Atlanta, GA-We would all like to think that when we put our elderly or disabled loved ones in a nursing home that they will be taken care of protected from abuse. But that isn’t always the case, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse one in ten seniors have admitted they have been abused or neglected in a nursing home.
The population of nursing homes is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next decade. That increase will further tax already overworked staff members and place more and more seniors in danger of being abused. In many instances, those who are being abused are unable to report the abuse because they suffer from dementia or fear that is they speak out they will be somehow punished by staff.
When a family member suspects their elderly loved one is being abused, they can contact state authorities, but many of them want solid proof instead of just suspicions. Families of abused or neglected nursing home residents view hidden cameras as their best line of defense. These small, disguisable cameras give people the opportunity to view first hand, the care their loved one is receiving.
A hidden camera can give a family insight into what is going on the in their loved one’s room. You may find that the staff at a particular facility is treating your loved with care. You can rest easily knowing that the nursing home is living up to their obligations.
On the other hand, if your loved one is being abused, then you have the evidence necessary to prove it. The images you see may be shocking, but having the knowledge of who the abusers are what they are doing to your loved one can allow you to take action.
Before you can put a hidden camera in your loved ones room at a long term care facility, you need to speak with a nursing home abuse attorney. Privacy laws in each state differ so you need a legal expert to outline the laws for your particular state. Nursing home licensing agencies can also tell you whether these cameras are legal.
When you speak with a legal representative before purchasing a hidden spy cam be sure to ask them the following questions:
Can the camera be hidden or does it have to be in plain view?
Do I have to inform nursing home staff or administrators if I’m using a spy camera?
Does my loved one need to give permission? If they are unable to give permission what do I do next?
Can I also record audio?
Many states understand the prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect so many have laws that allow you take action and stop the abuse with the help of a spy cam.
If you happen to see for your own eyes that your loved one is being abused, you should contact the long term care ombudsman in your area so they can conduct an investigation. You should also contact a nursing home abuse attorney to determine if your loved one is eligible for compensation.