Video Surveillance for Elder Care
Security cameras are a great way to protect an elder care facility or nursing home. The number of retirees living in group or nursing homes has been rising consistently for a number of years. High demand and large numbers of elderly or impaired people living in groups makes security a top priority. A smartly installed video surveillance system is an easy and effective way to keep your residents and staff safe from theft, vandalism and unwanted intruders.
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Benefits of Nursing Home CCTV
Easy to Install – Surveillance systems that use IP (Internet Protocol) or digital video cameras are easy to install. Just mount the cameras and connect them to your recorder – no power tools or technicians required.
Protect residents and employees – Cameras recording entrances and exits can help protect your staff and charges from unwanted intruders. In secured environments like memory care facilities, indoor cameras placed near exits can help you prevent confused residents from wandering outdoors unsupervised.
Secure your building – Outdoor cameras in parking lots and open spaces can dissuade thieves from breaking into cars or loitering on your property.
Remote broadcasting – NVRs (network video recorders) enable you to broadcast your security footage over the internet and check it from any accessible device (including many cell phones). This is especially handy if you manage multiple care facilities or have a particularly large home – you can make sure all your buildings or locations are safe without having to be in multiple places at once.
Improve image – IP video cameras provide superior quality footage in comparison to analog CCTV systems, making it easier to quickly identify who is in your security camera's field of vision
Risks of Video Surveillance at Rest Homes
Privacy – In order to protect the privacy of your employees and residents, keep security cameras in public places like dining rooms, sitting rooms, reception areas, and kitchens.
Configuration of Security Cameras at Nursing Facilities
There are many things to consider when setting up a surveillance system for an assisted living facility. Consider the following when purchasing and installing your system:
- What do you consider your most important security issues?
- Do you feel that surroundings contribute to your overall security?
- Have you ever wished that you caught a certain event on camera?
- What kind of facility are you?
- A general care facility like a nursing home with options for specialized care giving (like memory care).
- A specialized facility, like a memory care home, where one type of resident lives.
- Have you ever had problems with employee theft?
Setup Advice for Assisted Care Facilities
- Put cameras in open areas where residents and staff congregate: activity areas, dining halls, TV rooms and hallways.
- Place cameras strategically in entryways and reception areas so you get a clear shot of each visitor as they enter and exit.
- Security cameras in stockrooms and supply closets can help you monitor your supplies and prevent theft.
- If your facility has more than one building or you operate multiple facilities, consider an NVR (network video recorder). NVRs broadcast your camera feeds over the internet and allow you to check on your footage from any camera at any time.