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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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As a family, we have gone through the very traumatic and harrowing experience of my Mother sustaining 'unexplained injuries' within a care home in Wellingborough. The management (at that time) being in complete denial, defensive and totally lacking in any compassion. In conclusion and after a so called internal investigation, my Mother's injuries were found to be 'self inflicted' !!!

I have just read the most recent CQC report on this particular Home and its findings are damning - rated INADEQUATE and under 'Special Measures'.
I feel vindicated for my concerns and for the stance I took then (2018).

I would encourage any family that if they have any concerns whatsoever, regarding the care of their loved ones, they should raise them immediately without hesitation.

I just wanted Jayne Connery to be aware of this as she was of great support to me, at that difficult time.
Thank you, Care Campaign For The Vulnerable, for all the work that you continue to do and for all the awareness that you raise!

Donna Reynolds

Donna R. - 03/07/2019
Jayne Connery replied...

Donna

We remember you and your case very well.


The difficulty in care that's reported to us is the lack of transparency with some providers and the stress facing families like yours who demand to know how injuries happen to their loved ones. This is a reasonable request and in any walks of life if a person sustains injuries then answers to how these injuries happen should be offered. We know that in many cases the not knowing brings doubt and with doubt brings mistrust, It seems families like yours report to us that they feel a ''cloak of silence'' appears and families feel they have a lack of support with various agencies, some even reciting that they feel'' very much out excluded''. This should never be the case when un-witnessed and unexplained injuries happen in a care settting towards a loved one innocently or not. We are pleased you moved your loved one into a better care environment and thank you for your support to Care Campaign For The Vulnerable

I was shocked by the Radio 4 package today highlighting the lack of oral care for vunerable people in Residential care. There should be an assessment of oral needs as laid down in the Nice Guidlines upon admission. One case highlighed the staff were not aware a lady had dentures It is likely they had not been removed for 2 years. The dentures were removed in A&E !!!!

Robert - 24/06/2019
Jayne Connery replied...

Hi Robert

We received many messages from families in care telling of loved ones raising issues to oral hygiene as well as lack of knowledge on hearing aids. This is basic care and often left to a family to administer these important care needs.

My brother has dementia and is doubly incontinent and lives with me. I am his full time carer. For one week respite social services found him a placement at a care home listed as GOOD by the CQC. A week later he came home smelling like a vagrant - had not been washed, shaved or changed, wearing someone elses trousers. I contacted the home straight away to ask where all his clothes were and was told they must still be in the laundry. He also had bad urine burns it took six months to heal. We never did get his clothes back. I complained to the CQC and was told by a social worker they were going to hold a safeguarding meeting - everything went quiet and ten weeks later I had a visit from an admiral nurse who asked me how I had got on at the meeting....nobody had told me where or when the meeting was being held, but the social worker had told her I had attended. I asked to see the results of the meeting and eventually I got a letter stating that as no notes or daily records had been documented during my brothers stay - barely any proof that he'd actually stayed there - apart from the missing clothes they advised me to go and look for myself, everything else was classed as unsubstantiated (swept under the carpet) Two years later the CQC removed seventeen residents and shut the place down. I only placed him there as the CQC rated it as GOOD.

GS - 19/06/2019
Jayne Connery replied...

Hi GS

We agree that in too many cases brought to us families are facing many challenges and concerns with family members being placed in a care home for respite. It's evident that any CQC inspection can only get a snap shot of care delivery over a couple of days. It's been documented that in some GOOD rated care homes have in fact failed in their responsibility to deliver good safe care. Saying this, we know the CQC are a very important organisation doing much good but we feel safety monitoring would help extensively in their inspection process and bring in a extra layer of transparency for vulnerable residents and care staff.

The abuse to my mum has haunted me and my family. I am finding it hard to come to terms this could happen to a 84 year old lady in a care setting. It took two weeks for the Directors to say sorry this had happened. I’ve have no support since. I phoned CQC with my concerns and the Inspector said he was going to raise a safeguarding to the local authority. He then followed , with “ Have you thought about moving your mum , there are SOME good homes in your area”. I was shocked. As the daughter of a mum whose been abused and worrying if mum is being treated respectfully , the thought of unsettling mum to her detriment, to find availability in a suitable home, one where she isn't going to be mistreated again would be a huge undertaking.

This could all be resolved through having CCTV in communal areas. It would also helped the police with their investigations immeasurably as there are questions that need to be investigated by them as to relevant carers comings and goings , which is a huge drain on their resources and time when these could be answered simply by CCTV.

CCTV for us offers reassurance and security to the residents and families on so many levels that’s why I am supporting safety monitoring in care homes”.

Ms L.

Miss L - 19/06/2019

I just came across your website after reading a very sad story on facebook of abuse towards a lady in a care home. It was shocking..I think what the Care Campaign are doing is amazing. Thank you..

Annon - 08/05/2019

My mum has many unexplained injuries,there have been carers who have refused to help her with toileting, 2 of the staff were supposed to be appearing at disciplinary investigation, I was assured they would not have contact with my mum again. I have never been told the outcome of this and one of the carers is back working with my mum again.
I keep complaining, but don't feel I'm listened to, I'm afraid to complain too much in case they tell her to leave. What should I do?

Belinda of London - 26/04/2019
Jayne Connery replied...

Hello Belinda

We are very sorry to hear your poor care experience and in the first instance we would suggest you contact the Home Manager as well as
sending a e mail correspondence to the provider asking for a investigation outcome.

The concern your family could face if you complain with being asked to leave is a real concern with many families and one Care Campaign for the Vulnerable hears regularly. We never accept and we condemn any care home that makes any family feel this way when raising legitimate care concerns.

We are happy to offer our support to you to ensure your concerns are adhered to and we will e mail you confidentially if you can send in your contact details through our contact section.



PLEASE stop residents being thrown out of care homes .

This happened to us December 2018 .Both our parents were in the same home. Mum had Dementia and had been in the home for 5 years she was well looked after until new owners took over she was 94 Dad was in there for just over a year he was nursing about 5 weeks after he passed away. We received the letter to remove Mum - they gave us 28 days it was the worst time of our lives. I have all the letters from the care home. I lodged a complaint with CQC and CCG but have not heard anything back .Sadly Mum passed away 3 weeks ago the care home we moved her to were so good at least Mum passed well cared for .I am sorry BUT THIS HAS TO STOP..We were NOT distruptive relatives but we did question the homes care.

Sue Harris - 17/04/2019

I have been advocating for CCTV in care homes for a long time .
It’s a necessatity.
It would protect the vulnerable and be a great asset in any care setting.
You have my 100% support and please feel free to use my name .
I am a dementia advocate.
I have been asking for a national 24/7 dementia helpline too.
One day hopefully it will come.

Derek Fisher - 05/03/2019

As a Registered Manager with over ten years of experience being responsible for the care and welfare of some of the most vulnerable members of our society, I firmly believe and support the use of CCTV monitoring in Care Environments and Homes.
I am compelled to support this campaign and passionately believe this notion to be the foundation of providing outstanding care, promoting translucency throughout every care organisation and ensuring our most vulnerable are firstly and fore mostly safe and protected from harm.

Hannah Forsyth - 02/02/2019
Jayne Connery replied...

Hannah

Care Campaign For The Vulnerable is always thrilled to receive messages of support from care professionals like yourself. The challenges and day to day running of a care home is truly understood by Managers in particular and understand the need for safety monitoring in a environment housing vulnerable people and their dedicated care staff. We have always said the commitment and dedication by many care staff is truly remarkable and cctv safety monitoring is a care assist tool implemented to bring more transparency and effectiveness in to help highlight issues sometimes even before they become a concern. Thank you Hannah. We really do appreciate your message.

It was such an honour and pleasure to meet you. You exceeded our expectations by being so warm and extremely relatable
Thank you so very much for your efforts and great answers to great questions. 

Bernadette Mitre Hounslow Pensioners Forum - 27/01/2019

It was lovely to meet you and hear you speak with such knowledge and passion! It had a massive effect on everyone in the team. It was incredible ‘’. Thank you.

Claire Feldkamp. Almas Industries - 27/01/2019

Acknowledgement to Jayne Connery for her vision and great work she does for the vulnerable People in care..
I have been a case manager in a welfare organization here in Australia, assisting our Client's to get a Community package .
I was appalled by what I personally witnessed when my beloved Mother endured in four different Nursing homes due to lack of proper trained Staff such as Personal Carer Assistants for example. I am a very determined advocate to see that this Industry has a complete overhaul and that CCTV camera's be placed in all areas which will give residents , their families and Management as well as the wonderful Staff are giving the appropriate care , peace of mind in the event that evidence is needed due to a complaint.

Eva - 23/07/2018
Jayne Connery replied...

Dear Eva

Thank you for your message. We are sorry to hear your experiences in care with your loved one and it’s evident care failings are not just a U.K concern. We believe as do many people who have vulnerable loved ones in care , safety monitoring should be installed in communal areas in all care /nursing homes. These areas having this type of monitoring installed would pick up , identify falls and many preventable and even non preventable accidents/incidents. Those people living with dementia are more susceptible to risk of neglect and safety monitoring would also benefit our wonderful dedicated Carers. But it’s also important to add while the sector have dedicatrd care workers in abundance it would be niave to suggest all Carers who work in homes have this level of dedication.

Thank you for your support and be assured Care Campaign for the Vulnerable is pushing hard with the support of Carers , families and many conscientious-led care providers to make safety monitoring mandatory.

Hi, I work as a carer (personal support assistant), my Nan has dementia and I really want to help support your cause as I passionately believe that CCTV should be compulsory for all vulnerable adults being cared for- I keep reading in the newspaper of Care Campaign for the Vulnerable cases where abuse is happening and would like to know how I can help your cause, Is there petitions / signatures that I can help to gain in the Birmingham area as I know that the majority of my colleagues and family members and friends would be in support of this. Thank you for taking the time to read.

Amie - 14/06/2018
Jayne Connery replied...

Hi Amie

Thank you for your kind message of support. You can register on our website and rally friends /colleagues to do the same. We also have a big social media presence so come on board and let’s support the use of safety monitoring in all care homes together!

My Mum has dementia and was in a care home in Wellingborough from the 2nd March 2018 - 31st March 2018. Since being at the nursing home I raised my concerns to the Manager relating to my Mum's personal care for eg: often her dentures were not in when taken to the lounge, despite having a wet room ensuite this was never used as the floor was always dry, my Mum was given a wash from a plastic bowl each day. My Mum had two falls whilst at the second fall resulted in her being admitted to Northampton General Hospital. Despite having dementia I found that her meal tray was put of her reach in her room and the food not eaten. When I visited her she was often thirsty and hungry. Her weightloss in that period dropped from 62kgs to 58kgs, which was upsetting to see. I raised safeguarding concerns to Northamptonshire County Council and reported my concerns to Northampton Healthwatch who have been able to investigate my concerns. My Mum has been placed at another nursing home after discharge from Northampton General Hospital on the 12th May, Another nursing home which does not have enough staff to support residents with dementia. Yesterday we had a CHC meeting and the daily notes and the medication charts did not match on various days because of poor recording of information. This does not instill much confidence in some of the care administered. The carpet in the downstairs lounge is filthy and smells, there is no stimulation for the residents downstairs of which my Mum is one. Since being there since the 12th May 2018, my Mum had joined in one activity which was painting upstairs, otherwise she is sat in front of a television day and night. I have been told I need to let go by Adult Social Care and other nursing homes, however, the care of the most vulnerable people in society is absolutely disgusting and basic personal care is not of a basic standard. I have been battling for over a year to get CHC funding so that my Mum can remain in her own home with care in place. However, instead I am being hounded by the Local Authority to complete deferred payments paperwork so that my Mum's house can be sold and used for her care. I am shocked that this generation have paid into a system which is failing them and they have worked hard all their lives to pay national insurance and now having to pay for sub standard care. You have given me hope reading your campaign information and background to your work. Well done!

Regards Marcia

Marcia - 08/06/2018
Jayne Connery replied...

Dear Marcia

Thank you for contacting Care Campaign for the Vulnerable. I am sorry you faced problems in your mums first care home and subsequently unhappy with care standards in her second. I'ts totally unacceptable having a loved one in a care home not receiving the good standard of care and safety they deserve and pay for. Worryingly, you have been advised to 'let go' by adult social care - a very unprofessional response to inadequate care standards towards a loved one and a very unethical poor attitude from a person of responsibility towards a resident's care.

Relatives like you the care home sector needs and very important people like you are not silenced for fear of being labelled '.troublesome'. I would strongly advise if you see something you are not happy with, document it and then raise the issue with the Manager. If you feel this isn't being treated as seriously as it should contact the Care Homes complaints department and a call to CQC is also advised.


Care Campaign for the Vulnerable would like to thank you for your support





I was so delighted to hear about Care Campaign for the Vulnerable and the fantastic work Jayne & her team do for safety monitoring to be made mandatory in care homes. I managed care homes for the elderly in Middlesex & Lincolnshire. I ran the Middlesex home for 18 years & I pride myself on the high levels of care the residents received. I would have welcomed safety as a positive tool for continuing achievements in care levels & relative reassurance. The other home was on the verge of closure due to allegations of abuse & neglect. safety monitoring would have been an advantage to all concerned.
1. Relatives & residents reassurance of safe practice
2.Swiftly stamping out poor practice
3. Proof of the improvements
4. A useful tool for social services monitoring team.


I wholeheartedly welcome safety monitoring in care homes.
My mum recently had to move to a Nursing home she had Dementia & was unwell, she passed away after 2 months there. I was then a relative!! Although in general I was ok about the home, my mum had several falls & some of these couldn't be explained. I feel CCTV would have helped answer some of my questions & reassured me that all was well. This uncertainty is always with me. We have to remember that our loved ones are so precious & when they are no longer in our direct care the stress & upset is intense and I am sure I can speak for all relatives in saying CCTV would be welcomed & reassuring.
Congratulations to Jayne & her team for the recent publicity in the national press. Onward & upwards Jayne.

Kay Rushworth
Care Home Manager

Kay Rushworth - 25/05/2018
Jayne Connery replied...

Dear Kay

On behalf of Care Campaign for the Vulnerable I am always particularly delighted when we receive support from Care Home Managers. This is because if any professional should know the challenges faced daily in care homes by both carers and providers, managers certainly do!

The industry is struggling and in our work we are hearing time and time again that the problems mainly are in recruiting , training and funding. Its also stated by families/managers who contact us that the maj0rity of care staff do a incredible job under what is often described as a sometimes very challenging environment. Safety monitoring would assist in highlighting and identifying certain practices that can cause a very negative effect on vulnerable residents and many care home mangers tell us this. The frustrating thing is safety monitoring in these areas shouldn't be deemed a negative or a tool that may replace good and rightful care. In fact, many say who already have CCTV in these areas, they do highlight and bring in solutions as well as help in the training of care staff and for that alone it should be viewed a positive.
I would like to thank you for your message of support Kay - we really do appreciate it.

Jayne and the team are amazing. I struggled for many years about my Dad’s poor care with nowhere else to place him in our area. I gave up work to be at the home every day with him due to his lack of care. This has had a massive impact not only on my dad’s quality of life but also has a negative impact on me to this day. No one listened to us - not the health authorities that are supposed to help - let us down. I turned to Jayne in March this year after losing my beloved Dad in Decembee 2016. She helped me so much - not only get justice for my late Dad, but also helped me to start to healing the wounds that I thought would never go away. I thank Care Campaign for the Vulnerable so much for their dedication and hard work in getting us justice for poor care and looking out for our vulnerable. Jayne, thank you so much. I will be forever grateful. Caroline x

Caroline Scott - 24/05/2018
Jayne Connery replied...

Caroline thank you for your kind words. A loving family like yours work hard to ensure their loved ones receive proper, safe and good care. When this isn’t the case many families tell us they face much negativity and this is a shocking indictment of the negative side of the sector and one Care Campaign raises much attention to. Your bravery , courage and commitment was evident and we sincerely hope you can now mourn your father and not keep fighting for the justice you and your family so rightly deserved after your father received very poor proven care while he was alive. We wish you and your family much love.

It, sadly, isn't just care homes that need CCTV. People being cared for in their own homes, by agencies and care companies, also need this protection. Unfortunately, some agencies / companies don't like people installing CCTV in their own homes and do everything possible to prevent it ; some even lie to families and tell them it is illegal!

Even when care staff are found to be at fault on recordings, they are mostly exhonerated by the provider and simply redeployed to other clients.

People being cared for in their own homes need this protection too. Their families also need protection from the bullying (from providers and commissioners) that ensues when CCTV is installed.

Lisa - 18/05/2018
Jayne Connery replied...

Lisa

We couldn’t agree with you more

Not only do we hear this daily from people who contact us regarding home care providers as well as CHC/CCG - families tell us they feel very much ‘left out in the cold ‘ - Social workers , CHC it seems lean towards tolerating poor practice with care providers. I felt this myself - the saving grace for a while was being blessed with a good live in carer but replacements with the exception of a few were nothing short of shocking. Professional, conscience led management is needed and if that fails normally it’s those who are more in need of high end care needs are the ones who really suffer. Also having to accept poorly trained care staff was shrugged off. Safety monitoring in both home and in care homes - would bring transparency in -it isn’t against the law but there are guidelines. Many families set up safety monitoring in their home and if providers are confident in delivering good care standards then why would they say no?. You can find out your rights on safety monitoring in the CQC WEBSITE (see our links section ).






Hi,

I am so pleased to hear this news today about Care Campaign for the Vulnerable CCTV in care homes. I have had CCTV in communal areas for the past five years and I would not be without it for many reasons. It has helped save time on many issues. It has protected both residents and staff. We have been able to show footage to families when a resident has had a fall or show other proffessionals when there have been incidents between residents or any other incidents. We have been able to keep staff informed of where they may have gone wrong with things. I am pleased to say I have not had any abuse incidents via staff but did have one abuse indicent resident on resident whereby this was taken to court and without the CCTV footage we would not have been able to prove this had happened. I have lots more positive stories to state in relation to CCTV. We have it in all our four care homes. No one has ever complained. I was once questioned by CQC and I stated that it was only in communcal areas and signs are in place to notify people. I was questionned by commissioning about the CCTV and I stated that under no circumstances would I ever consider it being removed and stated (four years ago) that one day it will be compulsorary. So this is why I am over the moon about this progress. Well Done Anne Wordsworth Registered Manager MBA PPTLS

Anne - 18/05/2018
Jayne Connery replied...

Anne

Thank you so much for your message of support. Care Campaign visits many care facilities and those who have transparency say exactly that. It's a positive, installed to safeguard and assist with transparency to all who live and work there. Thank you for your support.

Two of my sons and myself completed a 5 mile sponsored walk to help raise funds and awareness for Care Campaign for the Vulnerable. I had some T shirts made to show why we were walking. They definitely worked, I had a complete stranger message me asking about our t shirts and safety monitoring in care homes. She was interested in care as she had seen alot of shocking care homes out there. Then an ex carer from the home my dad is in told me how she believe care homes should have monitoring near exits and entrances and public areas in care /nursing homes as when she worked at the home people with dementia were always going missing. She told me how sometimes when they went missing were often found laying down the bottom of a fire exit stairs. She sadly told me residents were only entitled to one bath a week due to staff shortages. Safety monitoring in care is a must !

Paula - 25/04/2018

I contacted Jayne Connery a couple of months ago after following the incredible work she has done with the Care Campaign for the Vulnerable over the last five years, her national campaign to make safety monitoring mandatory in communial areas in all care and nursing homes in the UK has been so successful that Jayne now also offers a free advocacy service to families and their carers, who need support which is known as CCAS Care Campaign Advocacy Service.

In my opinion these two things are paramount to protect and meet the needs of people in care and for their carers which Jayne should be highly commended for her valiant efforts so far! In the short time I have known her I have quickly found out, that she is one of the most caring people that I have met on my journey in the world of Dementia, she is a fighter for peoples rights on every level, and is one of those most rare of people who will go that extra mile for anyone who needs help, with a character which I can only describe as a force of nature, her passion and compassion in the way she stands up for people who are vulnerable is outstanding, and it is truly an honour and a privilege to be a part of the Care Campaign for the Vulnerable in the capacity of being its first Official Ambassador, and hope that I can help in a small way in supporting this noble cause while I still have the capacity to do so.

Terry Eccott Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador - 12/04/2018

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