How should we secure care homes and their residents in the 21st century?

How should we secure care homes and their residents in the 21st century?
The solution is wireless, user-friendly and already trusted in residences all over Europe, as Thomas Schulz, EMEA Marketing and Communications Director at ASSA ABLOY, explains.

Care homes are a security paradox. A residence must feel open and welcoming, a pleasant environment to greet family and visitors. A home, in every sense. Yet managers must ensure site security, keeping staff, sensitive data and medicines safe from unauthorized access. If residents have dementia or another complex condition, it’s crucial care workers can locate them at any time.

That’s why advanced, real-time access control — that’s easy for everyone to use — has major benefits. And not just for security: modern access control can also slash the time wasted on key management.

The solution is wireless

Mechanical security is not the answer. Managing keys puts a huge burden on staff. Locating the right key in a hurry causes delays. Mechanical keys are easily lost, and there’s no easy way to trace a missing resident in an emergency.

But home managers must be certain any new technology is easy to operate, as well as affordable. SMARTair wireless devices provide the easiest upgrade and replacement for mechanical locks — and are just as easy to retrofit to existing premises as well as install from scratch. Swapping existing locks for battery-powered cylinders or escutcheons with integrated card readers is easy. It instantly links a door to the admin software, freeing care managers from key hassles and upgrading resident security.

With SMARTair, lost keys are no longer a security risk. Using a PC or smartphone, it takes a few seconds to issue or revoke a key-card, wristband or whatever programmable credential residents use to open doors. There’s no need to change locks when a key goes missing. SMARTair offers audit trails and real-time monitoring.

It’s also easy to expand. An installation can start small, with a limited budget, then grow later.

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SMARTair in action

SMARTair is already deployed across Europe, including Pamplona’s 500-resident Casa de la Misericordia. “In a residence like ours it is critical to have real-time management that allows us to interact with a door at any time,” explained Ernesto Serra, Facility Manager at Casa de la Misericordia. “A wireless solution that allows us to install access control without wiring up the buildings was a big advantage.”

Dagmargården is a state-of-the-art home in Skanderborg, Denmark. Doors have wireless SMARTair escutcheons and wall readers, keeping security managers updated about security status in real time. “SMARTair provides the possibility to tailor the system exactly to our needs,” explained Ole Høi Sørensen at the local housing cooperative. “It is practical in daily life, and we can see who has been where and when. We do not have a problem with lost keys anymore.”

Dagmargården residents are issued with a tag which automatically opens their apartment door: they don’t need to turn a handle, or even to push.

Les Résidences Notre-Dame, in Geneva, has also switched to SMARTair. Because SMARTair supports individually tailored authorizations, every user has access only to appropriate areas. Medical staff can enter rooms and storerooms, but residents’ credentials only open the door to their own room and common areas. Even technology novices can work the system without difficulty.

Care homes can have both simplicity and security, with a SMARTair system that saves staff time, eliminates key hassles and makes residents safer.

For more on how SMARTair wireless access control is helping to protect the care homes of the future, visit here.

For more information please contact:
Thomas Schulz
EMEA Marketing and Communications Director
Digital and Access Solutions
Phone: +49 (0) 30 8106 2970
E-mail: thomas.schulz@assaabloy.com

About ASSA ABLOY
ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion. In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, door automation and hotel security.
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