"Granny Cam" Used to Catch Abuse in Nursing Homes

Earlier this week video was released which showed a 73-year-old woman being shaken in her wheelchair by staff members at nursing home. The woman later died. The video was captured by a camera installed in the woman's bedroom by her grandson.

These cameras are being termed "granny cams," and they are often installed when individuals have suspicions about the care that their elderly loved one is receiving. In this particular case, the family said the camera was placed as a deterrent. It was out in the open, and the employees had been warned.

Senior advocates recommend asking permission of a home's administrator before installing a "granny cam." Some states have laws that do not permit camera's in bedrooms, or do not permit recording an individual without consent. Advocates also say it's important to remember that cameras cannot catch everything. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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