Care Charts UK is a social enterprise that provides products to help improve the work of carers and the quality of life for those they care for.
Care Charts UK was set up in July 2010 by Zoe Harris in Horsham, West Sussex. She decided to launch the business while looking after her husband who was in the final stages of dementia and about to go into care.
Zoe recognised that carers are often too busy to go through pages of detailed care plans, and English is often not their first language, so she put together simplified care wall charts based on a system of easy to understand symbols to enable her and her carers to effectively look after her husband.
Communication is crucial between a patient and their carers and through the wall charts Zoe hopes carers can provide the best possible care, particularly when their patients can no longer communicate their needs for themselves.
The wall charts come in 11 different shapes and have 18 symbols to allow staff to find the information they need, such as food preferences or mobility issues, quickly and easily whilst retaining confidentiality.
Zoe now provides care wall charts to 800 care homes around the UK. Going forward, she wants to make the charts internationally available while retaining control of the project's direction.