19th May 2020
New App Helping Families Caring for Those with Dementia During Lockdown
12th May 2020
Covid-19 Care Provider Impact Study
The comments included in the survey tell a story of utter despair as providers have had to fight their way though this pandemic with little information support from government.
12th May 2020
Covid 19 Statement From The Board Of National Care Association
National Care Association have been deeply disturbed by the tone and sentiment of government briefings over the past few days in relation to Covid-19 related deaths in care homes
16th Apr 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Covid-19 Testing for Care Services
National Care Association Press Release
11th Apr 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Call to remove VAT from social care essential items
National Care Association press release
31st March 2020
How To Quickly Shift To A Work From Home Model In Today’s Coronavirus Environment & Keep Your Care Home Safe
As a business care owner or director today, you are now facing unprecedented challenges to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. You are asked to self-isolate and practice social distancing to “stop the virus.” You are asked to allow your employees (head office workers) to work from home to reduce possible exposure and slow the spread of COVID-19.
These are all reasonable requests. However, as a care provider you also need to maximize productivity, bring in revenue and try to keep your care business operational in these demanding times. How can you accomplish these goals when your office is now a ghost town. Alternatively you have had to vacate your head office from a care home premises and productivity has fallen off a cliff?
The answer lies in setting up your office to function remotely. If you’ve never implemented a work-from-home policy before, it may seem like a whole different world. Managing an entirely remote workforce goes far beyond giving your employees a laptop and reminding them to check in every once in a while. After all, there are many factors most business owners haven’t ever had to consider, such as:
- What technologies do I need to stay operational and productive?
- How can my employees work from home without compromising the security of our network?
- How can I make this new work environment as easy, comfortable and productive as possible?
We understand these are unique times. We know that “business as usual” is going to be quite different for an undetermined amount of time. But together we can help you adjust to today’s new normal by giving you some FREE tools, technologies and insights from other care groups to create a secure and productive head office work-from-home whilst still monitoring and keeping in touch with the Care Homes . Here are three important considerations to getting you set up and running a successful work-from-home care business:
- Don’t allow employees to use home computers or devices. Their mindset may be, “Well, I’m working from home so I may as well use my home computer.” This is a dangerous mistake (although we realise it may be the quick option for immediate remote working for right now)
Our team works hard to ensure your company computers and network are secure and protected from malware, viruses and cyber-attacks. Their home computers and devices could be littered with tons of downloaded music, videos, images and more. Because it’s more exposed, it can invite malware into your network. Rather, provide a company-approved and secured computer/laptop for employees to use at home.
- Secure their WiFi access point. Without a secure WiFi access point, you’re essentially leaving a back door open to hackers. That’s because WiFi signals are often broadcast far beyond your employees’ homes and out into streets. Yes, drive-by hacking is popular among cybercriminals today. A few tips for securing your employees’ WiFi access points:
- Use stronger encryption and more complex password
- Hide your network name
- Use a firewall
These security measures are not difficult to set up. But if you have any questions or need assistance, we will be happy to help get your employees set up remotely even if you’re not currently a client.
- Use a two-factor authentication VPN. VPN stands for virtual private network. It’s essentially a private, encrypted tunnel that goes direct to your IT network in your office. Ideally, you’ll want your VPN to support two-factor authentication. This means it’s doubly secure because your employees will need to call in to access the network. If you don’t have a VPN for your employees to use, you can consider other services, such as GoToMyPC or Zoho. While these products are not as secure, at least they keep your home network from being exposed and gives your staff remote access.
As business owners ourselves, we too are having to pivot and work differently than we ever have before. However, because we have the technology and infrastructure in place, we are still surprisingly productive.
Our team wants to help your care business survive and thrive during today’s unique environment. If you and your IT team need extra hands right now…or solutions to help your employees work SECURELY from home…we have software tools, expert staff and resources we’d like to offer you to keep your care business as productive as possible.
Recently we have been offering free tools to achieve the following:
- Fee VPN to connect their home working staff to the office
- Free WebEx, Teams and Zoom for remote access and video conferencing to have face to face contact with their care homes,
- The Care staff have Free Microsoft Teams on their mobiles or tablets to keep in touch with other Care consultants and managers.
- The head office staff have had laptops setup or loaned to them in order to keep them up and running.
If your care business would like to take some advice on what other care homes are doing, please feel free to email me directly and book a quick 10-15 minute call to discuss.
Please know that this is not a sales call but simply an outreach to help a fellow business owner to stay afloat.