New Survey Says Nursing Homes Not Using Cameras Due to Privacy Concerns
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Aug 08, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
Installing cameras in residents' rooms might help nursing home administrators do a better job monitoring staff-patient interactions, which could help administrators spot nursing home abuse and stop it.
However, the biggest concern about installing cameras is that it will violate the privacy of residents, staff and visitors, according to a ongoing survey by Brown University.
The goal of the survey is to find out how common cameras are in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and how providers feel about using them. State regulations on cameras are often unclear, so this survey could help facilities decide whether or not to use cameras and how to implement them.
Most respondents think that privacy is at stake, according to Clara Berridge, lead researcher for the survey. Respondents were also concerned about undermining trust between staff members and residents and potential legal issues that could arise if camera footage was misinterpreted.
But they also identified some positives from using cameras, including helping to investigate complaints and giving family members peace of mind. Cameras could help determine the cause of residents' falls, monitor staff and gauge the behavior of residents as well.
According to the survey, seven percent of nursing homes allow cameras compared to 40 percent of assisted living facilities. Also, one quarter of facilities allow families to place cameras in residents' rooms, with one in six facilities revealing that at least one family had installed a camera.
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