Illinois Measure Would OK Cameras in Nursing Homes

Illinois could join a handful of states that allow cameras to be installed in the rooms of nursing home residents. Supporters say it would give families peace of mind to have electronic monitoring of the care their loved ones receive. Hinsdale Republican Representative Patti Bellock has concerns, especially when it comes to privacy. Supporters say the cameras would only be installed when the resident or family agrees. They would also have to cover the cost.  The recordings could be used in court, for example if there are allegations of abuse. And anyone caught tampering with the camera could face charges. The measure has won House approval and moves to the Illinois Senate. Read more.

Source: Peoria (IL) Public Radio

David Wingate is an elder law attorney practicing in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. The elder law practice consists of powers of attorneys, wills, trusts, asset protection and Medicaid.

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