With the population ageing, and care costs rising, you want to make sure that your elderly relatives are taken care of. While there are a lot of high-quality care homes out there that do a fantastic job there’s a lot out there that do let the side down. There are always stories in the paper about patients being neglected or not looked after by a member of staff who should know better.
While we are not entirely sure if this is ethical and recommend you do it at your own risk it could be worth looking at installing a spy camera in the nursing home then you can check if they are getting the appropriate care. My Grandma was in a home for many years, and we think she was very fortunate that her home was a good one.
Best Hidden Cameras To Use In Nursing Homes In The UK
1. Hidden Spy Camera Alarm Clock
This is a fantastic looking piece of kit and there’s no way you can tell there’s a camera inside this at all. This doesn’t just suit care homes but could be used anywhere to help improve home security.
It has a 140-degree camera which is wide-angle and streams at 1080p which makes sure you can record whatever you need in high quality.
There is built-in motion detection which you can turn off. If you have it on, it will automatically send you a push notification to your phone but we don’t think this is something you need on all the time in a care home as chances are it will go off a lot (if connected to wifi). However, you can record without the wifi straight onto a 128gb SD card which will record all the movements, so I guess it depends how often you are going into the care home to take the card home and go through the footage.
Night vision is standard, which is good as that means nothing will be missed.
The one downside of the wifi push notifications to your phone is that you need to be able to connect it to the care homes wi-fi so that it can stream to your phone. I am not sure if all care homes randomly give out wifi access but I am sure if you ask they probably will.
2. Panoraxy Wifi Hidden Spy Camera
This is a great way to get a spy camera in. Most people in a care home are likely to have pictures up of their family, so this will look out of place at all. It’s not cheap, but its definitely one of our favourites on the list.
This will need to be connected to the wifi at the home to stream to your phone but once that’s set up you can be anywhere and check in on your loved one. it works great whether it’s placed on a bedside table, or on the wall with some other photos. The camera inside has a 15 degree down angle, so it’s worth placing it slightly higher up to where you want it to view.
It will only record when motion is detected and it also plays back the sound for you as well so you can hear whats going on.
If you cant get on wifi then that’s no problem as it will record everything straight to a micro SD card (bought separately) which can store plenty of footage for you to collect.
Like a lot of the other cameras, it has night vision which is great.
3. Spy Pen Camera
You might be wondering why there is a pen in this guide but I think it’s one of the least likely to be looked at as being suspicious. Just set it up across the room in a desk tidy or pen pot and away you go. Even though it’s small it’s still packed full of features such as a 32gb internal memory. This means you don’t have to go out and buy an extra SD card to put inside it.
It records up to 1920 x 1080 HD which for such a small device really is amazing. The frame rate is 30 frames a second.
4. Wall Clock Spy Camera
Another great option as chances are it will be placed quite high up and capture quite a lot of the room which will allow you to get decent footage. it has a 1080p quality camera with a really wide range of 160 degrees. Inside it has wifi which means you can stream this to your mobile phone at any time you wish to check on your loved one.
You can record directly onto a micro SD memory card which can be placed inside it. It supports up to a 32gb card which is not supplied with this item.
When looking at reviews of this item we found that people were really happy with it. Most had used it in home offices to catch employees pinching office supplies and they were very happy with the results.
5. Spy Glasses
Another great item that no one would expect. The lense isn’t right in the middle as you would expect, but its in the back arm of the frame which makes it a camera that no one is going to find. This could be placed on the bedside table, or on a counter at the end of the bed and look like just a pair of reading glasses.
Inside there is an 8gb micro sd card which is included. Once it gets full it will just overwrite. It can support up to 32gb though which is nice.
The video quality on these is not as good as others on our list as its only 640 x 480, but that should still do a decent enough job to capture what you need. It takes 1 hour to charge via USB.
6. Spy Camera Plug
We really like this one as its just a bit different.
It records at full HD (1920 x 1080) with a 75-degree wide-angle view.
It would work really well just on the wall next to the side of the bed and capture who is going in and out very easily.
Videos are saved in 5-minute intervals meaning you will never miss anything important.
Works on both PC and MAC.
If you want cheaper items, go for the pen or glasses but if you have more of a budget then the picture frame is our favourite.
Wifi or no wifi
Wifi will be important to those that want to sit at home and keep a closer eye on every move. If that’s not something you are bothered about them then you can just check the memory card that inside them. This could be tricky as you don’t want to get caught by a staff member removing the card as they will wonder why you mess around with the clock every time you are around
Only put a camera in if you are really sure something bad is going on. Don’t just put one in for the sake of it, as it really is a breach of privacy.