Any family with an aging relative in need of care beyond what can safely and adequately be provided at home knows how difficult it is to make the choice to put their loved one in a nursing home. The act of doing this is hard in part because it is an admission of a person’s decline. It is also hard because relatives understandably worry about the quality of care their family member may receive. With so many reported cases of abuse or neglect in America’s nursing homes, this fear is sadly warranted.
This latter fear has led many to promote the use of cameras in residents’ nursing home rooms. As explained by Senior Housing News, some states have enacted laws that allow families to do this, preventing an individual nursing home facility from banning this action. The laws require the resident and any roommate they may have to sign a consent waiver agreeing to the installation of the camera in the room. The family of the resident must agree to pay for all aspects of the camera’s use, including a live streaming service.
Some state laws have even added provisions banning discriminatory actions on the part of nursing home staff or facilities against residents with cameras in their rooms. Retaliation is only one of a handful of issues that arise when the topic of granny cams arises.
According to U.S. News and World Report, the privacy of not only a resident but others who may visit the resident can be called into question. A resident may discuss sensitive topics with family members during the visit and these conversations are all recorded.