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Op-Ed: Protecting nursing home residents with spy cameras

By Dusty Wright     Oct 4, 2013 in Technology
Families who cannot devote the required attention a loved one deserves may decide that an assisted living facility is the best way to provide supervision, medical care, and social interactions for the beloved individual.
Unfortunately, some residents of nursing homes are physically, mentally, and sexually abused. Purchasing a hidden camera from a reputable spy shop might be the best way to assure the safety of your loved one in a nursing home when you cannot be physically present.
Why Spy Cameras Are Needed
Hidden cameras in nursing homes help families capture evidence of caregivers who have stolen the elderly's prescription drugs, money, and or other personal possessions, in addition to capturing neglect and abuse.
Recently, a nonprofit advocacy group for the elderly performed a comprehensive review of every state in America, ranking nursing home care standards according to specific criteria including inspections, complaints filed, and staffing. Out of all 50 states, only 10 passed the review and 11 states completely failed. According to that data, around 40 states lack adequate nursing home care. With this shocking insight, it is important that family members take extra precautions when ensuring the safety of those near and dear to them.
Around 1.5 million people reside in approximately 17,000 nursing care facilities across the United States. However, over the next 10 years, analysts expect that the number of nursing home residents will increase by nearly forty percent. These statistics are frightening given the fact that so many individuals are receiving substandard care. Furthermore, many nursing home patients are physically unable to communicate the abuse they suffer or are too fearful to do so.
A spy camera helps to understand exactly what is occurring in your family member's room. On one hand, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your loved one is being cared for properly. On the other hand, you can obtain the proof that you need to take legal action against those who may be abusing your loved one and other nursing home patients.
Are Spy Cameras Legal?
Many people may wonder if hidden cameras in nursing homes are legal. While the laws vary by state, nursing home licensing authorities may be better able to provide information regarding particular rules and regulations. You might consider speaking with a legal representative and asking the following important questions:
• Can the camera be hidden in a nursing home or does it have to be kept out in the open?
• Can audio be recorded?
• Do nursing care facility administrators and staff need to be aware of the presence of the camera?
• Does your loved one need to consent to a hidden camera placed in the room? If so, what happens if your loved one is incapable of making this important decision?
• How can you protect your loved one’s roommate’s civil liberties while also filming your consenting family member?
Fortunately, many states are aware of the mounting abuse found in assisted-living facilities and now allow residents and their families to put a hidden camera in their room when neglect is suspected.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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