Finding an appropriate solution to the issues care homes and care facilities face with patient falls can be difficult due to limited numbers of staff available and the spontaneous nature of an older person having a fall. Our intelligent A.I. driven CCTV Cameras for nursing homes offer a solution.
CCTV Cameras for nursing homes – a solution to assist staff and residents
Approximately 490,000 older people are currently living in UK care homes with 11,808 of those people in Northern Ireland. The UK care home workforce totals nearly 700,000 people.
Those patients who survive their injuries often have a reduced quality of life and suffer some form of permanent disability. We offer our customers a solution with intelligent (smart) CCTV Cameras for nursing homes.
Rise in nursing home patient falls
Figures show that between 50% and 75% of nursing home residents suffer falls each year, twice the chances of falling when compared to seniors who live in a regular residential community. It has been a prevalent challenge to detect falls quickly and effectively, especially when these occur in residents’ bedrooms.
In the United Kingdom, the Care Quality Commission has recognised that the use of CCTV may be one of the best ways to ensure safety and quality of care. However, using video surveillance also brings into question other security issues, such as privacy and data protection.
A survey commissioned by Age UK has found that millions of older people are worried about falling over, with 4.3 million (36%) saying it topped their list of concerns.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “Falls are a serious threat to older people’s health, wellbeing and independence, causing pain, distress and loss of confidence. However, despite having serious consequences, falls in later life are often dismissed as an inevitable part of growing older, when the reality is many of them are preventable.
“We should have effective services in all areas to help people to avoid having a fall in the first place and to support those who have fallen and prevent it from happening again. However, the quality of falls prevention services still varies a great deal from place to place so we welcome the commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan to invest in ‘ageing well’ and to put more preventative services and support in place”.
Dahua’s WizMind technologies
WizMind embraces human-based AI (Artificial Intelligence), for a whole host of applications across verticals.
This is where Dahua Technology’s WizMind technologies come into play. WizMind embraces human-based AI (Artificial Intelligence), for a whole host of applications across verticals, such as retail, energy, finance, transportation and of course, health and social care.
Specific to the health and social care sector are deep-learning algorithms, to protect the privacy of the face and body in real-time, and stereo analysis, which combines dual-lens cameras with three-dimensional scene analysis, in order to detect sudden physical movement, such as falls.
Stereo video analysis
The growth of AI applications has enabled the greater availability of 3D scene analysis solutions, thereby enabling objects and people to be analysed in three dimensions.
Dahua Technology’s stereo analysis uses two lenses, in order to capture separate images of the same scene. It then computes the ‘optical parallax’ of spatial points in the two images, providing 3D information of the scene. The stereo vision mimics the depth of view that comes from humans having two eyes, known as binocular vision.
Combined with deep-learning algorithm
Combined with a deep-learning algorithm, stereo analysis can recognise event patterns, such as falls and other movement-based behaviours, such as people approaching, the detection of an abnormal number of people in an area, and violent behaviour. With the technology on offer to nursing homes and care facilities, the specifically designed CCTV Cameras for nursing homes become and important part of the care of older and vulnerable people.
In nursing and care homes, stereo analysis cameras can help staff monitor residents, in case of emergency and respond to residents’ problems, such as tripping and falls. The cameras can view all three dimensions of subjects and together with its deep-learning algorithm, can immediately alert staff to any unusual or sudden movement, such as would be evident in a fall.
CCTV Cameras in communal areas and bedrooms
With CCTV Cameras for nursing homes correctly situated both in communal areas and in bedrooms, the staff is able to respond quickly to incidents, which may otherwise stay undiscovered for hours.
An example of such a scenario is a nursing home in Singapore, which has a capacity of around 400 beds and is divided into 14 separate living environments, with each designed to be a home-like living area.
Dahua CCTV cameras with intelligent fall detection technology
Dahua cameras, such as IPC-HDW8341X-BV-3D with intelligent fall detection technology were installed, including the provision of 167 stereo analysis cameras inside each bedroom. This type of system is a perfect option when sourcing CCTV Cameras for nursing homes. These CCTV Cameras trigger an alarm, in the case of incidents, such as a fall, allowing immediate response by staff. Not only does this enhance the well-being and safety of residents, but it also can reduce the nursing home’s labour costs.
In addition, Stereo Analysis can also be applied in other application scenarios. An underground unmanned bicycle parking garage in Amsterdam, for instance, has installed Dahua Technology’s behaviour analysis cameras, to detect abnormal events and prevent accidents, such as people tripping and falling, or suspicious individuals wandering around the area.
Privacy Protection 2.0 technology
While monitoring their situation inside the nursing home, Dahua also adopts Privacy Protection 2.0 technology that features masking of human face and body, to protect the residents’ privacy. It involves the restriction of what can be seen in video images and applies equally to live, and recorded images. Digital masking takes place on the front-end device (e.g. network camera).
Dahua’s Privacy Protection 2.0 provides real-time occlusion of the body and face and enables users to access recorded videos, without having to overlay faces with mosaic masks. It also offers additional occlusion options, such as irregular polygons, mosaics and coloured blocks, and allows code exporting based on specified targets, ensuring the privacy of subjects.
Privacy and security in evidence collection
Stereo video analysis and privacy protection come into their own in nursing homes and healthcare facilities
Benefits offered include non-pixelated human targets, allowing for privacy and security in evidence collection. The technology also allows for face and human attributes analysis, without breaching people’s privacy, making it ideal for nursing homes.
Stereo video analysis and privacy protection come into their own in nursing homes and healthcare facilities. It allows the close monitoring of residents or patients to help ensure their well-being and safety, while at the same time protecting the privacy of often vulnerable individuals.
Expert CCTV Installation for Nursing Homes and Care Facilities
If you are searching for a specific CCTV solution to assist with fall prevention or care of the elderly, Advanced Overwatch can help.
Our team of experienced engineers and sales advisors can provide you with the help and assistance required to ensure a suitable CCTV Camera System for nursing home or private care facility is specified and installed.