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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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Five Positive Ways to get safety monitoring in care homes - Steve Miller

24th January 2020

Steve Miller - Positive Ways To help influence safety monitoring in care

Many of you reading this will understand what it’s like when you have to see a loved one go into a care home.You sign the contract and your loved one moves into their room. That’s the logic dealt with. But that contract fails to cover one important matter, that being the emotions that you will experience including loss, sadness, anger, fears and anxiety; the list goes on.It’s the one area that is sadly not given the quality time and understanding that it deserves. I speak from experience, seeing my mum enter the care system and the grief it brought with it.

My view is that there really should also be an ‘emotional contract’ as well as a standard logical contract when a loved one enters the care system. And that particular contract does not have to be written.

To me there seems a simple way forward, that would not only benefit the residents and the relatives, but also the care homes themselves.

I know from the messages and emails that I receive that many families lay awake at night anxious about their loved one, then go about their day job carrying the knot in the stomach worrying endlessly about what is happening, and experience those moments when it all becomes too much, and the tears flow.

Much of this I am certain could be avoided if as a nation we were to introduce CCTV into care homes, automatically giving residents, relatives and carers collectively a peace of mind. So perhaps now is the time that dialogue can be extended, and the relatives of loved ones given the empowerment to freely discuss an introduction of cameras into the room of their loved one. It is all about working in partnership. Transparency is king, and open dialogue about such important emotive initiatives such as introducing CCTV should be encouraged for the benefit of all.

But how do you go about raising this topic constructively and positively with your care provider?

I want to share with you five positive ideas to help you do just that, supported by Care Campaign For The Vulnerable.

1. If the care home has a relatives forum then perhaps discuss it there constructively. Be positive about how such a move will help not only you as a relative but also the staff who work in the care home.

2. Consider sharing examples of care homes that have introduced CCTV in all rooms, and outline the positive impact it has had.

3. Talk to your care provider about inviting a representative from Care Campaign For The Vulnerable to do a presentation to the management team about the benefits and success stories of introducing CCTV.

4. Introduce the care home manager to another care home manager who has introduced CCTV and gained significant benefit.


5. Be positive about the full range of benefits for the care provider including extended transparency, enhanced health and safety, and enhancement of confidence experienced by residents, carers and relatives alike.

Remember, it is always important to approach such matters with a positive and co-operative attitude. Nothing beats working in partnership with a care provider. Not only does it nurture trust between all parties, but it also paves the way for dialogue about future consistent improvement for all

AUTHOR Steve Miller. If you would like to contact Steve please send your details to ccftv.cares@gmail.com and we will pass on with permission

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