Everywhere you turn, there is a new tech system promising to save you time and money, so it can become very difficult to sift through all the noise. How do you know which of the multiple options to consider? Technology is being thrown at us left right and centre in a drive for “modernisation” but when it comes to such a person-focussed sector as social care, we need to tread carefully. Enter Log my Care. A breath of fresh air in the crowded and confusing market where technology and social care meets, this new free care planning software introduces a way to legitimately improve the system for care homes. Organisations across every sector are looking to reduce their paperwork from both a strategic perspective and an environmental one. If the popularity of David Attenborough’s “Our Planet” is showing us anything, it’s that people do care about saving the planet; and the first step a company can make towards that is cutting down their paper trail and introducing tech. But how to make sure efficiency and effectiveness aren’t lost?
Log my Care approach this from a simple 2-element stance: a smartphone app and a corresponding web portal. The Carer App makes note-taking quick and easy via a series of icons and intuitive questions, so that from just a few taps, a carer can create a full care record. Not only does this save time, but it also recognises that CQC inspections have noticed limitations in the care process due to grammar and language differences. The app works in congruence with The Care Office, a web portal which assists managers in setting care standards and coordinating methods across the whole care home. Log my Care have also made sure it reduces repetitive admin tasks which usually takes valuable time which professionals could be spending on more important activities.
As a practitioner-run organisation, One Stop Social can’t help but respect the fact that Log my Care is by carers, for carers. It is built on industry knowledge and exposure in order to identify real problems and make active change in the campaign to rid social care of unnecessary paperwork. As Log my Care Founder Sam Hussain puts it “We saw first-hand what a burden paperwork still is for care homes and set out to build a system that makes care planning and recording so simple it can be used by anyone.” Sam and his team have approached care planning software with a level of authenticity and not trying to introduce tech that will overcomplicate the care process with too many unnecessary bells and whistles. They’ve just looked at where paperwork is unnecessary and can be replaced with user-friendly technology, without getting too caught up in the glamour of bringing social care into the world of apps.
Log My Care is a beacon for technology done right in social care, and we’re not the only ones to notice as they recently won ‘Care Planning Software of the Year’ in the Global Health & Pharma Magazine Social Care Awards 2019!
The best part of all this? It’s free. Log my Care have understood that technology is the way forward for social care in order for the sector to not only keep its head above water, but to actually thrive; however, they’re not exploiting that need. The core software being free helps make modernisation possible in an age where care homes just don’t have the disposable income to spend on reshaping their technological procedures. Once you establish if this process works for you, there are add-ons and more in-depth features you can purchase to really tech-ify your care home, but the basic software that can help you go paperless and shift your processes into the 21st Century is free.
“There’s been such a squeeze on the financials recently that we actually moved back to paper from another care system, whose monthly costs weren’t actually covering themselves. With Log my Care we’ve been able to use existing mobiles and integrate into our processes without any outlay, this is incredible and has saved us costs on paper, storage and hardware” Nigel, Care Home Owner
The dependency on paper systems within social care is a clear restriction for progress. Not just because of the reliance it places on finite resources and the vast environmental cost, but because of the increased likelihood for error. If important notes are on pieces of paper which could be filed wrong or lost, then valuable information about a care home resident may not be known in a moment of crisis. This puts lives at risk. Now, technology is not the solution to all problems, but a care planning software which ensures that notes are kept secure in a central place has got to be a step in the right direction. It’ll improve the efficiency of care homes – care logs increase threefold when done digitally compared to paper – and releasing some of the financial burden our sector is currently weighed down by. Log my Care’s research showed that many frontline professionals were “apprehensive” at the thought of bringing in new technology. After all, social care has never been a predominantly tech-based industry so it’s not like training has prepared us all for it. Log my Care recognises these hesitations and therefore developed the app to use existing hardware so that the core drive remains to empower carers, not overwhelm them.
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