Written by Nursing Home Injury Lawyer Dan Pruitt
Can electronic monitoring keep your loved one safe in a nursing home or long term care facility?
When your loved one is in a nursing home or long term care facility, they are potentially vulnerable to neglect or abuse at the hands of nursing home staff, other patients of the nursing home, or visitors. Nursing home patients are potentially vulnerable to neglect and abuse because of many factors such as advanced age, dementia, frailty, confusion, illness, or disease.
According to a bill proposed in the South Carolina Senate, family members would be allowed to use a video camera and other equipment to monitor their loved one in a nursing home. One recent case resulted in the arrest of a nursing home staff member who was caught on video camera assaulting a nursing home resident on the face and arm.
Electronic monitoring may allow family members a way to act to keep their loved ones safe in a nursing home. Critics of the proposed legislation raise privacy concerns. Likely, if the nursing home resident and family feel comfortable with such electronic monitoring, the safety issues outweigh any privacy concerns.
If your loved ones have experienced injury, neglect, or abuse in a nursing home, feel free to contact Dan Pruitt Law Firm to review your options confidentially with attorney Dan Pruitt.