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
I was recently employed at brooklands nursing home. At first I enjoyed it, as being a carer is a very, very rewarding job. My manager ruled out my training, I had minimal training here at brooklands. My managers idea of hoist training was placing himself into the hoist. I was thrown into the deep end and had no clue what I was doing, so I was copying other carers ways. I had noticed that some of the things carers were doing wasn't professional, it wasn't keeping the residents dignity, it wasn't person centred care either. So I watched very carefully and reported back to my manager, he turned it around on me and said I should have come sooner. I was scared as no one really notified me when I started who to go to when noticing safeguarding issues. After that I had a notepad and wrote down dates and times and safeguarding situations that I had noticed, I had about 14 pages worth of hard evidence. I showed him this and he was completely "shocked" he obviously knew these things were happening as I was told my numerous people that worked their previously, I had also been warned about the care home but I wanted to see it for myself.
I had witnessed carers not assisting the residents with fluids and foods but still noting it down in their book that they have eaten and consumed the right amount of fluids for each day, pad changes were not as often as well as re positioning these service users, but still written down. When service users had passed away, a few carers would laugh about it, I was absolutely gobsmacked at this point, especially when one day I witnessed rough handling when giving personal care. I felt like crying and froze that how rough this service user was being tugged in all different directions.
When I spoke up about the evidence I had gathered, my manager sacked me exactly a week later via voicemail, he send me a letter that came across threatening about not contacting people that worked at brooklands or he would take it further. I do not recommend this care home at all and justice will be served.
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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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