Are hidden cameras used to find nursing home abuse?

One family told their saddening account of finding out about the abuse that their loved one suffered in a nursing home, and it all started when they noticed that some small items were missing from the room. They thought that someone had stolen the items – perhaps another person living there — and so they put a hidden camera that was made to look like an alarm clock in the room.

For a long time, they didn’t do anything with the camera, not remembering that they had set it up. Nothing else tipped them off that anything may have been out of place. However, they then remembered the camera and decided to take a look.

What they found was footage of the workers abusing the woman physically. They would throw her on the bed, strike her and put things in her mouth. The abuse was so bad that some of the family members had to quit watching the footage.

Because of things like this, many places have started using hidden cameras to keep residents safe, so the answer is that hidden cameras certainly are used to spot nursing home abuse. In fact, the attorney general’s office in New York has been using cameras for this purpose for a long time.

Multiple states have mulled over laws that would permit the use of surveillance equipment. Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico have already put rulings on the books that make this possible.

While there are some things holding up the spread of this legislation — such as privacy rights issues — it is clear that hidden cameras and overt surveillance cameras can and do help.

If your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse or negligence, an attorney with experience in these types of cases can provide answers to any questions you may have.

Source: The New York Times, “Watchful Eye in Nursing Homes” JAN HOFFMAN, Sep. 04, 2014