When a family decides to move a grandparent or another elderly loved one into a nursing home facility, one of the most common concerns is abuse and neglect. Nursing home abuse and neglect is an unfortunate reality of elder care. If you have a family member who lives in a nursing home, doing whatever you can to protect your loved one is your top priority.
One strategy many people consider as a way to protect the elderly people in their life is installing a camera in their room at a nursing home. In theory, the presence of a camera will dissuade potentially abusive nursing home staff from mistreating their patients, or will provide evidence of abuse and neglect if it does occur. However, the lawfulness of installing a camera in a nursing home is widely debated.
Setting up a camera in a nursing home room is legal in some states, but others prohibit doing so. The reservations to allowing installation are based primarily on privacy concerns. Although some patients may be aware of a camera in their room, others are installed by their family without their knowledge. When a nursing home resident is mentally incapacitated, putting a camera in their room can be considered unethical.
The state of Michigan does allow the installation of a camera or another “electronic monitoring device” (as it is defined in the law), as long as the nursing home resident or their legal representative is aware of its installation, pays to install it, it is installed with the privacy of others in mind, and there is messaging that explains the presence of the camera. Other states have slightly different laws defining camera permissions in nursing homes, such as only allowing their installation if abuse is suspected.
At Goodman Acker P.C., we are dedicated to representing vulnerable people who were harmed by others. If your loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, contact our attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation.
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