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
SAFETY IN CARE AT GLENHOLME HOUSE IN SUNDERLAND PART OF THE WELLBURN CARE GROUP
CCTV safety monitoring in care homes was up for discussion when Founder of Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Jayne Connery accepted a invitation into Glenholme House care home in Sunderland this week. Glenholme House has successfully piloted CCTV safety monitoring throughout the home, including bedrooms. Rachel Beckett CEO of Wellburn Care Homes, explained ‘ We have many residents here with some form of cognitive impairment. We spoke to families and gained their consent. No family member resisted but if they did it wouldn’t be installed in their private room. Carers now can check in on residents at night and see if they are comfortable without going into their rooms and waking them up unnecessarily - it’s showing our residents are less tired in the day and therefore less falls occur - just one of the many positives. Jayne asked Rachel did she see any negatives to having CCTV safety monitoring? Rachel quickly replied ‘None’'.
CCTV saffety montioring in Glenholme House Care Home providing safety and transparency to residents and staff
She added ‘’ Some staff at first were concerned but soon understood it was present for their safety and protection too. Now they forget it’s there. Rachel Beckett MD announced future plans to roll it out across the whole of their fourteen care and nursing homes in the North of England. Rachel said ‘ CCTV safety monitoring in our home at Glenholme House is a huge success. We’ve had it installed 6 months now and everyone has enthusiastically come on board - staff , residents , families. They all see it as a positive and that’s what it is. It’s not about ‘big brother ‘ or ‘spying’. Only senior managers can view its content if a incident should happen. A resident told us he had fainted - naturally we were concerned and checked footage. It was clear from the footage he had not collapsed - he was just confused. Having this technology allowed us to assess what really happened. But it’s so important it allows allows privacy and dignity to our residents, It’s there to flag up any falls /incidents preventable and non preventable. No care home can run 100 per cent all the time, so it gives everyone peace of mind and we wouldn’t be without it - protecting both vulnerable residents and our staff members. All our care workers have now forgotten it’s there. They just do their job. It’s a great success and we now are planning to have it installed throughout our care /nursing homes‘’.
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable is delighted to visit homes like Glenholme House - they focus on care which importantly includes trasparency and openness, placing safety and protection to both staff and residents at the forefront of their agenda. Jayne Connery said after the visit '' Walking into Glenholme House it was evident to see the happy residents and staff . Care Homes are of course peoples homes but incidents happen in care homes and everyone should be protected and not behind closed doors with no transparecy to the incidents that can occur. I really do champion homes like Glenholme House and also I champion Care Providers who in business , want to put the care and safeguarding of their clients first. Now we need every care provider to have this dedication and vison - and to champion those that see CCTC safety monitoring as a care assist tool needed in care homes that take care of our most vulnerable and protect our care staff. ''
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable would like to thank all the Managers, staff, residents and CEO Rachel Beckett for welcoming Jayne Connery. We wish them much success for the future.
"The evidence from Providers who have installed CCTV seems to me to merit careful attention and to be quite persuasive"
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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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