
Planning runs for domiciliary care staff was always a challenge, particularly if there is a high turnover of service users. As a result, valuable care staff have been spending unnecessary time on the road travelling between appointments. Time that could be devoted to caring for more service users. We no longer have that time to waste.
How are we so sure about this? We know because we’ve seen just how much extra productivity care providers achieve when they use the CAREBooster application to plan care runs. In one local authority team with fewer than 30 carers the software freed up the equivalent of four extra staff to deliver even more care support.
More Time, Less Stress
By giving staff more time to care and less time in the car you can support them to work more productively. CareBooster also makes it simpler and less stressful to get between appointments. At a time when services are going to become even more stretched this support could make all the difference.
As our small contribution at a challenging time, CareFor is offering a free 12-month single-user licence for CAREBooster to any care provider. Click here to simply start your free trial .