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Nursing Home Nanny Cams - Should They Be Legal?

Steve Wagner

With all the talk of nursing home neglect and abuse in the news lately, some states are considering allowing the use of hidden surveillance cameras in the rooms of elderly patients.

On the surface, this may seem like a fantastic plan; having the ability to make sure your loved ones are watched and cared for around the clock, but also knowing those people are being held accountable for their actions, what could be wrong?

The questions being raised about this issue, however, are those of privacy for patients, their roommates and visitors. Even if we suspect the abuse of a patient, where do we draw the line in protecting their privacy? Care at a nursing home or assisted living facility may sometimes involve exposure, nudity, or other private activities for the elderly patients, and having that recorded on camera may be against their wishes.

Do we ensure that the protection of our loved ones is the most important thing, or do we sacrifice some level of safety to protect their privacy? The debate is a difficult one, but many states are already passing legislation to use the hidden cameras. We’ll see how this affects nursing home residents, and if these cameras really will inspire a decrease in abusive and neglectful behavior.

If you have a loved one who has suffered from nursing home negligence please contact the law office of Wagner Reese. We offer free consultations to discuss your case. Call (888) 204-8440 to schedule your appointment today.

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