It is thought that due to the shortage of staff in Nursing homes, one per week is closing its doors to the elderly.

The impact of nursing homes closing around the country means a less tailored and watchful eye care for the elderly. This drop has meant a fall in the number of beds and homes to be the first of its kind in the past 5 years.

Officials say that a number of homes have cancelled their registration within the first six months in 2016 and is thought to have been brought on due to recruiting problems.

Steadily the rate of nursing homes has been decreasing over the years. For example between the years 2015-2016, 64 homes have closed. Those that still remained open decreased their beds in order to cope with the number of people.

Many are now withdrawing from the entailment to operate as a nursing home due to the shortage. There is no surprise that there is an increasing demand in the number of nurses as the ageing population continues to grow.  However, the use of modern technological advances and systems can mean that the nurses that are working today, do not have to spend most of their time dealing with paper work and can offer care and see more patients in a day which can help aid the shortage that the houses are facing today.

There are many different ways that automated data collection can help and aid the shortage of nurses.

OCR Scanning

The intelligent scanning, extracting and digital storage of care records entirely eliminates the need for manual data entry. Data is extracted from relevant fields during the scanning of documents and stored directly on an electronic system. Paper documents are digitally archived making it easier to search and retrieve and in handover.

Tablet Solution

Creating electroniccopies of all care related forms to be deployed on a tablet device. Carers and nurses visit patients with a tablet and complete the necessary information, which is submitted directly onto an electronic system. Learn more about tablets.

Digital Ink Pen

The digital ink pen is ideal for community and district nurses on home visits to patients. The pen works exactly as an ordinary ink pen but converts handwritten text into a digital format and creates a digital copy of the form. As a result, nurses need not manually input data from paper onto the system as the pen transmits the data for them after digital conversion. Learn more about the digital ink pen.

Care Outcomes Dashboard

A care outcomes dashboard visualises all care data interactively. Nursing staff therefore have a clear picture of a patients progress and state of well-being, allowing them to make appropriate changes to care plans, if need be. The dashboard makes use of an innovative graphical interface, where a user may view the data specifically or on a broader scale. Learn more about the dashboard.

Regulatory Data Requirements

Governing bodies such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) require data in a specific format during inspections and visits. The Document Capture care management system can create ready made templates to fit the requirements of the CQC as well other internal (bespoke) requirements.