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Old 01-08-2020, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default Video surveillance cameras in nursing home rooms

Can I require that my mom's nursing home allow us to have 24 hr cameras in her room?

Somebody told me a few states including texas require this if the family and resident want it--even if the facility objects?

But I am not sure or clear as to what really is the law.


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Old 01-08-2020, 11:18 AM   #2
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What state?

What did the nursing home management say when you asked about it? If you haven't asked, do so.
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Old 01-08-2020, 05:55 PM   #3
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I wish to inform you that Texas allows covert video recording in nursing homes but it is subject to certain conditions including informing the nursing home of the video recording, releasing the nursing home of any liability for violation of privacy rights of the resident(s), etc. You may contact an attorney and seek guidance in this matter.

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Old 01-15-2020, 04:33 AM   #4
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Technological advances have made it easier to stay connected with loved ones all the time, included the ability to install cameras in a loved one's nursing home room. These so-called "granny cams" have legal and privacy implications. The benefit of putting a surveillance camera in a nursing home is the ability to monitor your family member's care. On the other hand, cameras raise privacy concerns for both residents (including room mates) and caregivers. At least six states including Texas, have passed laws permitting families to install a camera in a nursing home if the resident and the resident's room mate have agreed.

According to TX Health and Human Services, the resident, if the resident has capacity to request AEM and has not been judicially declared to lack the required capacity; the guardian of the resident, if the resident has been judicially declared to lack the required capacity; or the legal representative of the resident, if the resident does not have capacity to request AEM and has not been judicially declared to lack the required capacity is entitled to conduct authorized electronic monitoring (AEM). To request AEM, you, your guardian or your legal representative must:

1) complete the Request for Authorized Electronic Monitoring form (available from the facility);
2) obtain the consent of other residents, if any, in your room, using the Consent to Authorized Electronic Monitoring form (available from the facility); and
3) give the form(s) to the facility administrator or designee.

A facility may not refuse to admit an individual and may not discharge a resident because of a request to conduct AEM. If either of these situations occur, you may report the occurrence to the local office of Long Term Care-Regulatory, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
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