One of the UK’s leading providers of digital care systems is calling on the sector to be better prepared for the future by utilising agile technology that has been tried and tested throughout the pandemic.
Person Centred Software said 94% of service users were finding its coronavirus specific features beneficial.
Heidi Thomas, Head of Marketing at Person Centred Software, said: “With the Government wanting us to be ready for the possibility of a second wave, as an industry, we must be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
“The flexibility of technology in care environments has equipped providers with the best tools possible to protect their residents – as circumstances drastically change, so does the technology. Unfortunately, those who still rely on paper can’t be as agile and we encourage them to rethink their administration processes, especially if they were hit hard by the pandemic the first-time round.”
A Person Centred Software survey in July found that 83% of care providers valued how well it had responded to sector and individual needs during the pandemic, with more than 87% of providers finding its coronavirus action icon useful. Furthermore, 88% of providers found its care monitor invaluable for real-time monitoring, especially as it can be accessed remotely if required.
One care group, Crabtree Care Homes in West Yorkshire, described how Mobile Care Monitoring’s new features helped to prevent the spread of the virus and aided in the group’s swift recovery and increase in occupancy.
Owner, David Crabtree, said: “Initially, the official symptoms released by the NHS did not include the different signs and symptoms in the elderly. Many of our residents who contracted coronavirus, for instance, said that they had pain in their legs. We discovered that this first sign was due to restricted breathing, so without accurate recording using the system, we would have missed three days of symptoms in our residents.
“If you want to protect residents and prove your service’s quality of care to adult protection, CQC, and other external bodies, you’ve got to be recording at the point of care. Using technology is the only way that this is possible.”
For more details about Person Centred Software’s digital care system, Mobile Care Monitoring, visit www.personcentredsoftware.com.