Today (September 8, 2014) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a proposal that would allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes, provided that nursing home residents consent and if they (or their family members) pay for such devices and their operation. Currently, under Illinois law, Illinois nursing home residents are not allowed to have video cameras installed their rooms.
Three excerpts from the press release, titled “Attorney General Madigan Announces Legislation To Allow Video, Audio Monitoring In Nursing Homes“:
Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced a legislative proposal that will allow nursing home residents and their families to provide video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms to ensure their safety and well-being.
The Attorney General cited an increasing need for additional safety measures at Illinois nursing homes as the state’s population continues to age. Currently, Illinois has over 1,200 nursing home facilities with over 100,000 residents. The U.S. Census Bureau also estimates that by 2030, 22.3 percent of Illinois’ population will be aged 60 and older, an increase of more than 28 percent from 2012.
Madigan noted that video and audio surveillance could be used as an added tool to help resolve disputes about suspected abuse or negligence. The Illinois Department of Public Health receives nearly 19,000 calls annually and responds to over 5,000 complaints. During the first quarter of 2014, the Department of Public Health reported licensure violations for 77 facilities.
The Chicago Tribune also published a September 8 article regarding the proposal. The article is titled “Should video cameras be used in nursing homes?” An excerpt from this article:
Five states — Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Maryland and Washington — allow cameras in nursing homes, said Lori Smetanka, director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, which promotes quality care services for seniors.
Additional details and possible updates regarding this video and audio monitoring in Illinois nursing homes proposal can be seen in the press release and Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the September 8, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “New proposal would allow cameras at nursing homes.”
Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.
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