Little Gaddesden Care Home Group uses latest mobile technology to save £2,000 a year

A care home in Little Gaddesden is using mobile technology to replace paper records when caring for residents.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 4:44 pm
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 4:46 pm

Robin Hood House, in Little Gaddesden, is part of Benslow Care Homes, the care home group is using the Mobile Care Monitoring from Person Centred Software to replace the use of paper, ink and folders.

Debbie Field, Operations Manager at the care home group, says she is saving £2,000 a year by using the new technology to record care electronically.

She said: “The system is so useful and valuable in helping us to maintain a high level of quality of care.

The care home group is using new technology to replace paper records when caring for residents

"If I pick up an issue in one care home’s care records, I can investigate other care homes’ records to check that the same issue isn’t in theirs in about two hours, compared to a week when we used paper.

“Paper care plans were using so much staff time. The format of them meant that they were overly repetitive and unreliable and the handwritten care plans were hard to read. We were at risk of pages dropping out as they were carried around the care home. It was a real archaic way of doing things.

“We used to have to photocopy all the documents we wanted to share with outside professionals, now everything is exportable as PDFs. We save £2,000 a year that we used to spend on paper, ink, folders and securely storing files.

“It took us a few months to move all paper care plans to Mobile Care Monitoring at all our care homes, with the last one implemented at our new care home, Five Gables this year.

The care home group is using new technology to replace paper records when caring for residents

“CQC absolutely love the system. By using a digital system, we can support the NHS’s Paperless 2020 project for Health and Social Care, and we want to do it as it is so much easier to evidence.”