The population in the UK isn’t getting any smaller. Nor is it getting any younger. Official estimates show that the number of people living beyond retirement age is exploding. Within 5 to 10 years, the number of over-65s is set to increase by 12% and the over-85s by nearing 20%.
With such demographic change, the demand for care home places is going to increase similarly. This could put a strain on those care homes that haven’t prepared for a growing and ageing population. Key to being prepared and staying ahead of the competition – as well as boosting your CQC rating to ‘outstanding’ – will be the training you provide your employees.
Care home training – future-proofing your business
With increasing demand for care home places, the opportunities for your business will increase. The remit for care homes has already moved on from providing for a resident’s basic needs.
While employees will initially be required to assist people with meals, bathing, medication, and being a part of your home’s community, the likelihood is that responsibilities will increase quite dramatically. For example, the need to support people with physical and mental disabilities and conditions is a growing concern in the care home sector. Care homes with highly qualified employees should benefit from a higher reputation, workers who are able to work in cross-functional capacities, lower staff turnover, and reduced costs.
Here are 13 benefits of on-site care home training that will help to future-proof your business in an increasingly regulated and competitive environment:
- Training increases an employee’s competence. They become more confident in their work, and better at supporting residents in their daily life and planning for the future.
- Highly competent and confident staff will deliver the care expected by individuals, and the support needed by their families.
- Training helps to deliver the full potential of all employees by providing them with cross-functional skills.
- Providing training to staff shows your commitment to them and their careers. This helps to increase morale and engage your care home employees – setting you above the benchmark for care workers seeking their next move.
- Providing training and development opportunities has a positive influence of the wellbeing of your employees, increasing their resilience when the going gets tough.
- Training builds a more rounded, highly-skilled workforce with skills transferred from current employees to new employees.
- A well-structured and considered training and development programme will dovetail with business plans. This will help to improve the quality of care provided, increase productivity, and take advantage of future business opportunities.
- Training and the attainment of nationally recognised qualifications (e.g. the NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care) is recognised by the CQC in its inspections.
- Employees welcome the opportunity that training provides: to develop their skills and expertise needed to excel in their roles.
- Providing current employees the opportunity to shine in a supervisory role as they pass on their experience and expertise.
- The time needed away from the care home is minimised, and the availability of training opportunity is maximised.
- As individual employees become more satisfied in their work and more engaged with your care home business, the positivity ripples through your entire staff.
- Training has been shown to have a highly positive influence on staff retention, and the benefits that lower staff turnover produces.
Forward-thinking care homes are preparing for an opportunity-packed future. They’re putting training of their employees at the heart of their business strategy. And they are doing it in the most cost-effective way possible. To find out more, contact StriveCare to discuss training that shows you care.