By 2050, the senior population is expected to take up about 20 percent of the U.S. population, according to Home Care Mag. This surge in the senior population creates an increasing demand for in-home care. Homewatch CareGivers Northshore recognizes this necessity in its community and has adapted various technological advances to keep up with the demands to ensure that our clients continue to receive best in-class home care.
One of the biggest advantages of having a caregiving agency is caregiver accountability. Homewatch understands that our senior clients depend on their caregivers to show up every day. In order to ensure that caregivers are on-time and are at their assigned schedules with their clients, Homewatch has deployed the use of a Home Share app. The app, which is available to download for free on most mobile phones, uses geo-tracking to allow our caregivers to sign in and out for their shifts when they are in the client’s homes. This sends a notification to our home base office that a caregiver has arrived for their assignment or if a caregiver is running late.
In addition to tracking caregivers’ clock ins and outs, Homewatch has also implemented the use of a PDF scanning app that allows caregivers to submit documentation of daily activities they perform with their clients. Documents are easily scanned using a camera phone and can be quickly emailed right through the app. This again keeps caregivers not only accountable for their time, but also for the care they provide.
Aside monitoring caregiver accountability, Homewatch also provides our caregivers with ongoing home care and dementia training. Caregivers initially attend an in-office training upon hire and then receive continuing education through Homewatch University online. Caregivers are enrolled in the online university and are assigned classes tailored to hone their skills in providing the best care to their clients. The online classes include interactive modules and skill-based exams.