A growing number of care homes and later life care services use electronic or digital care planning systems.
A digital care planning system is used by care staff to record the care that residents receive in a care home. It provides evidence for the CQC (Care Quality Commission) to assess the standards of care in the care home and whether it is providing the best quality of care.
Digital care plans replace old paper-based records that hold individuals’ information relating to their elderly care and support.
The best digital care planning systems are mobile and easy-to-use enabling carers to evidence the care they have given in real-time.
It's estimated that a good digital mobile monitoring system can save three days a month in administration time compared to a paper-based system. This is a person-centred approach that gives staff more time to spend caring for their residents.
The accuracy and quantity of data recorded in digital care planning systems gives care managers and staff better tools to analyse whether the correct care is being given. In essence, digital care plans help to improve the quality of care that elderly and vulnerable people in care receive.
Information can also be shared digitally via a portal for relatives. This encourages transparency and openness. Family portals, or online gateways, as they're sometimes refered as, have been shown to develop trust between relatives and care providers, and as a result, complaints have been reduced.
Relatives can log on whenever they want and see the care being provided for their elderly loved one. They can send and receive photos and messages which can be stimulating and enjoyable for both the family and the person in care..
This is why, when you're looking for care for an elderly relative, the Autumna website helps you find, search, and filter care services by whether they support digital care plans and family portals.
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