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Free Checklist: What To Look For In A Senior Care Scheduling Software

May 11, 2018 | Mike Pumphrey

 evaluating scheduing software in senior careHaving the right scheduling software in place helps reduce unnecessary labor costs and increase scheduling efficiencies, all while supporting your biggest priority: providing the highest quality of care and service.

Our new senior care scheduling software checklist highlights what to look for during your evaluation process. Here's a preview of the key functionality highlighted inside.

  1. Made Specifically For The Senior Care Industry

Complex senior care environments require a special breed of software designed to meet industry-related goals like controlling labor costs, achieving operational efficiency and staffing to resident census and acuity. Your scheduling software should also come with a team of experts to answer questions, relay best practices and help you meet your goals every step of the way.

  1. Equipped With Overtime & Labor Cost Controls

Since labor is a providers’ largest expense, scheduling software built for senior care will give you the tools needed to take control of it. Look for predictive and proactive systems that help you easily avoid unnecessary labor costs like overtime, recommend cost-efficient shift assignments and monitor punch variances to balance schedules.

  1. Easy To Use

Time is of the essence in fast-paced senior care environments, so intuitive, user-friendly software is crucial. Make sure your scheduling software offers at-a-glance scheduler task lists, one-click messaging to quickly fill call-offs and reusable templates. Time saved creating and managing the schedule can be spent providing quality care and service to your residents.

  1. Staffing Visibility & Proactive Reporting

Important decisions often need to be made on the fly. Ensure your scheduling software supports fast and informed decisions with quick views of staffing levels and customizeable reports with real-time staffing analysis.

  1. On-The-Go Access For Employees

Providers need staff buy-in if they want new software to be successfully adopted. Look for scheduling software that makes life easier for employees. Mobile schedules, the ability to swap and pick up shifts and pulse surveys that measure staff satisfaction in real time improve work-life balance and boost employee engagement.  

Scheduling software is a big investment. But when you have the right system in place, the return on that investment will have a significantly positive impact on your bottom line. 


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Mike Pumphrey is Vice President of Product Marketing at OnShift. His expertise in staffing and labor management strategies in long-term care and senior living is foundational to his role leading OnShift’s Product Marketing team. Mike works hand-in-hand with state and national associations, senior care providers, and with OnShift’s Customer Success and Product teams to create impactful best practices aimed to help solve the daily workforce challenges in senior care. Mike shares insights, research and recommendations to improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes through regular blog posts and conference speaking engagements.

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