Care Campaign For The Vulnerable.. Let’s Talk About... Elderly Care
By Care Campaign For The Vulnerable
Care Campaign For The Vulnerable is a national , not for profit, safety in elderly care organisation helping support families and care workers that contact us. We are also lead influencers promoting the need for safety monitoring in all care homes championing better care and safety to our elderly especially those living with dementia. Come and join in our conversation
Robert Kilgour is a Scottish property developer, invester, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur. His first business venture was running a stall selling jeans and t-shirts at Edinburgh's Ingliston Market while still a student at Stirling University. A decade later, in 1988, he founded Four Seasons Health Care, which opened its first care home in May 1989. When Robert left the company in 2000 it was the UK's fifth largest care home operator, running 101 care homes and employing 6,500 staff. Four seasons is currently one of the UK's largest care home operators with about 190 care homes, caring for around 9,000 residents and employing over 12,000 staff. In 2004 he founded and is currently the Chairman of Renaissance Care which operates 15 care homes in Scotland and employs 1,100 staff. Robert is also founder and CEO of Dow Investments Plc, now in its third decade. He is a Director and co founder of video and security systems specialists, NW Security Group and was also a founder shareholder and until he engineered its sale in 2019, Chairman of Kingdom FM Radio. Robert holds several other Non - Executive Directorships and Senior Advisor roles. Born in Edinburgh, brought up in Fife and educated at Loretto School in Musselburgh, Roberts now decides his time between London and his home in Fife, whenever possible raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. We are delighted he has joined Care Campaign For the Vulnerable’s podcast Let’s Talk About Elderly Care... welcome Robert Kilgour.
Welcome to Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Let's Talk About... Elderly Care PODCAST. I am delighted to welcome Ben Wilson Development Director at Care Protect Ltd. Care Campaign for the Vulnerable champions and promotes the use of safety monitoring in all UK care and nursing homes. Our passion saw us hand in a petition in 2017 to 10 Downing Street with thousands of signatures to support mandatory use of CCTV in all caring environments that would offer better transparency and safety in the care of our vulnerable elderly and good, dedicated care workers. The success of what we do here at CCFTV bring many prolific providers to invite us in to discuss with families in care and staff the benefits safety monitoring can assist with in the day to day operating in care homes. We want to learn more about the type of systems that are available on the market and the ones which are the most effective in evidencing abuse, wilful neglect, preventable or non preventable accidents/incidents. A negative care experience by our Director to her own mother Ellen did not dissuade her that there are some very special people working within the care sector. She saw a time for change after a 'out of the blue' phone call from a whistleblower telling her, her mother and other vulnerable residents were being treated badly and suffering wilful neglect. The purpose of safety monitoring was to draw attention to the plight of so many people often without a advocate to speak out for them and to call for much closer scrutiny of the care they receive every day. Issues her own mother faced she witnessed first hand meaning she could step in and address the shortcomings. However, it slowly dawned on her that many older people in care didn’t have a family advocate or friend that visited regularly and effectively they were voiceless. Jayne was also confided to by care workers complaining they were rarely supported and often understaffed with fingers of blame from families pointed directly at them if accidents happened while caring for loved ones. As a result, Care Campaign for the Vulnerable was born. CCFTV really got some traction after our Government petition process and as a result we soon found we were overwhelmed by families and care staff who were raising concerns about care. Families sent CCFTV horrific photos of loved ones injuries sustained in care and telling us when queried and wanting more details to what happened Care Providers responses were remarkably similar to my own experiences. Families were having to accept responses of ''we don't know how it happened'', “must have fallen''. No witnesses exist, no one could be held to account because of the lack of evidence, therefore no idea if the injuries could have been prevented or indeed, if they were wilfully inflicted. The anxiety, upset and distress that those responses elicited from families was palpable. No family could really understand why when an older person with cuts, bruises, fractures, pressure sores, no evidence hardly ever existed to explain such. The natural concern always related to a possibility of abuse yet providers often seemed unfazed by what was a terrible trauma for the family, the resident and in many cases the care staff. Over the last three decades, the incidences of poor care and abuses have become more frequent. Indeed a recent newspaper poll article confirmed that after a Freedom of Information request from many UK police forces, results confirmed that violent crimes against elderly people had increased by 260% over the last ten years. So with this in mind, we are going to be talking to Ben Wilson and learn more about the benefits to safety monitoring when caring for our most vulnerable elderly.
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable (CCFTV) will be launching on Wednesday 1st July our Lets Talk About... Elderly Care PODCAST. We want you to subscribe to our channel and get involved. CCFTV will be chatting over views and thoughts regarding the care of our elderly to care professionals, care home owners as well as families in care we support and care workers. We will be giving you a exclusive insight to the important work we do here at Care Campaign for the Vulnerable. So please subscribe to our channel and lets get the REAL discussion going. Let's Talk About... Elderly Care. ccftv.co.uk.