Tips On Managing Leave At Your Care Home 

No matter the time of the year, Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn, you're always going to have holiday leave requested by your staff - whether it's to enjoy the hot sun or fight off a cold!

Absences from work are often the cause of stress and last-minute panic for managers across England. If it's last minute, where are you going to find a qualified Nurse/Carer on such short notice? Even if you've got time to prepare, what happens if no one is able to cover?

In this blog, we'll discuss the best options and measures for any Home manager when dealing with leave at a Care/Nursing Home!

Figure Out How Long They'll Be Gone For

For holidays, this is an easy one! Simply look at how long they've requested off, and you'll know how long you'll need cover for. However, for illnesses and unplanned absences, this can be a lot harder to estimate.

With COVID-19 symptoms, you may have to prepare for the worst at very short notice, with 10 days of isolation for the worker and possibly more if they're still feeling the effects after this period. If it is just a 'common' flu or illness, it may be best to take a day by day approach and ask them to keep you updated on their recovery.

Other unplanned absences, such as a death in the family, can be sensitive issues, so the last thing you want to do is to be pestering them when they'll be back. In these situations, it's best to have an honest conversation for them (when they're able to) and figure out how long they feel they need off. This allows you to at least have some kind of understanding of how long you will need to get cover for, and know that you may need cover for longer.

What Were Their Roles

Whether it's a Nurse or Healthcare Assistant that is having some time off, they played an important role in providing care for those who need it!

To ensure you're able to fully cover for them, you should consider things such as their shifts, role, and what tasks they usually carry out.

Once you've thought about this, you can get a much better idea of the type of person you need to provide cover for the shifts!

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Will Getting Another Member Of Staff To Cover Cause Too Much Work?

In order for Nurses and Carers to be able to give the best possible care to residents, it's important that they aren't overworked! On paper, extra hours and pay may sound great to someone, but will it be worth the toll it takes on them?

Even the best members of staff can make mistakes when they're overworked, which can have very bad consequences, especially in the care industry

So, whilst it may be very appealing to use your in-house talent, make sure you're not running the risk of overworking them before you ask them to cover an extra shift or two!


Of course, this doesn't mean that you can't get an in-house member of staff to do some shifts, and get somebody else to do the others!

What To Do If You Still Don't Have Enough Cover?

If after asking around you still don't have enough staff to cover the absence, then don't panic - that's why we're here! Outsourcing an extra pair of hands, whether it be for one shift or multiple, really is as easy as picking up the telephone.

Here at Medilink Nursing, we're able to offer quality Nurses and Carers to help ensure your residents get the care and attention they deserve, whilst preventing your staff from being overworked. No matter what you need, who you need, or for how long you need them, we are able to give you fast, honest answers to any request.

What Cover Can You Get From Us?

We offer cover to suit every need, including:

Last Minute Bookings

As we discussed, staff shortages can happen at any time, for any reason! If this happens to you, we're here to help. Our team will do their very best to find you cover on short notice to ensure you can relax, and remained focus on your tasks at hand.

Block Bookings

Do you have a member of staff who is going to off for a while, or want some extra support during busier periods?

You can make a block booking with us to cover as many shifts as you like, rather than deal with it on a shift by shift basis. Then you can put your mind at rest, knowing there is sufficient cover for the future!

Specialised 1 to 1 Care

As well as being able to provide general care and support, we also have Carers and Nurses who are specialised in providing dedicated 1-to-1 support.

They have undertaken the necessary training and experience to be able to ensure anyone under their care receives the support and attention they deserve, no matter how long it is needed for.

How To Book A Nurse Or Carer

If you find yourself short of care staff, just give us a call! Our team is still available every day between 6 am until 10.30 pm to take your calls at our Head Office, on 0113 877 6383.

If you'd like to find out more about the services we have available, as well as types of staff we have around your area, such as RGN's, RMN's, Senior HCA's and well as regular ones, you can call us on the same number!

Alternatively, you can always email us at, and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

If you ever want the hassle taken out of finding cover for your staff, Medilink Nursing is always here to help!