The technology can also stop residents’ risky behavior.
For example, the technology allows providers to observe if a resident gets out of bed without assistance, which could lead to falls-related injuries.
The female aide can be heard repeatedly chastising the elderly woman, twice calling her a “grown-ass adult” as she tugged on her clothing and yanked at her bra. The cameras, which cost as little as and can fit inside a teddy bear or potted plant, have surged in popularity despite privacy concerns and calls for more regulation.
Abuse caught on hidden “granny cams” in recent months has led to arrests and criminal charges for staff at two Twin Cities-area nursing homes.
On the other side, providers say cameras are invitations for lawsuits, can expose organizations to cyber risk, can invade the privacy of residents and have the potential for negative staffing implications if employees decide they don’t want to work under constant scrutiny.
A handful of states currently have laws granting individuals the affirmative right to install surveillance cameras in their nursing home rooms, and other states are considering similar legislation.
Even in states where there is no legislation, the state’s attorneys have used hidden cameras that have captured abuse for prosecution purposes.
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Nanny cameras, commonly referred to as nanny cams, have gained significant recognition and caused more than a few eyebrow raises in the last few years.