Failing homes could adopt new technology to safeguard residents

With almost a third of care homes rated as ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’ now is the time to embrace new technology to manage risk and drive up quality standards, according to Ben Wilson of Care Protect.

Ben WilsonMr Wilson (right) says: “The use of independently monitored smart intelligent cameras is something that the sector needs to consider and debate, to safeguard both service users and staff. For more than thirty years abuse issues have been reported on an almost weekly basis yet despite repeated efforts to strengthen legislation, prioritise whistleblowing and improve inspection processes, abuse continues unabated.”

“It is very worrying that almost a third of care homes are failing their residents and, according to the Care Quality Commission, not keeping them safe. Camera surveillance and expert monitoring is a long overdue solution.

“All concerns around privacy and choice can be addressed if the will exists to embrace technology to safeguard vulnerable people.

“Care Protect already has a number of clients with monitoring in place and the results are very positive. The independence of the monitors has ensured any identified concerns are immediately addressed and referred to the care provider for instant rectification and if necessary to the appropriate regulatory authority.”

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