Achieving a work/life balance

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Many care home owners and managers are now working longer hours than ever before. Summer holidays are over and the children have gone back to school but how long have you spent with your family and children in the past two months? How many senior operations managers and care home managers are working at home most evenings and most weekends in order to meet the demands of their role? And it’s not only the managers but staff of all grades that are working extra shifts in order to save on the usage of agency staff and, while this provides consistency of care to the residents, there may be a price your staff team have to pay as a direct result. People working without proper time for rest and recuperation are prone to succumbing to minor ailments and illness. In order to ensure that staff are given adequate time off duty it is the responsibility of the care home manager to authorise any extra shifts in line with the European Working Time Directive. I know that staff can always decide to work for a second employe

Comments are closed.

Latest blog posts

Time for a ten dollar answer

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Ernest Hemingway was known for his minimalist style and he used to pooh-pooh what he called “ten-dollar” words. Not to...

Lacking capacity

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

A friend of mine diagnosed with cancer – now, happily, treated – was asked how he could possibly have missed the...

Care homes – understated examples of tasteful design

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Dozens of recently-built care homes are material proof that it is perfectly possible to design aesthetically pleasing buildings and put...