It's time for the care sector to start thinking 'technology' smart. Not just for the protection and safeguarding of our most vulnerable but for the professionals who value their reputation as good, conscientious led Care Providers. Our most vulnerable and their carers deserve no lessJayne Connery
'Toddlers in care homes'. Is this just another direction to mask the real problem lurking beneath the care sector? On our TV screens we see vulnerable elderly hugging and interacting with young children in care homes. Somewhat of an emotional distraction, however I'm not wholly against the idea. I receive many messages tagging me in heartfelt articles enthusing about the ' one off' documentary of toddlers visiting care homes and through its success is now being 'rolled' out - without a doubt their hearts are in the right place. Residents live with some form of dementia in care homes. I can say through witnessing residents behaviour and from many supporters telling us , those approached on the wrong day, even by the hour, placing a toddler in front of them would distress and agitate, especially if living with middle /late stage. Witnessed in my mums second Care Home a resident's grand daughter come to visit and like any five year old was eagerly bouncing around - one resident shouted at her and 'went' for the tot. The incident was dealt with but what would happen if it hadn't been?
Instead of ploughing time and probably finance into this venture, which I'm not against if strictly monitored, let's finance more stimulating activities for our elders in care homes - more journeys out from behind the four walls to which many have become institutionalised by and let's not begin to patrionise them by putting toddlers in their homes. This may shock many loving parents out there but believe it or not, not every person actually wants to be around toddlers for any length of time. Why not invest in quality of life for these residents by employing more activity co ordinators and days out with people of their own age /life experience with enough carers to accompany them, which, in many care homes, lack of care staff is the reason many do not venture outside and struggle with walking.
As someone spending years in care homes. I see this as a 'fad' another way for the public to be side tracked from the REAL problems facing our vulnerable elders and facing them AFTER the cute tots and cameras have gone home.
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I am delighted to be invited as a Ambassador to assist in this wonderful campaign instigated by Jayne Connery regarding CCTV security in care homes throughout the UK. This, I feel, will benefit carers, staff, residents and their families in the event of any dispute. As a relative of someone suffering with Alzheimers disease I have been involved with care homes over the last ten years and I feel the knowledge I have can contribute to this very important initiative
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It's time for the care sector to start thinking 'technology' smart. Not just for the protection and safeguarding of our most vulnerable but for the professionals who value their reputation as good, conscientious led Care Providers. Our most vulnerable and their carers deserve no lessJayne Connery, Founder Care Campaign for the Vulnerable
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