Consider Patient Security in Nursing Home Design

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For multiple reasons Nursing Homes and Aged Care Facilities should install security systems tailored to the needs of their residents. This can greatly reduce the burden placed on their nursing staff to be in multiple places at once, while maintaining excellent levels of patient care. Nursing homes serve patients requiring preventive, therapeutic, and rehabilitative nursing care services for non-acute, long-term conditions. Most residents are frail and aged, but not bedridden, although often using canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. Stays are relatively long, the majority for life. Nursing homes also care for a smaller percentage of convalescent patients of all ages. These patients are in long-term recovery from acute illnesses, but no longer require hospitalization. This begs the question, with so many people to care for, how can nursing homes and aged care facilities maintain the safety and security of their residents, without over burdening their nursing staff or effective levels of patient care? Designing responsive and protective aged care facility Nursing homes present special design challenges in that for most residents the nursing home is not just a facility, but indeed their home. The challenge is to design a nursing home that is sensitive and responsive to long-term human needs both psychically and emotionally. In addition,facilities also take into consideration the emotional needs of residents loved ones and carers in ‘the outside world.’ Physically, residents are susceptible to falls and injury and with multiple residents moving about the facility at any one time, it can mean nursing staff are required to keep an eye over more than one are at the same time. The addition of CCTV and Video security...