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Poll shows overwhelming public backing for CCTV in care homes

Care campaign For The Vulnerable debate about CCTV in Care Homes at The Crowne Plaza Hotel,Gerrards Cross

A poll following an industry debate into CCTV in care homes revealed that 96% of the public agree to the use of cameras in communal areas and private rooms with consent.

In a first of its kind event organised by Care Campaign for the Vulnerable, a panel, including Care England CEO Professor Martin Green OBE, Dementia Care Trainer, Sally Blackden and Care Protect Limited’s Ben Wilson, gathered to debate the issue preceding the poll.

The panel were joined by a live audience and fielded questions on privacy and safeguarding the vulnerable in care homes with 4,000 people polled regarding the use of CCTV in a care environment.

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The event’s organiser, Jayne Connery, said: “It is vital we keep talking about the need for safety monitoring in care homes and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome of the evening.

“Care Campaign for the Vulnerable is determined to keep the conversation going and without a doubt much we are seeing much less resistance on the subject of installing monitoring systems when visiting care and nursing homes.”

 

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5 Comments

  1. This is great news and long over due.

    However, why just care homes, where I assume this includes Nursing Homes, but should also included all respite facilities as it is not just the elderly who can and do receive poor care and abuse, but can occur to any vulnerable person.

    It is essential that CCTV is available to not only safeguard the vulnerable persons residing in the facilities, but also as a tool to safeguard staff from malicious and accidental actions being raised.

  2. The point is being missed. Rather, we should be asking why do we have to consider putting CCTV in care homes at all.? The issue is why do we employ people in care homes who either do not care and thus abuse people or, if they do care, why do they sometimes suspend their propensity to care and abuse? Acknowledge and tackle these issues and CCTV will not be required.
    Dr.Steve Moore

  3. Safety monitoring is already underway with the use of Acoustic Monitoring in private bedrooms.
    CCTV is not the answer for a private bedroom, let’s use the appropriate technology for different areas of the care homes. Keep people’s dignity and privacy.

  4. All care homes need cctv and hidden cameras also unless everyone is willing to ensure that staff receive proper training and are properly checked as to whether they are suitable as a carer. It is well known that anyone can get work in a care home as they are so desperate for staff. I had the misfortune to find myself working in a supposedly ‘high end’ care home, where I fled from after only a short time. All the established staff were the same – neglectful and disinterested. Staff going off to sleep when on duty, removing call bells, ignoring yelling residents, absolutely no attention to hygiene and residents welfare and I witnessed a lot of rough handling. The CQC is a waste of time as seems people know when they are coming somehow and everyone is on best behaviour! I have a friend who works in another ‘top’ care home who found an elderly resident screaming one morning, was told oh she always like that but it was latterly found after many hours in excruciating pain, that a lazy untrained night carer had simply put her back in bed after a bad fall unaware of any procedure or danger. Staff numbers are ridiculously low also, to dangerous levels, where residents are often left too long in distress and interaction and care is rushed and poor. I would not want any relative enter any care home ever. Just look on google reviews to most care homes!

  5. Maggie’s comment above is so true and things need to change quick for the sake of our old people.
    My nan worked all her life, paid for her home, raised her 7 kids mainly as a single parent, then sold her home in later life to downsize and pay for her care in old age, she was then neglected by the care home that she was told was excellent, as she had 3 falls within two weeks the last one was the worst as she was found with dry blood and had pneumonia ( which we strongly believe was due to being left for a long period) turns out they had disconnected the bed sensors ( which alerts them when someone falls from bed) The senior members of staff then tried to say ‘It was the agency staff’ fault !! which made me very angry as we all know that they employ agency staff so that the shareholders can get more profits! no matter whether they are agency or contracted staff, the level of training should be the same more so in the care sector. If they are going to carry on employing under trained people to do this specialist role we will need cameras as witness to this neglect. So we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world but again our social care is non- existent, what a mess this country is in, wish people would take the rose tints off.

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