Nursing Home Allows Patient to Remain at Facility Only If Family Removes Hidden Camera

A 78-year-old nursing home resident whose abuse by nursing aides was caught on camera will be allowed to stay at the facility in exchange for taking down the camera. "It's a victory, technically" said the woman's son, "but it's a victory for them because they got what they wanted. They got the cameras out of there."

Some states have laws in place that prevent a nursing home or its employees from covering or shutting off a video camera installed by a patient's family to catch abuse. Those laws also prohibit a nursing home from evicting a patient for using a camera. However, the state in which this incident occurred has no law that addresses the use of hidden cameras. State Health Department regulations say it is up to the nursing home to decide whether it will allow a camera.

The facility notified the family of the resident last week that it wanted to transfer her to another facility to ensure her safety and welfare. The family went to court to stop the move. They say now is not an appropriate time to mover her because she has been hospitalized twice recently and relocating her would not be in her best interest. 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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