As the holiday season fast approaches will you, like millions of others, tell your people that they can contact you if they need to and that you will periodically check your emails?
And whilst on holiday do you tell your family that you just need 10 minutes to check your emails or call in to check everything is alright?
If this describes you then you need to read this.
One of the key elements to having a successful care home is your people. They really are your strongest assets and can make or break your care home.
Good people will free up your time to focus on keeping on course. Bad people will drag you back into your business to correct their mistakes or resolve problems they’ve created.
Because good people are so important, you need to spot them and nurture them.
When you start the day, you know that it is going to be a busy one. You know that there will not be enough time to do all you want to do. So, do you know what you’re going to focus your limited time on before you start your working day or do you, like most others, figure it out as you go?
Which you do will have a big impact on you, your people and your care home.
You don’t need me to tell you that the social care sector, your sector, is in crisis. You’ve been hearing it for years.
But, the news report I saw this week put how bad things really are, into shocking perspective.
Are You a Care Provider or a Business Owner? It’s a strange question to ask I know and your answer may well be that you are both a care provider and a business owner. But, which comes first?
What if I asked the question a different way? What if I asked you what you do?
What comes to mind first? Is it being a care provider or is it owning a business that provides care?
How you see yourself can have a huge impact on the success of your care home.
In this post I’ll highlight why your answer to this question matters and how you see yourself can affect the success of your care home.
If you walked away from your care home for a few weeks, would it cope without you?
Would your staff continue to deliver quality care as before? Would care plans be kept up to date? Would relatives be happy that they still had someone (other than you) to discuss their concerns with? Would major incidents and accidents be resolved? Would inspections run as well as if you were present?
Or would cracks start to appear and would plates that you kept spinning, start to crash to the ground?
Unfortunately, crashing plates without their leader on hand is all too common for any business including care homes.
If your care home can’t function without you then it isn’t as strong as it needs to be and doesn’t run as efficiently and effectively as it should.
On top of that the pressure on you to keep those plates spinning will wear you down and is, in the long run, unsustainable.
Fortunately it doesn’t have to be this way and a key part of your leadership and the success of your care home, is in preparing it for the day you can step away and it not break. read more…