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The Benefits of Using a Care Home Management System

No one ever said that running a care home is an easy task. From going above and beyond to ensure that all residents are receiving the best care possible, to record staff absences, there are a countless number of tasks for care home managers to accomplish on a daily basis - all whilst adhering to proper procedures and policies.

 

Fortunately, however, technology in the health and social care sector has advanced to the point where we have access to systems that can make the role of a care home owner much easier. In the past few years, innovative domiciliary care management software has been developed to help with the general day-to-day running of the care home environment. Of course, this type of system comes with a range of features that all care homes can benefit from - ensuring that operations run smoothly and alleviating some of the pressure that busy care home staff might feel. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest advantages of implementing a care home management system at your organisation. 

 


Care assistant with a resident


What is a Care Home Management System?

Before we get into the why of the matter, let’s take a quick look at the how. A care home management system is a software solution that is designed to streamline the operations at a care home - ensuring high levels of productivity, compliance with policies and procedures and, above all, facilitating the delivery of high-quality care to residents. Put simply, it’s like a digital assistant for caregivers that ultimately makes their jobs that much easier. The systems are tailored to meet the unique requirements and challenges faced by caregivers in both residential and domiciliary care settings.


Top Advantages of a Care Home Management System

 

●      Optimise your record-keeping system

●      Save your care home time and money

●      Improve communication between residents, staff members and families

●      Make care planning more bespoke

●      Ensure CQC compliance at every turn

●      Simplify staff training and management’*

 

While all care home management systems have unique properties and features that give them specific pros, here are some of the ways you can expect to benefit from this type of system - regardless of which brand you opt for.


Enhanced Record Keeping

At the core of a care home management system is a centralised database with all of your care home’s information and important documentation. This can include everything from general information concerning the care home - such as policies and procedures - to resident profiles and care plans, medical histories, staff information and schedules and other critical data. All records are kept in one convenient place, meaning that information is easily-accessible, up-to-date and securely stored. Not only can having this system be an invaluable time-saving technique, but also vastly minimises the risk of documentation getting lost or information being miscommunicated.


Bespoke Care Planning

Care plans are an essential component of a care home’s efforts to provide the most tailored level of care to their residents. While every care plan is unique, generally their purpose is to outline the specific needs, preferences and health requirements of residents. When creating a care plan, it’s important to ensure that it is person-centred, with input from the resident and their loved ones, as this helps to fine-tune the plan’s accuracy and offer a solution that meets the specific needs of the individual.

 

With the help of a care home management software, care providers can create and manage individualised care plans for each resident within the system. By having a detailed care plan readily available, staff members can provide a personalised approach that aligns with the unique requirements of each resident, contributing to a higher quality of care.


Cost-Efficiency

We’ve already talked about the fact that care home management systems are great for saving time, but you’ll be pleased to know that they can also be a brilliant way to save money, too. From improving staff efficiency to reducing paperwork and printing costs, there are a vast number of small ways that these systems can stack up to big savings for your care home. While there is the upfront cost of the software to consider, it’s worth thinking about what you’ll be accumulating in the long run.


Improved Communication & Record Keeping

As any care provider will be already aware, effective and consistent communication is the cornerstone of quality care services. Because of this, care home management systems facilitate real-time communication between staff members, residents and their families. This helps to make sure that everyone involved in the care process is in the loop at all times. The ability to share vital information instantly contributes to better decision-making and more coordinated care efforts.


Maintaining CQC Compliance

One of the key aims of CQC inspection reports is to evaluate how well a care home is being managed, and as such, using care home management software can be instrumental in helping to meet the necessary requirements. A robust care home management system, tailored to CQC requirements, guarantees that documentation and processes align seamlessly with relevant policies and procedures. This integrated approach simplifies compliance tasks, making it much easier for care home employees to adhere to guidelines and undergo inspections with successful results.


Efficient Staff Training & Management

Managing a skilled and well-trained team of employees is just another huge responsibility that care home managers must deal with to make sure the highest standards of care are being given. Many care home management systems will include features for staff management, such as shift patterns, training tracking and performance monitoring. These tools contribute to creating a well-organised workplace with staff members who are equipped with the necessary tools to deliver exceptional care.


Health Record Protection

All data stored in care home management software is vastly more secure than it would be on a paper document. Each device wherein data is stored is encrypted to help prevent unauthorised access, and all information stored complies with the latest General Data Protection Regulations (GDPRs).


Why Choose Our CQC Care Home Compliance Systems?

While there are several great care home management systems available on the market, Bettal Quality Consultancy is recognised as being among the leading providers of care home CQC complaint policies and procedures. The Bettal Cared4 CQC Compliant Quality Management System is the end product of substantial research within a wide range of local authorities and independent sector providers. Staff who have actually worked in the field contributed their knowledge to the development of the system to achieve the best results.

 

Given the track record and background to Bettal Cared4, as well as all those involved in its development, you can be sure that should you choose us as your domiciliary care management partner, you are investing in a system that will give you and your staff confidence in delivering high-quality care services. On top of this, you’ll be demonstrating to CQC inspectors your commitment to complying to the CQC Quality Statements and related regulations.

 

Our team’s knowledge of working with the CQC for many years has provided us with valuable experience, and in turn has enabled us to produce documentation that has always complied with the requirements of the CQC. It is Bettal’s sharp attention to detail which cannot be overstated and has enabled us to grow and retain our satisfied consumer-base.

 

Enjoy Quality Care Services with Bettal Consultancy

Bettal Quality Consultancy is recognised as one of the leading providers of care home CQC compliant procedures and policies. A staple of the care home management software market for over 25 years, the Bettal Cared4 CQC Compliant Quality Management System is continually reviewed and updated to reflect any changes in policies and procedures to ensure CQC compliance at all times. Working with clients in various niches of the health and social care sector, including care homes, assisted living, domiciliary care, day services and learning disability care, we are committed to helping your organisation deliver the highest standard of service possible.

 

If you’re interested in our software and would like to request a free trial, please click here. Alternatively, if you’d like more information and want to speak to a member of our team, please get in touch today.

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