Nursing Homes Debate Hidden Cameras In Patient Rooms

An elder abuse case is drawing attention to hidden cameras in nursing homes once more.  A patient admitted into a nursing home did not receive proper care, prompting her daughter to remove her from the facility shortly before the patient died.  The patient was suffering from bedsores due to the nursing home employees’ neglect to properly turn and reposition every two hours.  The Department of Social Services and police are investigating the care of the patient while at the home.

This is leading to a refocus on hidden cameras in nursing homes. Currently the cameras can only be placed in public areas. However, private rooms cannot be under surveillance due to privacy laws.  The debate continues as to whether or not a room should have a hidden camera, as it would reveal the quality of care for patients, which may be more important than privacy for families whose loved ones have suffered abuse. For more, read the story.

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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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