FIVE South Australian aged care facilities will have surveillance and monitoring systems installed as part of a trial to improve resident safety and reduce "adverse events".
The 12-month trial will be rolled out from early next year at Northgate House in Adelaide and in four regional sites, Mt Pleasant Aged Care, Waikerie Health Services, Bordertown Memorial Hospital and Port Pirie Regional Health Service.
"This CCTV pilot aims to ... determine whether the technology can cost-effectively be used to provide higher levels of resident safety, improve care and reduce adverse events," SA Health Minister Stephen Wade said.
It comes amid the royal commission into Australia's aged care system which was sparked in part by the serious abuse and poor care uncovered at Adelaide's Oakden, state-run, nursing home.
The SA government is still looking to secure a technology partner to provide the security system which will only be installed with the full consent of residents and their families.
The measure has been called for by the various community and support groups across the aged care sector as well as families of those abused at Oakden.
Federal Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said the commonwealth was committed to exploring new measures to keep senior Australians safe.
"This trial will provide evidence about whether the benefits of installing surveillance in aged care homes outweigh the privacy costs for residents," he said.
"We must make sure senior Australians and their loved ones have the confidence that they will be treated with the dignity and respect in aged care."
Cameras will be installed in all bedrooms within the chosen sites, but will only be switched on after the personal consent of each resident who will be able to step in or out of the trial at any time.
"The resident's care, safety and privacy are our top priority so should a resident not want their room to be filmed, the camera in their room will be disabled," Director of the Office for Ageing Well Cassie Mason said.
Australian Associated Press
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