Illinois Bill To Allow Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras

In the September 8, 2014 post (“Proposal To Allow Audio And Video Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes“) a proposal by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was discussed.  That proposal would allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes, subject to various provisions, as discussed.

Currently, under Illinois law, Illinois nursing home residents are not allowed to have video cameras installed their rooms.  However, as discussed in the above-mentioned post, the proposed surveillance could be used to help resolve disputes about suspected Illinois nursing home abuse and/or negligence, and presumably would also serve as a deterrent.

Today (February 13, 2015) a bill has been introduced in Springfield by Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago.  This bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing home residents’ rooms if they want them and are willing to pay for them.  As well, various other conditions would also have to be met.   The bill specifies that the video surveillance recordings could be used as evidence in court proceedings.  The bill was drafted by the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The bill, and the conditions under which the cameras would be allowed, is discussed in various media sources, including the February 13, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Nursing home room monitoring cameras would be allowed under Illinois bill” as well as the February 13 abc7news.com article (with video) titled “I-Team:  Law Would Allow Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article:

The Illinois Department of Public Health receives about 19,000 calls alleging neglect or abuse each year and investigates about 5,000 of them, according to the attorney general’s office.

“Unfortunately, people who are disabled or people who are elderly and vulnerable can get abused,” Harris said. “We’ve seen it and it’s a really sad state of affairs, and anything we can do to prevent that happening is just so important.”

The abc7news.com article also discussed the bill, and highlights various cases of alleged Illinois nursing home abuse.

Both of the articles mentioned above state that currently camera monitoring in nursing homes is legal in four states.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

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