On average, a single care home has to complete over 100 separate items of paperwork every single day, all for different purposes, agencies and residents.
Many of these documents will be copies of existing information for external agencies or duplications of orders, all of which take a huge amount of employee time. The state of paperwork within our care system has got to the stage that many care home staff feel that they are judged more on their ability to fill in paperwork correctly than to provide adequate care.
But is this excessive paperwork having more of a detrimental effect on essential care than we realise, and how can we reduce the paperwork burden without opening care homes up to more problems?
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