Home care is one area in the UK’s health and social care sector that entered 2017 with bated breath, hoping for the drastic changes it so desperately needs to improve in the future. Increased use of technological innovations has been hailed as a saviour for the healthcare sector and UniqueIQ is leading this digital drive within the home care field, using its intelligent care planning software, IQ:careplanner to transform the crisis-struck industry.
Facing challenges such as increased demand alongside dwindling staff numbers, concern is growing amongst the public as the sector has reached apparent breaking point, with rumours suggesting that elderly residents could be forced to care homes against their will as home care services become unsustainable by the NHS. Yet as the industry waits in hope for more funding to be granted, systems to streamline what money is left are needed to help sustain and support the industry – even leading to its growth.
David Lynes, Director of UniqueIQ revealed, “There is no doubt that something has to be done for health and social care in Britain, especially within home care. It is something that so many rely on and it is our duty to respect this right, making steps towards helping the system. Cash is needed – that is for sure, but until this happens we need to take a new approach.
“This is why we created IQ:careplanner, a complete software tool for home care management. It streamlines care planning, helping to use all resources such as staff, time and money more effectively, and offering a better service that can be maintained on whatever means are available. If a simple system such as this was widely adopted, the home care sector could be transformed for the better.”
Although it is suggested that home care clients could be forced into care homes as a result of the challenges in the industry, a further consequence of the ‘health and social care crisis’ could mean that home care services are actually further relied on. As part of the Red Cross’ involvement in aiding the NHS, it helps to free-up hospital beds by offering support-at-home services, ensuring patients receive necessary care outside of the hospital environment.
In each example, it is integral that the future of home care is safeguarded.