The “must-haves” for every facilities management solution
As a care provider, a lot is riding on the state of your facilities, both now and into the future.
Having quality, well-equipped buildings and amenities is essential not only for attracting clients to residential care facilities, but for providing patients with the best possible quality of care.
That’s why an integrated approach to facilities management is a no-brainer. You need consolidated data from across your organisation to reduce operational costs, make a strong case for new capital investment, and manage your facilities in ways that maximise your return on investment - not to mention keep patients and staff safe and happy.
But how do you choose a specific enterprise solution that matches your requirements in a care environment?
Here are six must-haves in your next facilities management solution as a care provider:
1. Long-term strategy
How will your facilities keep pace with rapid changes in the sector and technologies shaping customer demand?
Your solution should help you to make informed investment decisions. That means being able to predict long-term asset costs, prioritise building projects, and use best-practice modelling to plan capital works based on different financial scenarios. Plans and decisions made with reliable foresight will ensure facilities can be funded and actually support the services you want to provide.
3. Growth and adaption
Getting the most value out of existing assets is a wise move in a volatile economic landscape. Being able to plan for growth and changes in use is essential in your facilities management solution. It starts with having an integrated asset register that allows you to classify and accurately monitor all types of buildings, equipment and utilities. High-level visibility should combine with sophisticated management and cost analysis tools. That way, you can optimise availability, reduce wear and tear, and more easily determine how assets can be used to solve new problems or support new revenue streams in the future.
4. Cost and profitability
Responsive asset lifecycle management reduces costs. But you need smart tools. Choose software that gives you a clear picture of costs in relation to: developing capital projects; the maintenance, renewal and operation of assets over their entire lifecycle; and how well spaces are being utilised.
For accurate insights, facilities management costs must dovetail with supply chain management transactions—like inventory, purchasing and contractors—and also feed into overarching financial planning tools.
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