The Merits of Installing Video Surveillance in Nursing Homes

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There are approximately 2,800 nursing homes in Australia and growing, 30% to 40% of which have been cited for neglect and abuse. Surprisingly, most families are unaware about the occurrence of this abuse because nursing home patients are unable to communicate to their loved ones due to embarrassment, or fear of retribution. Families driven by suspecting abuse or neglect have turned to video surveillance system to identify and record abuse. In addition to providing elderly patient families with evidence, the use of video also captures caregivers stealing money, and violation of inappropriate behavior. Adopting this legislation of allowing the cameras in nursing homes will be a positive step towards the prevention of elderly abuse, and will provide families with access to real time video footage. It has been proven that the use of video surveillance cameras has successfully deterred crime in public areas such as hospitals, shopping malls, schools, government buildings, to name a few places. Below we have described the potential benefits of video surveillance in more detail. Reduced Fear of Crime Many studies have tried to determine if the presence of cameras in public areas such as corridors etc provides an added safety benefit to residents.  Although the findings are mixed, it generally shows a reduction in the level of fear of crime amongst people in CCTV areas. Assistance for Police Investigations Apart from CCTV cameras having a significant role in crime prevention, they also make a contribution to detection. The footage from these cameras provides assistance with an offender’s conviction. Camera footage can also help identify potential witnesses who are hesitant to come forward to the...

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Ensuring that the senior citizens in your health facility are safe and truly cared for should be a top priority. To ensure an all rounded safe environment there are several are safety measure you need to factor in as well. It is also important that you address the security of your premises, and the well-being of your staff. This is because your efforts to provide the best care for your elderly patients can affect the quality of your service, as well as the comfort and security of both your employees and clients. Fire safety What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about ensuring your facility and its occupants are safe from fires? Perhaps you may think of fire extinguishers and exits, even smoke detectors. While these are indeed essential and effective, they mostly get used only when an actual fire has broken out. You also need is to put a system in place that can help you prevent such an unfortunate event from occurring. You can install CCTV cameras at high risk areas and assign a staff to monitor these. This way, the slightest hint of trouble will be addressed before it escalates. You can also draw up a set of guidelines for your staff to follow in order to minimize the occurrence of fire hazards. For example, nobody should smoke on the premises. Another is warning them that no flammable substances should be placed near heat or devices that can ignite the said products. Accessibility of Entrances and Exits Aside from making sure the doorways are elderly-friendly, they should be secure and monitored at all...