Q: I suspect that the care facility is neglecting my Mother.
Is there any issue with installing a camera in her room to see what's going on when I'm not there?
A: I am sorry to hear about your concern. Illinois recently passed a law that allows families to place a camera in the room of a loved one in a nursing home. Read more here http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2015/10/06/nursing-home-cameras-ensuring-safety-loved-ones
Under a law enacted in Illinois in August 2015, the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Facilities Act became effective on Jan. 1, 2016. Under its provisions, residents and their roommates have the right to consent to having a video or audio recording devices installed in their rooms. The cost of the installation and the equipment must be paid by the resident or the resident’s family or loved ones. Some refer to the video installed in nursing homes as “granny cams.”
Illinois has become one of just a handful of states that allow the recording devices in nursing home residents’ rooms. The law is in response to growing numbers of cases of nursing home abuse that regularly takes place in these facilities at the expense of the most vulnerable of our citizens: the elderly, the ill and infirm. For more information see this link and page. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=3673&ChapterID=21
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