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That's why they do it, the abuse, because they know that the person they are supposed to be caring for may not remember the abuse or be believed because they have fabricated such an incident. I found it laughable that the care home manager was worried it would undermine trust - that's the reason why there are suggestions of installing hidden cameras in first place, no trust, as the footage has justified!The thought that comes into my mind as I read about this is that if someone is arrested, there are cameras in the police station and police custody suite, which by and large (with some exceptions) protects them.
But when someone is in a hospital, a care home or a nursing home, they are vulnerable.
When Dad was in a falls unit he was abused. I saw some of it, saw Dad's distress, and even heard the staff member bragging about it. I could not get anyone to take it seriously except to get him discharged. As far as I am aware, the man who abused him (with inappropriate contact and comments) was not subject to any disciplinary proceedings or warnings. He is free to remain predatory on other vulnerable male patients who are unable to ward off his advances.
The only good thing about it was that with Dad's memory, he no longer remembers what happened.
I couldn't agree more Petrina. I also feel that cameras placed in communal areas as well as bedrooms are vital. My dad's recent fall in the corridor wasn't witnessed. I don't now how long he was lying there! Thankfully he was okay, but...One thing that particularly bugs me in relation to cameras, especially hidden cameras, is that the argument seems to be made again and again that it would be intruding on the privacy of the staff, or similar arguments.
I don't think that's a valid objection. Much as being 'spied on' seemingly all the time may not be liked, people working in a wide range of places and jobs such as shops, banks, airports, motorway repair, call centres etc. do their jobs in front of cameras. Many other people work in front of colleagues or observed by managers.