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2nd October 2023

Case Study: Proud to Care

By Sophie Hibbert

Gary Hardman formed Proud To Care in 2012, and his team now look after 20 clients throughout Sheffield. They provide 310 hours of care each week, and require a flexible scheduling system that clients, staff and management can rely on.

The Problem

Gary recalls: “Initially, I used prehistoric methods – Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. You can get away with this when you’re starting out, but need to look for alternatives as you grow. “I tried one software package that promised to help me organise and plan more efficiently, but it didn’t work; technical issues meant client visits were being missed,”

Gary was trying to build a service that champions quality and reliability – i.e being in the right place at the right time – so having these errors really undermined his efforts. After several incidents, the provider couldn’t fix the issue, so it was time to give Nourish a call.

The Solution

An online demonstration was organised and Gary was guided through our system. He continues: “I was looking for assurances that client visits couldn’t be missed, and Matt explained how Nourish’s process guaranteed this would never happen. That was a big tick for me.

“Additionally, there’s something very appealing about the Nourish presentation; I’m not very technically-minded, but it’s very intuitive and easy to use. I could instantly see how it would overcome the problems I’d experienced.”

He’d previously resorted to manually checking over 250 individual visits, just to ensure everything was in place on his old system. However, Nourish has eliminated this huge administrative burden and given Gary renewed confidence to build his business.

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“I’ve now got more time to support staff, be face-to-face with clients and their families, and offer a truly personal service. I no longer dwell on issues that were holding me back, as I know I can trust the software to work.”
Gary Hardman Founder

The Result

Time constraints had been hampering the whole operation, but Gary states: “Nourish has transformed my business. I’ve seen a 75% reduction in the time it takes to produce the weekly rota, which is phenomenal.

“I’ve now got more time to support staff, be face-to-face with clients and their families, and offer a truly personal service. I no longer dwell on issues that were holding me back, as I know I can trust the software to work.”

In the past 18 months, Proud To Care has quadrupled in size, picking up a national award along the way. Gary concludes: “We’re growing because we’re getting the basics right, and Nourish has allowed me to focus on the important things – developing relationships and supporting staff.

“Currently, I only use the scheduling tool, but I know it’s got the capacity to do more. I’ve only ever had to ask for help on a couple of occasions, and received an immediate response both times. Matt and the team offer an exceptional service, and I’d have to rate Nourish 10/10. It’s the heartbeat of my business and can’t be improved.”

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