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 of Care Campaign For The Vulnerable, Jayne Connery was delighted to receive a invite to visit Shedfield Lodge Residential Care Home in Southampton this week. Jayne first met CEO Andrew Geach earlier in the year at the Hampshire Care Association Technology in Care Roundtable and had a promise to visit their care faciltiy which had already adopted CCTV safety monitoring in all communal areas and was something Jayne was eager to know more about.
Jayne Connery with Andrew Geach owner of Shedfield Lodge and care staff- where CCTV safety monitoring is reassuringly present, bringing transparency and openeness
Jayne said, . '' I met Andrew in April and remember sitting around a table with a few care providers present aswell as many other care professionals. It seemed very evident from his talking that CCTV safety montioring was something he and his team very much championed. It was really refreshing to hear how he viewed it as such a positive and in his words 'wouildnt now be without it. Andrew struck me as a care home owner who wasn't just about being a 'business owner' but very much a family run care home where passion and understanding towards the elderly who lived with dementia and other complex conditions was understood - including late stage dementia where symptoms can be a lot more problematic. Predominately apart from two residents, everyone in the home had some form of dementia and a few had ' challenging behaviour' - though he was very quick to correct me, ' No one should be called 'challenging' - people with dementia can react to their environment and this behaviour is part of their communication .’’
Jayne was delighted to see the care home CCTV 'hub' and spoke to the Care Home Manager regarding monitoring of the CCTV throughout the day, the Manager told us all staff were' at ease' and understood the' importance of CCTV' within the care home environment and how it acted as a 'care assist' tool and how they 'wouldn't be without'. Andrew explained at first, carers were worried CCTV would have a negative impact on the day to day running of their care home but soon, after working with it, those worries were put to rest. Andrew told Care Campaign ' Why, if the care home is doing what it should be doing, CCTV is then seen as a negative?, It's so important in a care home especially with vulnerable people and their carers that safety montioring is implemented. Transparency is so important and we are not by any means a 'perfect' care home - there is no such thing. We strive every day to do the very best we can, CCTV monitoring in communal areas gives us some reassurnce if anything like a fall or another incident should happen - we can give familes and even CQC the answer to how it may have happened and implement solutions for it to never happen again. It also protect our staff against false accusations.''
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable would like to thank Shedfield Lodge for inviting in Jayne Connery and we wish them much success for the future.
'' Whist it wouldn’t be right recommending care homes doing the work I do - i can however , recommend care homes who see beyond what is required in a caring environment and who understand safety montioring as something that is required for the protection and safeguarding of vulnerable residents and their dedicated hard working carers, I, for one, will always champion care homes that implements this ethos and Shedfield Lodge Residential Care Home is one. ''
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British Actress Aimi Macdonald is Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Ambassador - raising public awareness for better, safer, transparent care within the care sector.
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
Adventure with Dementia provide values-based learning, development and improvement programmes which include life elements relevant to us all irrespective of a diagnosis of disease or disability. Our approach is that of doing 'with' people and not doing 'for' them thus creating family style daily living which is occupied, meaningful and fulfilled while also challenging the stereotypes of a carers role to empower them to do things differently: pledging to make a difference.Visit Website
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.Read more
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