Elder Abuse Law: Will Nursing Home Cameras Help Protect the Elderly?

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Surveillance Screen Showing Nurses In Hospital CanteenThe decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is a difficult one, and a top concern is that they may be neglected or abused. It’s vital to choose a facility that stringently follows elder abuse law regulations and offers safety measures such as trained staff and consistent reports. All of these safeguards are crucial in protecting nursing home residents from being mistreated.

Another option is to join the many parents who place nanny cams in their children’s nurseries, and install a video camera in the patient’s room.

Several states are already attempting to pass or considering bills pertaining to elder abuse laws and the legality of video cameras in a patient’s room.  While cameras are typically allowed in the common areas of nursing home facilities, the patient rooms are off-limits in most areas of the country at this time. The argument of not allowing video cameras in nursing home rooms is to protect the resident’s privacy.

How could cameras help reduce the occurrences of elder neglect and abuse?

  • They offer accountability.By knowing their work actions are being recorded, facility employees would be more inclined to perform their duties in the proper manner. Video cameras would add a bit of extra insurance that workers were doing their jobs correctly.
  • They could reduce the chance of injury and neglect.With 1.6 million people currently living in nursing homes, the chance of elder abuse is a valid concern. Video cameras would give evidence of the guilty parties so they could be fired, which would reduce the number of incidents.
  • They provide peace of mind.Family members often worry and fear for the safe treatment of their loved ones who reside in nursing homes. Being able to install a video camera could give evidence that the staff is treating them with care and respect.

Whether or not elder abuse law will open up to the idea of allowing the installation of a video camera in a patient’s room is still up for debate. However, because of the importance placed on protecting the elderly and the number of nursing home residents rising, this will be a hot subject for years to come.

If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse in a nursing home, contact our team of elder abuse lawyers today.