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Posted Thursday September 26, 2019
New app gives nurses and PSWs more time for resident care
Waterloo Region – Sunnyside Home has invested in a mobile application that could save staff up to 1.5 hours a day, giving them more time to directly care for residents.
The app replaces a paper system, allowing nurses and personal support workers (PSWs) to complete medical charts and forms on mobile devices.
“We want staff to have more time to get to know residents and be able to create opportunities on a daily basis for them to feel joy and purpose,” said Julie Wheeler, Administrator at Sunnyside Home. “This app will help enhance clinical care and emotional care for the people who live here.”
“Time is precious in long term care and documentation requires a significant portion of our time,” said Brandon Restoule, a PSW at Sunnyside Home. “This app gives us an opportunity to do our work more efficiently and spend more time with residents, setting up an activity or having a conversation.”
During a pilot at one long term care home, the app, developed by VitalHub, saved personal support workers 23 minutes per shift and registered practical nurses 1.5 hours per shift.
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