How Secure Is A Care Home?
Security solutions must provide the right level of protection without impacting the resident's quality of life and feeling like an intrusion. An access control system is such a solution that is flexible and able to adapt to meet a care home's requirements.
When we think of care homes, we think of a place of safety and security for our elderly relatives or those with serious care needs. In reality, care home security has a wide variety of risks that require effective action to ensure safety and protection – not just for the residents, but also for the expensive equipment within the building.
Security solutions must provide the right level of protection without impacting the resident’s quality of life and feeling like an intrusion. An access control system is such a solution that is flexible and able to adapt to meet a care home’s requirements.
Care homes have many visitors on a day-to-day basis, including both professional services, deliveries, agency staff and residents’ families. Buildings are often spread over large areas of ground, with many areas where people with criminal intentions can gain access without raising any suspicion.
Care homes will have expensive equipment, drug storage areas and both physical and digital copies of patient records which must be held securely and in accordance with UK GDPR. All these must have high levels of security to protect the business and the residents within.
Providing a welcome and homely atmosphere and keeping the venue safe and secure is a tough balance, with many alarms and high-tech security camera systems being effective but seeming intrusive to residents.
Access Control Systems
Access control systems are one of the best security solutions for care homes to provide more unintrusive protection for vulnerable residents and those with additional care requirements, as well as the building’s valuable items and equipment – by restricting access to certain areas of the site.
Access control systems work on a smaller scale for single doors, as well as being part of the larger and wider security system in place. Access control can be linked with other aspects of your building’s/ care home security, such as CCTV, perimeter fences, and alarms; providing users with flexibility whilst meeting individual requirements.
By implementing different authorisation levels, people can prevent access to areas they are not permitted to be within.
Access control can implement many methods for monitoring access on a site, but one of the most advanced and undisputable is those centred around biometric readers.
Biometric security measures such as fingerprint scanners, facial identification and retinal recognition systems provide access to data that cannot be replicated, stolen or used by unauthorised parties. For care home environments, these systems offer an unrivalled level of security for residents and employees, ensuring that theft and other criminal activity are not a threat to the privacy and dignity of the business and its residents’ peace of mind.