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Innovative Change to Ageing Practices

It can feel confusing nowadays to come across parts of life that remain unaffected by technology. From the work place to the wardrobe, so many processes have undergone the “there’s an app for that” phenomenon. The weekly shop can be done from the comfort of your sofa, the heating and lighting in your home can be adjusted remotely via your smartphone, and even complex machinery can be made in minutes on a 3D printer. Every problem, errand or query can be fixed by a click or a tap, making mundane chores seemingly effortless. We’ve created applications to empower and enable so many aspects of life, and yet some sectors remain unsupported by this development fever, and are crying out for support and valuable innovation. In particular, every day we see more reports about the amounting challenges facing the care sector. Why is it that we don’t appear to be harnessing the huge, empowering benefits technology could bring to an area so vital to our society and future?

When we first began our journey at MiCarePlan, we developed and distributed an e-survey looking to unveil the priorities and pain points of today’s adult social care workers. The responses we collected were astonishing, both the amount we received as well as the concerns and experiences shared.

One of the more alarming results we found was that 60% of care workers feel they lack confidence in their ability to produce adequately detailed care plans; alarming given the importance of such integral documentation. The implications of this lack of confidence could result in hundreds of thousands of vulnerable adults having inaccurate and out of date care plans.

In an attempt to improve care planning, 72% of care workers state that Care Assistants no longer write care plans – instead they are completed by Management or Senior carers.

60% of our e-survey participants revealed they now spend more time on paperwork then previously. Further to this, 45% of care workers do not currently complete care documents after assisting each resident increasing the potential for error and the working thought capacity of a care assistant required to retain such detailed information for multiple residents.

Only 4% of Care Workers state they are allocated time to read care plans if they have been off work for any period of time. This will unavoidably have an impact of continuity of care.

The frustration care workers face when it comes to staying on top of patient administration and documentation is growing at an alarming rate. With care workers fighting the fast-flowing stream of paperwork that’s obligatory in maintaining compliance to regulation, many care workers are finding that their time and resource allocation is being seriously undermined.

Here at MiCarePlan, the use of technology is at the very core of our operation. Our mission is to bring a fresh, innovative approach to cater for the increasing demands for quality care. Our offering is a user-centric electronic care planning system

MiCarePlan was created with industry specific knowledge and with a keen focus on user experience. Our innovative interface and unique representation of a care plan eases the administration load and simplifies the chore of completing and maintaining reports, reducing the strain on care workers. With a simple yet effective structure, MiCarePlan is intuitive and logical to those working within the sector. The unique and insightful data collected by the system is utilised to assist staff in creating objective, evidence based care plans, leading to the delivery of high quality, person-centered care.

 

 

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