- On 16th May 2016
It has been a tumultuous last few years for operators of England’s care homes.
Simultaneously, social care has experienced a 17% real terms reduction in spending by local government that has fallen particularly harshly on care homes, resulting in the collapse of a major operator in 2011 and huge losses reported for the UK’s biggest operator in the last year. The results of these pressures are stark to say the least, with the number of care home beds in the UK falling for the first time in the period 2010-2015, with a prediction that 10% of all care home beds will disappear by 2020 despite an increase of 9% in the number of people aged 85 and over living in our communities.
With further reductions in Government spending looming large in the forthcoming three years, care home operators can not look forward to a sudden resurgence in funding increases per bed place from local authorities, while being fully aware of the inevitability of costs continuing to rise across the same period. It is clear that great strides need to be taken to improve productivity in our care homes if we are to cope with the fiscal challenges ahead without impacting on the health and wellbeing of, or quality of services provided for, residents.
It is no secret that human resources are the single largest cost in operating any care home and the last 40 years has seen net reductions in the productivity of care staff in residential and nursing homes across the piece, which is hardly surprising given the increasing needs of individuals who are living longer than ever before. Care staff are also undoubtedly working harder than at any point in the past and are becoming progressively more skilled as residents needs become more complex.
CuraGuard provides a pathway to increase workforce productivity by working smarter rather than ever harder, using technology to monitor and report residents’ immediate activity level and vital signs and track changes in condition over time. If a resident has a high risk of falling, you can rely on our FallProtect service to alert staff immediately in the event of a fall occurring while continuing to monitor vital signs.
These capabilities add together to provide a dedicated, continuous virtual staff member for residents, monitoring their wellbeing around the clock. allowing your real care staff to work smarter, prioritising time spent with residents based on their immediate needs and conditions, ensuring residents receive the care they need when they need it. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how we can help to improve outcomes for your residents while improving the efficiency of your business.