Access Control In Residential Care Homes

Access Control In Residential Care Homes

Electronic access control systems are increasingly being used to enhance safety and security in medical consultation hospitals and residential care homes. The scope of the system can be extended to include; Time and Attendance, Visitor Management and Parking Management. An integrated system can reduce both the initial outlay and the running costs.

Why is Access Control Required?

Hospitals and residential care homes generally have to deal with a large number of people as well as permanent members of staff. These include temporary staff, patients and visitors.

With such a transient population and potentially vulnerable individuals, the security of valuables, patients and confidential information needs to be of the highest priority. 

In these establishments, many high value goods such as computers and sophisticated medical equipment need to be kept on the premises. The personal possessions of staff and patients also need to be protected. Confidential documents such as patients’ notes also need to be kept secure as do medication consequently, access control systems are needed enhance safety and security to restrict access (both entry and egress) to only to those people with the necessary authority.

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How can access control be implemented?

For the security of storerooms containing medications, valuable equipment or patients’ records, standalone access control systems can be fitted to the storeroom doors and pass cards issued to authorised staff members. Although each door will be protected by a separate access control system, it is possible to program individual pass cards to allow access through two or more doors as necessary.

The advantages of using access control over a lock and key system

Stand alone systems

  • Lost pass cards can be disabled without a need to replace the locking system.
  • A single pass card can be programmed to access several areas on a per user basis.
  • Pass cards can’t be easily copied.

Networked PC-Based Systems

The installation of a PC-based access control system opens up the opportunity to add many additional functions to the basic door control features provided by a standalone system. A PC-based system requires that all door controllers are networked back to a computer.

The additional benefits of using a PC-based access control system in hospitals and residential care homes are:

  • An evacuation roll call for staff members can be incorporated
  • A time and attendance system can be provided
  • Reporting of any incidents is made easier by providing evidence of who was in the area at the time of the incidence
  • Temporary, limited access cards can be issued to visitors
  • The system can monitor the numbers of specific categories of staff present within a controlled area to ensure that the required number of key staff members are maintained within the area by raising an alarm whenever this number falls below the required minimum level
  • Vehicular access to the site and the use of the parking facilities can be managed by the same system.

 These are just a few of the ways access control systems can be implemented in the healthcare sector. Please contact our sales team on 0800 228 9999 if you have any requirements that haven’t been covered here.