A major campaign to help the care home sector move towards a stronger post-COVID future through technology has been launched.
The Care Home of the Future campaign, which has been launched by Ascom UK, Person Centred Software, ATLAS eMAR and PainChek, is designed to help care home-owners and staff go digital and to raise awareness of the benefits when technology is at the heart of care.
The campaign is backed by Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, and Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, who will be part a webinar on 24 June to launch the initiative.
Vic said: “COVID-19 has shown us that good digital infrastructure and tools are essential. Where they were already in place, the transition to remote monitoring, consultation and support was swift and, in many cases, very effective. The digital divide has been laid bare, and we need to ensure that our future focus and vision for care homes – for people, providers and government – is to rapidly build bridges and support, which enable all care homes to have in place the core architecture that enables a state of digital readiness for whatever happens next.”
Digital services are proven to increase the cost-effectiveness of care, to improve outcomes, and to help with staff performance and retention. Technology can also help care home owners address urgent concerns about future business viability. The campaign launches at an exceptionally challenging time for the sector – with high PPE costs, reduced occupancy levels and increased barriers to the outside world.
Martin said: “Technology offers the opportunity for the care sector to move into the 21st-century and to deliver better outcomes for the people that we support, as well as reducing the burden on staff and improving efficiency.”