The coronavirus pandemic has hit residents of nursing homes especially hard for a number of reasons. First, because of elderly residents’ compromised health, they are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying due to complications of the virus. And second, nursing home staff has blocked families and friends from visiting their loved ones inside these facilities, in order to help protect them from exposure to the virus.
According to an article from the New York Times, some families want to install cameras inside nursing homes. For many, this would alleviate worries of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment perpetrated by nursing home staff against their loved ones.
Many families of people who are living in long-term care facilities have faced an uphill battle in achieving communication with their loved ones. Nursing homes, which are generally understaffed anyway, have recently been tasked with fending off the coronavirus. The New York Times reported that some families need to call the nursing home five or more times before a staff member even picks up the phone. This leaves families uncertain about the quality of care their elderly parent, sibling, or loved one is receiving.
About 12 states already passed legislation approving camera installation in nursing homes. States like Ohio, Connecticut, and Missouri are in the process of reviewing this type of legislation.
Proponents of in-room cameras argue that they can help prove or disprove allegations of abuse and neglect. At a more basic level, they would give families peace of mind knowing that they can check in on their loved ones at any time to see how they are doing and what the facility is like. Many states who have already approved nursing home cameras give residents the option to turn the camera off whenever they want privacy.
Opponents of the cameras argue that they violate the privacy of a resident’s roommate, who may not want the camera on at all. The president of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities said that they cannot guarantee that a video stream from inside the nursing home will not be compromised by a hacker.
If you are concerned that your loved one may have been abused or neglected while staying at a nursing home facility, please reach out to the nursing home abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our team of compassionate, diligent attorneys has worked on a number of nursing home abuse cases throughout the years and has secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We want to do the same for you.
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