New Illinois legislation will allow cameras in nursing home rooms, a move supporters believe will deter abuse and neglect of elderly and disabled residents.
Pantagraph News reports, Bill HB2462 was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday, August 21, 2015, and will take effect on January 1.
The bill “requires the resident and any roommate to consent to having a video or audio recording device installed. It would be up to residents or their families to pay for the devices.”
In 2013, The Illinois Department of Health reportedly deemed 106 allegations of abuse, neglect and theft by nursing home staff to be valid.
The new legislation illuminates the critical need for nursing home reform. Elderly and disabled residents, who may be unable to care for themselves, deserve a safe home with trained, respectful staff and attentive care.
Our Legal Take
Advocates for elderly rights and nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys at The Murray Law Firm hope the new legislation will empower families to more closely monitor the care and treatment of their loved ones and send a grave warning to nursing home owners and managers across the country.
Generally, nursing home owners and management companies are required to exercise reasonable care to avoid injury to residents and to protect them from any foreseeable harm. This responsibility is paramount when undertaking the care of a disabled resident who may not be able to care for him- or herself. Should a nursing home owner or manager fail in this duty, the victim and their family may elect to hold the facility civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths, which occur as a consequence.
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