Cameras in aged care - is this the future?

1 Oct 2018 11:02 AMJen Fitzgerald
Cameras in aged care - is this the future?

Now the 2-part, ABC 4 Corners report on Aged Care, has aired comments on social media are on fire. Hundreds of comments from care workers, indicate the passion of the workforce.

 

Now the 2-part, ABC 4 Corners report on Aged Care, has aired comments on social media are on fire. Hundreds of comments from care workers, indicate the passion of the workforce.

Part 1 talked to ten care workers and nurses about the workplace and it was a very frank and open discussion. 1000 people applied for on the show - another sign of how much they want to be heard.

Part 2 showed footage of abuse episodes by care workers. They were filmed on hidden cameras, placed in rooms by concerned relatives. The resulting court cases were discussed and the lack of repercussions was astounding i.e. repercussions on the facility and staff. What was incredible was that no other staff involved reported the abuse before the relatives had to resort to the cameras. However, part 2 did not look at the deeper management issues and relatives could be excused for being wary.

Does this mean that care workers are evil? Unfortunately, it takes only 1 or 2 bad eggs to make all careworkers look bad.

99.9% of care workers are doing a fantastic job under extreme pressure.

Part 2 also had an interview with a former accreditation officer. He talked of the failings of the system where dodgy facilities can get a 100% accreditation success pass.

After the report was aired, a blog about putting cameras permanently in residents’ rooms brought up a lot of comments. A poll showed that 84% of poll participants want cameras in rooms.

Some examples of comments – (summarised)

"More staff means more eyes means more care. You don't need to strip the elderly of their basic Human Rights to privacy and confidentiality to protect them from abuse”

“I totally agree with cameras in resident’s rooms, Most of the time the senior staff didn't want to know. I would like a camera in my mum’s room. The thing to be aware of is who will be checking the footage”

“I wouldn't want cameras in my room. I'd be horrified to be filmed having personal care. Elderly people wouldn’t want this”

This is a topic that will not go away and many differing opinions are out there. All are helpful towards change that has to happen.