The world of caretaking has a lot of different pieces of hardware and software that are commonly used for a variety of daily tasks. Some of these things you might be familiar with and others you would be a lot less familiar with.
Many caretakers need to be familiar with this kind of software because it is how they get their daily tasks done, and without that knowledge, it would be incredibly hard to get anything done. A lot of companies make this especially easy on their employees.
There is, in fact, so much variety when it comes to these pieces of software that some of them are mandated by law, and others are simply used for the convenience of the company, the employee, and the clients that are being served by the company. The nature of the software really makes a difference.
But what kinds of home care software are there and what are they used for? This information is useful to have for all sorts of people, especially if you’re looking for home care for yourself or a loved one. That’s exactly why we’re going to be exploring this topic in today’s article.
Whether you’re getting into home care for yourself, looking for home care for a loved one, or you simply work for a company and want to find out what’s out there, you deserve to have this kind of information so that you can have a better understanding of the industry you’ll need to interact with.
The Types of Home Care Software on the Client Side
If you’re curious about what home care software is able to do, you’ll probably want to be sure that you understand exactly what it can be used for in various contexts. While there are a lot of ways that this can be broken down, there are generally three agreed-upon main types of home care software. These are:
Home Care Software That Tracks And Monitors Care Providers
This kind of software allows easy access to information that can be used to track where a caretaker spent their day, and it’s also a good place for doctors to leave notes, depending on the software that is used.
Home Care Software That Manages The Client’s Schedule And Reminders
This kind of software could be considered a scheduling tool of sorts. It allows caretakers the ability to map out their day so they can formulate a game plan. This type of software is most often used by caretakers but sometimes companies access it as well, but we’ll talk more about that in a moment.
Home Care Software That Provides A Platform For Communication Between The Client And Their Caregiver.
Communication is important for clients, and being able to reach out to their caretaker without the caretaker having to give their personal phone numbers out to clients is important.
There are, of course, a lot of other types of software that are used by home care companies. Realistically, if there’s a function that can be done on a piece of hardware, there’s a piece of software that can make it happen with relative ease.
The amount of software that is available to help make things go more smoothly both for caretakers and for clients is astounding and we haven’t even looked at what companies are using.
The Types of Home Care Software Used on the Company Side
If you’re someone who’s being taken care of by a home care company, there’s a good chance that you’ll never interact with any of this software. It’s usually used for internal functions, meaning that the general public wouldn’t have any use for it.
There are typically considered to be more than three primary types of this kind of software, but that’s because of the things that these pieces of software are used for. Rather than talking in circles to try and conceptualize them, let’s take a look:
This kind of software is used to schedule caretakers. It is very similar and can be the same as the kind that we mentioned in the last section, but it really depends on the company. This kind of software is mainly designed to make sure that clients are getting caretakers when they need them.
Because of the variety of ways that different pieces of software work, this can be rolled in with another piece of software but it can also be something that’s stand-alone. This kind of software just allows companies to be sure that their employees are being paid.
Internal Messaging Software.
Much like the previous bullet point, this can be the same piece of software that is used for the client to caregiver communications, but it can also be something else entirely. A lot of companies will just use an email client for this.
Payment Processing Software.
This kind of software is unlikely to be used by caretakers, but the company does still need to get paid for the tasks that they do. This kind of software is most commonly interacted with by insurance companies. It can also be used for outbound payments, depending on the software.
Phone System Software.
This one really depends on the home care company and how their phones are set up, but it’s not unheard of for home care companies to use software to manage their phone systems to at least a small degree.
As we mentioned, this kind of software isn’t going to be used by clients in most cases. Payment processing software might be, but most of the time the insurance company will handle that part for them. All of these kinds of software are very useful for companies that provide home care services.
Many home care companies will have a variety of software that they use for one reason or another. Some companies prefer to use pieces of software that have multiple functions, but it really depends on the piece of software that is being used as well as the way that the company is set up.
Legally Compliant Software
As you’re probably aware at this point in time, we live in a society. There are a lot of rules and regulations that must be followed even by a common person who exists in our society in order to keep things running smoothly.
You have to pay taxes, make sure that you have your driver’s license to operate a vehicle, not get into fights, not go drinking and driving, and the list goes on. These rules are commonly called laws and not following them can lead to fines or imprisonment.
A lot of professions have even stricter regulations. For example, if you want to be a trucker you have to get your commercial driver’s license, or CDL for short, and submit to the rules that are put in place by the DOT, or Department of Transportation. These rules are there to ensure the safety of people on the road.
There are a lot of laws, rules, and regulations on the books for professionals in nearly every single industry for the safety of the people. You can’t even go to a restaurant without encountering someone who has their own list of regulations they have to follow.
Well, people that provide home care are not immune to this. The caretaker industry is full of its own rules, laws, and regulations to be sure that all clients are being treated fairly while also limiting abuse as much as possible. Generally, it works pretty well.
Sometimes these regulations include ways that caretakers are required to interact with clients, and a lot of times regulations are self-imposed by companies. It really depends on the specific company, but one thing is for sure. Caretakers are generally held to a high level of accountability for their actions.
On top of all of the ways that caretakers are required to interact with clients, there are pieces of software that are required to be used by companies that provide home care services. This is mostly to be sure that clients are receiving a high level of transparency from their caretakers.
The most well-known form of this software is called EVV, or Electronic Visit Verification, and it allows caretakers to log exactly where they are and when. If a company isn’t using this kind of software, they can get into a lot of trouble with the law up to and including having their business dissolved.
Learning About Home Care Software
Home care software is an important topic for a lot of people to know about. Without knowing about it, you’re essentially going into a new situation blind which is never a great thing for anxiety. Fortautnely, information about this kind of software is well documented.
Whether you want to know what kind of software is commonly used or the reasons why certain pieces of software are mandated by law, the information is out there and all you need to do is find it. This is a pretty easy task because a lot of people have a vested interest in ensuring that people know about this industry.