For many the motivation may be to watch staff and hold them accountable for failing to provide the required care.
For others, juggling work, being a parent and a caregiver, there is some peace that comes with a daily snap shot or two knowing your loved one is being cared for and is comfortable.
However, Alabama law adds a restriction by prohibiting installation on private property, according to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
As a general rule, Alabama law requires one party to grant permission for audio recording, but granny cams hidden in the rooms of nursing home residents can represent a different legal issue.
In addition to the emotional concerns connected with taking people out of the familiar surroundings that make them comfortable, families lose the ability to vigilantly monitor their safety.We are often asked by families whether it is legal for them to place a hidden camera in their loved one’s nursing home room. So families are wondering how they can keep an eye on loved ones and the care providers in Virginia long term care facilities.These cameras have long been called “granny cams.” In this day in age, with today’s technology, you can sit at work and watch a baby sleep soundly over a video monitor miles away, on your IPhone. Though some states have laws that prevent the facilities from forbidding the cameras, current Virginia law allows a nursing home to refuse to allow such a device.Certainly an interesting legal discussion, but more importantly, an opportunity for families to provide additional protection.Providers are increasingly being confronted with the issue of placing surveillance cameras, or “granny cams,” in residents’ rooms by their loved ones to ensure quality of care.After seeing signs of abuse to his mother at an Oklahoma City nursing home, a man hid a camera in her room.The recordings revealed that one worker was abusing the patient.And, if the family persists, the nursing home can deny care to that patient (arguably) for violating privacy laws, etc.According to a great article in the , one family has even tried to get our law makers on board with the idea of allowing such cameras in Virginia facilities.Read More: Galesburg man accused of beating Alzheimer's patient "It gives them a sense of security, a sense of peace, that their loved ones are getting the finest care they can get," says Alzheimer's Association's Development and Communications Specialist, Bill Horrell.The cost of the cameras fall on the families, the cameras can't take still photographs, and facility staff needs to be notified first.