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Care Campaign for the Vulnerable is learning of the pressures faced by conscientious led Care Providers striving to offer a caring and safe environment to both service users and staff. Safety monitoring is proving to be a invaluable care assist tool - bringing a more open and transparent culture into care homes as well as saving valuable resources within the care home sector and the NHS

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A carers perspective...SAFETY MONITORING IN CARE HOMES

12th October 2017


A CARER’S PERSPECTIVE ON WORKING WITH CCTV IN CARE HOMES

It’s 7.45 am and I walk into the lounge of my place of work (having been up since 5.30 am). It’s time for another 12 hour shift. Upon my entry I am greeted by warm smiles. One lady puts her arms out grinning broadly. Another cries “psomi” (Greek word for bread) and “chai” - she loves her cuppa! Another gentleman waves his walking stick at me jokingly and exclaims “where’s the bus?”. I laugh as it’s an ongoing joke between us. Another day at work as a carer, but this isn’t just a “job” to pay the bills. This is my second home. The ladies and gentleman I care for have all got varying stages of dementia, a terrible disease. My job is to ensure their physical and emotional well-being, but my real strength is to make them laugh – laughter brings contentment.

On my way to work I am filmed standing at the tram stop. I am filmed sitting on the tram. I am filmed again walking down the high street. None of this bothers me in the slightest. Despite the dark bleakness of George Orwell’s “1984” society where “big brother” is “watching us”, I feel comforted by this. It adds security. Without such filming crime would be far worse than it is now. Why should I be bothered by such filming – i’ve nothing to hide, I will commit no crime and so I embrace CTTV for the security it affords. Time and time again CCTV footage is released by Police forces to the public to help them catch criminals. It is effective. Bottom line – it works!

Why is it then that CCTV in communal areas of care homes is met with such resistance? The main reasons often cited are that it is an invasion of privacy which in turn is a deprivation of liberty, and that carers would feel uncomfortable with cameras “watching them work”. As a carer I strongly believe that the vast majority of residents would be perfectly happy with CCTV knowing it contributed to their safety. I know for a fact that relatives I have spoken to would embrace it too. It is not just a tool to help prevent deliberate abuse, but can be used as a valuable training tool to prevent neglect and poor manual handling. The vast majority of accidents and abuse which occur in care homes are not deliberate. They are the result of either staff pressure, poorly trained staff or resident interactions with each other. There can also be environmental factors such as poorly placed furniture etc.

Most carers I speak to support CCTV. Indeed there are already some care homes with CCTV and staff in these homes are not at all bothered by it’s presence. In fact they embrace it. It is important for staff to realise that they will not be monitored 24/7. Instead when an incident does occur footage can be obtained to help the Care Home and staff learn “what went wrong” and offer valuable insight into preventing further incidents. CCTV is a powerful tool in helping to enhance lives. No more excuses or negativity – It’s time to embrace it fully.

Graham Clark, Senior Care Worker

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