Do You Need Granny Cams?By Home Security Source Feb 25, 2011 | 10:55:00 amPosted in: Senior Safety, Home Security Tips
Many of us have heard of “nanny cams,” cameras installed in the home to keep an eye on your child’s caregiver when you are away. But, what about cameras for the elderly? All too often news articles come up about an elderly person that has been scammed, robbed or even abused, often by those who should be taking care of them.
In an effort to hold nursing homes accountable for patient safety, new legislation has been introduced in Maryland allowing families to install surveillance cameras in nursing home rooms. Other states including Texas, Illinois and Michigan are considering similar legislation.
If passed these laws would also guarantee that admittance could not be altered if a patient or family member wished to install cameras in a private room.
For families and regulators, cameras sound like a positive way to ensure proper care, but critics say cameras may cause a strain on patient and caregiver relationships, open the door to lawsuits and turn away potential employees that are already hard to come by in the industry.
If you are considering installing cameras for an elderly family member make sure you are clear about the rules at his or her care facility. If you employ a home caregiver you may be able to use your existing home security system, like ADT Pulse™ , to help monitor activities while you are away.
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