The best way to prevent future nursing home abuses from occurring is to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.With offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and northern Arkansas, our experienced lawyers at Carr & Carr can help you determine what your next steps should be. 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.Since the last case surfaced, the state’s ombudsman for long-term care has received at least one call a day from concerned relatives.Balancing Individual Privacy Rights and Preventing Elder Abuse Currently, no federal law grants individuals with the right place electronic surveillance equipment in nursing homes thereby leaving each state to implement their own laws.For states that have enacted or are considering legislation addressing electronic monitoring, finding the right balance between protecting an individual’s right to privacy and preventing the potential for elder abuse has been a challenge.It is important to keep in mind that if a room is shared with another person then consent of the roommate is required prior to installation and they must not be visible on camera.
Oklahoma Law Favors the Resident In 2013, Oklahoma legislators unanimously voted to enact the Protect Our Loved Ones Act.
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.
“That is why I am so rough with you.” Now, nearly two years after catching the incident on video, Peters and her sister Kay Bromelkamp have become zealous proponents of using miniature cameras to catch abuse in senior homes.
A New York Times blog article discussed an Oklahoma City nursing home incident in which a motion-activated camera placed by a daughter in her mother’s room at a nursing home caught an aide exacting physical abuse on her mother by inserting latex gloves into her mouth, taunting her, and performing heavy-handed chest compressions on her among other things.
The deplorable actions and subsequent outcry prompted Oklahoma to become the third state to explicitly allow nursing home residents to use surveillance cameras in their rooms.