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Hudgell Solicitors calls for compulsory CCTV in care homes to prevent abusive and neglectful care of the elderly



Hudgell Solicitors is calling for CCTV systems to become compulsory in care and residential homes across the country in a bid to prevent cases of abuse and neglect of the elderly.

It follows an increasing number of cases in which concerned families have caught care home staff either abusing or neglecting their loved ones by secret filming and recording.

It also comes as Lisa Smith, 34, of Rochdale, has taken her 86-year-old father, who suffers from dementia, out of care after four years which she describes as a ‘living nightmare’.

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Launching an e-petition calling on the Government to make CCTV in care and residential homes compulsory, the soon-to-be mother of three is now acting as a full-time carer for her parents, whilst holding down her own job alongside a hectic family life.

Should the petition secure 10,000 signatures, the Government will be required to provide an official response. If 100,000 sign to support the call, the matter could well be placed high on the agenda in Parliament.

Renu Daly, a specialist in handling claims of abuse and neglect at Hudgell Solicitors, says the time has come for care of the elderly to be made a Government priority.

Hudgell Solicitors are calling for people to sign the petition as part of its ‘Love Our Vulnerable and Elderly (LOVE) campaign, aimed at making people think about care for the elderly as Valentine’s Day approaches, and sign the petition.

“We have launched this campaign in response to seeing a sharp increase in the number of care home abuse and neglect cases which have come to us over the past 18 months,” said Ms Daly.

“There has been a common theme in many of the cases, and that is families raising concerns about the treatment of their loved ones, not getting satisfactory responses, and then uncovering poor, sometimes shocking treatment themselves when carrying out their own filming or recording.

“We believe that, in light of the increasing number of care home abuse cases handled by our team of specialist solicitors, and reported on in the national media, the time has come for the Government to seriously consider making CCTV systems compulsory in all UK care and residential homes caring for vulnerable people.

“We believe this would be in the best interests not only of patients and their families, but also care and residential home owners and operators, and their staff.

“We hope that by running this campaign as Valentine’s Day approaches, it will encourage people to think deeper, not just about their partner, husband or wife, but about older generations, and what we can do to ensure they are protected, and treated with love, respect and dignity when they need the care of others.

“If that resulted in 100,000 signatures on this petition, it would be a huge, united act of care and compassion.”

Hudgell Solicitors believes compulsory CCTV will lead to improved standards, and benefits for families including;

  • Increased protection against abuse, both physical and mental, by care home staff or other residents
  • Greater confidence when placing their relatives within the care industry
  • Opportunities to view the care on their relatives beyond limited visiting hours.

Benefits for care and residential home operators will include;

  • Protection for staff against false or malicious allegations of poor or abusive care
  • Clear-cut evidence against unjustified legal and insurance claims
  • Extra observational aids for caring for residents when short staffed.
  • Improved security

The campaign comes after a survey last year saw three in five residential care workers admit to being “relaxed” about visible cameras being installed in care homes.

The survey of 2,000 members of the GMB, who worked for a residential and nursing care provider, found that while 40 per cent of those polled were opposed to the routine use of CCTV cameras in communal areas, the remaining 60 per cent were “reasonably relaxed” about the idea.

Some 70 per cent agreed that cameras could help to identify abuse, but 71 per cent expressed concern that they would be an invasion of residents’ privacy.

However, Ms Daly added: “Residents’ privacy is often used as a reason against having CCTV, but at present, they have no option at all, as there is no CCTV coverage.

“We feel that relatives would feel happier knowing there was CCTV footage, and surely the option for relatives and patients should be able to ‘opt out’ of filming in private rooms, with all communal areas subject to round-the-clock filming.”

Last year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) issued guidance on what relatives in England need to consider when using hidden cameras. The move came in response to increasing numbers of relatives taking the drastic steps to protect their loved ones.

To sign the petition calling for a parliamentary debate on care for the elderly in the UK, and the introduction of compulsory CCTV systems, go to the Petitions Parliament website.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

    Joy says:

    Just seen petition request on the news – this is without doubt essential to protect our elderly and infirm loved ones – I sincerely hope for a positive outcome for all those who are vulnerable

    Corrine Wilson says:

    Cctv in care homes is essential for the welfare of residents

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