Care Center Security Surveillance

One of the most difficult decisions a family can make is whether to place a loved one in a care facility.

Although such facilities can provide a level of care and supervision that many families cannot give on their own, there is still the fear that something may go wrong.

Most nursing homes are staffed with caregivers who want to provide the best care, but the work is difficult and many facilities have high staff turnover. This can lead to nursing homes that are understaffed or have poorly trained or inexperienced workers.

Families often must select a nursing home quickly when a loved one is injured or ill and suddenly needs full-time care. Family members want to be assured that the facility they've selected has an excellent record, but the research can be daunting.

A study by Wisconsin's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel highlights the difficulties in finding accurate and specific information on nursing home violations, as the article's authors had to manually compile information from thousands of pages of records. The 2008 study revealed that over a recent three-year period, 359 nursing home residents in Wisconsin were subject to violations that "put patients in jeopardy." Surprisingly, many families were unaware that their loved ones' injuries or deaths later resulted in citations against the nursing homes.

Detecting Injuries That May Be Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are among the most common signs of neglect. They form as a result of a lack of blood flow to areas of the body with significant pressure, such as the backside of a person confined to a bed or wheelchair. Although they can be avoided by simply moving the person every two hours, the infections they cause can be life threatening.

Other nursing home injuries that should be red flags include:

Broken bones or fractures Bruises Infections Internal bleeding Malnutrition or weight loss Dehydration

These scenarios are not uncommon, but a lack of reporting requirements, state investigation, and active litigation has allowed care facilities to continue operating under far less scrutiny than needed.

Surveillance cameras could restore the public Care Center Security Surveillance confidence in nursing homes because they give family members assurance that the facility is monitored and therefore safe. They also help the facility by covering areas of the building that staff cannot, thus ensuring that residents are monitored at all times.

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Additionally, experts believe that use of security cameras helps nursing home operators - cameras can be placed in rooms and common areas, allowing staff to check on residents without being overworked. Any abusive or questionable behavior would be captured on video and used to prosecute the guilty party or clear the name of an innocent one.

Lavitech Professional Contractors understands that security means peace of mind and no price can be placed on that. Call us today for free on site estimate and make your facility more secure.

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