Total Security Announces Security Systems Tips for New York Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

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Total Security announces new strategies for the proper use of security systems in assisted living and nursing homes to ensure the safety of patients, employees and guests, while successfully protecting properties from liability issues.

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Common areas to install security systems include the front entrance and front desk, TV and social rooms, sitting areas, activity areas, kitchens, hallways, corridors and outdoor gathering areas such as nursing stations, patios and decks.

This month, top rated New York security system installer Total Security Integrated Systems announces specific strategies to help assisted living facilities and nursing homes protect their residents from neglect and improper care as well as their grounds from break-ins and theft. According to security experts at the company, security systems don’t just protect; they also help monitor patients and employees, as well as minimize liabilities for the facility or nursing home. The benefits are innumerable.

In fact, safety risks at nursing homes and assisted living facilities are high, because elderly loved ones cannot take care of or protect themselves or their personal possessions adequately. For example, the large quantity of prescription drugs and valuable items present can be easy targets for criminals. According to Total Security, the root cause is not putting systems into place with both personnel and security equipment to mitigate risks and create a secure and safe environment. In response, Total Security suggests several practical, cost-effective ways to significantly improve security systems.

First, Total Security suggests conducting a comprehensive security evaluation of a property to determine where it makes the most sense to install security cameras. Matt DiMicco, CEO of Total Security, suggests installing high definition security cameras inside and outside of the building, specifically at entry and exit points. Common areas include the front entrance and front desk, TV and social rooms and sitting areas, activity areas, kitchens, hallways, corridors and outdoor gathering areas such as nursing stations, patios and decks, to name a few. In combination with an alarm system, high definition cameras help deter the threat of a break in and capture. They also monitor the everyday actions of patients and employees.

If remote access monitoring is needed, this can be achieved with both HiDef analog systems and IP camera systems. This can help ensure that patients are not being neglected, and that they are getting the proper care. Total Security notes that cameras can only be placed in public areas unless consent from a patient or a legal representative is given.

Second, access control systems can protect patients from wandering into unsupervised areas that can be dangerous, such as a kitchen, or the outdoors. Door access systems can also allow management to control access to unwanted or restricted areas. Using proximity cards, the access control panels can be programmed to allow access into certain areas without a key and without making contact with a door. Reports or Audit Trails, that track and record access point activity, can be generated on demand by management.

Matt DiMicco says, “Access control panels are an effective way to make these facilities safer, and they help to significantly reduce risk. Always work with an A+Rated service provider if you are going to install access control systems or surveillance cameras.”

Total Security also explains that security systems can also help protect the business for liability purposes by capturing accidents and self-inflicted injuries that unfortunately do occur for patients, guests and employees. DiMicco adds that there are many instances where hidden cameras have been used in resident’s rooms to document abuse or neglect, and that while the rules of each facility may vary, it is something to consider if abuse is suspected.

Total Security can help nursing homes and assisted living facilities on Long Island and in New York City evaluate their security needs, install all of the equipment that is needed, and also service the facility into the future. The company is offering a free onsite evaluation for facilities and can be reached at (516) 775-2304. More information can be found here: http://www.totalsecurityny.com/assisted-living-nursing-home-security-systems

About Total Security Integrated Systems
Total Security is an industry leader in commercial security systems and home security systems in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Long Island. Rated “A+” by the BBB, Total Security installs a variety of quality security systems, such as video surveillance, access control, intercoms, biometrics & GPS Tracking and security cameras. The company’s new security camera showroom and headquarters are based out of 206 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552.

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