| 03 February 2013
Bikal Cloud CCTV is a surveillance tool to help caring professionals to view their case file with higher regularity and while on the move. In addition, families can view relatives them and opens the possibility for care homes to provide a similar service.
London, UK: Remote access CCTV has provided many opportunities for private individuals and businesses to have surveillance on their assets, opening up these applications further so that multiple people, businesses and agencies can view the same video images, Vigilance can reveal.
This can be in real time, play back and from any location. It is just about giving the access and privileges to the persons responsible. The elderly are a vunarable group of society and the care provided is in different forms. The factors are based on finances, level of health (physical and mental) and location of other members of the family. Recently there have been highly publiscised incidents of care home mis treatment of the individuals put in their trust to be cared for. Care homes are and will be experiencing a growth in demand as the population ages, predictions are from 10 million elderly now to 19 million by 2030.
Health care costs also increase as the patient may miss meals or lack other provisions or simply just fall and injure themselves. The resources for daily checking are not there plus a daily visit will restrict freedom for the patient, which will still be valued. Even in care homes the individuals’ room or an apartment complex for retirees there is a level of privacy which each person will want to maintain. Being able to discreetly check on someone is an important part of a service provision. Facilitating a normal life as possible, while still being in a position to provide the best care is a balancing act, especially when taking into account the personality of the patient as well.
By using Cloud CCTV it is easy to strategically place 1-2 cameras in the home which wont intrude on the daily life but will still provide a monitoring tool for professionals, family members and to others if a situation is escalated. For instance, a camera in a living room will show the daily movement of an individual and activity. The system on a motion detection record can save images for someone to come and check at set times or log in at any time (monitoring centres could use the Cloud CCTV to provide a 1-2 camera monitoring service). Most of the elderly will have set times for meals, sleep and visitors so external monitoring can be set for that time.
Care workers, whether home visitors or in care homes, can also be monitored to ensure the appropriate care is given within health & safety guidelines. Processes and procedures can be improved through using recorded video images. This is a good value add for the service and provides assurance to the other family members, through visual verification, of the care that is taking place for their family member.