Additionally, employee awareness of the potential for electronic surveillance could decrease the risk of abuse based on the presumption that employee is more likely to be on their best behavior when under the belief that they’re being watched.For example, knowing that one might be recorded could reduce potential for physical or sexual abuse, ensure that meals are given on time and feeding assistance is provided if required, ensure that medicine is distributed according to schedule, and confirm that residents are being treated well.

Signs of elder abuse or neglect can include unexplained injuries or bruising, bedsores, or malnutrition.

Considered to be “pro-resident,” the law allows nursing home residents or their representatives to install electronic monitoring devices in their rooms at their own expense and strictly prohibits nursing home employees from tampering with or blocking the view of the cameras.

Facilities must provide notice of potential electronic monitoring in use on a general sign to be posted near the main entrance.

Texas requires residents installing cameras to post notices outside the door of their room to let those that enter know that they are being recorded.

Currently, only New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington have laws granting individuals the affirmative right to install surveillance cameras in their nursing home rooms.

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