With the Irish care sector still recovering from the coronavirus outbreak over spring and summer, one nursing home in Galway has turned to agile technology in a bid to better prepare it for the forthcoming second wave.
Following a recent cabinet meeting where Prime Minister Micheál Martin announced that the country would move from level 2 of its restrictions to level 3 until the end of October, as new COVID cases continue to rise, Rushmore Nursing Home has equipped itself with leading digital care technology to better support staff and residents at the home.
The family-run home, based in Knocknacarra, has utilised agile technology that has been tried and tested throughout the pandemic, using Person Centred Software’s Mobile Care Monitoring system to digitally plan, record and monitor the care of its residents – empowering staff by reducing the time it would take to physically transcribe care notes, so they can better spend it supporting residents.
Throughout the last six months, Person Centred Software’s system, which is used in over 2,000 care homes across Ireland and the UK, has seen the implementation of eight new coronavirus-specific features to help protect the elderly and vulnerable.
These included coronavirus reporting, staff coronavirus auditing, track and trace reporting, and its Relatives Gateway video link. Person Centred Software’s Mobile Care Monitoring system was found to save each carer one hour per shift to complete administrative tasks, as opposed to how long it would take using paper or less functional systems that lack mobile capability, which is crucial at a time when staff absence and agency usage are on the increase.
Having had to adapt its software to better support staff in care environments during the first wave of the virus, the company now offers a solution that has helped 85% of paper-dependent care providers switch to digital in less than 24 hours.