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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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Care Campaign for the Vulnerable supporting families during Coronavirus

Added on 20th April 2020

FAMILIES CONTACTED CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE VULNERABLE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS

Care Campaign For The Vulnerable receives many messages telling distressing accounts of losing loved ones to suspected Covid19 in care homes. Cheryl Harrison contacted us and praised care staff but was concerned with the lack of PPE and medical care her mother when she fell ill in her care home. We know these are unprecedented times, grief is strong, families too distraught unable to see loved ones or arrange funerals. Many talked about the people behind the statistics - mothers, fathers, grandmothers and granddads now wanting to share their grief. Read this family's story of the devastation caused by the Coronavirus in care homes

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1269091/Care-homes-coronavirus-janet-gibbs-latest

Janet Gibb surrounded by her family before the Coronavirus pandemic

Diana Reeve who lost her life to Covid 19 in care.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1276844/care-home-coronavirus-news-ppe-personal-protective-equipment-diana-reeve-covid19

''A few weeks ago my mum was laughing with me... now shes gone.''

Sharon contacted Care Campaign for the Vulnerable telling us she feared for her elderly mother's safety when she received a photo of her mother who suffered a heart condition. posing with a carer two weeks into lockdown wearing no PPE. Sharon told us she was shocked and frantic that her mother was put at potential risk as well as upset the care home allegedly didn't safeguard vulnerable residents and staff before the national guidance advised them to.

Sharon said ''I have lost my mum. She was happy and laughing three weeks ago when I visited her in the home. I can't believe she's now gone, due to what I believe is ill judgement and at worse neglect. I am very hurt that families were told not to visit our loved ones and yet carers are told by management during lockdown they do not have to wear PPE all the time. Now my mum has passed away. It has now been reported back to me that carers are now wearing protective safety equipment. Too late for my mum. My heart is broke in two.''

Care Campaign for the Vulnerable statement

CCFTV is saddened to see that despite the appearance of affection visible in this photo between the staff member and resident, this captured moment occurred during a very early lockdown. It seems that regardless of this carers obvious kindness, PPE was not worn. It is clear that both the resident and the staff member have been placed at unnecessary risk of contracting COVID 19 simply because PPE wasn’t in place. This picture sums up the fact that elderly vulnerable people in care homes were well down the priority list when assessing the frontline resources were allocated. t's also worrying that CQC has suspended all home inspections.

Given visitors are also excluded currently it seems no third party exists to identify serious issues such as this but also noteworthy observations such as food on these residents clothes and her dirty nails etc. Protecting vulnerable residents dignity at all times it so important particularly if they agree to have a photo taken and circulated. Whilst some people may believe these are minor issues given the crisis we face, these pictures nevertheless are all excluded families have currently to reassure them their loved ones are safe and well cared for. It is for those reasons we at CCFTV make comment in order that care home providers remember family anxiety and ensure residents are well-groomed at all times. CCFTV genuinely applauds care home staff and knows that many providers are working tirelessly to keep people safe. Unfortunately, care homes did not get the attention they deserved at the beginning of this pandemic and as a result, many are now needlessly suffering or have indeed died prematurely.

Had safety monitoring been in place at least independent review and audit would have been possible on a daily basis if desired.

Diana Reeve who sadly lost her life to Covid 19 when in care

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Our Director's statement to why Care Campaign for the Vulnerable was set up.

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Report from Marbrook Centre in Cambridge on the benefits to safety monitoring in communal areas for residents and staff.

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Dominic Grieve Westminster Speech 2018 on Care Campaign For The Vulnerable Safety Monitoring In Care Homes

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Care Campaign Government Proposal

"The evidence from Providers who have installed CCTV seems to me to merit careful attention and to be quite persuasive"

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Just some of the Care Providers who support our CCTV Safety Monitoring in Care Homes

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Safe Place Scheme

Chiltern and South Bucks District Council SAFE PLACE SCHEME has called on Care Campaign for the Vulnerable to add our support to the initiative for those who are vulnerable in the community to get help if out and about and feeling scared , lost or confused.

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